COVID-19 Travel Advice

At Tourism Central Australia we know a lot of people wish to be holidaying here right now... The #RedCentreNT will be here waiting for you when travel restrictions are lifted!

We are here to assure you we are adhering to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations. Find out how below... 


The Alice Springs & Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre's shopfronts are currently operating on reduced hours, please find our contact details below on how to get in touch with our team


Alice Springs
Cnr Todd Mall and Parsons St

Mon - Sun 9:00AM - 3:00PM 

P: 1800 645 199 or (08) 8952 5800 

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Tennant Creek

Peko Rd, Tennant Creek 
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sat - Sun 9:00AM - 12:00PM

P: 1800 645 199 or (08) 8962 1281 

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Can I currently visit the Northern Territory?

International Travel

Australia's borders are closed.

From 9pm, 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

In-bound Australian travellers should check the latest updates and travel safety information on the Smart Traveller website. From 11:59pm,

Saturday 28 March, all international arrivals into Australia will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days. 

From 12:01am, Thursday 26 March, Australians are banned from travelling overseas.

Domestic Travel

Non-essential travellers arriving at a Northern Territory border must complete 14 days of forced quarantine.

Upon entry, you will be escorted to a designated location where you will be monitored and accommodated for the duration. From Friday 3 April, accommodation expenses will be covered by you.

You must be able to prove your status as an essential traveller before you will be granted an exemption from self-quarantine. Read more about the exemption categories.

To learn more about how border controls are being enforced, visit the Border Control page on the Northern Territory Government website.

Travel within the Northern Territory 
The current Australian advice continues to be that all Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel. Unfortunately, that does mean we cannot travel to other areas of the Territory to enjoy our beautiful backyard. However, there are a wide range of places that are still open for us to enjoy! 

What is open?
To find out what tours, attractions, accommodation and caravan parks are currently open, please contact our Visitor Information Centre's  

As per the current restrictions, restaurants and eateries are only serving take away options. We suggest calling businesses to find out if they are open.
A great community Facebook group to check is Alice Springs Takeaway.  Restaurant owners are posting in their regularly with updates on offers. 
Don't forget to pick yourself up an Alice Springs Takeaway Bingo card for your chance to win a Red Centre Monopoly or Top Trumps set!

Can I visit any National Parks? 
Restrictions in some NT parks and reserves will be lifted from noon on Friday 1 May.
Areas that will be re-opened, including swimming spots, will depend on safety and environmental checks.
Biosecurity zones remain in place. You may not cross zones to access open parks and reserves. 

There are a range of Parks and Reserves open in Central Australia, please visit the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife page for a full list. 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is currently closed until 11.59 pm 18 June 2020, in line with measures enacted under the Biosecurity Act.

Can I pass through biosecurity checkpoints to access parks and reserves?
You cannot cross biosecurity zone borders simply to visit a park, however residents or essential workers within the area may visit those parks that are open, within their boundary.

Why isn't camping allowed in Central Australia?
Non-essential travel is still not permitted into or through biosecurity zones to help protect against COVID-19. Campsites in Central Australia parks and reserves are all within biosecurity zones, so camping is not allowed.

Can I walk the Larapinta Trail?
No, the Larapinta Trail is closed.

Is the Alice Springs Desert Park open?
The Alice Springs Desert Park will not be opened for the May long weekend. The Alice Springs Desert Park will open later that month.

Can Territorians still go for bush walks and bike rides?
People can still leave their homes to exercise as long as they observe the physical distancing measures i.e. stay 1.5 meters apart and in groups of no more than two persons. 
Family groups can bushwalk/bike ride together.

What does the new Road to the New Normal mean?
A three step principles-based roadmap has been planned to take the Northern Territory (NT) to the new normal.

Steps are derived from the best available evidence and advice, applied in the context of the NT.

Covid-19 Roadmap to our new normal

Read more about the roadmap here. 

If you have further questions, check out the Tourism NT COVID-19 Q&A's website, or get in touch with us on 1800 645 199 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What do I do if I’m feeling unwell?

If you have flu-like symptoms, you should seek your doctor’s advice. For more information on coronavirus, visit Australian Department of Health, or contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 (in Australia) or your local health authorities for instructions on what to do.

Want some inspiration on planning your visit to the #RedCentreNT for when this is all over? Check out our Inspirational Itineraries