A man who claimed to have entered the NT on foot to explore Arnhem Land has been ordered to pay a $5000 COVID-19 infringement penalty for failing to complete a border entry form, authorities said.
NT Police officers patrolling the Central Arnhem Highway near Maranboy on Wednesday located a man walking along the road.
Officers stopped and asked the man where he was headed and asked for his border entry form.
The man claimed that he had entered the Territory on foot “somewhere near Borroloola” with the intention of exploring Arnhem Land.
Borroloola is 624km away from Maranboy and a six-hour drive or 120 hour walk.
Police issued him with an infringement notice for failing to complete a border entry form and assisted him to complete the necessary paperwork before giving him a lift to Katherine at his request.
Another man, who reportedly entered the NT by road near Alpurrurulam, was also fined for failing to present a border entry form.
The man was confirmed to have been working in the NT.
NT Police said they advised the man’s employer to ensure all staff were aware of the necessary paperwork requirements before entering the NT.
Incident Controller Sachin Sharma said neither man had travelled from a declared COVID-19 hotspot.
“All arrivals into the NT, regardless of the means of entry or point of origin, are required to lodge a Border Entry Form,” Mr Sharma said.
“As these incidents show, not everyone who enters the Territory is aware or compliant with the rules.
“If you are planning to come to the NT, it is imperative that you check for restrictions and requirements by visiting coronavirus.nt.gov.au before you travel.”
He said police will continue to conduct compliance investigations with a zero tolerance approach.
The penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 orders is $5024 for an individual and $25,120 for a business.