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New Zealand Land Touring

APT's Health & Safety Protocols

Traditional Coach Tours, Private Jet Air Tours, Walking Tours and Rail Journeys

As we prepare to welcome you on one of our New Zealand tours, we have made a few changes to ensure that you, your fellow travellers and our crews are kept safer than ever. The wellbeing of everyone onboard has always been of paramount importance, and we have taken steps to elevate our health and hygiene measures further still so that you can travel with APT with complete confidence.

Health screenings and COVID-19 testing as required, enhanced sanitation and small group excursions are just some of the changes you will see – though the quality of the service, dining, relaxation and enjoyment that you will experience will remain at the same high standard as they always have.

Before you Leave Home

Boat in dark cave with tourists, Waitomo Caves


All our guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel with us. Vaccination status must adhere to the country requirements at the time, which may mean boosters are required. Vaccines need to be up to date. Prior to your tour we require you to upload your Government issued vaccination certificate to our secure portal for us to record that you are fully vaccinated (we won’t keep a copy of the certificate). During your tour you may need to show your Government issued vaccination certificate depending on country rules – this should be the international vaccination certificate.
Cape Reinga Lighthouse, North Island, New Zealand

Travel Insurance

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Cruise the Milford Sound in New Zealand

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 will be conducted in line with State government health advice at the time. We recommend you bring a supply of Rapid Antigen Test should they be needed.
Couple sitting at picnic bench admiring the marlborough sounds in New Zealand

Health Screening

You will be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire prior to your departure, which must be handed to your crew on arrival.
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In addition to APT Travel Group’s Safe Journeys guidelines, the airline you are flying with will have their own guidelines. We ask guests to check these prior to departure.

While you are travelling with APT

Couple walking along track in thick bush
Lady dancing with Maori ladies in traditional dress, New Zealand
Couple dining at a table with a backdrop of the ocean

Social Distancing
Where possible, we will ensure small group sizes to allow for social distancing; and we are working with local health authorities, and other key partners to ensure that our stringent health and safety standards are met while you are on tour with us. Please note where social distancing is not possible, you may be required to wear a face mask.

On Tour Cleaning
We have increased cleaning aboard all vehicles/aircraft whereby frequently touched surfaces will be regularly cleaned with hospital grade cleaning products. Hand sanitiser will be available on all our vehicles/aircraft at all times. Vehicles/aircraft will undergo deep cleaning between tours.

The use of face masks will be in line with government health advice at the time. We recommend you bring a supply of face masks should they be needed.

Infection Response Protocols
Guests who present with any COVID-19 symptoms will likely be required to take a test and immediately isolate alongside any members of the same travelling party sharing a room. Our crew and staff will work through the necessary testing requirements, you will be in safe and caring hands. Our aim is to minimise disruption to all passengers when this occurs.

Health and Safety Features

Enhanced Cleaning Commitments
We have enhanced the rigorous cleaning and hygiene processes on board our fleet of vehicles and the aircraft we use for your comfort and protection. Increased sanitation practices will ensure.

Healthy Crew
Delivering your dream holiday requires a healthy and happy crew and we’ve taken their health, safety and COVID-19 prevention training to the next level. Every member of your APT team will have undertaken industry recognised COVID-19 training in areas of health and hygiene and they will conduct regular COVID-19 tests.

All the wonderful suppliers used across APT’s tours will meet any COVID-19 regulations and have increased cleaning protocols.

Field of flowers in bloom with a stone church in the distance, New Zealand
Chairs and table positioned ready for someone to take a seat and enjoy the view of the snow capped mountain ranges, Cloudy Bay winery, New Zealand

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, APT requires all guests to be up to date in their immunizations against COVID-19.

Yes, all APT crew members are vaccinated.

In the event that you test positive to COVID-19 before your tour commences or before you leave your home country, you will be unable to travel with us. We’ll support you with flexibility to replan your holiday later. Rebook using a Future Holiday Credit when you’re fit to travel again. The APT Travel Group recommends all guests consider comprehensive travel insurance including coverage for COVID-19 events.
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Flexible Bookings

Everyone likes more flexibility. If you’d like freedom to change your plans, or are concerned that COVID-19 could impact them, our flexible booking policies allow you to cancel and move your holiday to another time.​
Passengers in Cathedral Gorge

Book with Confidence

We offer peace of mind with our booking security and protection promise and your health and wellbeing always our priority.
Passengers drinking on deck together aboard the Caledonian Sky

Safe Journeys

Your health – and that of your family, as well as our staff and crew – is APT’s highest priority. You can rely on our industry-leading health protocols, including full COVID-19 vaccination, to help ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing.