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Mandatory Self Quarantine - FAQs

Key Principles

Personal and community responsibility

  • Ensure you are following these principles in your daily life.
  • Encourage your family and friends to follow these principles in their daily life.
  • Take responsibility - we all need to work together to keep the NT safe.

Physical distancing

  • A minimum space of 1.5 metres between you and people not known to you.
  • If you need to be facing another person from outside your group and be closer than 1.5 metres apart minimise contact with others outside your family/group to less than 15 minutes.

Hygiene

  • Avoid touching your face and cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow.
  • Hand wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before and after any contact with surfaces touched regularly by more than one person.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched by more than one person – e.g. phones, door handles, benches, equipment, toys etc.
  • Avoid sharing cups and utensils.

COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app is a tool developed by the Australian Government to assist with the contact and trace methodology. The NT Government encourages Territorians and visitors to the NT to download the app.

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  • Anyone arriving in the NT from interstate must complete 14 days of self-quarantine at an appropriate location in one of the following areas:

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

    You cannot self-quarantine outside of these areas, including at roadside rest stops or in parks or reserves.

    You will need to stay in your self-quarantine accommodation for the entire 14 days.

  • Yes, you must complete the pre-arrival border crossing application prior to arrival.

    The form will also be available at Border Check Points.

  • If it will take more than an hour to get to your nominated place of self-quarantine, you will need a travel plan. You must arrive at your place of self-quarantine within 48 hours. You will need to enter your travel plan details in your pre-arrival border crossing application.

    Your travel plan must outline your planned fuel and rest stops and overnight accommodation.

  • Yes, you can stop to purchase fuel. All fuel stops must be outlined in the travel plan details in your prearrival border crossing application.

    While travelling, keep your stops to a minimum, do not spend more than 15 minutes engaging with others outside your family/group at your stops and ensure you maintain 1.5 metres from others at all times.

  • Yes, but these places must appear in your travel plan details in your pre-arrival border crossing application. While travelling, keep your stops to a minimum, do not spend more than 15 minutes engaging with others outside your family/group at your stops and ensure you maintain 1.5 metres from others at all times.

  • No, you must travel directly to your place of self-quarantine and remain there in quarantine for 14 days.

    If it will take more than an hour to get to your nominated place of self-quarantine, you must enter your travel plan details in your pre-arrival border crossing application.  You must arrive at your self-quarantine location within 48 hours.

  • No, you must travel directly to your self-quarantine location.

    You must not make any stops not identified in your travel plan details.

    You must be prepared to self-quarantine for 14 days in the NT. This means you will either need to have a 14-day supply of food with you or have arranged food delivery to your place of self-quarantine.

  • Yes, you can stop overnight if this is outlined in your travel plan details in your pre-arrival border crossing application. Your 14-day self-quarantine period begins when you cross the border.

    You must arrive at your place of self-quarantine within 48 hours. Your travel plan details must outline your planned fuel and rest stops and overnight accommodation.

    If you intend to stay in a commercial accommodation for the 14 days of self-quarantine, this must be named in your travel plan details.

  • Yes, you can now undertake the 14-day quarantine period in your own home; in private accommodation; or in appropriate commercial accommodation at your own cost. You must quarantine in one of one the following areas only:

    • Municipality of Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield or;
    • Town of Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs or;
    • The Townsite of Nhulunbuy.
  • You must quarantine in one of the following areas only:

    • Municipality of Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield or;
    • Town of Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs or;
    • The Townsite of Nhulunbuy.
  • Yes, you must self-quarantine for 14-days at a suitable location in one of the following areas only:

    • Municipality of Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield or;
    • Town of Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs or;
    • The Townsite of Nhulunbuy.
  • You must sleep in a separate bedroom away from other members of the household. Ideally you should have access to a private bathroom, however if you need to share the bathroom, make sure it is cleaned after each use.

    You cannot self-quarantine in a tent or in a dormitory.

    Businesses offering suitable accommodation services will have an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan.

  • Yes you can, but you must sleep in a separate bedroom away from other members of the household. Ideally you should have access to a private bathroom, however if you need to share the bathroom, make sure it is cleaned after each use. You must have your own plates, cutlery, towel and bed linen. You cannot share meals with others.

    If using shared facilities you should use hand sanitiser or wash hands with soap and water before touching shared items or you should wipe down anything you have touched with antibacterial wipes after use. You must stay at your place of self-quarantine and not go to public places.

    If you have a private garden, balcony or courtyard you may access these areas as long as you stay within the boundary of the property.

  • Yes, you can self-quarantine if you have arrived from interstate.

