Summer Stays and the Covid-19 Framework

From December 3 New Zealand will move into the new Covid-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system. The traffic light system consists of a framework of levels based on red, orange and green. 

For many of our property hosts, they will be learning how to navigate and adapt to these new changes. This may leave you wondering how the framework will affect your summer travel plans too. 

Accommodation at all levels

At all levels, our hosts’ properties will display QR tracer codes or a manual sign in booklet and visitors are required to scan QR tracer codes or sign in. Face coverings are mandatory on flights, transport, retail, public venues and recommended when leaving home.

Accommodation in red, orange and green levels 

Under the new framework, a vaccination certificate is not required for guest stays. However, some of our properties will require vaccination certificates. This decision is a choice made by individual hosts. If a vaccination certificate is required to stay at the property, this will be noted at the top of the listing. When you make the booking, you will be asked to confirm whether you have a vaccination certificate for all eligible guests (12+ years). Please ensure you check the vaccination certificate requirement for each property before you book your stay.

How do I get my vaccine pass?

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can download your vaccine pass via the My Covid Record website, over the phone, or in-person at a pharmacy.

Where will I have to use my vaccine pass?

Vaccination certificates will be used in hospitality outlets, for events, and for group gatherings. When booking a restaurant, visiting a cafe, or attending an event, expect to show your vaccination certificate for everyone over 12. Places can decide whether or not they use vaccine passes, but those who don’t will face restrictions under each traffic light level. You can view the full restrictions here

What about my children?

Children under 12 aren’t yet eligible for vaccination, therefore they are exempt from the requirements, so won’t need a Covid-19 test or passport.

Getting ready for summer

With Covid-19 turning travel upside down the thought of going on holiday to a cramped or packed hotel doesn’t have the appeal it might have had a few years ago. This year we suggested supporting local and heading Off The Beaten Track to one of our locally owned and operated properties for a truly authentic kiwi getaway. 

We have summarized to the best of our knowledge how the framework will affect your travel plans and will keep this blog up to date as information is available. In the meantime, if you’re planning on booking with OTBT and have a question drop us a line at [email protected]

For more information check out the framework for accommodation here.

From Friday 3 December you may need to use My Vaccine Pass to enter events and venues as required by the traffic light system.

Cancellation Policy

If a property is located in an area where an Alert Level changes then the landowner’s cancellation policy will apply. A properties cancellation policy can be found on their listing page and in the Guest Dashboard once a booking has been made. By making a booking guests have agreed to accept the landowner’s cancellation policy. You can read the full policy here.

Author: Monique Webb