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Coronavirus response

The department is committed to keeping the Norfolk Island community informed as the Australian Government continues to work with you in our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This page will be updated with fact sheets and new information relevant to Norfolk Island.

  • Domestic and Family Violence Support in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), May 2020 PDF: 255 KB 
  • Norfolk Island COVID-19 economic stimulus FAQ PDF: 587 KB 

For Ministerial and Administrator announcements, please visit our Norfolk Island media page.

Further information: and Coronavirus health information line 1800 020 080

Public Health Directions

Medical help for COVID-19 on Norfolk Island
If you are having a medical emergency call 000.

Declaration of Public Health Emergency

On 28 July 2022, the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, the Hon Kristy McBain MP, signed a Public Health Emergency Declaration for Norfolk Island, to support the ongoing local COVID-19 response and management.

This Declaration replaces the State of Emergency which was previously in place on Norfolk Island and allows the COVID-19 response on Norfolk Island to transition from a disaster and emergency management focus to a health response.

The Public Health Emergency is in place on Norfolk Island until 31 October 2022, unless revoked earlier.

Public Health Directions

The following Public Health Directions for Norfolk Island are in effect from 12:00am Norfolk Island time on 30 July 2022. These directions are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the Norfolk Island community.

  • The Workers in a Healthcare Setting Direction specifies the requirements for people working in health care and residential aged care workers in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations. PDF: 811 KB
  • The Protecting Public Officials and Workers (Spitting, Coughing and Sneezing) Direction prohibits people from intentionally spitting at, coughing or sneezing on public officials and workers, or threatening to do so. PDF: 215KB

In line with national protocols, as at 16 September 2022, there is no longer a requirement to wear a face mask when travelling to and from Norfolk Island or in the airport. PDF: 42 KB

The Revocation of Face Mask Requirement (Aircraft and Airport) Direction brings an end to the requirements to wear a face mask while flying to and from Norfolk Island and while in the Norfolk Island International Airport.

Reflecting changes in mainland jurisdictions, there is no longer a requirement to wear masks on the school bus, tourist buses or taxis, from 28 September 2022. People still need to wear a mask at NIHRACS.

  • The Face Mask Requirements Direction 2022 (No. 2) specifies the requirements for people to wear a face mask in particular circumstances. PDF: 431 KB

Isolation period requirements for positive COVID cases on Norfolk Island have also been reduced from seven days to five days for people with no symptoms (excluding healthcare workers), as at 28 September 2022.

  • The Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts 2022 (No. 2) Direction specifies the requirements for individuals diagnosed as COVID-19 positive and their close contacts, including isolation periods, physical distancing and the use of face masks. PDF: 1005 KB

Further Information

Further information on COVID-19 arrangements on Norfolk Island is available on the Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service website:

You can also email the department