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Entry PassNorfolk Island Emergency Management Team (EMT) has implemented a pause in visitor arrivals to the island from 6 to 26 January 2022. 

A Norfolk Island Entry Pass is required for all travel to our island. Just fill out and submit an application 24 to 72 hours before your departure. An application is required for each traveller, including children.

Once we assess your application, we’ll let you know if we require further information. And remember, if you are feeling unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms, see your doctor and stay home; we’ll be waiting to welcome you another time.

Before completing an application refer to the current travel updates on the Norfolk Island Regional Council website.

FAQs about COVID-19

 NB: Travel restrictions may change at short notice. Please check back regularly for updated information.

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

Yes. There are currently active cases of Omicron COVID-19 on the island and Norfolk is therefore in level 4 of the Norfolk Island Response Escalation Matrix with additional restrictions being the pause in visitors arriving.

At level 4 the following are mandatory requirements: -

• EMT has agreed to a pause in visitor arrivals to the island commencing 6 January 2022 and extending to 26 January 2022. From Thursday 27 January 2022, level 3 restrictions will be in place and travel to the island by visitors can resume.
Masks are required to be worn indoors by all staff and customers in Café’s, Restaurants, Retail, Personal Services, and non-essential businesses (tours etc.)
• Organised Sport and Recreation activities are suspended
• Social distancing rules must be maintained

The Emergency Management Team (EMT) will be meeting daily and providing updated information to the community as it becomes available.
For any questions about the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island, please visit the Norfolk Island Regional Council website in the first instance or contact Sergeant Mark Watson, IMT Incident Controller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +6723 22222. Alternatively, could you contact the Welfare Co-ordinator on +6723 52777.

Who is permitted to travel to Norfolk Island?

Residents from all states and territories of Australia are currently allowed to enter Norfolk Island.

Do I need a negative PCR test to travel to Norfolk Island?

All travellers (residents and visitors) to the island are required to have the following;

A negative PCR test result in the 72 hours prior to arrival on island

OR

A negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) in the 48 hours prior to arrival and a negative RAT test undertaken within 24 hours of arrival on the island. Due to the limited availability of RAT tests on the island, passengers must bring a RAT test with them to comply with this requirement. There is no requirement to self-isolate before undertaking the second RAT test.

Do I need to be vaccinated? 

Travellers are required to provideproof of vaccination status when completing the Norfolk Island Entry Permit.

Fully vaccinated travellers (aged 12 or over) will not be required to undergo self-isolation on arrival at Norfolk Island.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers (aged 12 or over) will be allowed to enter Norfolk Island - however must undergo 7 days self-isolation on arrival at their home or accommodation with their travel companion/s. They are also required to be COVID PCR tested on the 7th day of self-isolation by NIHRACS and, providing the test is negative, will be released by the Police. (Depending on pathology lab capacity this test result may take up to 3 days to be available).

Do children need to be vaccinated?

Children under 12 years travelling to the island do not need to be vaccinated as per the National vaccination policy.

Unvaccinated children under 12 years take on the vaccine status of the responsible parent/adult they are travelling with - in terms of requirements to isolate.

What if I have a medical exemption and am unable to be vaccinated?

Proof of exemption would need to be provided. It is preferable that the Medicare Australian Immunisation Register immunisation medical exemption form is used, otherwise the exemption must contain the following:

  • Full name and date of birth of person being exempted
  • Doctors name and provider number providing the exemption
  • Contact details of the doctor
  • Signature of doctor and date signed

Persons with a medical exemption will be treated as unvaccinated persons and required to isolate on arrival until released by NIHRACS if they travel from NSW, ACT or Victoria (whilst these States/Territory have active cases).

How do I prove my vaccination status or medical exemption?

While completing the online Norfolk Island Entry Pass application - you may be required to upload documentation supporting your vaccination status or medical exemption

Approved documents:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate
  • Immunisation history statement
  • Medical Exemption

What will happen if there is an outbreak on Norfolk while I am visiting?

Responses will depend on the severity of the outbreak. If the outbreak is severe and overwhelms local medical capacity, then a limited lockdown response will occur which will involve the following measures:

  • Notification of the outbreak communicated to community by all available media outlets
  • All infected persons placed into quarantine and treated/monitored by medical staff
  • Hospital will be closed, only treating emergencies, and conducting medical consultations over the phone
  • Community members and visitors advised to stay at home as much as possible for three days whilst contact tracing is undertaken
  • Unvaccinated persons to isolate for three days
  • Persons only to leave home for essential items (food etc.) or medical treatment
  • Restaurants, cafes, and clubs closed to patrons and only supply takeaway
  • Tourism bus tours and events suspended for three days
  • No large public gatherings and meetings
  • Wearing of masks in public
  • Physical distancing and hygiene protocols to be followed

Seriously ill patients will be flown off island for treatment. Infected people not requiring hospitalisation will be confined to self-isolation and monitored during recovery.

Visitors who are not infected would be allowed to return home as long as their residential jurisdiction permits.

Am I required to 'check-in' to businesses on Norfolk Island?

All businesses on Norfolk Island are required to collect contact information of anyone entering their business.

The Check-In Qld App is the recommended form of check-in for local businesses, so we advise you to download the App to your device prior to travelling. Most businesses also provide a manual log in.

Who is responsible for providing travel restriction information?

Before you travel, make sure you check the latest Government travel requirements in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Requirements for each State and Territory may include mandatory health declarations, use of face masks, pre-approved entry permits, and occasionally quarantine (possibly at the customers own expense). If you fail to follow all Government requirements, your entry to Norfolk Island could be denied.

Please be mindful that the airlines and booking agencies make no representations about safety, security or general state of any destination, and it is the travellers responsibility to research beforehand.

COVID-19 outbreaks can occur and authorities could implement measures at short notice, which may impact travellers ability to move freely. Travellers should be prepared for the possibility of an extended stay or disruption to travel.

How do I complete an Entry Permit (if required to return to Australia) whilst on Norfolk Island?

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure you meet any State and Territory Government requirements, including Entry Permits. We encourage travellers to complete the Entry Permits themselves via the following avenues:

  • on your own device
  • at the Visitor Information Centre (free service)

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please seek medical advice and testing. While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying these symptoms are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

What should I do if I’m on the island and feeling unwell?

If you feel unwell and require medical assistance while on island, please contact the Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) +6723 22091.

In the event of an emergency on Norfolk Island please telephone 000.

What is Norfolk Island doing to encourage social distancing?

Book a holiday on an island where nature is your companion and you can distance yourself from crowds. With a small population, capped visitor numbers, and Pacific sunshine and sea air, our island is tailor-made for social distancing and wellbeing.

Do I need to wear a mask on Norfolk Island?

Masks are required to be worn indoors by all staff and customers in Café’s, Restaurants, Retail, Personal Services, and non-essential businesses (tours etc.) 

Also within airports and while travelling on planes.

Will I need to quarantine when I return home?

Please follow government advice whether you will need to quarantine when you return home from Norfolk Island.

Check your state government website regularly for information regarding quarantining requirements.

What precautions are taken on the flights?

Our carriers are highly focused on the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff, and have implemented temporary safety measures for check-in, catering and on-board services. Where possible, additional seating space is being allocated between passengers in accordance with government physical-distancing guidelines. 

Where can I get further information?

Contact the Norfolk Island Police. Phone: +6723 22222 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au

Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI) Facebook Page

Norfolk Island Police Facebook Page

Norfolk Island Regional Council Website