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This article has the rules and restrictions people in Darwin, Katherine, and the wider Northern Territory must follow to keep their community safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vaccine Pass (proof of vaccination)

You will now need to show proof of vaccination when visiting certain venues.

The venues are:

  • Bars, pubs and nightclubs licensed to sell and consume liquor on premises
  • Clubs licensed to sell and consume liquor on premises
  • Casinos and licensed gaming venues
  • Restaurants with a liquor licence
  • Cinema, theatre, concert, music or dance hall.

The requirement does not impact: take away food or beverages; food court, food truck, market stall or casual dining café that operates without a liquor licence.

If you are not vaccinated you cannot visit above venues.

Read more about proof of vaccinations and what is required.

Mask use

There is no universal mask mandate in the Northern Territory.

An indoor mask mandate remains in place for the Big Rivers Region. A map outlining the Big Rivers area can be found in CHO Direction #49 page 6. A person must wear a mask when inside any premises, vehicle or vessel and cannot maintain a distance of 1.5m from other people.

Outside of high-risk settings people do not have to wear a mask unless they choose to do so.

High-risk settings include hospitals and health care facilities, aged care and disability residential facilities, and correctional facilities. People also have to wear a mask at airports and on planes as detailed below.

Mask mandates at airports

Chief Health Officer Directions make it mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports and while onboard an aircraft. Masks must be worn when inside the airport 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.

Mask wearing is mandatory at the following Northern Territory airports:

  • Darwin International Airport
  • Alice Springs Airport
  • Connellan Airport - Ayers Rock (Yulara)
  • Gove Airport
  • Groote Eylandt

A person is not required to wear a mask during an emergency or while doing any of the following:

  • Consuming food or beverage
  • Communicating with a person who is hearing impaired
  • Wearing an oxygen mask

It is the responsibility of individuals to make sure they have a mask to wear when at major NT airports and while onboard an aircraft.

Historical exposure sites

See all historical exposure sites in the Northern Territory



It’s important that if you have any symptoms that you get tested for COVID-19.

To arrange a COVID test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested,

Check-in, Vaccine Pass

You can use the Territory Check In app to check-in and show proof of your vaccination status at all locations where the Vaccine Pass is in place.

The Vaccine Pass requires customers to show proof of their vaccination status upon entry to licensed hospitality venues.

More information on the Vaccine Pass

  • Check-in using The Territory Check-In App or other systems everywhere you go, no matter how long you are there for.
  • Using a check-in system allows  health teams to quickly undertake contact tracing and do the critical work they need to in the case of an outbreak.
  • All businesses and places where customers and clients visit need to use a check-in system, like The Territory Check-In App.
  • For more information on Territory Check-In App or to register your business.

Personal behaviour

Personal behaviour is our best defence against COVID-19.

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand-sanitiser regularly.
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Reduce interactions with people you do not know or don’t see often

More information

Visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au for the latest information from the NT Government.

NT COVID-19 hotline 1800 490 484For information on COVID-19 in the Territory call the hotline (8 am to 4.30 pm).

If you need to talk to someone about this, you can call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm. 

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