COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Further information below on Air Chathams new COVID-19 travel requirements for all travelers using our service.

Last Updated: 12pm, Wednesday 30th March 2022


Air Chathams requires proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test for all travelers departing the mainland (Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch) to the Chatham Islands. This policy is now in place.

Customers will be expected to travel with a physical or digital copy of their COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates (CVCs). If customers do not have a CVC they must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of departure. Proof by text message, a letter from a medical professional or a copy of your laboratory results is acceptable.

Please note this policy does not apply to children under 12.


From April 5th 2022, Air Chathams will no longer require proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test for all travelers on our mainland services. 

Please note masks are still mandatory on all aircrafts.



Frequently Asked Questions

I have a medical exemption and do not require a COVID-19 vaccination, can I still fly to the Chatham Islands with Air Chathams?

Yes, however you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (RAT or PCR) taken within 72 hours prior to your departure. Proof by text message, a letter from a medical professional or a copy of your laboratory results is acceptable.

How will you know if passengers are fully vaccinated?

We will be checking your COVID-19 vaccination certificate at check-in.

What if I leave my COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate at home?

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (CVC) should be available in both physical and digital format. It is the responsibility of our passengers to remember to bring their CVC with them to check-in. If you forget and cannot provide a digital copy you will not be allowed to board your flight.

Will you accept international COVID-19 vaccination certificates?

Yes. Due to the re-opening of the New Zealand border, we will be accepting COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates from other countries.


I don’t want to get vaccinated, but I still need to want to travel to the Chathams. What do I do?

Air Chathams strongly believes that full vaccination is one of the best tools to preventing the spread of COVID-19. In the circumstance that we have unvaccinated passengers they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or RAT) taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure. Proof by text message, a letter from a medical professional or a copy of your laboratory results is acceptable.

How do I show proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

Air Chathams will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or RAT) result in the form of a text message, a letter from a medical professional or a copy of your laboratory results. It can take between 24 and 72 hours to receive a COVID-19 test result. If you require a negative test result you should plan your test as soon as possible within 72 hours of departure, as you will not be permitted to board your flight if you have not received your result.


Vaccines are great, but what other ways will Air Chathams mitigate the risk of COVID-19?

We have specific COVID-19 mandatory controls in place to help protect our staff and customers from COVID-19. 

What is Air Chathams doing to protect my medical privacy?

Air Chathams has a robust privacy policy in place applies to personal information about you that we collect, use and otherwise process regarding your relationship with us as a client, customer or potential customer. Please ensure that you read this Privacy Policy in its entirety before submitting personal information to us. 

What happens if I book my ticket and receive a positive COVID-19 test?

We recommend booking a fare type which allows full refunds in this circumstance, such as our full economy fare. Air Chathams will endeavour to work with our customers to either refund or credit their bookings if a positive COVID-19 case arises.


Current Flight Information

Norfolk Island

After thorough consideration, Air Chathams has decided to withdraw all Auckland to Norfolk Island flights until the 1st September 2022. 

Flights will continue weekly on a Thursday until December 2022 when we introduce a second weekly flight on Mondays. 

Our Chatham Island schedule is normal. 

If you are looking for further details on our flights to and from Chatham Island please visit our Flight Schedules page found HERE

Chatham Islands 

Our Te One office team are back at full capacity so please call 03 3050 209 for booking enquiries including freight. 

Or feel free to book freight using the following link:

We thank you for your patience and support through the Alert Level changes and look forward to getting back to business.

What can you expect when travelling within the new COVID-19 Protection Framework?
  • Ensuring external information sources for our actions are authentic and valid via NZ Government, Ministry of Health; Trade and Travel advisory services including operating within the Civil Aviation Rules.
  • Reducing the risk of infection for all our Passengers and subsequently to our Employees.
  • Reducing the risk of infected or suspected infected persons entering our operational site or aircraft.
  • Robust protocols and procedures to assist in the event of Contact Tracing
  • Safe Operating Practices and Behaviours that ensure COVID-19 risks of infection remain low.
  • COVID-19 PPE and Hygiene procedures being implemented for passengers and Air Chathams Employees.

Mainland New Zealand 
(Whakatāne, Whanganui, Kāpiti)

We are currently flying all mainland services at a reduced frequency due to the country being at traffic light 'red.' Air Chathams is implementing a "bus stop" model to help the company get through the latest Covid-19 Omicron outbreak. 

The bus stop model means passengers travelling from Kāpiti to Auckland will have an additional stop in Whanganui on their way, with the same stop on the way back.

Flight Credits

If you purchased a Full Economy fare, this will be refunded. If you purchased a Thrifty or Saver fare, these tickets will held as credit (EMD) for 12 months from the date of travel. 

Our Reservations Team (Gray, Nick and Adrian) are experiencing a large volume of enquiries, so there may be a delay in replying to you. 

If your enquiry is not urgent, we'd encourage you to email. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The team at Air Chathams.