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Domestic travel - Northern Territory

Current as of 14 January 2021, at 13:20 AEST

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Form. You can do this online no more than 7 days before entering the NT at

Once you submit your application online, print it and bring it with you. You must provide your printed form on your arrival to the NT.

If you don’t have a printer, you’ll need to complete a new Border Arrival Form on entry to the NT.

Coming from Greater Brisbane (Queensland)

The Northern Territory no longer classifies Greater Brisbane as a hotspot.

If you are currently in quarantine because you recently travelled to the NT from Greater Brisbane, you can now leave.

Coming from NSW

The Northern Territory has declared certain local government areas across Sydney’s Western Suburbs a hotspot. See Interstate arrivals for further information on what you should do if you arrived from a hotspot.

These areas include:

  • City of Blacktown
  • City of Canada Bay
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown
  • City of Fairfield
  • City of Parramatta
  • Cumberland Council
  • Inner West Council
  • Municipality of Burwood
  • Municipality of Strathfield

Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from the areas in Greater Metropolitan Sydney that are no longer classified a hotspot by the NT Government will be able to leave.

If you’re currently planning to travel to the Northern Territory from a declared active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans.

If you are a Territorian planning to travel to an active hotspot you are also advised to cancel your plans.

To find out where these hotspots are located, visit and click on 'COVID-19 Hotspots — Travel restrictions apply'.

Interstate arrivals

If you arrive in the NT — having travelled from or through a declared hotspot in the past 14 days — you must stay in mandatory supervised quarantine at a designated facility at your own expense for 14 days.

However, there are certain circumstances where you’re not considered to have been in a declared  COVID-19 hotspot. For example, if you were only in the airport for a stopover and didn’t leave the airport. Another example is taking a taxi directly to an airport hotel, staying overnight, and not leaving your room until you checked out to take a taxi directly back to the airport to take a flight out of the area.

To find the locations of a declared hotspot and the circumstances when you’re not considered to have been in a declared hotspot, visit and search for ‘COVID-19 Hotspots — Travel restrictions apply’.

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 quarantining — and border restrictions in the NT — call 1800 490 484 (ACST) 8am to 5pm, 7 days.

Travelling from New Zealand

You’re allowed to travel from New Zealand to the Northern Territory without needing to quarantine.

Travellers must have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to travel. You must also travel 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 the COVID-19 Declaration form.

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

At this stage, Australians aren’t allowed to travel to New Zealand under the same arrangement.

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 or call 1800 490 484 (ACST) 8am to 5pm, 7 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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