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Exemption categories for essential travellers

If you are an interstate or overseas visitor arriving in the Northern Territory, you must self-quarantine for 14 days unless you are an essential traveller.

To be an essential traveller, you must meet one of the following exemption categories below.

National and Northern Territory security and governance

  • Any Government senior official who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for the safety of the Nation or Territory against threats such as terrorism, war, or espionage, and is required to be present in the Territory for such purposes.
  • Active military personnel required to be on duty in the Territory while in the Territory.
  • A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in the Territory.

Health services

  • A health practitioner who is ordinarily a resident in the Territory and who is requested by the chief executive officer of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to return to the Territory to present for duty in the Territory.
  • A health practitioner who is requested by the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to present for duty in the Territory to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in the Territory, duties required to be performed in the Territory.

Transport, freight and logistics

  • Any person who in the performance of his or her duties is responsible for provision of services for transport or freight of goods, and logistics related thereto, into, within and out of the Territory. That person must avoid close contact with other persons while in the Territory by remaining self-isolated in their vehicle or accommodation.
  • Ship crew, for the limited period of 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-isolate until the ship departs the Territory or via a flight, where that isolate period is less than 14 days.
  • A member of a flight crew who remains in self-isolate until departing the Territory via another flight, where that period is less than 14 days.

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

  • Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in the Territory, where the service is time-critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present 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 infrastructure critical to the Territory.
  • A paramedic, or an officer of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc, Careflight crew, or Royal Flying Doctor Service crew who are returning to the Territory as soon as practicable after providing medical transport to a patient or who is returning to the Territory while 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.
  • An emergency service worker who is ordinarily resident in the Northern Territory  and who is requested by his or her delegate, to return to the Northern Territory to present for duty in the Northern Territory. This includes; St John Ambulance, Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Health.
  • A member of the Australian Federal Police or Australian Border Force.
  • A commercial fishing, mining/energy or agribusiness employee whose company or service provider to a company has a plan, approved by the Chief Health Officer (CHO), on how it proposes to manage transmission amongst its employees and prevent transmission to the wider community.
  • Any other person, or class of persons exempted by the CHO because:
    • The CHO considers they have compassionate or other grounds such that self-isolate would lead to an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship.
    • The CHO considers they are essential for the proper functioning of the Territory.
    • The CHO considers that their location of residence requires them to move across the border to obtain critical goods and services.