Macau Enforces New Travel Restrictions Amid Covid Alert
Those intending to leave Macau by any route are now required to present a nucleic acid test result – proving they are ‘negative’ for the Covid-19 virus – issued within 24 hours of the departure, with the new rule in effect from early Wednesday, October 6, according to a dispatch on behalf of the city’s chief executive, Ho Iat Seng.
This is part of Macau’s efforts to prevent the recently reported Covid-19 infections extending “outside the city,” the government said.
There are certain public interest exemptions from the 24 hour test rule: those responsible for disease prevention and control and emergency relief; those who ensure the proper functioning of public services in the community; and those involved in meeting the basic daily needs of the Macao public. This is according to Macao’s health official, Leong Iek Hou, speaking on Tuesday at a government press briefing on the Covid-19 situation in the city.
Prior to the new rule, all travelers leaving Macau by plane had to hold a nucleic acid test certificate issued within 48 hours proving they were “negative” for the virus.
Those who leave to travel by land to the nearby city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province are still subject to a 14-day quarantine, in addition to the already existing requirement that these travelers must hold a nucleic acid test certificate issued within 24 hours proving they are “negative” for the virus.
Macau also has new controls on anyone entering via foreign countries, with effect from Thursday, October 7.
Persons aged 12 or over, intending to make a “non-stop flight or the first flight of a … route” to Macau, must, upon boarding, present either a certificate proving that they have followed “The entire Covid-19 vaccination course,” at least 14 days before travel, or a certificate proving that they are unfit for such vaccination. In addition, they are required to present proof of a “negative” result of the Covid-19 nucleic acid test issued within 48 hours.
Travelers passing through countries deemed “high risk” face even stricter rules. People arriving via Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania or Turkey must each present proof of three “negative” Covid-19s. nucleic acid test results published within seven days and at least 24 hours apart, the most recent within 48 hours of travel.
Local health officials said on Tuesday they identified a potential link between a case of Covid-19 confirmed on Monday – involving a Vietnamese man working as a decorator, and another case confirmed at the end of September, implicating a Nepalese security guard employed at a local quarantine hotel, according to Ms. Leong of the Health Bureau.
(Updated at 5:15 p.m. on October 6)