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COVID-19 Australian hotspots and travel restrictions

Are you a close contact?

If you are a close contact or unsure, you must immediately self quarantine and ring the NT COVID hotline on 1800 490 484 and identify yourself as a potential close contact.

Requirement to quarantine

I, Charles Hawkhurst Pain, Acting Chief Health Officer, under section 52 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (the Act), consider it necessary, appropriate or desirable to take action to alleviate the public health emergency in the Territory, declared by instrument entitled "Declaration of Public Health Emergency", dated 18 March 2020 (the public health emergency declaration), by making the following directions:

Victoria

  1. These directions apply to any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to any of the locations listed as ‘public exposure sites’ by the Victorian Department of Health from 5 May 2021 onwards, on or about the relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the Victorian Department of Health from time to time: Case alerts – public exposure sites | Coronavirus Victoria
  2. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory or who will arrive in the Northern Territory between 5 May and 00:01 on 12 May 2021 who has been to a ‘Tier 1’ site, must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the ‘Tier 1’ site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    Note: A person who has already had a test may be required to have further tests, at the direction of an authorised officer.
  3. Any person to whom these directions apply who arrives in the Northern Territory after 00:01 on 12 May 2021 who has been to a ‘Tier 1’ site must quarantine at a place approved by me until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the ‘Tier 1’ site. The person must submit to testing for COVID-19 while in quarantine.
  4. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 5 May or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a ‘Tier 2’ site must be tested for COVID-19. The person must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.
  5. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 5 May or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a ‘Tier 3’ site must monitor for symptoms and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms arise. If tested, the person must remain in a suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.
  6. To avoid doubt, a person to whom these directions apply is considered a person who is required to quarantine under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions (No.49), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.

New South Wales

  1. These directions apply to any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to any of the locations listed as ‘COVID-19 case locations’ by NSW Health from 30 April 2021 onwards, on or about the relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the NSW Health from time to time: Current COVID-19 case locations | NSW Government
  2. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory or who will arrive in the Northern Territory between 30 April 2021 and 00:01 on 6 May 2021 must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in a ‘COVID-19 case location’, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative or positive.

Note: this applies to any person who has arrived since 30 April and before 00:01 on 5 May, regardless of whether the person has already had a test. A person who has already had a test is not required to have another test. A person who has already had a test may be required to have further tests, at the direction of an authorised officer.

  1. Any person to whom these directions apply who arrives in the Northern Territory after 00:01 on 6 May 2021 must quarantine at a place approved by me until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in a ‘COVID-19 case location’. The person must submit to testing for COVID-19 while in quarantine.
  2. To avoid doubt, a person to whom these directions apply is considered a person who is required to quarantine under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions (No.49), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.

Individuals required to test for COVID-19

Testing and quarantine requirements: Western Australia

The Acting CHO requires any person who has arrived or will arrive in the Northern Territory to be tested for COVID-19 if:

  1. they have arrived since 27 April 2021; and
  2. they were at any of the locations listed as ‘Public exposure sites - Get tested immediately and monitor for symptoms’ by the Western Australian Department of Health on or about the relevant times and dates specified at the below link, as updated by the Western Australian Department of Health from time to time: Locations visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases | WA Government

Further, the Acting CHO requires any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 29 April 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who was at any of the locations listed as ‘Public exposure sites - Monitor for symptoms’ by the Western Australian Department of Health on or about the relevant times and dates specified at the above link, as updated by the Western Australian Department of Health from time to time, to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms arise.

A person who is required to be tested must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.

Testing requirement: Brisbane Airport International Terminal

The Acting CHO requires any person who has arrived or will arrive in the Northern Territory to be tested for COVID-19 if:

  1. they have arrived since 29 April 2021; and
  2. they were at Hudsons Coffee Brisbane Airport International (Airside), Level 3, Brisbane Airport International Terminal, between 9:45am and noon on Thursday 29 April 2021.

A person who is required to be tested must travel directly to a suitable place of quarantine and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain in the suitable place of quarantine until they are notified of the results of the test.

If a place of quarantine is deemed not to be suitable, the CHO will direct quarantine to be undertaken at the Howard Springs or Alice Springs quarantine facilities.

