Northern Territory to move to ‘high risk’ under controlled border

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The Northern Territory will be elevated from its current ‘medium risk’ to ‘high risk’ under WA’s controlled border from 12.01am Sunday, 9 January.
Map of Australia including NZ on an purple background explaining NT has moved to high risk

The decision to elevate the risk status is based on the latest health advice, after the Northern Territory reported almost 600 new COVID-19 cases today.

Under the 'high risk' setting, travellers must be approved through the G2G Pass system, with exemption list limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • members of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person carrying out a limited range of specialist functions; and
  • a person given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

The final category provides an avenue for return for Western Australians who have travelled to the Northern Territory recently, have roots in WA and have a legitimate right to return, subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.

Under the 'high risk' settings, anyone entering from the Northern Territory, or who has travelled through the Northern Territory in the past 14 days, will be subject to the following strict conditions to enter WA:

  • get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival and day 12;
  • get tested if any symptoms develop while in WA;
  • be double dose vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible;
  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days;
  • a mandatory requirement to use the G2G Now app while in quarantine.  

The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

Page reviewed 11 January 2022