Cruise ships and other sea arrivals

There are conditions that all marine arrivals should meet.

Before you arrive

A minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival in Darwin Harbour, the skipper of the vessel or ship agent must:

Email the following details:

  • vessel information
  • time, date and place of arrival
  • port of exit, and any other ports visited in the previous 14 days
  • number of passengers and crew including contact details
  • health condition of passengers - i.e. number of unwell passengers and symptoms
  • requests for medical or information support if necessary
  • intentions / reasons / circumstances of attendance
  • any pets on board.

The following is also required.

  • Arrange a safe mooring or anchorage for your vessel by contacting Coast Radio Darwin or Harbour Control.
  • If you are arriving from overseas you must also contact Australian Border Force. Find contact information on the Australian Border Force website.
  • Arrange for any animals or pets to be cared for if required to quarantine.

When you arrive

From international waters

Vessels will be processed by Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and will then be subject to the normal NT COVID-19 border arrival conditions.

From another state or territory in Australia

Mariners must proceed as directly as possible to Darwin Harbour.

All arrivals

All arrivals must also comply with the following.

  • Coast Radio Darwin or Harbour Control (as the case may be) will identify a suitable mooring location prior to reception of NT Water Police.
  • All border arrival inspections shall be conducted within 24 hours of arrival in NT waters.
  • All persons on the arriving vessel must action the following:
    • provide identification
    • respond to questions relating to their intended destination and health status
    • provide information about how long they have been at sea
    • advise whether they have disembarked the vessel at any time during their journey.

Cruise and large passenger vessels

Cruise and large passenger vessels entering NT waters must:

  • not enter a Territory port, other than Port Darwin, unless it has first berthed in Port Darwin and has not left the Territory since berthing in Port Darwin
  • provide the manifest of the vessel to an authorised officer when requested
  • have a health practitioner on board the vessel who is suitably qualified in infection prevention control appointed as the vessel’s safety supervisor
  • have an approved COVID-19 management plan - apply for a management plan.

The cruising company must complete a COVID-19 management plan for each cruising vessel and submit it to the CHO or his delegate. The plan will describe a number of key strategies to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19: prior to commencing the cruise, while cruising, when disembarking for shore excursions, and at completion of cruising.

The company has a responsibility to provide the COVID-19 management plan to their workers and ensure they understand their commitment to the plan.

For more detailed information view the CHO Direction – Post Emergency COVID-19 Directions (No.6) 2022: Cruise vessels.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022