Severity: Warning Alert       

Transportation: Authorities in Northern Territory, Australia, continue to maintain some statewide business restrictions and border controls as of Sept. 3.

Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 05:54 PM UTC
Alert Expires 01 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Northern Territory (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements

Summary
Authorities in Northern Territory continue to maintain some statewide business restrictions and border controls, amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in other parts of Australia. The territory has been in Stage 3 of its economic recovery plan since early June. Officials continue to allow almost all businesses and facilities, including theaters, music and dance venues, bars, nightclubs, community centers, amusement parks, and state-operated public parks and reserves, to operate. The government requires people to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) and to limit interactions with strangers to a maximum of 15 minutes. Public events of all sizes are allowed; however, organizers of events with more than 100 participants must submit a COVID-19 safety checklist to officials. Authorities require organizers to complete a COVID-19 Event Safety Plan and receive approval for gatherings of more than 500 people; events without permission cannot proceed.

Domestic Border Controls
Northern Territory has reopened its borders to most travelers without quarantine requirements. Visitors must complete a border entry form and provide a printed copy upon arrival. Officials continue to designate all of Victoria and local government areas in Greater Sydney, New South Wales, as COVID-19 hotspots. Travelers who have been in or traveled through declared COVID-19 hotspots must quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities at their own cost. Authorities may require proof from all travelers that they have not visited hotspots, and people could face fines if caught providing fraudulent information.

International Quarantine Requirements
All international travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Both international arrivals and visitors from domestic COVID-19 hotspots must pay for quarantine costs. Northern Territory is charging all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,500 (USD 1,830) for the first adult and AUD 5,000 (USD 3,660) for families of two or more people. Northern Territory also requires COVID-19 testing before release; people refusing testing must quarantine an additional 10 days and pay additional fees.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays at designated hotspot areas. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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