Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Macau lifts quarantine requirements for residents of Beijing, China as of July 15. Entry ban, internal measures ongoing.

  • Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 06:40 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Macau (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry ban, quarantine requirements, travel disruptions; possible business disruptions

Macau authorities have lifted quarantine requirements for travelers from Beijing, as of July 15, due to low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The move effectively ends quarantine for all inbound mainland Chinese citizens. Officials also ended a requirement that arrivals with a travel history in Hubei Province within the previous two weeks provide evidence of negative COVID-19 status. Travelers from Hubei can now enter casinos. However, the Chinese government has yet to resume visas under the Individual Visa Scheme, and travelers from mainland China must continue to seek entry permits.

Macau previously lifted quarantine requirements for nonresident workers that live in Zhuhai. Workers attempting to enter the territory must obtain confirmation of their residence from Zhuhai officials, show a green Macau health code, and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test within seven days of entering the territory. Officials will also allow some workers to enter Macau if their COVID-19 test occurred within 24 hours. Macau citizens living in Zhuhai with residency permits can cross the border without quarantine requirements, after receiving an exemption. Macau teachers and students residing in Zhuhai can cross the border without a waiver.

The government continues to ban most foreign nationals from entering the territory. Macau residents and travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and areas of mainland China can still enter the special administrative region provided they have not traveled to other countries within 14 days. Individuals arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan are subject to health questionnaires and screenings. Additionally, travelers from these locations that have visited "high-risk" countries, including the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, within 14 days of arrival must undergo mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.

Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. The government will not extend ferry services between Taipa Ferry Terminal and SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) after July 16. Returning residents must register online with the Higher Education Bureau within 48 hours of their landing and plan to arrive at HKG 0400-2200. Returning travelers must also provide documentation from the government and proof of residency before boarding ferries for Macau. Departing travelers must depart HKG 1200-0300 daily, except July 16, when flights must depart before 2359.

Thermal scanners are in place at all entry points into Macau, casinos, and many other businesses. Authorities are requiring people to wear masks in casinos, at government offices, and on public transport. Several airlines have suspended flights at Macau International Airport (MFM); further flight cancellations are highly likely due to decreased demand. Several countries have effectively barred entry by travelers using Macau passports.

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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