Travel to Norfolk Island in a COVID-19 Environment
The Norfolk Island Border will be opened on July 10 2020
As this page will be updated with information and changes to travel restrictions or requirements as they occur, we recommend checking in every few weeks for the latest news about travel to Norfolk Island while COVID-19 exists.
We are excited that once again you will be able to enjoy a Norfolk Island holiday as the Norfolk Island border will be officially open from mainland Australia from July 10th 2020 to domestic airline passengers who identify as low-risk travellers.
UPDATE 03 JULY 2020:
NORFOLK ISLAND ENTRY PASS
From 10 July, a Norfolk Island Entry Pass is required for all travel to Norfolk Island and an application is required for each traveller, including children aged two and older. It is a requirement that you submit your application 24 to 72 hours prior to flight departure to Norfolk Island, to allow your application to be considered and for more information to be provided if requested. If you are feeling unwell with respiratory symptoms, you should not be travelling.
The Norfolk Island Entry Pass will be available from the Norfolk Island Regional Council website from Tuesday 7 July. The application must be completed online, so if you do not have internet access, please ask for assistance from a friend, family member, travel companion, or travel agent.
From 2 July 2020 until further notice, the Norfolk Island border will remain closed to anyone who has been in Victoria within the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are a Norfolk Island resident or non-resident.
Any person who has been in any local government area within the State of Victoria within the last 14 days should not come to Norfolk Island. If they do, they must undergo mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days. The Incident Controller has implemented enhanced border control measures, including identification screening.
This new restriction is in line with the newly implemented Queensland Government regulations.
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.
Please read EMNI’s full list of requirements and information as at June 26 2020 via this link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/norfolk-islands-covid-19-advice
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.
Should Queensland, NSW or the Norfolk Island border be closed again at the time you travel authorities and operators will instruct us at the time of the necessary procedures. For example, during the recent Norfolk travel ban, Air New Zealand, local accommodation and tour operators have all held bookings as a credit to be used at a later date.
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!
It’s time to check your passport or photo identification are up to date and plan your trip to Norfolk Island!
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.
Whether you visit Norfolk by yourself, with family or friends, or as part of an organised (or your own) group trip, make sure to use the knowledge available from local travel agents, tour operators and visitor information services all located on the island. ‘Meeting the locals’ really is part of a Norfolk Island experience, so make sure to do so even before you travel. You’ll surely find much more than you expected on a Norfolk Island holiday.
By booking your Norfolk Island holiday package, events, accommodation, tours and attractions with us, you are assured expert advice and a great deal from a passionate local. Contact us today
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