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MEDIA RELEASE                   10 December 2021


Border Entry to the Northern Territory from 20 December   Pertaining to The Barkly Region

The Northern Territory Government has announced its latest rules regarding entering the Territory from 20 December 2021 onwards. 
Anyone who is fully vaccinated can enter the Northern Territory without having to quarantine. You must:

  • Complete a Border Entry Form before arriving in the NT
  • Have a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before arriving in the NT and be able to show proof of the result on arrival
  • Have a PCR test within 72 hours after arriving in the NT
  • Have a PCR Day test on Day 6 after arriving in the NT
  • Stay within an approved high vaccination zone for 14 days.
    Alice Springs, Katherine, and Greater Darwin are approved high vaccination zones
  • Use the G2G Now app and stay in a location that has reliable access to 4G internet connection.

Whilst the Barkly Regional Council encourages all its residents to comply with Territory-wide COVID 19 regulations, the council notes that Tennant Creek has been omitted from all NT Government communications as a high vaccination zone. This means all residents of the Barkly, including council staff, will have no choice but to reside in approved high vaccination zones at their own cost for 14 days should they return from interstate. 

CEO Steve Moore observed, "This has implications for everyone planning to head interstate on leave over Christmas, as well as flow-on effects in key staff returning from Christmas holidays to communities. New staff starting with Council from interstate will also have to spend 14 days in Alice Springs, this is likely to be a significant cost to Council. ".

Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin remarked, "While we support the vaccine mandate, the new rules will be problematic for council and may result in some key staff choosing not to return from holidays and seek new employment opportunities interstate. Our front line workers have worked as hard, if not harder than the rest of the NT to comply with the Territory Governments rolling mandates and it would be a shame to see their rights to holiday and return home be overlooked at this crucial juncture"

Later today the current vaccination statistic for the Barkly Region will be confirmed and the fate of the region as a High vaccination area will be revealed.

Barkly Regional Council has reached out to the NT Government for clarification around this omission and will update the community when more clarity is obtained about Tennant Creek and the Barkly.
If you would like to find out more, please email Council at; or call on 08-8962 0000.

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