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What does this mean for tourism businesses?

As of December 15, 2021, both fully vaccinated and those with negative COVID-19 test results can once again travel throughout the country under the traffic light system, also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework. For businesses in our region this means familiarising yourself with the COVID-19 Protection Framework and modifying your COVID-19 safety plan according to framework changes.


Find more information for businesses below including key dates, resources and vaccine information. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

  • Key dates

    January 6, 2022: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to give update on border restrictions.

    January 17, 2022: Next Cabinet review of Traffic Light System.

  • Resources

  • How to enforce the vax certificate process:

    Official guidance on this is yet to be released, but has advised that customers who want to enter a business that requires My Vaccine Pass are obligated to provide their My Vaccine Pass for scanning, when asked.

    Businesses cannot accept a purple vaccination card or vaccination confirmation letter as proof of vaccination status.

  • How to check international vax certificates:

    Official guidance on this is yet to be released, but the Government has advised international passes cannot be scanned on the My Pass Verifier app.

    If you have received your COVID vaccinations overseas, please contact the Ministry of Health to have your vaccination record from overseas added to New Zealand’s COVID Immunisation Register (CIR). You need to do this before you can get My Vaccine Pass. Your vaccination record and evidence above must be in English or translated into English prior to applying. More on the Ministry of Health website here.

  • Vaccine assessment tool

    A new vaccine assessment tool to help businesses assess whether they should be requiring workers to be vaccinated will be available from mid-December. It builds on guidance and advice from WorkSafe, public health agencies, Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions.

    It has four criteria, at least three of which must be met before a business can require vaccination:

    • Workers are in an area with less than 100m2 indoor space
    • Workers work less than 1m apart from other people
    • Workers are routinely near others for more than 15 minutes
    • That the workers provide services to people vulnerable to COVID-19

    The tool won’t override risk assessments that businesses have already done under the existing health and safety guidelines. Businesses can choose which one they use, and any assessments done to date remain valid.