All 2,200 US marines will need to do a do a COVID-19 test and be able to show a negative result before boarding the plane to Australia.
The Department of Defence says each marine will have to do a coronavirus test within 72 hours of their departure and show a negative result before boarding the plane to Australia.
After they touch down in the Northern Territory, the marines will have to do another COVID-19 test and then undertake 14 days of quarantine. Before leaving quarantine, each person will be tested again for COVID-19.
To accommodate the large group, the Marine Rotational Force — Darwin (MRF-D) unit has rented a secure facility outside the NT capital for most of the US arrivals to quarantine in.
The first two groups, however, will quarantine in isolated accommodation on an unnamed Australian Defence base.
The arrival of the 2021 cohort will be the 10th annual rotation of US marines in Darwin.