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Border control and mandatory self-quarantine

Border control and mandatory self-quarantine

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19.

Interstate arrivals

If you are planning to travel to the Northern Territory from interstate before 17 July 2020, there are a number of things you need to know.

  • For anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020, who is not from a hotspot, quarantine ends at 12.01am on 17 July 2020, unless you meet strict exemption criteria. Exemptions are not available to travellers from hotspots. Anyone arriving prior to 17 July 2020, who has been in a hotspot within 14 days of travelling to the Territory, must continue to comply with their existing self-quarantine requirements.
  • Check if you meet the exemption criteria and complete your exemption application PDF (317.9 KB) as soon as possible to avoid processing delays
  • Everyone – whether you are required to self-quarantine or not – must complete an arrival border crossing application.

Interstate Hotspots - requirements for travellers

If you are intending to travel to the NT from an identified coronavirus hot spot you are strongly urged to reconsider your plans; likewise if you a Territorian intending to travel to a hotspot you are advised not to.

From 17 July anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost.

To find current hotspot advice click here.

Download the COVIDSafe app, it helps to support and protect you, your friends and family.

Pre-arrival border crossing application

Anyone arriving in the NT must complete a pre-arrival border crossing application, including people who may be exempt from self-quarantine.

To save time on your arrival at the NT’s borders, it is recommended you fill the form in and submit it online. The form covers important health information to help keep the Territory safe from the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • where you have travelled in the last 30 days
  • your personal and contact details
  • information about your travel plans and where you intend to self-quarantine in the Territory

Once you submit your application online, you will receive a reference number via email.  Record this reference number as you will need it upon arrival.

About Self-quarantine

Until 17 July, all interstate arrivals can complete 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine at a place of your choice and at your own cost.

You will need to list your place of self-quarantine and how you plan to get there in your online NT pre-arrival border crossing application

You can only self-quarantine in appropriate accommodation in an approved regional centre:

  • Municipalities of Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield (excluding Litchfield National Park and Dundee Beach)
  • Towns of Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs
  • Town site of Nhulunbuy.

You cannot roadside rest stops or in parks or reserves.

Check the municipality and town boundaries maps to make sure you are self-quarantining in an approved regional centre.

The quarantine period begins at the time of your arrival to the Territory (as confirmed on your border arrival form) and ends at midday on the 14th day after arrival.

You have a maximum of 48 hours to get to your quarantine location.

If directed by health officials, you will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test.

While in quarantine, you will be subject to compliance checks and can be fined for breaches of quarantine.

Read the mandatory self-quarantine guidelines and mandatory self-quarantine FAQs to make sure you have the information you need to meet to your requirements.

For students returning home from interstate read the Guideline for self-quarantine of school students (boarders) returning to the Northern Territory PDF (712.1 KB) and use the application form for those who wish to quarantine in a remote location PDF (245.8 KB) if seeking to quarantine outside of a regional centre.

International arrivals

All international arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine at a place directed by the NT Government.

You are required to cover the expense of your own quarantine fee.

Exemptions may apply under strict criteria.

Calculate your quarantine period

Enter the day you arrived or the day you last had exposure to someone who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Quarantine release date


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