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Exemption to quarantine

If you are arriving in the NT from a declared COVID-19 hotspot, you must complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine unless you are eligible for exemption.

Under the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) Direction there are certain people or classes of people that are exempt from quarantine.

Even if you are a person that is considered exempt, you are still required to complete an application for exemption to enter the NT and a Border Entry Form.

Who must apply

The Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate can grant an exemption. There are a number of people granted exemptions by the Chief Health Officer, however they must still apply for that exemption to quarantine.

Other people that may be eligible for an exemption, include a person that:

  • is required for the proper functioning of the Territory or
  • is governed by a COVID-19 management plan imposed by the employer to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to the public.

For further advice please call the Border Restrictions Call Centre on 1800 490 484 or doh.exempt@nt.gov.au

How to apply

Fill the online application for exemption.

Organisations applying for exemption for their employees on the grounds they are governed by a COVID-19 management plan are to attach a copy of their plan to this email.

Your application will then be assessed on its merits by the Chief Health Officer or appropriate delegate.

The processing of applications can take up to 10 business days.

How you will be notified

You will receive a letter or email from the Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate advising you of the decision of your application.

Exemption categories

  • A health practitioner, as defined in section 8(3) of the Act, who is requested by the CEO of the agency responsible for administration of the Act to come to the Territory to perform functions.

    These people must submit an application for exemption and have a letter signed by the Chief Health Officer (or their delegate) outlining the conditions under which they can enter the NT and work.

  • All freight workers must comply with Chief Health Officer (CHO) Direction 50 .

    Freight workers entering the Northern Territory and the drivers of a freight vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Mass of over 4.5 tonnes or train crew must complete and submit an online COVID-19 Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan to the Northern Territory Government before entering the Northern Territory.

    If approved the freight worker will be issued a Certificate of Agreement that will be valid for a period of time specified on the certificate.

    Freight workers will then be committed to working under their plan while in the NT. Under the CHO Directions it is an offence to not comply with the plan submitted.

    Freight workers will need to show their Certificate of Agreement at the border and complete a Border Entry Form every time they enter the NT.

    Freight workers will not be permitted entry without their Certificate of Agreement.

    By completing a Freight Risk Mitigation Management Plan freight workers agree to comply with all conditions attached to this plan including:

    • Practice physical distancing
    • Quarantine if been in a hotspot
    • Undertake a COVID-19 test every seven days, and carrying evidence of the last test
    • Maintaining a log of movements and close contacts
    • Carrying adequate PPE including gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser.

    The Certificate of Agreement is valid for the duration specified on certificate. A freight worker does not need to submit a plan each time they come to the NT but once the period expires on the Certificate they need to submit another plan.

    Random checks will also be undertaken to ensure that the log of movements, evidence of testing and PPE is being carried.

    If freight workers have been in a declared hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the NT, they must agree to quarantine in suitable accommodation when not working in the NT for their quarantine period, A freight worker’s quarantine period commences at time of arrival in the NT and finishes 14 days after the worker was last in a hotspot.

    Testing

    Call the COVID-19 Hotline to arrange a testing – 1800 008 002 (press 1 for COVID enquiries and 1 again to arrange testing). You can get a test in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy.

    Darwin freight Industry COVID-19 Testing facility

    Truck Central, 15 Tandem Street, Wishart, Darwin, NT

    Please call us on 0448 582 731, Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm to make a booking.

    On arrival to the Darwin Testing Facility, please remain in your vehicle and text or call 0448 582 731 to inform the collector of your arrival.

    You will then be directed to the area where your COVID- 19 sample will be collected.

    Read the Freight Industry Covid-19 Darwin Testing Facility Fact Sheet PDF (198.8 KB) for more information

    Examples

    A freight worker who leaves a COVID-19 hotspot on 1 September 2020 and enters the NT at 23:00 (11 pm) on 4 September 2020 must, when not working, remain in quarantine until 12:00 (noon) on 15 September 2020.

    A freight worker who leaves a COVID-19 hotspot on 4 September 2020 and enters the NT on 4 September 2020 at 23.00 (11 pm) must, when not working, remain in quarantine until 12:00 (noon) on 18 September 2020. If a freight worker hasn’t been in a hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the NT, they do not need to quarantine.

    Quarantine means that you cannot leave your vehicle or accommodation for any reason other than for essential functions associated with working, including; refuelling, load restraint, vehicle maintenance, accessing essential restroom services or emergency medical treatment. Where possible you must have your own supply of food or have food delivered to your accommodation. You cannot go shopping or to a restaurant/bar for a meal. You may utilise the roadhouse truck stops and restrooms, as long as you they stay 1.5 metres away from others and clean up and sanitise afterwards.

    Suitable accommodation is considered to be a bedroom or sleeping area that is separate from any other person and if a hotel room, has its own bathroom and can include the cabin of your truck or train.

    For more information contact Border exemptions 1800 490 484.

    Call the COVID-19 Hotline to arrange a testing – 1800 008 002 (press 1 for COVID enquiries and 1 again to arrange testing).

    You can get a test in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Nhulunbuy.

    Download NT Border Control and (COVID-19) Freight Movement Fact sheet and information PDF (157.9 KB)

  • A person who is required to enter the Territory for essential, urgent or critical maintenance or repair of power, water, communications or other infrastructure critical to the Territory.

    These people must submit an exemption application and have a letter signed by the Chief Health Officer (or their delegate) outlining the conditions under which they can enter the NT and work.

  • A member from a flight crew is exempt from 14 days of self-quarantine if they:

    • do not leave the aircraft or airport or
    • leave the aircraft or airport only to check in to and remain quarantined at accommodation, and
    • practise social distancing measures.
  • All crew of commercial vessels must comply with Chief Health Officer (CHO) Direction 51.

    A crew member who has been in a hotspot within the 14 days prior to their entry into the Territory will need to quarantine. A crew member’s relevant quarantine period is the period commencing at their time of arrival in the Territory and ends at noon on the 14th day after the crew member was last in a hotspot.

    In other words: time spent outside of a hotspot will count towards the crew members 14 days when they arrive in the Territory.

    Examples

    A crew member who leaves a COVID-19 hotspot on 1 September 2020 and enters the Territory at 23:00 (11 pm) on 4 September 2020 must, when not working, remain in quarantine until 12:00 (noon) on 15 September 2020.

    A crew member who leaves a COVID-19 hotspot on 4 September 2020 and enters the Territory on 4 September 2020 at 23.00 (11 pm) must, when not working, remain in quarantine until 12:00 (noon) on 18 September 2020.

    There are no changes to international arrivals. Crew members who arrive from overseas will need to undertake 14 days quarantine before joining the vessel.

    A crew member will not be classified as an international arrival if they leave from a place in Australia, enter International waters and do not berth in a foreign port or have any interaction or interchange with other people or vessels and then enter the Territory.

  • More information

    If you are seeking information on exemptions for quarantining call 1800 490 484.

    8am – 5pm, 7 days