Unaccompanied children returning from a hotspot
A child arriving in the Territory from a hotspot is required to quarantine in a place specified by the Chief Health Officer. A child is defined as a person who is under 18 years of age.
Parents remain responsible for ensuring they have consented to the travel and the quarantine arrangements for their child and remain responsible for their child throughout the process. They can delegate that responsibility to another adult.
The child must be met at the airport by the supervising adult who will be required to sign the border arrival form for the unaccompanied minor.
The supervising adult needs to provide ID when collecting the child. If the parent/caregiver has delegated the responsibility of collecting quarantining with the child, the responsible adult will need to provide proof to an authorised officer at the airport that the parent/caregiver has given them permission to collect the child and quarantine with the child.
If an unaccompanied minor arrives at the border either by bus or vehicle, the supervising adult can meet them at the quarantine facility in Alice Springs or Darwin, whichever is closest to the border crossing location.
The supervising adult is required to quarantine with the child for the quarantine period (14-days) including transport to, and away from the quarantine facility upon exit.
Parents or the supervising adult are responsible for organising the above arrangements prior to the arrival of the child into the Territory. Children and supervising adults will be provided with suitable family accommodation, as available at the quarantine facility, noting there are only single rooms available at the Howard Springs Facility in Darwin and limited family rooms in the Todd facility in Alice Springs.
The supervising adult will be responsible for ensuring children understand the rules of the facilities and abide by them – particularly those relating to infection prevention measures.
The quarantine fee will apply to all persons coming from a declared hotspot. If the supervising adult is an NT resident and not travelling from a hot spot, they will not be charged the quarantine fee. For practical purposes, the invoice relating to the minor in quarantine is raised against the responsible adult for payment.
If there is more than one minor and an accompanying adult, a family fee may apply if it reduces the cost to the family.
Call to organise quarantine arrangements.
8am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday on 1800 490 484