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Tourism East Arnhem continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and the impacts this has on visitors to East Arnhem Land.

The Northern Territory borders are now open to travellers from all Australian jurisdictions. Travellers are no longer required to undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised or self-quarantine unless they are travelling from or through a designated hotspot. 

Designated Hotspots

Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine. If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified coronavirus hotspot you are advised to reconsider your plans.

To read more about current hotspots, please visit coronavirus.nt.gov.au.


Permits are required to access and transit some land destinations within the Northern Territory. If travelling by road into East Arnhem Land, a free Northern Land Council permit is required.

The Northern Land Council (NLC) has advised it will not be issuing individual recreational permits to enter Aboriginal land.

The two exceptions to this are:

  • Permits associated with the operation of tourism businesses with section 19 lease or access agreements in place; and
  • Transit permits for residents of Nhulunbuy to travel directly between Nhulunbuy and Katherine via the Central Arnhem Road. Non-residents of Nhulunbuy wishing to visit Nhulunbuy from within the NT can access the town by air via scheduled Airnorth services.

If travelling to Nhulunbuy (Gove Peninsula) for tourism-related purposes, you should provide evidence of booking (itinerary, booking reference number, Dhimurru Recreation Permit) to support the Northern Land Council permit application.

Apply for a permit through the Northern Land Council Permit Administration System.

Aviation services

The Northern Territory Government is supporting aviation companies to provide Scheduled Essential Air Services 2020 for the delivery of critical freight and essential personnel to Northern Territory remote communities during the COVID‐19 pandemic.  

For the latest Airnorth flight schedule, please visit the Airnorth website.