Covid-19 Pandemic

 

The Chatham Islands are open to all NZ travellers, but you must be able to provide proof of vaccination OR return a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travel to the Chathams. island.  Like the rest of New Zealand, the Chathams are in the “ORANGE” setting as part of the  Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Light System).

Air Chathams Covid Measures: 

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.

More Covid-19 related information is available from the Air Chathams website here: >>>>>>>>>>

Know the Risks when visiting the Chatham Islands. Plan ahead.

The Government’s Covid-19 travel advice is to make contingency plans should you or one of your party have to self-isolate. Have a read through the guidance yourself to make sure that you are as well prepared as possible if you or one of your group gets Covid-19 while you are away from home. Click here: >>>>>>>>

“If you’ve flown to a location…,” it is advised to budget for an extended stay. This is the case for all visitors coming to the Chathams. 

If you experience Covid-19 symptoms whilst you are on the islands, get tested immediately and you will have to isolate in your accommodation until you receive a negative result. This means budgeting for an extended stay.

For more information on safe travel see covid19.govt.nz

 

Other considerations when booking your holiday to the Chathams.

The local health team are determined to protect our vulnerable community. We have a high proportion of at risk residents and there are very limited hospital facilities on the islands

To ensure that we all enjoy these magical islands and relative freedoms, we need your help to protect the health of everyone on the island and to keep our services, infrastructure and businesses running.

Please ensure you wear a mask when visiting local businesses and using transport services. 

 

Covid-19 and Travel to the Chathams FAQs

Air Chathams requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all travelers using our service. 

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.

All customers over 14 years old must provide either a negative test or proof of vaccine.

Please DO NOT attempt to travel to the islands if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or returned a negative test. 

The Chatham Islands are operating under the traffic light system. Each business will have its own COVID-19 policies and will communicate these to customers. The specifics will be dependent on what level of the traffic light system we are in as determined by the government. We are currently in ORANGE level. 

We highly recommend checking out specific policies on the websites or facebook pages of each of the businesses / establishments for up to date information. 

Please follow all of the local rules and protocols and respect their right to operate as they deem appropriate within the law. 

  • Call the emergency line 3050035 and ask for advice regarding testing.
  • Inform your accommodation provider immediately, especially if you are in shared facilities. 
  • Isolate all people in your party until you have been given instructions from the health centre.
  • Do not go out in public or have face 2 face contact with anyone else until you have received instructions from the local health centre.

  • Follow the advice from the local health centre and the government guidelines for isolating in the community – ‘Care in the community’
  • Meanwhile, you should all isolate in the group but separate the infected individual from the rest of the group
  • Ask your accommodation provider about dining options /takeaways etc 
  • You will need to follow advice from the local health centre regarding how/when your party can leave the islands.

Summary:

  • You need to know this stuff: Re-check the government guidance immediately before you travel and get advice from your travel and accommodation providers.
  • Plan your journey. Plan each stage of your journey and stay on the Chathams (Know where you are going and who you are staying with ).
  • Masks: It doesn’t matter what you think about them. They are compulsory, so bring enough to last you for your entire stay. 
  • Individual businesses will have their own coronavirus policy. Please look out for these policies and observe the rules in place for each island premises you enter. 
  • Hand sanitiser. Yes, even on the Chathams. Bring your own personal supply with you as well so you always have access to it. Where there are hand sanitiser stations available, please use them. 
  • Medicine. Bring at least 10 extra days’ worth of any medication or medical supplies you rely on, in case you are required to self-isolate on the island.
  • Prepare a plan for if you or anyone within your travel party develops symptoms and then tests positive for COVID-19
  • Comply with the rules in place in each business you visit. If you dont think you can, dont come.  
  • Use contactless payment where possible.

We will continue to update this page as information comes to hand.