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Domestic travel - Northern Territory

Updated on 4 April 2021, at 11:45 AET

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory. Anyone arriving into the NT who’s spent time in a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine — see below.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory — including returning Territorians — must complete an online Border Entry Form no more than 7 days before entering the NT. Go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au.

You don’t need to have a paper copy of your completed entry form, but make sure it’s available on your mobile phone or other device as you may be asked to show it on arrival.

You must wear your own face mask at all major NT airports and on flights — including Darwin International, Alice Springs, Yulara (also called Connellan Airport), Gove and Groote Eylandt airports and when on the airfield. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition don’t need to wear a mask.

International air crew must have a COVID-19 test when they arrive to the Northern Territory if they haven’t been tested in Australia in the previous 7 days. International air crew travelling from the NT to another state or territory must do so onboard a freight flight or private charter. They can’t travel on domestic commercial flights unless they’ve completed 14 days of quarantine and return a negative COVID-19 test result.

Interstate arrivals

The Northern Territory has not declared any active hotspots. You can travel freely to the Northern Territory from other Australian states and territories.

For more information on declared hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au and click on ‘COVID-19 Australian Hotspots and Travel restrictions’. You can also call 1800 490 484 (ACST) 8am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays).

Quarantine

If the Northern Territory declares a hotspot in another state or territory, travellers to the NT from that hotspot may be required to quarantine.

The fee for mandatory quarantine is:

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

Unaccompanied minors (under 18s) must also quarantine in a designated facility with a parent or responsible adult.

If you're travelling with a pet, you must arrange to accommodate the pet — at your own expense — before arriving in the NT.

Anyone who breaches NT’s border restrictions may face a $5,000 fine.

For information about exemptions to quarantine — and border restrictions in the NT — call 1800 490 484 (ACST) 8am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays).

Travelling from New Zealand

The New Zealand safe travel zone allows for travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days to travel by air to Australia quarantine-free, without applying for a travel exemption.

To enter Australia from New Zealand, you must declare that you:

  • don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • have been in New Zealand for 14 days before travelling to Australia
  • have not been to a designated COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand during that time
  • travelled on a quarantine-free flight

Before flying to Australia from New Zealand, travellers need to complete the Australia Travel Declaration online and print and complete a COVID-19 Declaration form.

To download the form or for more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au and search ‘New Zealand safe travel zone’ and ‘Australia Travel Declaration’.

New Zealanders who arrive in the Northern Territory from elsewhere in Australia must quarantine if they have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before they arrive.

For a full list of declared COVID-19 hotspots, go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au and search ‘COVID-19 hotspots’.

International arrivals

All other international travellers need complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine in designated accommodation.

The quarantine fee is:

  • $2,500 per person; or
  • $5,000 for a family of 2 or more people sharing accommodation

There may be extra costs if they don’t share the accommodation.

Exemptions may apply under strict criteria.

For more information on Northern Territory travel restrictions and quarantine exemptions, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au or call 1800 490 484 (ACST) 8am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays) days.

For general information about travel in the NT — including to remote communities — call 1800 518 189, 8am to 4.30pm (ACST), Monday to Friday.

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