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International travel

Travel restrictions

There is a ban on Australians travelling overseas.

Find out more on the Smartraveller website.

There are significant restrictions on who can travel to Australia. There are also border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you and your immediate family members can return to Australia.

Quarantine rules

From 28 March 2020, all international arrivals except for New Zealand travellers will be placed into mandatory supervised quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.*

You won't be able to transit to another location until you have completed your quarantine.

You will be housed and monitored in accommodation provided by the government.

This provides additional safety for the Territory community.

Find out more on the Australian Government's Home Affairs website.

Anyone entering a forced quarantine period now covers accommodation expenses.

At the airport

If you are unwell, airlines must refuse to let you fly. There will be extra screening of passengers at Australian airports to identify anyone who is unwell.

For more on screening and reporting of ill passengers, visit the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture website.

At overseas airports, Australian Border Force liaison officers will work with airlines to identify travellers who should not board.


If you are on an international flight and show signs of an infectious disease:

  • the airline must report you to biosecurity officers
  • biosecurity officers will assess you before you get off the plane
  • you may be isolated or referred to a hospital.

If you are unwell on a flight, you will be identified and referred for assessment when you arrive at your destination.

Australians travelling overseas

The Australian Government has banned overseas travel from 25 March.

If you are currently overseas you should visit the Smartraveller website for advice.

New Zealand travel bubble

New Zealand is now treated like another Australian State or Territory for the purposes of the Territory’s border restrictions.

New Zealand arrivals are no longer considered as ‘international arrivals’ for the purpose of quarantine, however, should the CHO declare a hotspot(s) in New Zealand, mandatory quarantine for 14 days (or less, depending on time spent out of a hotspot prior to arrival) will apply.

New Zealanders arriving in the Northern Territory from elsewhere in Australia will be required to quarantine if they have come from, or travelled through a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to arriving in the Northern Territory.

New Zealand travellers will also need to fill in a Border Entry Form and meet all other requirements for interstate travel to the Northern Territory.

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

* Exemptions may apply under strict criteria.