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
Do this online no more than 72 hours before entering the NT.
Step 3. Print your form
Once you submit your application online, print it and bring it with you. You must provide your printed form on your arrival to the NT.
If you can't print your form you will need to complete a new Border Arrival Form on entry into the NT.
You may also be asked to provide proof that you have not recently come from or visited a declared hotspot.
Proof can be in the form of bank statements, fuel or accommodation receipts, campground receipts or other documents that establish your recent movements.
Step 4. Sign the declaration on arrival
Your form will be reviewed by an authorised officer when you arrive.
You must declare relevant health information, including if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days and include all places you have visited in the past 28 days.
Major penalties apply for providing false information.
Step 5. 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 6. Keep up to date with declared Hotspots
Traveller’s responsibilities as per NT Chief Health Officer COVID-19 Direction (No. 47).
If an area you have been in is declared a COVID-19 Hotspot within 14 days of your arrival in the NT, you must:
- Contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002 and identify yourself as a person who has been in an area that has been declared a Hotspot since you arrived in the NT.
- If directed, you must submit to a test for COVID-19 infection.
- Practice physical distancing (e.g. keep 1.5 metres away from others, stay home if unwell, sleep in a separate bedroom away from others, minimise contact with people) until 14 days has elapsed since your arrival into the NT.
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.