Warning Alert

Authorities in Northern Territory, Australia, continue statewide business restrictions and border controls as of Oct. 1 due to COVID-19.

Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 10:10 AM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Northern Territory 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements


Authorities in Northern Territory are maintaining some statewide business restrictions and border controls amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in other parts of Australia. The territory remains in Stage 3 of its economic recovery plan. Officials 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. 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 people to maintain physical distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) and to limit interactions with strangers to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Domestic Border Controls
Northern Territory has reopened its borders to most Australian 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. The government plans to lift quarantine requirements on visitors from Greater Sydney from Oct. 9, depending on COVID-19 transmission in the coming days. 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. Police remain deployed at the border and at airports to ensure compliance with entry restrictions.

Quarantine Requirements
All international travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Northern Territory charges 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 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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