NT tightens protocols for international air crews

International air crew leaving the Northern Territory will now be required to complete 14 days of quarantine and return a negative test before being allowed to travel on domestic commercial flights.

All international and domestic air crew will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival into the Northern Territory if they have not had a test in Australia within seven days.

Under the new Chief Health Officer directions, however, international air crew may still travel from the Northern Territory to another state or territory on board a freight flight or private charter without undergoing 14 days quarantine.

The new restrictions around international air crew travel from the Northern Territory come nearly a month after a Qantas crew member flew into Darwin from Paris and boarded a packed domestic flight to Sydney before testing positive for coronavirus.

The NT’s Chief Health Officer will also make the wearing of face masks at all Northern Territory airports and while on board an aircraft mandatory.

Announcements about the new airport measures were made two weeks ago after a National Cabinet meeting, but a formal directive from the NT Chief Health Officer will see the rule officially come into effect from tomorrow.

Reporting by Steve Vivian

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