We have suspended the requirement for people to be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation. Make sure to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines.

Date:  21 April 2022

DOC lifts vaccination requirements for accommodation

DOC has suspended its requirement for people to be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation in line with updated public health guidance.

This means anyone staying or using DOC huts, campsites and lodges will no longer have to show a My Vaccine Pass.

Omicron is in the community

Be aware that Omicron is in the community and DOC has been notified of positive cases in our visitor facilities. Visitors need to make their own decisions whether they use our facilities such as huts and campgrounds.

Assess the risk with a pre-trip checklist

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (also known as the traffic light system) sets out the Government's plan to manage life with Omicron while reducing the impact of future outbreaks.

DOC’s approach is consistent with Government COVID-19 guidance. We are committed to personal and public safety for all staff, contractors and visitors.

More about the traffic light system 

What you need to do at Orange

The Orange traffic light means the public health system is focused on COVID-19 response but still managing, and there is an increasing risk to vulnerable populations.

Follow COVID-19 public health guidelines

  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain physical distancing. 

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Outdoor activities

Provided you follow public health guidelines, most outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, whitebaiting and field work can be undertaken at Orange.

Sport and recreation at Orange

Concessionaires and community groups can operate on public conservation land provided they do so safely and follow public health guidelines.

Visitor facilities

Visitor facilities including huts, campgrounds, toilets and visitor centres are open under Orange.

DOC no longer requires people to be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation or enter visitor centres in line with updated public health guidance.

You cannot self-isolate at a DOC hut, campsite or lodge.


Bookings for huts and campsites are open, but people who want to cancel because of concerns relating to COVID-19 may do so with a 100% refund.

To cancel or modify a booking, log in to the booking system or contact your local DOC visitor centre.

In areas where management of COVID-19 becomes impractical, some huts or facilities may be temporarily closed.

Get vaccinated

DOC supports the Government’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign. By getting vaccinated we can all keep exploring our natural places.

Get your free COVID-19 vaccine

Jobs for Nature

Jobs for Nature projects can operate under the CPF and must adhere to public health guidelines.

We recommend project partners follow public health guidelines around face masks, hygiene, contact tracing and distancing.

Full details about Jobs for Nature projects under COVID-19.

More information

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