  • Yes, but this must be within commercial accommodation where it can be shown that you have stayed for 14 days. You can use the communal bathroom but not the laundry or kitchen and you should use hand sanitiser or wash hands with soap and water before touching shared items or you should wipe down anything you have touched with anti-bacterial wipes after use.

    You should not interact with unknown people or groups during the 14 day self-quarantine period. People in self-quarantine will be monitored to ensure that they are complying with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

  • If your commercial accommodation has the appropriate waste disposal facilities, yes you can empty your sullage tank. This is a question you should ask before booking your accommodation.

  • If you are travelling and staying in commercial accommodation, this will be a question for your accommodation provider as to whether they accept pets. If staying at home, with family or friends, there is no reason why your pet cannot join you in quarantine.

    You cannot leave your place of self-quarantine so you will not be able to exercise your pets outside the property.

  • No. Your partner will need a separate bedroom.

  • Yes, so long as you maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between you and any other member of the household that is not in self-quarantine.

    You must sleep in a separate bedroom away from other members of the household. Ideally, you should have access to a private bathroom, but if not, you must ensure it is cleaned after each use. You must have your own plates, cutlery, towel and bed linen.

    If using shared facilities you should use a hand sanitiser or wash hands with soap and water before touching shared items or you should wipe down anything you have touched with anti-bacterial wipes after use.

    You must stay at your place of self-quarantine and not go to public places. If you have a private garden, balcony or courtyard you may access these areas as long as you stay within the boundary of the property.

  • Yes, so long as that home is located in one of these locations:

    • Municipality of Darwin, Palmerston or Litchfield or;
    • Town of Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs or;
    • The Townsite of Nhulunbuy.

    A physical distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained with any other member of the household that is not in self-quarantine.  The student must sleep in a separate bedroom away from other members of the household. Ideally, they should have access to a private bathroom, but if not, this must be cleaned after each use.

    If using shared facilities they should use a hand sanitiser or wash hands with soap and water before touching shared items or wipe down anything they have touched with anti-bacterial wipes after use.

    They should also have their own plates, cutlery, towel and bed linen. They must stay at their place of self-quarantine and not go to public places. If there is a private garden, balcony or courtyard they may access these areas as long as they stay within the boundary of the property.

    Exemptions can be sought for students returning home to locations outside of regional centres, but quarantine guidelines would still apply.

  • You can share a sleeping space with your friends as you will all be in quarantine but you cannot share dormitory accommodation with other people. You should not interact with unknown people or groups during the 14 day self-quarantine period.

    You must have your own plates, cutlery, towel and bed linen. You cannot share meals with others. When using the bathroom, you should use a hand sanitiser or wash hands with soap and water before touching shared items or you should wipe down anything you have touched with anti-bacterial wipes after use. You must stay at your place of self-quarantine and not go to public places.

    If you have a private garden, balcony or courtyard you may access these areas. You should not access non-essential common areas such as gardens or pools, kitchens or laundries

  • No.

  • No, you must not access non-essential common areas such as gardens or pools.

  • No. During the 14-day quarantine period you must stay at your place of self-quarantine and not go to public places. If you have a private garden, balcony or courtyard you may access these areas.

  • Yes. The Northern Territory Department of Health, with the support of the Northern Territory Police Force, undertake periodic checks on people who are in self-quarantine to ensure they are complying with the mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine.

    People who are not complying may face further action.

  • If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath) within the 14 day self-quarantine period, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment. You should telephone the health clinic or GP before you arrive and tell them your travel history and if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

    Your doctor will organise testing if they decide you meet the criteria. If you can't contact or get to your GP, but you have the symptoms, you should call 1800 008 002.

    This is a dedicated NT wide COVID-19 number for people who need to arrange testing only. In an emergency call 000.

  • Ideally, you should seek support of friends or family to collect your medication on your behalf. If this is not an option, you can leave quarantine to obtain medical supplies but you cannot undertake any other errands such as going to the grocery store etc.  You must comply with physical distancing and hygiene principles during your travel.

    You should call ahead to the chemist and explain the situation so that they can have your medication ready for you.

  • You will need to organise for friends, relatives, or service providers to drop food off to you without them entering your place of self-quarantine.

  • Yes, you can arrange to work from home during the 14-day quarantine period. However, you cannot see visitors or allow visitors into your place of self-quarantine.

    Only people who usually live with you should be in the home or place of self-quarantine.

  • Yes. The process remains the same.  The existing exemption categories will remain. There will also be an additional exemption on compassionate grounds where you can leave quarantine for a short time to attend a funeral or visit a terminally ill relative, and then return directly to quarantine. You must follow physical distancing and hygiene measures when not in self-quarantine.