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COVID-19 Australian red zones and travel restrictions

The following map and locations list provide information on Australian red and green zones.

If you travel from an Australian red zone you are required to follow the interstate arrivals and quarantine directions.

The definition of red and green zones is available CHO Directions - COVID-19 Directions (No. 96) 2021: Directions for Territory border restrictions

CHO Directions

  • As per CHO Direction:

    1 September 2021

    The CHO requires any person who arrives in the Territory to be tested for COVID-19 if they have been in Canberra Airport from 6:00pm on 1 September 2021.

    With reference to direction 42 of the Directions for Territory border restrictions (No.8) 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 isolated in the suitable place of quarantine until notified of the results of the test.

    12 August 2021

    The CHO requires any person who arrived in the Northern Territory before 4:30pm on 12 August 2021 who has been in the Australian Capital Territory since 5 August 2021 to be tested for COVID-19.

    With reference to direction 42 of the Directions for Territory border restrictions (No.8) 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 isolated in the suitable place of quarantine until notified of the results of the test.

  • As per CHO Direction:

    1 September 2021

    The CHO requires any person who arrives in the Territory to be tested for COVID-19 if they have been in Sydney Domestic Airport from 6:00pm on 1 September 2021.

    With reference to direction 42 of the Directions for Territory border restrictions (No.8) 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 isolated in the suitable place of quarantine until notified of the results of the test.

    16 June 2021

    The CHO has made the following directions:

    I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, 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, effective immediately:

    1. With reference to Part 6 of CHO Directions No.8 of 2021 (my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), the locations (including public transport routes) listed at the following link as COVID-19 case locations in New South Wales, as updated by the New South Wales Department of Health from time to time, are COVID-19 public exposure sites. The relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the New South Wales Department of Health from time to time are the public exposure periods:

      https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

    2. These directions apply to any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site during the public exposure periods.
    3. Any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in New South Wales since 11 June 2021 must check the above website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site and they were at that place during the public exposure period.
    4. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 11 June 2021 and 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 who is a ‘close contact’, as defined by the above website, 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 COVID-19 public exposure site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    5. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who arrives in the Northern Territory from 5:00pm on 22 June 2021 onwards who is a ‘close contact’, as defined by the above website, must quarantine at a place approved by me until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the COVID-19 public exposure site. The person must submit to testing while in quarantine.
    6. With reference to direction 41 of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who is a ‘casual contact’, as defined by the above website, 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 receive a negative test result.
    7. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 11 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a ‘monitor for symptoms’ COVID-19 public exposure 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.
    8. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘close contact’ site, ceases to be a ‘close contact’ site, a person who is in quarantine by reason only of that area formerly being a ‘close contact’ site is not required to remain in quarantine, provided they have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result.
    9. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘casual contact’ or ‘monitor for symptoms’ site becomes a ‘close contact’ site, a person who has been to the 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 ‘close contact’ site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    10. 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.8), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.
  • As per CHO Direction:

    I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, 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, effective immediately:

    1. With reference to Part 6 of CHO Directions No.8 of 2021 (my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), the locations listed at the following link as current exposure venues in Queensland, as updated by the Queensland Department of Health from time to time, are COVID-19 public exposure sites. The relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the Queensland Department of Health from time to time are the public exposure periods
      https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing
    2. These directions apply to any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory from 19 June 2021 who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site during the public exposure periods.
    3. Any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in Queensland since 19 June 2021 must check the above website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site and they were at that place during the public exposure period.
    4. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 19 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who is a ‘close contact’, as defined by the above website, must quarantine at a place approved by me until noon on the 14th day after the last day the person was in the COVID-19 public exposure site. The person must submit to testing while in quarantine.
    5. With reference to direction 41 of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who is a ‘casual contact’, as defined by the above website, 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 receive a negative test result.
    6. Any person to whom these directions apply who is a ‘low risk contact’, as defined by the above website, 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.
    7. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘close contact’ site, ceases to be a ‘close contact’ site, a person who is in quarantine by reason only of that area formerly being a ‘close contact’ site is not required to remain in quarantine, provided they have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result.
    8. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘casual contact’ or ‘low risk contact’ site becomes a ‘close contact’ site, a person who has been to the 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 ‘close contact’ site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    9. 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.8), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.
  • As per CHO Direction:

    Pursuant to direction 3 of COVID-19 Directions (No. 96) 2021: Directions for Territory border restrictions, the Deputy Chief Health Officer, as delegate of the Chief Health Officer, has declared South Australia to be a red zone from 8:00pm on 3 December 2021.

    The CHO has made the following directions:

    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:

    These Directions take effect at 12:01 am on 30 November 2021 and remain in force while the public health emergency declaration is in force.

    Note for direction 1These Directions will remain in force during any extensions of the duration of that declaration, which may be made under section 50(2) of the Act. My COVID-19 Directions (No. 104) 2021 are revoked.

    In these Directions: approved means approved by me.

    A person entering the Territory who, during the 14 days prior to entering the Territory, was in South Australia, must produce a negative result to a PCR COVID-19 testing procedure that was obtained within a period of 72 hours immediately prior to entering the Territory.

    If, on entry, the person fails to produce evidence of the negative test result, the person is required to quarantine in accordance with Part 4, Division 2 of my COVID-19 Directions (No. 96) 2021 (as amended from time to time) until the person produces a negative result to an approved PCR COVID-19 testing procedure.

