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Exemption to quarantine

If you are arriving in the NT from a declared COVID-19 hotspot, you must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine unless you are eligible for exemption.

Under the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) Direction there are certain people or classes of people that are exempt from quarantine.

Even if you are a person that is considered exempt, you are still required to complete an application for exemption to enter the NT and a Border Entry Form.

Who must apply

The Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate can grant an exemption. There are a number of people granted exemptions by the Chief Health Officer, however they must still apply for that exemption to quarantine.

Other people that may be eligible for an exemption, include a person that:

  • is required for the proper functioning of the Territory or
  • may suffer an unusual, undeserved of disproportionate effect of being quarantined or
  • is governed by a COVID-19 management plan imposed by the employer to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to the public.

For further advice please call the Border Restrictions Call Centre on 1800 490 484 or doh.exempt@nt.gov.au

How to apply

Fill the online application for exemption.

Organisations applying for exemption for their employees on the grounds they are governed by a COVID-19 management plan are to attach a copy of their plan to this email.

Your application will then be assessed on its merits by the Chief Health Officer or appropriate delegate.

The processing of applications can take up to 10 business days.

How you will be notified

You will receive a letter or email from the Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate advising you of the decision of your application.

Exemption categories

  • A health practitioner, as defined in section 8(3) of the Act, who is requested by the CEO of the agency responsible for administration of the Act to come to the Territory to perform functions.

    These people must submit an application for exemption and have a letter signed by the Chief Health Officer (or their delegate) outlining the conditions under which they can enter the NT and work.

  • If you are returning or travelling from a designated hotspot with freight you MUST submit your COVID-19 management plan and the driver must complete a Border Entry Form. Drivers will not be permitted entry without prior written approval of the Management Plan by the CHO and a copy of their Border Entry Form.

    Your company must be able to demonstrate that drivers will comply with all conditions attached to the COVID-19 management plan:

    • Remain ‘quarantined’ (staying in the truck or depot as per travel plan) when not working.
    • Maintain social distancing, health and hygiene requirements.
    • Wear a face mask if not able to maintain 1.5 metre distance from other persons when working.
    • Take a COVID-19 test if instructed to do so.
  • A person who is required to enter the Territory for essential, urgent or critical maintenance or repair of power, water, communications or other infrastructure critical to the Territory.

    These people must submit an exemption application and have a letter signed by the Chief Health Officer (or their delegate) outlining the conditions under which they can enter the NT and work.

  • A member from a flight crew is exempt from 14 days of self-quarantine if they:

    • do not leave the aircraft or airport or
    • leave the aircraft or airport only to check in to and remain quarantined at accommodation, and
    • practise social distancing measures.
  • More information

    If you are seeking information on exemptions for quarantining call 1800 490 484.

    8am – 5pm, 7 days