COVID-19 Travel Information and Entry Pass

Please note that the advice on this page will be reviewed and updated regularly by the Emergency Management Team (EMT). Last updated Thursday 5 August 2021

To apply for a Travel Pass to Norfolk Island - click on the following;

NORFOLK ISLAND ENTRY PASS

 

UPDATED - THURSDAY 5 AUGUST 2021

MEDIA RELEASE (No. 2)

Update snap Victorian lockdown, imposition of self-isolation requirements for returning residents and essential workers.

This afternoon the Victorian Government has introduced a snap lockdown for the entire state for seven days from 8pm AEST tonight (August 5). This means that visitors from Victoria will not be permitted to travel to the island during the lockdown period. This includes anyone who has been in Victoria from today (August 5).

For immediate effect any residents returning to the island or essential workers from Victoria travelling to the island will have to undergo self-isolation at home or in their accommodation for the duration of the Victorian lockdown or until released by the Incident Controller or NIHRACS.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Senior Constable Bradley Pumphery, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222. Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

20:00, 8 August 2021

George Plant

Emergency Controller

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Removal of travel restriction for visitors from Victoria and South Australia and retention of restriction for all NSW. South-East Queensland lockdown self-isolation requirements remain until Sunday 8 August.

EMT met this morning and agreed to remove the restriction on visitors to the island from Victoria and South Australia as the risk from these areas is now regarded as low. The removal of the restriction applies from today 5 August. The travel restriction remains in place for all of NSW however EMT will review the restriction for the areas of NSW not subject to stay-at-home orders next week. Only returning residents and essential workers from NSW will be allowed to enter the island. Returning residents from NSW must undergo self-isolation for 14 days and essential workers must have a COVID safe workplan approved by the Incident Controller to undertake activities on the island.

The Queensland Government has extended the SE Queensland lockdown for 11 LGA’s until 4:00pm Sunday 8 August (AEST). The requirement for returning residents and essential workers to self-isolate remains in place until 4:00pm August 8 (Norfolk Island time). If the Queensland Government extends the lockdown requirement the local requirement to self-isolate will also be extended. Returning residents and any essential workers who have been in the lockdown LGA’s from 31 July that travel to the island will be required to self-isolate at their home or in their accommodation until advised by the Incident Controller or NIHRACS

Anyone on the island who has recently returned from Queensland is advised to monitor the website https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing to ensure that they have not been to any of the sites. If you, have you must immediately self-isolate at home or in your accommodation and contact NIHRACS.

Transit requirements through Sydney and Brisbane airports

If you are transiting through Sydney or Brisbane airports on your way to the island from an area in which travel restrictions do not apply, you will not have to undergo local self-isolation providing: -

  • you have driven to the Airport, you have done so directly from your home without stopping in any of the regions in which the travel restriction applies.
  • you have flown from interstate and have had to travel to the international terminal you have done so by the airport train, bus or taxi and have adhered to the requirement for wearing masks whilst in the vehicle.
  • if you have had to overnight to connect to your Norfolk Island flight you have overnighted at one of the hotels in the airport precinct, have only been in contact with hotel or airport personnel and have been in transit for less than 24 hours. The Incident Controller can be contacted for a current list of hotels approved for transit accommodation in the airport precincts of Sydney and Brisbane.

Maintenance of social distancing especially when providing provisions to those in local self-isolation.

If you have recently returned from the mainland, you should be particularly vigilant in observing social distancing and undertake a daily check of any emerging exposure sites in the mainland state or territory that you have visited.

If you are providing provisions to people who are in local self-isolation it is particularly important that you follow good social distancing requirements. You must not enter the dwelling or accommodation and any provisions must be left outside for the people in self-isolation to collect. You should also minimise the time you are present at the self-isolation site and keep at least 2m from the people self-isolating.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Senior Constable Bradley Pumphery, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

 

UPDATED - TUESDAY 3 AUGUST 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

(Update) Extension of the snap lockdown in Southeast Queensland and returning resident and essential worker requirements.

With the Queensland Government extending the lockdown requirement for the 11 Local Government Areas (LGA’s) until Sunday 8 August the requirement for returning residents and essential workers to self-isolate is also extended.

Returning residents and any essential workers who have been in the lockdown LGA’s from 31 July that travel to the island will be required to self-isolate at their home or in their accommodation until 4pm Sunday August 8 (Norfolk Island time) or as advised by the Incident Controller or NIHRACS.

