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Domestic travel - Northern Territory

Updated on 22 July 2021, at 15:50 AET

Strict border controls apply to all access points to the Northern Territory. Anyone arriving in 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 to access the form.

You must declare on the form if you have been in quarantine in another state or Territory in the 28 days before entering the NT. See the ‘Quarantine testing requirements’ section below for more detail.

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.

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from a non-NT quarantine facility is required to get a COVID-19 test within 3 days of their 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

For 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).

Travelling from South Australia

Anyone who has arrived in the NT since 8 July 2021, and has been to a South Australia COVID-19 public exposure site at the dates and times specified must follow the testing and quarantine directions listed on sahealth.sa.gov.au.

The Northern Territory has declared several local government areas in South Australia as COVID-19 hotspots. Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

For more information, including a complete list of LGAs the NT Government has declared as hotspots, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19/south-australia.

Travelling from Queensland

The City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region are no longer declared hotspots.

Anyone currently in mandatory supervised quarantine who has not been to a close contact public exposure site in Queensland will be able to exit at this time.

Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory who has been in Queensland since 19 June 2021 must check the list of exposure sites available at qld.gov.au and comply with directions if they have been at an exposure site at the relevant date and time.

For more information about the border restrictions with Queensland, including these directions, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19 and click on ‘Queensland’.

Travelling from New South Wales

The NT Government has declared the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Wollondilly and Hawkesbury, as a hotspot.

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

People may still transit through Sydney Airport as it’s not a hotspot. For the complete list of LGAs comprising the Greater Sydney region and to learn the requirements if you’ve been in a hotspot in the previous 14 days, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19.

Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory, who has been to the hotspot locations in the NSW Central West region — including Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council — after 5pm Wednesday 21 July 2021 and arrives in the Northern Territory, will be required to undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

Anyone who left the Central West region of NSW before 5pm on 21 July 2021 can enter the Northern Territory without having to undertake quarantine.

Anyone who arrives in the Northern Territory from NSW from 5pm on 22 June 2021 onwards and has been defined as a close contact by NSW Health must undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.

Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 11 June and 5pm on 22 June 2021 and has been defined by NSW Health as a close contact must immediately get tested and undertake 14 days of quarantine in their home or at another suitable place. They must remain in quarantine (unless to get tested) until noon of the 14th day after they were in a NSW COVID-19 case location, regardless of whether they return a negative COVID-19 test.

Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory from 11 June 2021 must:

  • self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until a negative result is returned, if they’re defined by NSW Health as a casual contact.
  • monitor for symptoms, and if any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • check the NSW Health COVID-19 case locations website at least once per day to make sure all directions are being followed as public exposure sites are constantly changing and regularly updated.

New South Wales public exposure sites are listed at nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

To arrange a COVID-19 test, please book online at coronavirus.nt.gov.au or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

Travelling from Victoria

Anyone travelling from the following Victorian local government areas must enter 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities:

  • Greater Melbourne local government areas: Banyule City, Bayside City, Boroondara City, Brimbank City, Cardinia Shire, Casey City, Darebin City, Frankston City, Glen Eira City, Greater Dandenong City, Hobsons Bay City, Hume City, Kingston City, Knox City, Manningham City, Maribyrnong City, Maroondah City, Melbourne City, Melton City, Monash City, Moonee Valley City, Moreland City, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Nillumbik Shire, Port Phillip City, Stonnington City, Whitehorse City, Whittlesea City, Wyndham City, Yarra City, Yarra Ranges Shire (since 10 July 2021 and arrived in the Northern Territory after 5pm on 15 July 2021)
  • Greater Geelong Council or Moorabool Shire — including Bacchus Marsh (since 10 July 2021 and arrived in the Northern Territory after 5pm on 15 July 2021)
  • Bass Coast Shire (since 12 July 2021, arriving in NT after 5pm 17 July 2021)
  • Mildura Rural City (since 12 July 2021, arriving in NT after 4pm 19 July 2021)

Anyone who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 who attended a ‘Tier 1’ COVID-19 exposure site during the relevant public exposure period must enter mandatory supervised quarantine at their first port of arrival.

Anyone who arrived into the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 who has been in a 'Tier 2' public exposure site, must self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test and remain in self-quarantine until they get a negative result.

Anyone who has arrived into the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 who has been to a ‘Tier 3’ public exposure site and until otherwise directed, must monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test and remain in self-quarantine until they get a negative result.

For the full list of public exposure sites, go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au and click on ‘Case alerts — public exposure sites’.

To book a COVID-19 test, contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 or book online at covid19appointment.nt.gov.au/test.

For more information, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19/Victoria.

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.

Quarantine testing requirements

If you enter the Northern Territory after you have left quarantine in another state or territory, you must do the following:

  • declare on your NT border entry form if you’ve been in quarantine in another jurisdiction in the 28 days before entering the NT
  • get a COVID-19 test on day 17 after your quarantine period began

Additionally, if you enter the NT, you must get a COVID-19 test if you’re required at any time during the 28 days after you enter — even if you don’t need to quarantine on arrival.

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).

International arrivals

All international travellers — except from New Zealand — 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.

Mandatory check-in

The Territory Check-In App is mandatory for use in all NT businesses, shopping centres, venues and events. Pen and paper check-in is permitted if you don’t have a smartphone. You will be required to check in everywhere you go, no matter how long you spend at that location.

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