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NT home quarantine - frequently asked questions

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  • Fully-vaccinated domestic and international arrivals, with the exception of international arrivals who arrive on a flight facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to the NT from a red zone are permitted to undertake seven days home quarantine under the following conditions:

    • You must complete an online Border Entry Form before arriving in the NT.
    • You must have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test result 72 hours BEFORE arriving in the NT and must produce proof of it ON ARRIVAL into the NT.
    • You must have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival to the Northern Territory at the airport or the first regional centre or distribution point if travelling by road.
    • You must complete home quarantine in an approved home quarantine zone. At this time only Greater Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs are approved home quarantine zones.
    • You must undertake quarantine in a house, a room, unit, apartment, or willing commercial visitor accommodation. You must inform the commercial visitor accommodation that you are quarantining and they must agree.
    • You will be required to use the Good to Go App and stay in a location that has reliable access to a 4G internet connection.
    • No visitors are permitted to attend the quarantine location
    • You must have a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 5 during your quarantine and on Day 8 when you exit quarantine. You will need a final test on Day 14 when in the community.
    • You must stay within the approved home quarantine zone for 14 days from your arrival.
    • You must not attend any high-risk settings including:
    • Aged care facilities
    • Health care facilities except when necessary
    • Correctional facilities
    • Disability residential facility
    • Remote communities
    • Aboriginal Town Camps
    • Household members must be fully vaccinated having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • You can continue to live your normal life including going to work or school within the approved home quarantine zone.
    • You will not be required to be tested for COVID-19
  • Home quarantine testing requirements are listed below:

    • You must have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before arriving in the Northern Territory and show proof of the result on arrival.
    • You must have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival to the Northern Territory at the airport or the first regional centre or distribution point if travelling by road.
    • You must have a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 5 during your quarantine and on Day 8 when you exit quarantine. You will need a final test on Day 14 when in the community.
  • Your family members or household contacts will not be required to undertake quarantine, but must follow the below conditions:

    • Household members must be fully vaccinated having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • You can continue to live your normal life including going to work or school within the approved home quarantine zone.
    • You will not be required to be tested for COVID-19
  • Any person who has COVID-19 symptoms, should be tested for COVID-19 immediately.

    To get a COVID-19 test, you need to book online or call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

    COVID-19 symptoms include a cough, headache, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, muscle aches, fatigue, change in taste or smell and a sore throat.

  • At this time only Greater Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs are approved home quarantine zones. You must remain in an approved home quarantine zone for 14 days from when you arrive in the NT.

    Northern Territory COVID-19 approved home quarantine zones map

    Local government areas:

    • City of Darwin
    • City of Palmerston
    • Litchfield
    • Wagait Shire
    • Belyuen Shire
    • The Darwin Waterfront Precinct as specified under section 4 of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation Act 2006
    • Town of Alice Springs
    • Town of Katherine and Tindal.

    Localities of the Territory:

    • Charles Darwin National Park and East Arm, Prescribed as Area A for the Northern Territory Rates Act 2014
    • The unincorporated Elrundie area
    • Dundee Beach
    • Dundee Forrest
    • Bynoe
    • Charlotte
    • Cox Peninsula.
  • You can must complete home quarantine in a suitable place including:

    • House
    • A room
    • Unit
    • Apartment
    • Airbnb
    • commercial visitor accommodation.

    You must inform the commercial visitor accommodation that you are quarantining and they must agree.

  • If you undertake home quarantine, you must not attend any high-risk settings for 14 days from your arrival to the NT.

    These include:

    • Aged care facilities
    • Health care facilities except when necessary
    • Correctional facilities
    • Disability residential facility
    • Remote communities
    • Aboriginal Town Camps
  • No, you must be fully vaccinated, having had two doses of the COIVID-19 vaccine to be eligible for home quarantine.

  • From 20 December 2021, fully-vaccinated arrivals to the Northern Territory will not be required to quarantine. A testing regime will remain in place for arrivals from red zones.

    All arrivals into the Northern Territory, no matter where they are travelling from, will be required to have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival.

  • To get a COVID-19 test, you need to book online or call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

    You must travel from your home quarantine location, directly to get your COVID-19 test. You must not stop at any other location, between leaving and returning to your home quarantine location and the testing facility.

  • If there is a life threatening emergency, call 000 and advise the operator that you are undertaking home quarantine.

    If you have non-urgent illnesses/injuries or need new prescriptions, you can organise a General Practitioner (GP) consultation over the phone. Contact your usual GP and ask for a telehealth appointment. If you don’t have a GP or your GP doesn’t offer telehealth please contact the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and follow the advice provided to you.

  • Freight and transport workers are permitted to enter the Northern Territory but are required to follow the requirements included in Chief Health Officer Direction (No.50) Directions for Freight Workers