Anyone on the island who has recently returned from Queensland is advised to monitor the website https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing to ensure that they have not been to any of the sites. If you, have you must immediately self-isolate at home or in your accommodation and contact NIHRACS.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

 

UPDATED - SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Three-day snap lockdown in Southeast Queensland and returning resident and essential worker requirements.

The Queensland Government this morning has declared a snap lockdown for 11 Local Government Areas (LGA’s) to commence from 4pm AEST today until 4pm Tuesday 3 August. The 11 LGA’s are Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. Residents in these areas will not be permitted to leave home to travel to the island for a holiday.

Returning residents and any essential workers who have been in the lockdown LGA’s from today (31 July) that travel to the island will be required to self-isolate at their home or in their accommodation until advised by the Incident Controller or NIHRACS.

This action by the Queensland Government is because of six-confirmed locally acquired cases of COVID19 identified today. There is an expectation that their will be a considerable number of public exposure sites identified with the Queensland outbreak. Anyone on the island who has recently returned from Queensland is advised to monitor the website https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing to ensure that they have not been to any of the sites. If you, have you must immediately self-isolate at home or in your accommodation and contact NIHRACS.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222. Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 5277

 

UPDATED - THURSAY 29 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Travel restrictions remain in place for New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia to the island.

EMT met this morning and reviewed the current travel restrictions to the island. It decided that the existing restrictions applying to visitors to the island from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia should remain in place for the next week. The restrictions will be reviewed again next Thursday.

With the level of COVID-19 circulating in the mainland population the community is reminded that even with the restrictions in place there is a chance of the virus coming to the island. The on-going local measures such as refraining from hugging and kissing and maintaining social distancing need to be observed.

If you have recently returned from the mainland, you should be particularly vigilant in observing social distancing and undertake a daily check of any emerging exposure sites in the mainland state or territory that you have visited.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

29 July 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED - THURSDAY 22 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Cessation of travel to the Island from NSW, Victoria and South Australia

Due to the increase in cases in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia as a result of the Delta strain, EMT and IMT met this morning and determined that travellers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia will not be permitted to enter Norfolk Island for a period of 2 weeks, commencing from midnight tonight, Thursday 22nd July 2021 until midnight on Wednesday 4th August 2021.

If you are a returning resident or essential worker and travel to the island, you may have to undergo a covid test upon arrival and you will be required to self-isolate at your home or accommodation for 14 days.NIHRACS will advise you of your release.

Essential workers who must undertake work on the island will need to submit a COVID safe work plan to the Incident Controller for approval.

It is important that you arrange for a car to be left at the airport so that you can travel directly to your home. If you cannot arrange this, then contact the Incident Controller so that arrangements can be made for your travel from the airport to your home.

These travel restrictions will be reviewed in 2 week’s time.

For travellers coming from Tasmania and other states to Norfolk Island, it is strongly recommended that you transit through Brisbane airport.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

22 July 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED - THURSDAY 15 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Requirement for Victorians to self-isolate if coming to the island and extension of the Sydney lockdown.

Due to the high number of public exposure sites that have recently been listed in Melbourne and regional Victoria EMT decided today that any travellers arriving from Victoria from today (July 15th) will be required to undergo self-isolation at home or in their accommodation. Self -isolation will be required until advised by the Incident Controller.

The NSW Government has also advised that it will be extending the lockdown for Greater Sydney lockdown for a further two weeks. The lockdown extension applies to Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour LGA’s.

If you have travelled to the island since June 20th from these areas and completed 14 days self-isolation you are no longer required too self-isolate. The Incident Controller will advise you of the release.

If you are a returning resident or essential worker and travel to the island during the extension period, you will be required to self-isolate at your home or accommodation upon arrival. The self-isolation will be for 14 days. Essential workers who must undertake work on the island will need to submit a COVID safe work plan to the Incident Controller for approval

Anyone who is in self-isolation due to a NIHRACS direction must remain in self-isolation until released by NIHRACS.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

15 July 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED -  THURSDAY 8 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Extension to the NSW lockdown and local self-isolation requirements.

The NSW Government has extended the current Greater Sydney lockdown for a further week until 11:59pm Friday 16 July (AEST). The lockdown extension applies to Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour LGA’s.

If you have travelled to the island since June 20th from these areas and completed 14 days self-isolation you are no longer required to self-isolate. The Incident Controller will advise you of the release.

