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Traffic light settings come into effect at 11:59pm tonight

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Traffic light settings come into effect at 11:59pm tonight

This page was last updated on Thursday 2 December, 2021

All of New Zealand will move to the traffic light settings at 11:59pm on 2 December.

The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing vaccinated people more freedoms.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)


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Traffic light settings for your area

Search or browse for your local traffic light setting. The Auckland / Port Waikato boundary remains in place until 15 December. You can only cross the boundary for permitted reasons.

See the traffic light map

From Friday 3 December 2021, Auckland will move to Red settings in the traffic light system:

Port Waikato moves to Orange settings:

Travel across the Auckland / Port Waikato boundary remains restricted in both directions. 

Between 15 December 2021 and 17 January 2022, you can travel out of or into Auckland for any reason. You must follow some restrictions: 

  • You must be fully vaccinated and have your My Vaccine Pass with you, or
  • You must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test received within 72 hours before crossing the boundary.