CHO Direction – International and Domestic Air Travel

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

The NT Chief Health Officer will introduce new Directions outlining strict health and hygiene practices for international and domestic travel to bolster our defence against COVID-19 in the Northern Territory and across Australia.

The health Directions are in line with a new national approach and come into effect at 12.01am on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

One of the key Directions make it mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports and while on board an aircraft. Masks must be worn when inside the Darwin, Alice Springs, Yulara, Gove and Groote Eylandt airports and when on the airfield. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask. It is the responsibility of individuals to supply their own masks.

Under the CHO Directions, international and domestic air crew are now required to have a COVID-19 test upon arrival into the Northern Territory if they have not had a test in Australia in the previous seven days.

International air crew travelling from the Northern Territory to another State or Territory will have to do so on board a freight flight or private charter. They will not be allowed to travel on domestic commercial flights unless they have completed 14 days of quarantine and returned a negative test.

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.

  • Do not travel or go to work if you are sick.

  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.

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