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Travel - Northern Territory

Updated on 28 November 2021, at 12:05 AET

Lockdown areas

Different parts of the Northern Territory are currently in lockdown due to positive COVID-19 cases.

This means people in these areas are under special restrictions.

For information on the restrictions they must follow, go to ‘Lockdowns and outbreaks — Northern Territory’ in the Restriction Checker.

Northern Territory border rules

Only COVID-19 fully vaccinated people, Territory residents and people unable to be vaccinated (such as children under 12 years) can enter the Northern Territory.

Only Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted for the purpose of travel to Australia and the Northern Territory.

Unvaccinated Territory residents travelling from a green zone will still be able to enter the NT but will be required to travel to a suitable place of quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine until a negative test is returned.

If you arrive in the NT and you’re unvaccinated, not a returning resident or don’t have an approved exemption, you’ll need to leave the Territory.

Fully-vaccinated domestic and international arrivals coming from a COVID-19 red zone are allowed to undertake 7 days home quarantine. They must remain in the approved home quarantine zone until day 14. They also mustn’t enter a premises with vulnerable people.

Currently, only Greater Darwin and Alice Springs are approved home quarantine zones.

International arrivals who arrive on a flight facilitated by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will still be required to undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine.

Unvaccinated Territory residents, who are coming from a red zone, will be required to undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine.

If you have been in an interstate public exposure site please follow the CHO directions relating to where you visited.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must complete a border entry form no more than 7 days before their arrival — including returning Territorians. Make sure it’s available on your mobile phone or other device. Go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au to access the form.

You must wear a face mask at all NT airports (including on the tarmac) and on flights. For more information, see ‘Face masks — Northern Territory' in the Restriction Checker.

Home quarantine

Fully-vaccinated domestic travellers coming to the NT from a declared COVID-19 red zone, and international travellers, will be allowed to undertake 7 days home quarantine under the following conditions:

  • You must have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before your arrival into the Northern Territory and have proof of the result.
  • You must have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival to the Northern Territory at the airport or the first regional centre or distribution point if travelling by road.
  • You must complete home quarantine in an approved home quarantine zone/s. At this time only Greater Darwin and Alice Springs are high vaccination zones.
  • You must undertake quarantine in a house, unit, apartment, hotel or Airbnb.
  • You must use the G2G Now App and stay in a location that has reliable access to a 4G internet connection.
  • No visitors are allowed to attend the quarantine location.
  • You must have a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 during your quarantine and on day 8 when you exit quarantine. You’ll also need a test on day 14 when in the community.
  • You must stay within a high vaccination zone for 14 days from your arrival.
  • You mustn't attend any high-risk settings including:
    • aged care facilities
    • health care facilities except when necessary
    • correctional facilities
    • remote communities

Home quarantine information for household members

  • Household members must be fully vaccinated having had 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You can continue to live your normal life including going to work or school within the high vaccination zone.
  • You won’t need to be tested for COVID-19.

For more information on travel, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel or call the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484, 8:00am to 4:30pm (ACST), 7 days a week.

To book a COVID-19 test, please visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe. Alternatively, call the NT COVID-19 hotline.

From 20 December 2021

Fully-vaccinated arrivals to the Northern Territory won’t need to quarantine. A testing regime will remain in place for arrivals from declared red zones.

All arrivals into the Northern Territory, no matter where they are travelling from, will need to have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival.

Travel within the Northern Territory

If you're in a lockdown area, you must stay at home. You can't leave the lockdown area to travel to another location in the Territory.

You also can't enter or exit the Robinson River area, including surrounding homelands, before 6pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021, when the current lockout restrictions are expected to end.

People in a lockdown area can leave the Northern Territory but can only leave by air. You must drive directly to the airport and only stop for rest breaks and fuel.

If you're outside of a lockdown area, you may enter, but you'll need a place to stay and you must follow all lockdown requirements.

You can transit through a lockdown area, if required, but you can't stop, unless for fuel.

The Northern Territory Government is asking people who’ve been to Robinson River or Katherine to get tested, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

If you’ve been in Robinson River since 11 November 2021, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

If you've left Katherine and you've been in another part of the Northern Territory since 7 November 2021, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Entering remote communities

All people entering a remote community in the NT for the purpose of work must have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 12 November and their second dose by 24 December 2021.

Entering a low-vaccination remote community

A low-vaccination-rate remote community is any remote community with a vaccination rate under 70% or any of the 29 communities controlled by the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO).

Anyone who enters one of these communities must wear a mask at all times in public for 7 days after they arrive.

Anyone entering these communities from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine or any location outside of the Northern Territory must have a rapid antigen test 72 hours before entering the community.

Go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au and click ‘Remote work and travel’ for more information.

For information on essential travel to remote communities, call the NT Remote Travel Hotline on 1800 518 189, 8:00am to 4.30pm (ACST), Monday to Friday.

Transit through a COVID-19 red zone

You can transit through a COVID-19 red zone via air, road or public transport if you meet certain conditions.

For information on how you must transit through a COVID-19 red zone to be allowed entry into the Northern Territory, go to coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19.

For more information on the Northern Territory’s interstate and international travel restrictions, visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel. Alternatively, call the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484, 8:00am to 4:30pm (ACST), 7 days a week.

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