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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.

  • Everyone arriving in the NT from interstate before 17 July must complete 14 days of self-quarantine, unless you meet strict exemption criteria
  • 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 a pre-arrival border crossing application. This can be submitted online to save time when you arrive in the NT.

Interstate Hotspots - requirements for travellers

From 17 July, border controls will be lifted for most interstate arrivals.

You will still need to complete a border arrival form and declare if you have travelled to or through a coronavirus hotspot in the last 28 days.

Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory who has been in a hot spot will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a regional centre at your own expense.

As of 26 June, the Victorian Government had identified six local government areas within their state as COVID-19 hotspots.

These situations can evolve rapidly and information on hotspots will continue to be updated.

Plan ahead and avoid travelling through a hotspot*.

*Importantly the 6 Victorian hot spots have been identified by AHPPC (see  COVID-19 hotspots) and a hot spot is defined as more than 5 non-overseas acquired cases since 1 June 2020.

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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