If you are a returning resident or essential worker and travel to the island during the extension period, you will be required to self-isolate at your home or accommodation upon arrival. The self-isolation will be for 14 days or until the NSW lockdown is lifted.

Anyone who is in self-isolation due to a NIHRACS direction must remain in self-isolation until released by NIHRACS.

It is important that if you have any symptoms associated with COVID that you contact NIHRACS for advice.

Questions on the vaccination rollout?

NIHRACS is currently undertaking the vaccination program on the island, If you have any questions about the program please contact them on 22091.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on 52777.

8 July 2021

EMT

 

 

UPDATED -  THURSDAY 1 JULY 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

Release arrangements for people undergoing self-isolation on the island due to the Queensland lockdown.

EMT has met this morning (1 July) to review local requirements from the current outbreak in Australia.

In respect to travellers to the island that has been required to undertake self-isolation due to the Queensland lockdown it appears that the case numbers in Queensland are remaining low. The Queensland Premier is expected to announce whether the lockdown will be extended tomorrow. If the lockdown is not extended travellers from the lockdown LGA’s will be released from self-isolation provided they do not have any symptoms. The Incident Controller and his team will be contacting travellers to confirm they do not have symptoms and advising of removal of the self-isolation requirement. If the lockdown is extended in Queensland the extension will be applied locally.

The requirement for travellers who have been in any of the areas of NSW that are currently in lock down to undertake self-isolation on the island remains 14 days from the last day you were in a potential exposure site or as advised by NIHRACS. EMT will meet and consider the requirement again next week.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.Alternatively, you may contact the Welfare Co-ordinator Hayley Evans on 52777.

1 July 2021

EMT

 

 

UPDATED -  TUESDAY 29 JUNE 2021

Queensland lockdown and local requirements.

The Queensland Government has announced a three-day lockdown for the following Local Government Areas (LGA’s).

Noosa

Sunshine Coast

Ipswich

Logan

Redlands

Moreton Bay

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Scenic Rim

Lockyer Valley

Somerset

Townsville City

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire

Commencing immediately anyone who arrives on the island from the above LGA’s will be required to self-isolate at home or in their accommodation until 6pm Friday 2 July. EMT will review the requirement and if extended will apply the extension locally.

Please note that local self-isolation requirements differ from the mainland. Under local requirements, unless you have an approved work plan, you are not allowed to leave your home or accommodation unless there is an emergency that places you in physical danger. Arrangements need to be made for the supply of food and the provision of other services. These should be approved by the Incident Controller to ensure that you do not come into contact with members of the community.

Alternatively could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator Hayley Evans on 52777.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.



UPDATED -  MONDAY 28 JUNE 2021

Local requirements associated with the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases on the mainland.

EMT has met this morning (Monday June 28) to consider the rapidly changing events associated with the current outbreak on the mainland.

Over the last weekend the travel restriction that was in place for Greater Sydney and Wollongong regions of NSW has been expanded to include the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Shellharbour. The restriction has also been extended to 9 July. If you have been in these areas you are required to self-isolate at home or at your accommodation for 14 days from the last day you were in a potential exposure site or as advised by NIHRACS. Residents and essential workers will be allowed to return to the island from these areas but will be required to undertake the self-isolation requirements.

Local self-isolation requirements are different to those applying on the mainland. Under local requirements, unless you have an approved work plan, you are not allowed to leave your home or accommodation unless there is an emergency that places you in physical danger. Arrangements need to be made for the supply of food and the provision of other services. These should be approved by the Incident Controller to ensure that you do not come into contact with members of the community.

Travel by residents to the mainland is not recommended at this time as it is likely that further cases and public exposure sites will be identified in Brisbane and elsewhere. Should you, after your arrival back on the island be identified as a close contact of a known case, it will initiate local contact tracing of your movements and the potential for local border closure.

With this increased risk it is important that locally the measures to contain the potential for spreading the virus (frequent handwashing, maintaining social distancing, coughing, and sneezing hygiene) along with tracing (customer registers, COVID App) are reinforced. It is also especially important that if you have returned to the island recently, that you follow the emerging list of public exposure sites on the mainland. Anyone on the island with symptoms should contact NIHRACS and arrange for a drive through test as now is not the time, to assume it is simply a cold.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

28 June 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED -  SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021

Expansion of the NSW lockdown -local requirements.

