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Mandatory quarantine

All people entering the Northern Territory (NT) are required by law to quarantine for 14 days at a designated location. People in quarantine will be subject to compliance checks and can be fined for breaches of quarantine.

Border control measures are enabling the gradual adjustment of restrictions for the Territory population to establish the new normal.

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.

Until midnight on 14 June, all interstate arrivals to the Northern Territory  are required to pay a fee to cover the costs of the mandatory quarantine. Find out about the quarantine fee.

If you are travelling with a pet, arrangements must be made to accommodate your pet prior to arriving in the NT and at your own expense. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure all vaccinations are current. Some people are exempt, or can apply for an exemption, from mandatory quarantine.

Read more about the exemption categories to find out if you are eligible.

If you have had close contact with a COVID-19 case

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), you must remain in self quarantine for 14 days.

The quarantine period begins at the time of your last point of exposure to the positive case and ends at midday 14 days later.

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

How to quarantine

You must stay at your place of quarantine to prevent the possible spread of the virus to other people.

Quarantine means:

  • You must stay at your place of quarantine for the entire 14-day quarantine period. You must not leave that place except:
    • in an emergency
    • to obtain essential medical care – you must call ahead to your healthcare provider and inform them you are in quarantine.
  • You must not permit any other person to enter your place of quarantine unless the other person:
    • usually resides at the place and remains completely separate from you
    • is also quarantining for the same 14-day period
    • is entering to deliver medical care or medical supplies
    • is entering for an emergency or other urgent circumstance.
  • Your place of quarantine must be self-contained so that you don’t have to leave to use a shared bathroom or kitchen.
    • Accommodation with shared facilities, such as a communal bathroom, is not suitable.
    • Accommodation without separate facilities for the person in quarantine is not suitable unless every person in the household is in quarantine together.
    • Camping is not suitable. You cannot quarantine in NT parks and reserves.
  • You must not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university.
  • You must ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door.
  • You do not need to wear a mask unless you have to go out (for example, to seek medical attention).
  • You should stay in touch by phone and online with your family and friends.
  • If you are quarantining in an apartment building or hotel, you must remain within your room.
  • You cannot used shared or common-use facilities such as pools, gyms, lawns and gardens, play equipment and lifts.

Public health officers, police and other authorised officers will continue compliance checks to ensure you are doing the right thing.

Fines will apply if you don't.

People carrying out compliance checks will display appropriate identification. They don't need access to premises. Anyone asking to access your premises should be refused.

If you have concerns, you should contact the police on 131 444 or 000 in an emergency.

Monitor symptoms

When in quarantine, monitor yourself for symptoms.

What to do if you get sick

Call your doctor for an urgent assessment if you develop symptoms.

Find out more about testing.

Non-COVID health care

In the case of an emergency call 000.

If you need health care that is not relating to coronavirus and is not an emergency, you must call ahead to your GP or other healthcare provider and inform them you are in quarantine. They will determine if it is necessary for you to leave your place of quarantine for treatment. In some cases you may be able to book a telehealth appointment to address your health needs.

If you must leave your place of quarantine for necessary healthcare:

  • maintain appropriate physical distance of at least 1.5m from other people
  • wear a surgical mask if possible
  • you must immediately return to your place of quarantine after your medical appointment.


Being in isolation for 14 days can be stressful and boring.

Suggestions include:

  • keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media
  • learn about coronavirus (COVID-19) and talk with others
  • reassure young children using age-appropriate language
  • where possible, keep up normal daily routines, such as eating well and exercise
  • arrange to work from home
  • ask your child's school to supply assignments or homework by post or email
  • do things that help you relax and use isolation as an opportunity to do activities you don't usually have time for.

Find out more about self-care.