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Interstate and international arrivals

A pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test is not required for interstate travellers entering the Northern Territory. International travellers must follow the pre-arrival advice on the Smartraveller website.

Border entry requirements for people travelling to the NT from interstate or overseas.

Double vaccinated visitors are welcome to enter the Northern Territory without having to quarantine. Only Therapeutic Goods Administration approved and recognised COVID-19 vaccines are accepted for the purpose of travel to Australia and the Northern Territory and proof of vaccination will be required on arrival.

Children aged 15 years and under are considered to be vaccinated for the purposes of entry into the NT only.

Unvaccinated returning Territorians and those people who have received authority to enter the Northern Territory, will be required to undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost.

Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to enter the NT.

When in the Northern Territory you can travel to key tourist destinations and national parks outside of excluded communities including Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk National Park, Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles, West MacDonnell National Park, Uluru-Kata Juta National Park.

If you are a repatriated Australian, read more.

Border Entry Requirements

You must:

Check the border entry flow chart PDF (154.3 KB)

If you are a resident, boarding school student, live or work on a cattle station, are an essential worker, or family member of an essential worker you are able to return to your home within excluded communities provided that:

You also must:

  • Have a Rapid Antigen Test within two hours after arriving in the NT.
  • Have a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 3 after arriving in the NT.
  • Have a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 6 after arriving in the NT.
  • Wear a mask when in excluded communities up until the seventh day after your arrival in the NT.
  • Essential workers must have a daily Rapid Antigen Test while in excluded communities, up until the seventh day after your arrival in the NT.

As proof, a photo must be taken of each of the test results, the packaging displaying the batch number and a document identifying yourself, this must be retained and provided on request. You must submit an online declaration stating that you completed the first test within two days of arrival and additional tests no later than Day 8 after arriving in the NT.

Testing regime

Anyone who is double vaccinated is able to enter the NT subject to the following COVID-19 testing regime:

  1. COVID-19 testing after you arrive in the NT and online declarations
  2. All arrivals are required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within two hours of arriving in the Northern Territory if travelling by air and within two hours of reaching a Rapid Antigen Test Distribution Centre if traveling by road. You are also required to submit an online declaration that you have carried out this test within two days of arriving in the Territory. Rapid Antigen Tests are provided for free at the airport or at NT Distribution Centres.

    You are also required to have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 6 after arriving in the NT.

    As proof, a photo must be taken of each of the test results, the packaging displaying the batch number and a document identifying yourself, this must be retained and provided on request. You must submit an online declaration stating that you completed the first test within two days of arrival and additional tests no later than Day 8 after arriving in the NT.

    If you do get a positive result on your RAT test, you will be required to isolate, please upload your result using the online declaration and follow advice on this page.

  3. Rapid Antigen Test

    People entering the NT will be provided with three Rapid Antigen Tests upon arrival at the airport.

    You can also collect Rapid Antigen Tests from NT Government COVID-19 testing sites.

    A list of testing locations can be found on the Rapid Antigen Test information page or you can call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

    You can also purchase your own Rapid Antigen Test from the pharmacy or supermarket. Rapid Antigen Tests approved for supply in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can be used in the NT. These are listed on the tga.gov.au website.

Guide to performing a Rapid Antigen Test PDF (227.8 KB)

  • All members of your family, including children aged 2 years and over are required to follow the testing regime which includes:

    As proof, a photo must be taken of each of the test results, the packaging displaying the batch number and a document identifying yourself, this must be retained and provided on request. You must submit an online declaration stating that you completed the first test within two days of arrival and additional tests no later than Day 8 after arriving in the NT.

  • You can travel anywhere within the Northern Territory except to areas located within excluded communities.

    You can stop and stay at free camping anywhere in the NT as long as it is not within the excluded communities for the purpose of travel.

  • The following information is acceptable as proof of vaccination for COVID-19:

    • Medicare COVID-19 Digital Certificate
    • Immunisation history statement
    • Proof of medical contraindication

    Questions about proof of COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Application to enter the Northern Territory if unvaccinated

    Some essential person and those seeking entry on compassionate or other grounds will need to apply for entry. You must meet the requirements listed below and complete the Application for approval to enter the NT form which can take up to three-days to process.

    Do not travel without approval. You will require the approval number to complete the Border Entry Form.

    Reasons you can apply for approval to enter the NT

    Only the following persons can apply for approval to enter:

    • a person who is entering the Territory to begin residence in the Territory;
    • a person escaping domestic violence;
    • a person with diplomatic or consular duties in the Territory;
    • active Australian military personnel required to assist the Territory or required to enter the Territory while performing their official duties;
    • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
    • a health practitioner as defined in section 8(3) of the Act, or other person coming to the Territory to perform functions related to health;
    • a specialist coming to the Territory to provide services for the continuity of industry or business and the maintenance of competitive operations if:
      • the specialist's skills are difficult to obtain in the Territory; and
      • the service must be provided without delay; and
      • the specialist must be physically present in the Territory to provide the service;
    • a person coming to the Territory for necessary maintenance or repair of power, water, communications or other infrastructure critical to the Territory;
    • a law enforcement officer or emergency service worker coming to the Territory to perform official duties;
    • a person coming to the Territory for the administration of justice in the Territory;
    • an agricultural industry worker, other than an abattoir or meat packing worker, coming to the Territory to provide urgent services that are critical to ensure continuity of the agricultural industry;
    • a paramedic, an officer of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc. or a member of the crew of Careflight, the Royal Flying Doctor Service or other medical retrieval 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;
    • the Secretary (or equivalent) of a Department or Agency of the Commonwealth;
    • a person who needs to enter the Territory for a compassionate purpose.

    Approval to enter the NT is not an exemption from quarantine.

    How you will be notified

    You will receive an email from the Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate advising you of the outcome of your application to enter the NT.

    If approved, you must undertake 14-days of mandatory supervised quarantine at your own expense or meet the required CHO direction.