How to arrange testing

Directions for COVID-19 hotspots

I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, Chief Health Officer, under section 52 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011, consider it necessary, appropriate or desirable to take action to alleviate the public health emergency in the Territory, declared by instrument entitled "Declaration of Public Health Emergency", dated 18 March 2020 (the public health emergency declaration), by making the following directions:

  1. These Directions take effect from 9:10am on 15 July 2020 and remain in force while the public health emergency declaration is in force.
    Note for direction 1
    The period the public health emergency declaration is in force has been extended under section 50(2) of the Act. These Directions remain in force during the period of extension.
  2. The purpose of these Directions is to identify COVID-19 hotspots for my Directions relating to Territory border restrictions.

Declared hotspots

The Acting CHO has revoked the Local Government Areas of Western Australia to be COVID-19 Hotspots from 2.30 pm on 27 April 2021.

There are no current hotspots

View a list of former declared hotspots

  1. A person is taken not to have been in a COVID-19 hotspot if the person has been in a COVID-19 hotspot only in one or more of the following circumstances:
    1. the person travelled through a hotspot in or on a motor vehicle, public transport or a bicycle and did not leave the vehicle, disembark the public transport or dismount the bicycle while in the hotspot;
    2. the person was only at an airport located in a hotspot;
    3. the person travelled into or out of a hotspot by motor vehicle, public transport or bicycle directly to or from an airport located in the hotspot and did not leave the vehicle, disembark the public transport or dismount the bicycle while in the hotspot except to enter or leave the airport;
    4. the person:
      1. arrived by aircraft or motor vehicle from outside a hotspot; and
      2. travelled directly to a hotel that is within 5 km of an airport (an airport hotel) located in a hotspot for the purposes of overnight stay while transiting; and
      3. did not leave the hotel room (except in an emergency) until departing the hotel to travel directly to the airport.

    Examples for direction 4

    1. A person who travels by car through an area that is a COVID-19 hotspot but stops in the area to refuel the car or drop an item in a friend's mailbox, has been in the area.
    2. A person who rides a bicycle through an area that is a COVID-19 hotspot and stops in the area to buy a drink has been in the area.
    3. A person who flies into an airport located in an area that is a COVID-19 hotspot, remains at the airport during a 6 hour stopover and then departs the airport on an aircraft, is taken not to have been in the area.
    4. A person who flies to an airport that is located in an area that is a COVID-19 hotspot, takes a taxi from the airport to an airport hotel that is also located in the area that is a COVID-19 hotspot, checks in, orders room service and remains in the hotel room overnight, checks out the following day, travels directly back to the airport and takes a flight out of the area, is taken not to have been in the area.
  • All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form.

    If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Likewise if you are a Territorian intending to travel to an active hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans.

    See Google map with current hotspots.

    Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot must undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. If travelling to or from an airport within a declared hotspot, point 4 from the ‘Directions for COVID-19 Hotspots’ below provides advice.

    This will be at your own cost. The cost per person for supervised quarantine is $2500.

    Mandatory supervised quarantine will be at the Howard Springs* quarantine facility or another approved facility elsewhere in the Northern Territory. All quarantine facilities are alcohol-free.

    * Yulara or Alice Springs interstate arrivals may be transported to quarantine at Howard Springs in Darwin.

  • Travellers need to keep up-to-date with where they can travel and which areas have been declared COVID-19 hotspots, as the COVID-19 situation in Australia is continually evolving. If an area is declared a hotspot after you have departed but before you arrive in the Territory you will be placed in mandatory supervised quarantine.

    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 NT COVID-19 hotline 1800 490 484 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 or assessment for COVID-19 infection
    • Practice physical distancing (e.g. keep 1.5 metres away from others, if unwell stay home, sleep in a separate bedroom away from others, minimise contact with people) until 14 days has elapsed since your arrival in the NT.

    Travellers must be aware of their responsibilities as per current NT Chief Health Officer COVID-19 Directions.

    Don’t put the community at risk.

    • Are you a close contact. If you are a close contact or unsure, you must immediately self quarantine and ring the NT COVID hotline on 1800 490 484 and identify yourself as a potential close contact.
    • People in supervised quarantine will be subject to testing before exiting quarantine. If you refuse a test, there will be 10 days added to your quarantine time.
    • If you’re found to have provided misleading information on your arrival form you could face a fine of $5,056 for an individual, $25,280 for a business and a possible prison term of up to 3 years.
    • There are very limited reasons by which an exemption will be considered.

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