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Exemption categories

If you are arriving in the Northern Territory from interstate, you must complete 14 days of forced quarantine unless you are eligible for exemption.

To be eligible for exemption, you must meet one of the following exemption categories below.

  • All people fitting these exemption categories will need to produce identification or documentation to an authorised officer at the border to show they meet the relevant criteria.

    People in this section do not need to apply for an exemption.

    National and Northern Territory governance and justice

    • A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in the Territory.
    • A person who is required to enter the Territory for the administration of justice in the Territory.

    Medical transport, law enforcement and emergency services

    • A paramedic, an officer of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc. or a member of the crew of Careflight or the Royal Flying Doctor Service who is providing medical transport to a person or returning to the Territory as soon as was practicable after providing medical transport to a person.
    • A paramedic, or an officer of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc, who is ordinarily resident in the Territory and who is requested by the Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc, or his or her delegate, to return to the Territory to present for duty in the Territory.
    • A law enforcement officer or emergency service worker who is requested to assist the Territory or required to enter the Territory while performing their official duties,. This includes; Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Health, Australian Federal Police or Australian Border Force.

    Transport, freight and logistics

    • Any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within or out of the Territory. That person must self-quarantine in their vehicle or single room accommodation when not working.
    • A member of a flight crew. Flight crew must remain self-quarantined in the aircraft, airport or accommodation until departing the Territory via another flight
    • Ship crew, for the delivery of persons, transport or freight of goods, or logistics related thereto, into, within and out of the Territory, and for no other purpose. That person must avoid close contact with other persons while in the Territory by remaining on board ship in self-quarantine until the ship departs the Territory or via a flight, where that quarantine period is less than 14 days.

    Defence

    • Active military personnel requested to assist the Territory or required to enter the Territory while performing their official duties.

    Specialist skills critical to maintaining key government services, industries, businesses or infrastructure

    Please seek advice from the Border Restrictions Workforce on 1800 490 484 or doh.exempt@nt.gov.au if you believe you are eligible for exemption under this category. Alternatively, you can apply for exemption on the grounds you are governed by a COVID-19 management plan approved by the Chief Health Officer Delegate. Do not travel until you have confirmation in writing.

    • Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations must meet all the following criteria:
      • the appropriate skills are not available in the Territory
      • the service cannot be delayed 14 days
      • the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in the Territory
      • the specialist practices physical distancing measures while in the Territory.
    • Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in the Territory, for critical maintenance or repair of power, water, communications or other infrastructure critical to the Territory.
  • People in this section must apply for an exemption. If you are granted an exemption, you will be provided with a letter of approval from the Chief Health Officer Delegate to present upon entering the Territory.

    • An NT Health employed health practitioner or health worker who is ordinarily a resident in the Territory and who is requested by the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Health, or authorised delegate, to return to the Territory to present work.
    • People essential for the proper functioning of the Territory. Please seek advice from the Border Restrictions Workforce  on 1800 490 484 or doh.exempt@nt.gov.au before applying for exemption under this category. Alternatively, you can apply for exemption on the grounds you are governed by a COVID-19 management plan.
    • Persons who need exemption to avoid unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship (for example a person whom resides close to the border and must cross the border to obtain critical goods and services; a person who wishes to attend the funeral of an immediate family member, a person who wishes to visit a terminally ill or dying immediate family member).
    • Persons governed by an approved COVID-19 management plan, imposed by their employer to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to the public. For example this can include employees of a commercial fishing, commercial non-cruise maritime crew, mining, energy, agricultural business  Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, or other businesses.
  • More information

    Call 1800 490 484.