The NSW Government has announced that from 6 pm AEST tonight (26 June) stay at home orders will be in place for the Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions of NSW. The orders will remain in place until 9 July. Entry Permits to the island will not be issued to anyone except returning residents and essential workers who have been in these regions since June 20 from 7pm Norfolk Island time tonight. Returning residents and essential workers need to contact the Incident Controller prior to their arrival and arrange to have private transport at the airport that they can drive to their home or accommodation. They will be required to undertake 14 days self-isolation on arrival.

If you have been in the Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Central Coast areas of NSW since 20 June and are already on the island you are required to immediately self-isolate at home or your accommodation for 14 days or as advised by NIHRACS. Note that the Blue Mountains and Central Coast areas are an expansion of the areas to those previously advised.

If you are transiting through Sydney Airport from regional NSW or from interstate you will not be required to undertake self-isolation on the island providing: -

  • if you have driven to the Sydney Airport you have done so directly from your home without stopping in any of the regions in which the travel restriction applies.
  • if you have flown from interstate and have had to travel to the international terminal you have done so by the airport train or bus and have adhered to the requirement for wearing masks.
  • if you have had to overnight to connect to your Norfolk Island flight you have overnighted at one of the hotels in the airport precinct, have only been in contact with hotel or airport personnel and have been in transit for less than 24 hours.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

UPDATED -  Friday 25 JUNE 2021

Travel restriction for Greater Sydney and Wollongong to the island.

Due to continuing cases associated with the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney it has been decided to introduce a travel restriction for people coming to the island from the Greater Sydney and Wollongong areas. The restriction shall commence from 11:59 tonight 25 June 2021 and will be for a week. The restriction will be reviewed by EMT on Thursday July 1st.

If you have been in the Greater Sydney or Wollongong area in the last 14 days, unless you are a resident, you will not be permitted to travel to the island. If you have been in these areas in the last 14 days and are currently on the island you must self-isolate at home or in your accommodation for 14 days or as advised by NIHRACS. If you are a visitor to the island in self isolation you need to contact the Incident Controller to make arrangements for your return travel.

Residents that have been in the Greater Sydney or Wollongong areas, can return home but are required to undergo 14 days self-isolation on the island upon your return. It is important that you arrange for a car to be left at the airport so that you can travel directly to your home. If you cannot arrange this then contact the Incident Controller so that arrangements can be made for your travel from the airport to your home.

A map of the suburbs in the Greater Sydney area can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#metropolitan-sydney-map. For the purposes of the Norfolk Island Entry Pass these LGA’s and Wollongong are regarded as the current hotspots. Please note that this is an expanded area to that where the NSW Government is applying travel restrictions and is consistent with restrictions applying in Queensland and Victoria for travel from NSW.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

25 June 2021

EMNI Controller

 

UPDATED -  THURSDAY 24 JUNE 2021

Travel to the island from NSW and Greater Melbourne.

EMT is monitoring the current outbreak in New South Wales. Travel restrictions have been introduced by the NSW Government for inner Sydney suburbs contained in the Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside and Woollahra local government areas (LGA’s). If you live or work in these areas, you are not permitted to travel beyond the Greater Sydney Area. This means that you are not permitted to travel to the island for a holiday. A map of the suburbs contained within these LGA’s can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#metropolitan-sydney-map. For the purposes of the Norfolk Island Entry Pass these LGA’s are regarded as the current hotspots.

If you are a resident of the island and have been in any of the LGA’s in the last 14 days, you can return to the home but will be required to undergo 14 days self-isolation on the island upon your return. It is important that you arrange for a car to be left at the airport so that you can travel directly to your home. If you cannot arrange this then contact the Incident Controller so that arrangements can be made for your travel from the airport to your home.

With the current NSW outbreak, travel to Sydney is not recommended as local restrictions could change at any time. If you must travel it is important that you take precautions to minimise the potential to encounter the virus. Minimise the amount of movement that you do when away, wear facemasks as required and avoid crowds. The list of public exposure sites and hotspots changes rapidly and if you have been to one of these sites you may not permitted to return.

The situation in Sydney is evolving and EMT may introduce further restrictions should the risk to the island increase from this outbreak.

The restriction on travel from the Greater Melbourne area to the island has been removed from today. You are allowed to transit through the Sydney airport to travel to the island. Transit must be for less than 24 hours and requires that you have not left the airport precinct and that you have not had significant contact with people from the Sydney area.

Vaccinations

EMT has been advised that the vaccines have arrived on the island and NIHRACS will be providing information on the local vaccination plan.

