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COVID-19 airport updates

Christchurch is in the Red traffic light setting. For latest updates and regional information visit

Keep up-to-date with the latest airport information below. 

At the airport

While we’re in the Red setting:

  • Please allow a little more time to get to your flight.
  • Please use the NZ COVID Tracer app or sign in manually as you enter the terminal.
  • Some of our outlets may require you to show your My Vaccine Pass for entry.
  • You must wear a face covering from the time you exit your transport, while you're in the terminal and on any flight within New Zealand.
  • Feel free to use the hand sanitiser stations at the terminal entry and at all toilet blocks.
  • Our frontline staff are always happy to assist you, so please ask them for any help you need.


Domestic air travel

If you have questions about travel within the traffic light settings, we recommend visiting the government website for accurate information.

International air travel

Visitors and tourists can still use international air services to travel home but commercial flights have been impacted. Do not come to the airport unless you have a ticket. If you do not have ticket, contact a travel agent or airline directly. If you can't get a ticket, please contact your country's embassy.

COVID-19 testing

Domestic and international travellers coming to the airport can now get saliva-based COVID-19 pre-departure PCR tests from Rako Science. Located at Check-in, these tests are non-invasive and highly accurate with a fast turnaround time. Results include QR code verification which allows airlines and border authorities to verify authenticity online. Book online at

Retailers and eateries

Some outlets may require you to show your My Vaccine Pass for entry.

In the terminal

Some retailers and eateries in the terminal are open. Trading hours may change from time to time, however vending machines and water stations are always available. Face coverings are mandatory in terminal retail outlets and eateries.

On the airport campus

Retailers, eateries and other tenants at Spitfire Square are open. McDonalds and KFC are open. Face coverings are mandatory in some outlets.


Pick-up and drop-off

The Loop remains open for free pick-ups and drop-offs in private vehicles (no parking). 


Express ParkShort Stay and Long Stay are open. The Orchard Road car park is also open and you can wait here for up to 30 minutes free before picking someone up from The Loop. Park and Ride is temporarily closed.

Click here to book parking online.

Public transport

For information about public bus services please visit the Metro website. Face coverings are mandatory when traveling in public transport.

Taxis, rideshare and car share

Taxisrideshare and car share are available to and from the airport. Face coverings are mandatory when traveling in public transport.

Rental cars

Rental car companies are operating. Check directly with the operator for more information.


Please talk to your accommodation provider for more information. 

The safe pathway we built for international arrivals

Take a virtual walk through our new, fully secure pathway

Watch here