Travel to Norfolk Island in a COVID-19 Environment
This page will be updated with information and changes to travel restrictions or requirements as provided by Norfolk Island EMT. We recommend regularly checking in for the latest news about travel to Norfolk Island, however it is each travellers responsibility to ensure they obtain updated home border requirements and information prior to travelling.
Media Release: 23 September 2021
Extension of the State of Emergency (Recovery) and accompanying Directions.
The current State of Emergency for recovery operations has been extended by the Administrator until the end of the year. The extension is to allow for the opening of the island to a world living with COVID-19 in a way that keeps the community safe and minimises the potential for spread of the virus in the community. Accompanying the Administrator’s declaration are directions to manage the recovery process. In the new directions is a requirement for businesses to have and to operate under an approved COVID safe plan. These plans must be appropriate for your type of business and those approved under New South Wales or Queensland Government systems can be used. If you require a one-off COVID safe plan for an event or function these need to be submitted to the Incident Controller for approval. Further directions could be required once we reopen to areas with COVID-19 circulating in their communities.
Review of current restrictions applying to NSW, ACT and Victoria
EMT has met today and decided that the current restriction associated with visitors from NSW, ACT and Victoria will remain until the 14th of October. It is expected that by then the island’s vaccinated population will have reached maximum immunity. During this time only returning residents and essential workers from these areas will be allowed to come to the island and they will be required to self-isolate at their home or accommodation until released by NIHRACS.
EMT will meet again on the 7th of October by which time further information is expected to be available regarding other jurisdictions requirements for travel in a living with COVID environment. EMT will consider this information and provide the community and businesses with the local requirements to opening to these areas.
For any questions about the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island, please visit the Norfolk Island Regional Council website: http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk... in the first instance or contact Detective Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island@afp.gov.au or +6723 22222. Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.
Transit hotels in Sydney and Brisbane airports
Hotels in the Sydney and Brisbane airport precincts that are available for transit purposes and have availability is changing daily. The Incident Controller is therefore no longer maintaining an approved list of hotels. Travellers that are transiting through these airports to the island are required to stay at hotels within or close to the airport precinct and it is at the discretion of the Incident Controller to approve the transit accommodation of transiting passengers.
Every person intending to travel to Norfolk Island must now complete and obtain an online Entry Pass 24 to 72 hours prior to flight departure via this link: https://norfolkau.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1083
The application process is an automated program designed to screen applicants via an online declaration, and identify high-risk travellers who will be denied entry to Norfolk Island. The screening will also provide valuable data to track inbound travellers, should a positive case of COVID-19 be identified.
The Entry Pass will be automatically and instantly approved, provided the applicant is low-risk, and eligible to travel to Norfolk Island under any restrictions in place at the time of application.
Applicants requiring urgent Entry Pass screening (within 24 hours of flight departure) will need to contact the Incident Controller directly to accelerate the process. Phone: +6723 22222 Email: IO-Norfolk-Island@afp.gov.au.
If an individual seeking to enter Norfolk Island is a child or a person with impaired capacity, a parent or guardian may complete this form on their behalf. Note: When completing an application on behalf of another person, please provide your contact details when prompted for your contact information. You will be asked to enter details of the individual in a later step of the application form.
For further information regarding Queensland's border restrictions follow this link: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/travel-advice
TRAVEL FROM NEW ZEALAND
Following the government’s announcement today 23 July, quarantine-free travel with Australia (including Norfolk Island) is paused from midnight tonight for a period of at least 8 weeks.
You are currently required to wear a mask on all Australian domestic flights. Your face mask needs to cover your mouth and nose and must be worn unless you're under 12 years of age or have a medical condition. You'll need to wear your mask as soon as you enter the terminal in Sydney or Brisbane, during the flight and in the terminal on Norfolk Island.
Please read EMNI’s full list of requirements and information via this link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-advice-norfolk-island
Norfolk Island Emergency Management (EMNI), together with NSW Public Health and our local Health facility (NIHRACS) have developed a Recovery Operations Plan outlining how Norfolk Island will be re-opened while COVID-19 is part of the global and national environment. Responsibilities are outlined for local businesses and operators as well as visitors.
The advice includes requirements that visitors must agree to prior to travelling to Norfolk Island in a COVID-19 environment:
The Recovery Operations Plan includes that as a visitor you must comply with and agree with the following before being allowed to travel:
- You must complete an online Norfolk Island Entry Pass which will be available for completion three days prior to travel (the form will soon be able to be accessed via the above link);
- If you have been in a COVID-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days you will not be permitted to travel to Norfolk Island;
- If you are denied entry as a result of your Norfolk Island Entry Pass you will not be permitted to travel.
- If you arrive on Norfolk Island and then develop COVID-19 type symptoms you will be required to quarantine and undergo testing as determined by NIHRACS. Should a positive swab test be returned, you will be required to immediately isolate on the island at an approved location until advised that isolation is no longer required by NIHRACS. Accommodation and food during this time will be at your expense;
- If you travel with another person who develops symptoms you may also be requested to isolate and be tested. Accommodation and food during this time will be at your expense.
As you can appreciate Norfolk Island is keen to keep you the traveller safe, as well as our island community. All the measures EMNI have implemented are consistent with the National cabinet’s COVID Safe Roadmap to unlock domestic tourism. They are designed to let you travel to our beautiful island with the least worry possible so you can relax and fully enjoy your holiday!
Make sure to re-visit this page regularly for updates on any changes to travel restrictions or requirements to Norfolk Island in a COVID-19 environment.
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