It is a current requirement under the emergency directions that anyone travelling to the island must check public health information regarding emerging public exposure sites in their state or territory and follow the recommendations. The Commonwealth is maintaining a COVID-19 restriction checker for all the States and Territories (except Norfolk Island) and this can be found at https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/cafes-and-restaurants.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

24 June 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED -  THURSDAY 17 JUNE 2021

Removal of travel restriction from June 24th for the Greater Melbourne to the island.

EMT met today and reviewed the current restriction for travellers from the Greater Melbourne area to the island. It appears that the situation in Victoria is under control and new cases that are arising are from known contacts already in isolation. Based upon this information it has been decided to not extend the current travel restriction for travellers from the Greater Melbourne area. Therefore from Thursday June 24th travellers from the Greater Melbourne area will be allowed to travel to the island without restriction.

EMT is continuing to monitor the situation in Melbourne and the cases reported in Sydney and Queensland. Restrictions may be introduced should the risk increase associated with travel from these areas.

It is a current requirement under the emergency directions that anyone travelling to the island must check public health information regarding emerging public exposure sites in their state or territory and follow the recommendations. This may mean postponing travel to the island or going into isolation on the island should a public exposure site be listed after you have arrived on the island.

Maintaining Customer COVID registers

It remains important that the customer registers are maintained. This is the primary source of contact tracing information on the island and while cases continue to occur on the mainland could be required at any time to enable local tracing to be undertaken.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

17 June 2021

EMT

 

 

UPDATED -  THURSDAY 3 JUNE 2021

Travel restrictions to Norfolk Island from Greater Melbourne until June 24th, 2021.

EMT has met this morning to discuss the current outbreak in Victoria.

Due to the high number of exposure sites and the seeding risk associated with this variant of the virus it has been decided to introduce a travel restriction to the island for people from the Greater Melbourne area.

Travellers from the Greater Melbourne area will not be granted an entry permit to the island from midnight tonight (June 3rd, 2021) until June 24th ,2021. The restriction will be reviewed on the 17th of June. Returning residents who have been in the Greater Melbourne area in the last 14 days will be granted an Entry Pass but will be required to spend 14 days in self-isolation on the island. The travel restriction does not extend to regional Victoria or persons who have transited through Melbourne airport on the way to the island. Transit means that you have not left the airport precinct and have spent 24 hours or less in the precinct area.

This requirement is in addition to the requirement for travellers to check currently listed public exposure sites and isolate at home or their accommodation and contact NIHRACS for further advice. With the current Victorian outbreak exposure sites in southern NSW have been listed in the last few days. It is important that travellers to the island check these NSW exposure sites.

It is the traveller’s responsibility to monitor the list of public exposure sites, and these are constantly being updated during the outbreak. The Queensland Health site https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing#VIC has the current Victorian and NSW sites.

If you have been required to self-isolate on the island you will be allowed to leave the island to travel back home but will need to contact the Incident Controller to plan for your return travel.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

3 June 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED - THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021

Travelling to Norfolk Island from Victoria- Melbourne Northern Suburbs outbreak.

The Victorian Government has announced today a seven-day lockdown to apply from 11:59pm, Thursday 27 May until 11:59pm Thursday 3 June to apply to the entire state of Victoria. This means that no travellers from Victoria will be allowed to travel to the island from midnight tonight.

Any travellers in transit or currently on the island from Victoria or people who have been in Victoria in the last fourteen days will be required to contact NIHRACS and self-isolate at home or in their accommodation if they have been in any of the listed public exposure sites. Anyone who has been in Victoria in the last fourteen days but has not been to any of the listed public exposure sites will need to monitor themselves for symptoms. Should they have even the slightest symptoms they should contact NIHRACS to be tested.

If you have been required to self-isolate on the island you will be allowed to leave the island to travel back home but will need to contact the Incident Controller to make arrangements for your return travel.

It is the traveller’s responsibility to monitor the list of public exposure sites, and these are constantly being updated during the outbreak. The Queensland Health site https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing#VIC has the current Victorian sites.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

27 May 2021

EMT

 

UPDATED - FRIDAY 7 MAY 2021

Renewed emphasis on reducing the potential for Coronavirus spread following the NSW cases.

NSW has introduced new restrictions to reduce the potential for spreading coronavirus. The restrictions have been put in place from 6pm this evening whilst they assess the extent of the latest community transmission.

Locally it has been decided that people from 6pm (Norfolk Island time) whilst travelling on buses will be required to wear masks. Elsewhere in café’s, restaurants, and other enclosed spaces there should be renewed adherence to hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing and the filling in of customer contact registers.

