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Exemption to quarantine

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.

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

Read below for a list of exempt persons or class of persons and requirements.

If you consider you are eligible for an exemption, you should fill in your application form as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Even if you are a person that is considered exempt, you are still required to complete an online application to enter the NT.

Truck drivers are an exception to this as they must quarantine in their truck or a hotel.

All exempt personnel must practise physical distancing of 1.5 metres and should limit their interactions with Territorians when not at work for the first 14 days of entering the NT.

It should be noted that the CHO may place other conditions on the exemption, which may include the requirement to quarantine when not at work.

Read below for a list of exempt persons or class of persons and requirements.

    • Active Australian military personnel are exempt from quarantine when requested to assist the Territory or required to enter the Territory while performing their official duties. These people must practise physical distancing measures for 14 days after arriving in the Territory.
    • These people are required to submit an application and will be provided with a letter – dated and confirming their exemption and requirements when not at work.
    • Military personnel returning for any other reason will be required to submit an application to enter the NT and will be required to self-quarantine.
  • A member of Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily a resident in the Territory.

    • These people are required to submit an exemption application and then will be provided with a letter that is dated, confirming their exemption and requirements when not at work.
    • Any other parliamentarian will be required to submit an application to enter to the NT and will be required to self-quarantine.
  • 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.
  • Any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within or out of the Territory.

    • These people must submit an 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.
    • Truck drivers must practise social distancing measures for 14 days after arriving in the Territory.
    • They may stay in their truck or a hotel if staying overnight.
    • Train crew should remain on the train.
  • A specialist who is required to enter the Territory to provide services for the continuity of industry or business and the maintenance of competitive operations.

    • 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.
    • An assessment will be made to determine if:
      • the specialist's skills are difficult to obtain in the Territory
      • the service must be provided without delay
      • the specialist must be physically present in the Territory to provide the service and
      • the specialist practises social distancing measures while in the Territory
    • These people may be required to work under a COVID-19 management plan.
  • A person who is required to enter the Territory for the necessary 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.
    • These people may be required to work under a COVID-19 management plan.
  • 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.

    • Law enforcement and emergency service personnel are exempt from quarantine when requested to assist the Territory or required to enter the Territory while performing their official duties. These people must practise social distancing measures while in the Territory.
    • These people are required to submit an exemption application and will be provided with a letter that is dated, confirming their exemption and requirements when not at work.
    • Law enforcement and emergency service personnel returning for any other reason will be required to submit an application to come to the NT and will be required to self-quarantine.
  • A person who is required to enter the Territory for the administration of justice in the Territory.

    This includes an Australian lawyer, within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act 2006, who is entering for the purpose of appearing in court in circumstances in which appearance in person is required.

    • 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.
    • These people may be required to work under a COVID-19 management plan.
  • 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.

    • 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.
    • These people may be required to work under a COVID-19 management plan.
  • 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. to return to perform functions in the Territory.

    • These people must follow their organisations processes.
    • 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.
    • These people must submit an exemption application and also develop a written travel plan which outlines how they will commute into or through the Territory.
    • They should detail their journey and provide information about planned stops, food supplies and accommodation if applicable.
    • These people should have their travel plan and letter of exemption.
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