Authorities in Northern Territory are maintaining some statewide business restrictions meant to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while quarantine requirements have been lifted for arrivals from other locations in Australia, except for Greater Melbourne. The territory remains in Stage 3 of its economic recovery plan. Officials allow almost all businesses and facilities to operate, including theaters, music and dance venues, bars, nightclubs, community centers, amusement parks, and state-operated public parks and reserves. 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 from health staff for gatherings of more than 500 people. The government requires individuals to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) from others and to limit interactions with strangers to a maximum of 15 minutes.
Domestic Border Controls
The Northern Territory has reopened its borders to most Australian travelers without quarantine requirements. However, visitors from outside the Northern Territory must complete a border entry form and provide a printed copy upon arrival.
Officials continue to designate Greater Melbourne, Victoria, as a COVID-19 hotspot. Travelers who have been in or traveled through declared COVID-19 hotspots must quarantine for 14 days in government-designated facilities at their own expense. However, residents of Victoria outside Greater Melbourne, who have merely transited Melbourne Airport (MEL) without visiting other parts of the city while en route to the Northern Territory, are not required to quarantine. Other domestic COVID-19 hotspot designations and related quarantine measures were lifted Nov. 2. Officials in the Northern Territory advise residents to avoid nonessential travel to designated hotspots. Authorities may require travelers to produce proof that they have not visited hotspots; providing fraudulent information may be punishable by fines. Police remain deployed at the border and at airports to ensure compliance with entry restrictions.
Most travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. New Zealand residents can enter the Northern Territory without quarantine. Northern Territory charges most international arrivals and visitors from domestic COVID-19 hotspots for quarantine, 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.
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 tissues, 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.