Travel advice within the NLC region - update

Date: Jul 2, 2021

Publication Type: Media Releases

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory all permits to enter and remain on Aboriginal Land in the NLC region remain suspended until 1pm Friday 9 July 2021.

You may only enter Aboriginal Land if:

- You are a resident 

- You are an Essential Worker (as defined by the Northern Territory Government - the NTG) and you have obtained an approved NLC permit 

- You are already on Aboriginal Land and are returning home by the most direct route. 

We urge you to seriously re-consider your need to travel to Aboriginal Land. Communities across the NLC region have made it clear that the NLC should stop people travelling unless they are performing an essential service or function.

Essential Worker 

A list of occupations defined as Essential Worker is available on the NTG website:

Have you been in a lockdown area, hotspot or exposure site?

If you are entering Aboriginal Land and have been in a lockdown area, hotspot or exposure site in the past 14 days then you must follow any directions from the Chief Health Officer (CHO) and act in a COVID safe way. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices.

Are you currently on Aboriginal Land?

If this is your usual place of residence, you should remain there and stay safe on country. If your usual place of residence is outside of Aboriginal Land you should return home as soon as practical and by the most direct means.

Have not been in a lockdown area:

Entry to Aboriginal Land is restricted to residents and essential workers (who have an approved NLC permit) only. We urge that you only travel if absolutely necessary.

Guidance for Permit Applicants 

- If you intend to visit Aboriginal Land please contact the appropriate NLC Regional Office at least 48 hours before you travel. 

- Permit applicants must agree to Covid-safe conditions and complete a travel declaration. 

- Application is no guarantee of success. The NLC will consider all applications and consult with local Traditional Owners before granting a permit.

For the latest updates about COVID-19 in the NT visit: