19 confirmed cases

in the Territory

National advice hotline

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) call the hotline - open 24 hours, 7 days.

Border controls

Strict border controls apply in the Northern Territory (NT) for all access points by:

  • road
  • rail
  • air
  • sea.

What the restrictions mean

If you are a non-essential traveller who has arrived at a Northern Territory border, you must self-quarantine for 14 days unless your situation is covered by an exemption category.

There are stricter quarantine measures that apply to:

  • arrivals from overseas after 28 March
  • arrivals from interstate after 1 April.

You must be able to prove your status as an essential traveller before you will be granted an exemption from self-quarantine.

How restrictions will be enforced

We are all working together to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Northern Territory (NT).

The NT police, and public and environmental health officers are undertaking self-quarantine compliance checks to ensure people are completing their 14 days quarantine.

Every person who is required to be in self-quarantine – whether they have come from overseas or interstate – will be checked on.

What will happen when you arrive

Anyone seeking to enter the NT must fill in a border arrival form to declare:

  • where you have travelled in the last 30 days
  • your personal and contact details
  • information about where you intend to stay whilst in the Territory.

You can't self-quarantine at a park or reserve.

Get the border arrival form PDF (451.5 KB).

This form will also be available at border access points.

Who is exempt

Some people are exempt from the requirement to self-quarantine including:

  • national and Northern Territory security and governance
  • health and emergency services
  • transport, freight and logistics
  • defence and policing
  • flight crews and freight – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this
  • people with specialist skills that are critical to maintaining key government services, industries or businesses.

Read more about the exemption categories.

Apply for an exemption

An exemption may be granted on compassionate or medical grounds.

Find out how to apply for an exemption.

Moving through the Territory

Caravan and motor-home holidaymakers are strongly urged to cancel their holiday plans to the Northern Territory.

If you are intending to move through the Territory, you should have a travel plan that details:

  • where you have come from
  • where you will be travelling in the Territory - including overnight stops
  • when you are likely to be leaving.

You only need a travel plan if you are transiting through to the next state where you intend to self-quarantine.

You should only stop in townships and take the main roads. Do not travel through remote communities.

You are not able to nominate parks and reserves as a location to self-quarantine.

If you become unwell

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should call ahead to a local doctor or emergency department and let them know you have recently travelled to the Territory from interstate.

Find out more about what you should do if you feel unwell.


If you are staying in the Northern Territory, you must self-quarantine at the nearest available suitable accommodation.

Accommodation options are available throughout the Territory, with a number of roadhouses and wayside inns offering rooms suitable for self-quarantine purposes.

For two full weeks, you will need to stay in accommodation with a bathroom and not leave the room.

Accommodation providing shared bathroom facilities and/ or communal kitchens are not suitable for the purpose of self-isolating.


Under new restrictions, hotels and roadhouses do not have dining facilities available.

As part of your self-quarantine measures, you will need to arrange for meals to be delivered to your room if required.

Fuel stops

When stopping for fuel, you are reminded to exercise good hygiene practices and social distancing measures:

  • cover your sneezes and coughs with your elbow or use a tissue (not your hand)
  • remain a minimum of 1.5 metres from others at all times and don’t make physical contact with anyone
  • remember to sanitise or wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap - instructions for correct handwashing techniques are now available in all roadhouses and fuel stops throughout the Northern Territory
  • cashless transactions are the preferred option at this time, so make sure you have your card with you.

Travelling to a remote community

Special rules and restrictions may apply if it is your intention to cross the border into the Northern Territory and then travel to a remote community.

If this applies to you please be familiar with information specific to remote community travel.

Rules for freight coming into the Northern Territory

Freight will continue to come in and out of the Territory. This will not impact the delivery of essential goods and services.

Food and freight including petrol will continue. Supermarkets and stores will remain supplied.

Rules for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers

If you are a Territory resident FIFO worker and believe you fall into one of the essential traveller categories, you can apply for exemption.

More information

For more information, call 1800 518 189 from:

  • 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.