The requirement for mask wearing elsewhere and the need for other restrictions will be reviewed in light of what happens in NSW over the next few days.

EMT will continue to monitor the situation.

Requirement for travellers to the island to check that they have not been at a listed Public exposure site before travelling to the island.

Following the identification of a community transmission case in NSW yesterday an updated list of public exposure sites has been issued. The list includes Hudson’s Coffee stand and the Male toilet adjacent to gate 79 at the Brisbane International Airport Terminal on 29 April. People who were at these locations at the relevant time must self-isolate and get tested.

Other exposure venues are listed in NSW and require immediate quarantine at home and testing.

The list of exposure sites can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

Travellers to the island are required to ensure that they have not been to the exposure sites at the relevant time. If they have, they should not travel to the island. If they are already on the island they should isolate at home or their accommodation and contact NIHRACS.

EMT will continue to monitor the situation.

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-island in the first instance or contact Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

 

 

Vaccination program.

Local planning and training associated with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines on the island have been completed. Currently we are awaiting advice on when the vaccines will arrive. NIHRACS will provide details to the community on the vaccination plan.

If you have any questions about travelling to the island and entry requirements please contact Senior Constable James McGregor, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

March 11, 2021

EMT

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TRAVELLING TO NORFOLK ISLAND FROM OTHER STATES AND TERRITORIES

Travellers to the island from other States and Territories are not required to Self Isolate on Norfolk Island at this time. Travellers are required to heed their own States and Territories restrictions on movements, should a Border Restriction be announced.

 

COVID-19 ENQUIRIES

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-island in the first instance or contact Detective Sergeant Glenn Elder, IMT Incident Controller at IO-Norfolk-Island [at] afp.gov.au or +6723 22222.

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All passengers seeking to enter Norfolk Island are required to complete an Entry Pass Application 24 to 72 hours prior to flight departure. Each person requires their own pass, including children. A parent or guardian may complete the Entry Pass Application on behalf of a child or a person with impaired capacity.

Before applying for an Entry Pass, please check if you have been in a hotspot area in the last 14 days.

If you are completing an application on behalf of another person, please provide your own contact details in Step 1. You will be asked to enter details of the individual in Step 2.

Please note that anyone who does not meet Entry Pass requirements who arrives on Norfolk Island may be required to leave the island or be placed into quarantine at their own cost.

There are no requirements for a permit to leave the island, however individual States and Territories may have their own entry requirements.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the purpose of the Entry Pass System?

To screen and identify high-risk travellers so they can be denied access to Norfolk Island and to allow us to track inbound travellers, should a positive case of COVID-19 be identified.

How does the Entry Pass System work?

It is an automated system that allows high risk cases to be identified and manually screened by the IMT. Low risk travellers will be automatically and instantly approved provided they meet Entry Pass requirements.

High risk cases may take up to 24 hours to process. 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 [at] afp.gov.au

Who shouldn't travel to Norfolk Island?

Anyone who has been overseas (other than New Zealand) or in a COVID-19 Hotspot area within Australia or New Zealand within 14 days prior to travel, or who has COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should contact their local medical facility for advice.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny or blocked nose 
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

Where can I travel to from Norfolk Island?

States and Territories set their own requirements. There are flights departing Norfolk Island to both NSW and QLD. For information regarding current restrictions in these States:

NSW: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx

QLD: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

For Federal information regarding travel to other States and Territories, go to: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers

Can I travel to Norfolk Island from New Zealand?

There are currently no direct flights from New Zealand to Norfolk Island, however travellers from New Zealand are able to enter Norfolk Island via Australia without having to undergo quarantine, provided they meet the Norfolk Island Entry Pass requirements.

Are there any cases of COVID-19 on Norfolk Island?

Norfolk Island currently has no known cases of COVID-19.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 while on Norfolk Island?

Please avoid contact with others and contact the Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) immediately on +6723 22091. In the event of an emergency call 000.

Are businesses on Norfolk Island required to have a COVIDSafe Plan?

Yes, businesses are expected to have COVIDSafe Plans and to follow the National COVID-19 Safe Work Principles to ensure that workplaces are healthy and safe for residents and visitors.

What are the measures that are currently in place on Norfolk Island to keep travellers and the community safe from COVID-19?

You can read Norfolk Island’s current safety and social distancing requirements.

http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/covid-19-safety-and-social-distancing-requirements