    A person entering the Territory who, during the 14 days prior to entering the Territory, was in South Australia, must, on the 5th day after the day the person enters the Territory submit to an approved COVID-19 testing procedure at a time and place specified by me.

    The directions relating to conduct of tests in Part 4, Division 3 of my COVID-19 Directions (No. 96) 2021 (as amended from time to time) apply to tests required by directions 5 and 6.Notes for COVID-19 Directions1 Section 56 of the Act provides for an offence for failing to comply with a direction given by me under section 52 of the Act.2 The maximum penalty for this offence is 400 penalty units.3 A person is not guilty of this offence if the person has a reasonable excuse.4 An infringement notice may be given for failing to comply these Directions with a fine equal to 32 penalty units for an individual and 160 penalty units for a body corporate.

  • Nil

  • As per CHO Direction:

    14 August 2021

    The CHO requires any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in the following Victorian Local Government Area or Town since 8 August 2021 to be tested for COVID-19.

    With reference to direction 42 of the Directions for Territory border restrictions (No.8) 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 isolated in the suitable place of quarantine until notified of the results of the test.

    Local Government Area:
    City of Greater Shepparton

    Town:
    Lakes Entrance

    21 June 2021

    The CHO has made the following directions:

    I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, 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, effective immediately:

    1. With reference to Part 6 of CHO Directions No.8 of 2021 (my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), the locations listed at the following link as Public exposure sites in Victoria by the Victorian Department of Health, as updated by the Victorian Department of Health from time to time, are COVID-19 public exposure sites. The relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the Victorian Department of Health from time to time are the public exposure periods:

      Case alerts – public exposure sites | Coronavirus Victoria

    2. These directions apply to any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site during the public exposure periods.
    3. Any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in Victoria since 7 June 2021 must check the above website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site and they were at that place during the public exposure period.
    4. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in a ‘Tier 1’ public exposure site, as defined by the above website, 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 while in quarantine.
    5. With reference to direction 41 of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in a ‘Tier 2’ public exposure site, as defined by the above website, 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 receive a negative test result.
    6. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 7 June 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a ‘Tier 3’ public exposure 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.
    7. 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.8), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.
  • As per CHO Direction:

    The CHO has made the following directions:

    I, Hugh Crosbie Heggie, 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, effective immediately:

    1. With reference to Part 6 of CHO Directions No.8 of 2021 (my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions), the locations listed at the following link, as updated by the Western Australian Department of Health from time to time, are COVID-19 public exposure sites. The relevant times and dates specified at the following link as updated by the Western Australian Department of Health from time to time are the public exposure periods: Locations visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases (healthywa.wa.gov.au)
    2. These directions apply to any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 27 August 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been to a COVID-19 public exposure site during the public exposure periods.
    3. Any person who has arrived or who will arrive in the Northern Territory who has been in Western Australia since 27 August 2021 must check the above website at least once per day and comply with these directions if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site and they were at that place during the public exposure period.
    4. With reference to direction 37(a) and (b) of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 27 August 2021 whose COVID-19 public exposure site is listed under ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’, as defined by the above website, 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). The person must get tested again on day 12 of the quarantine period. 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 COVID-19 public exposure site, regardless of whether the results of the tests are negative.
    5. With reference to direction 41 of my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions, any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 27 August 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory whose COVID-19 public exposure site is listed under ‘get tested immediately and monitor for symptoms’, as defined by the above website, 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 receive a negative test result.
    6. Any person to whom these directions apply who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 27 August 2021 or who will arrive in the Northern Territory whose COVID-19 public exposure site is listed under ‘monitor for symptoms’, as defined by the above website, 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.
    7. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’ site, ceases to be a ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’ site, a person who is in quarantine by reason only of that area formerly being a ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’ site is not required to remain in quarantine, provided they have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result.
    8. If a COVID-19 public exposure site that was a ‘get tested immediately and monitor for symptoms’ or ‘monitor for symptoms’ site becomes a ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’ site, a person who has been to the 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 ‘get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days’ site, regardless of whether the result of the test is negative.
    9. 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.8), and all quarantine requirements under my Directions for Territory Border Restrictions apply.
  • The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared the whole of the North Island of New Zealand a red zone from 8.00pm of 12 November 2021, and revoked the current red zone declarations for Waikato and Auckland. He has also imposed a testing requirement for the North Island, and revoked the current testing requirement for Auckland.

    Red zone revocations and declaration

    From 8.00pm on 12 November 2021, the Acting Chief Health Officer has:

    (a)    revoked the Waikato local government region as a COVID-19 red zone;

    (b)    revoked Auckland as a COVID-19 red zone; and

    (c)     declared the whole of the North Island of New Zealand to be a COVID-19 red zone.

    Testing requirement – North Island

    The Acting Chief Health Officer requires any person who has arrived or will arrive in the Territory prior to 8:00pm on 12 November 2021 to be tested for COVID-19 if they have been in the North Island of New Zealand within the last 14 days.

    Removal of testing requirement – Auckland

    The Acting Chief Health Officer has removed the testing requirement for Auckland, issued on 10 September 2021, effective from 8:00pm on 12 November 2021.

    Anyone travelling form a red zone will need to follow the travel requirements on the Interstate and international arrivals page.

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

    With reference to direction 42 of the Directions for Territory border restrictions (No.8) 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 isolated in the suitable place of quarantine until notified of the results of the test.