Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Coronavirus-related restrictions in Macau, China, mostly unchanged as of Sept. 19. Entry nonresident foreign nationals remains banned.

Alert Begins 18 Sep 2020 06:57 PM UTC
Alert Expires 08 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Macau (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel disruptions; possible business disruptions

Summary
Officials in Macau are largely maintaining internal controls and travel restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic with few changes as of mid-September. Effective Sept. 21, however, persons wishing to attend social gatherings of more than 400 people are required to undergo COVID-19 tests before the events. The use of protective face coverings is still mandatory in casinos, government offices, and on public transport. Thermal scanners remain in place at all entry points into Macau, as well as at casinos and many other businesses.

Transport between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Several airlines have suspended flights at Macau International Airport (MFM); further flight cancellations are likely due to decreased demand.

Travel Restrictions
Macau continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory. Macau residents and locals from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China can enter the special administrative region provided they have not traveled to other countries or territories within the previous 14 days. Individuals arriving from most areas of mainland China are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. Passengers with a travel history to any designated high-risk area of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or foreign countries within 14 days of arrival must undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels. Officials require arrivals to pay for quarantine fees of USD 700. Locals are exempt from the quarantine fee for their first entry but must pay for subsequent quarantine periods, unless traveling for select purposes.

Officials have introduced a closed management system with Hong Kong for cargo crews; the program exempts shipping crew members from quarantine regulations as long as they undergo COVID-19 testing weekly, maintain green health codes, and refrain from disembarking in Hong Kong. Macau residents can also travel to mainland China without quarantine requirements, provided they have not gone elsewhere, including Hong Kong, within the previous 14 days and obtain a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test within seven days of entry.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Postpone travel to Macau if impacted by travel restrictions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Delay travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, immigration delays, or mandatory quarantine. Confirm reservations and business appointments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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