Media release

NT Border Control measures begin


NT Police have been pleased with the community wide acceptance of the border control measures brought in to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus into the NT. 

In the period from the introduction of the new control measures commencing at 4pm yesterday to 6am this morning, 140 people have been required to self-quarantine.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Hebb said travellers to the Northern Territory have overwhelmingly accepted the new requirements, including completing an arrival form, when coming into the NT.

“Visitors, residents returning and essential workers were engaged and co-operative with the processes that needed to be undertaken to protect the Northern Territory community,” said Mr Hebb.

“There is no room for any complacency with regards to the preventative responses to this Public Health Emergency. These measures, along with social distancing and good hygiene, are in place to protect the lives of Territorians.”

“I want to praise the exceptional work undertaken by many staff from NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, NTG agencies and non-Government agencies who were involved in the extensive planning required for establishing the border checkpoints.”

“I want to also thank in advance the frontline staff who are working at the border control points, who will be looking after their fellow Territorians into the future.”

Anyone seeking to enter the NT must fill in a border arrival form before arriving to declare:

  • where you have travelled in the last 30 days
  • your personal and contact details
  • information about where you intend to stay whilst in the Territory. 

There are exemptions for essential services and compassionate or medical grounds.

Border arrival forms and information including about exemptions and applying for exemption is provided on

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