Parks Australia

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Is there a travel ban to Norfolk Island?

On 17 March 2020 a travel ban was put into effect for arrivals to Norfolk Island. Only residents and essential staff can travel to Norfolk Island until further notice, and anyone returning to the island must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

I live on Norfolk Island. What restrictions are there on the island?

Social distancing measures are being taken on the island including the following:

  • A number of outlets are closed including restaurants, gyms and shops (with the exception of grocery shops and post office)
  • Social distancing rules apply:
    • 1.5m between people outdoors and 4 sqm between people indoors
    • No more than 3 people in a vehicle
    • Residents returning to the island and their families must self-isolate for two weeks

Are there restrictions on access to Norfolk Island National Park for those on the island?

The national park remains open. However, to protect staff and visitors the Visitor Centre is closed until further notice.

Are there any changes to staff operations?

Staff are operating on a business as usual basis with measures in place to ensure social distancing rules are followed.

Has the travel ban to the island impacted on any Parks Australia work?

Several research projects have been put on hold due to the ban on travel to the island for non-essential staff. These include coral reef surveys, boo book owl surveys and other minor university surveys as well.

How will you communicate to the public, community, residents and visitors?

There will be notifications here on the Norfolk Island National Park website and Facebook page and through Parks Australia social media channels. You can also stay up to date via the Norfolk Island Emergency Management (EMNI) Facebook page.