Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced changes to border rules on Saturday, prompted by the Territory’s latest outbreak of the virus. 
“From Monday, we are requiring all arrivals to the Territory, no matter where you are coming from, to be fully vaccinated,” Mr Gunner said. 
“Previously, if you were arriving from a green zone, you didn’t have to be vaccinated. On Monday, that route is closed.
“Our current outbreak has reminded us that COVID can come from anywhere – which means we have to be more vigilant.”
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The Northern Territory recorded one new COVID-19 case on Saturday, bringing the number of infections in the latest outbreak – sparked by a traveller from a green zone – to 26.
The initial case, a 21-year-old woman, arrived in the Northern Territory from Queensland but authorities only found out she had also been in Victoria after she arrived.  
“The genomic sequencing confirmed that the outbreak we are dealing with in Katherine and Robinson River originally came from the person who arrived from Queensland a few weeks ago,” Mr Gunner said. 
“It was easy for this to spread because, as an arrival from a green zone, there was no requirement for this person to be fully vaccinated or to take a COVID test when she came to the Territory. She was not fully vaccinated. She had not taken a COVID test.
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“But she was allowed into the Territory. And she spread COVID. She didn’t mean to – but she did. If we had stopped her from entering the Territory based on her vaccination status, or if we had tested her on arrival, there would have been no spread of COVID-19.”
The vaccination requirement does not apply to children aged under 12.
Exemptions for unvaccinated residents returning to the Territory will only apply in limited circumstances – essential, personal and some compassionate grounds – and they will have to test and isolate on arrival.  
Fully vaccinated travellers from red zones will be able to enter the Northern Territory from Monday but they will be required to home quarantine for seven days.  
They must also return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. The home quarantine requirement will end on December 20. 
Meanwhile, the Northern Territory’s mask mandate has been lifted for all areas except Katherine and Robinson River. 

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