Interstate arrivals and quarantine
There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians.
All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:
- fill in a Border Entry Form
- complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at your own expense*, if you have recently been in an active declared COVID-19 hot spot. This includes children returning from a hotspot.
Step 1. Check quarantine requirements
You will have to quarantine if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before you arrive in the Territory.
This includes places that were declared hotspots after you visited them.
If you have been in a declared hotspot within the last 14 days but then spent time in an area that is not a hotspot immediately before crossing the NT border, that time will be deducted from your 14 days of quarantine.
For example, if you were in an area that is not a declared hotspot for 5 days immediately before crossing the NT border, those 5 days will now be counted as part of the required 14 day quarantine period. This means you will be required to quarantine for 9 days in the NT.
If travelling to or from an airport within a declared hotspot, point 4 from the ‘Directions for COVID-19 Hotspots’ provides advice.
Step 2. Fill in the Border Entry Form
Everyone travelling to the NT is required to complete an online Border Entry Form.
Do this online no more than 7 days before entering the NT.
There is no need to have a paper copy of your completed entry form but make sure it’s available on your mobile phone or personal electronic device as you may be asked to show it on arrival.
If you have a disability or impairment and require assistance please request support. We are able to help you access, complete and submit the required information on your behalf and arrange assistance on arrival if required.
Step 3. Monitor your health
COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through close contacts and droplets.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect your family and friends is through maintaining good hygiene practices and physical distancing and stay home if you are unwell.
Download the COVIDSafe app. The app speeds up the process of finding and contacting people exposed to COVID-19. This helps health officials support and protect you, your friends and family.
Step 4. Keep up to date with declared Hotspots
It is important all travellers entering the Northern Territory are aware of their responsibilities under the NT Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions.
If a place you have been in is declared a COVID-19 hotspot within 14 days of arriving in the NT, you must:
- Contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person that has been in an area that has been declared a hotspot since you arrived in the NT
- If directed, you must have a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until you return a negative test.
- Practice physical distancing for the 14 days after you were in a declared a hotspot by:
- Staying 1.5 metres away from others
- minimising contact with people
- sleeping in a separate bedroom to others
- staying at home if unwell
For more information, call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002.
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.