Food and grocery businesses inside the Auckland Alert Level Boundary can now register online for travel permits to continue their work in and outside the area.

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment has developed an online register that allows businesses to request and receive travel documents for workers who need to cross an alert level boundary.

For permitted travel and special exemptions, the Business Travel Register will produce a business travel document for each worker. The document can be used at checkpoints, making passage much quicker and simpler for both workers and police.

The register uses the New Zealand Business Number most companies have, but it can be used without one. It will tell businesses if the type of travel they have requested is permitted, and sends automated emails to update them on the process – such as downloading travel documents.

MBIE says information entered into the register is confidential, with personal information provided in the request (limited to employee names) being used only for the purpose of approving travel documentation requests.

For more information on how to use it, and to register, go to the Covid-19 website.