NT removes essential worker border exemption

NT bans anyone from Covid-19 hotspots while Qld targets NSW councils

NT removes essential worker border exemption
An NT border warning


Northern Territory and Queensland have moved to tighten restrictions on cross-border movements, with implications for the trucking industry.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) reports NT has changed its travel restrictions to stop all travel from declared coronavirus hotspots.

This change is effective immediately and counts all of Victoria as a current hotspot.

"There are now no travel exemptions for those coming from a hotspot and you will not be allowed to enter the Northern Territory," the ALC’s communique notes.

"Please note this includes essential workers in the freight and logistics industry.

"If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified coronavirus hot spot you are advised to cancel your plans.

"If you previously held an exemption to travel from a hotspot to the Northern Territory, this is revoked immediately."

How NSW implemented a border permit system, here

Meanwhile in Queensland, the tightening of restrictions means travellers who have been in a Covid-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at its border – with the usual exceptions including essential freight workers. 

Queensland declared the NSW local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown as hotspots today.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) advises: "All freight drivers are still able to travel into Queensland but are required to have a Queensland border pass that must be renewed every seven days.

@All drivers must adhere to additional health regulations:

  • self-isolate in truck or accommodation when not working
  • keep records of close contacts for 14 days
  • agree to be tested if symptoms develop
  • apply for a Queensland border pass."


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