BREAKING NEWS: Northern Territory will SCRAP its border rules just before Christmas – here’s what it means for travellers
The Northern Territory will scrap its border restrictions within days, its government has announced.
From December 20, interstate visitors will not have to quarantine upon arrival in the NT under the new rules, regardless of where they’ve travelled from.
But they must be fully vaccinated and get a Covid-19 test before and upon arrival and a third test six days after entering the state in what was hailed as the territory’s ‘biggest step’ towards Covid-freedom.
‘The key question will not be where you have come from but whether you are fully vaccinated or not,’ NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced on Thursday.
‘Anyone planning to come to the territory, be left in no doubt, you will have to get COVID tested before you get here and after you arrive.
Travellers must show proof of a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival into the territory.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner made the announcement on Thursday
They then must undergo a second test within 72 hours of arrival and get a final test on day six of entering the NT.
Arrivals must also stay in a ‘high vaccination zone’ for 14 days when they arrive into the Top End.
Unvaccinated travellers will be still banned from entering the NT, unless they’re returning Territorians, have an exemption or aged under-12.
Unvaccinated travellers allowed in the NT will be required to go into mandatory quarantine at Howard Springs or in Alice Springs and foot the bill for the $2500.
The Covid roadmap was revised as the NT recorded three new cases.
Earlier this week, Mr Gunner declared it was time to learn to live with the virus.
‘We can’t completely eliminate COVID from the community,’ Mr Gunner told reporters on Tuesday.
‘We are at a point where COVID-zero no longer exists as a strategy or as a reality. This is part of our new normal in the territory’.
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