Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials further ease quarantine requirements for Macau residents traveling to cities in Guangdong, China, as of July 8. Entry ban ongoing.

  • Alert Begins: 08 Jul 2020 07:35 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 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

Summary
Authorities are allowing Macau residents to travel to eight more cities in Guangdong Province without quarantine requirements as of July 8 due to low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the region. Officials will permit travel for official reasons, essential business activity, and emergencies, such as attending funerals. Travelers must still receive approval from Macau health authorities via an online application, complete a travel and health declaration, hold a green health code, and provide evidence of a negative nucleic acid COVID-19 test valid for seven days. After crossing the border in Zhuhai, Macau citizens and residents can travel to Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, and Zhongshan for up to 14 days. People receiving approval can travel across the border an unlimited number of times within seven days. Applications remain capped at 3,000 daily.

Macau previously lifted quarantine requirements for nonresident workers that live in Zhuhai June 24. 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 coronavirus disease (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. However, authorities require travelers who have visited Beijing within 14 days of arrival to quarantine at designated locations for two weeks. 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. However, the government is allowing twice daily ferry services between Taipa Ferry Terminal and SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) through July 16 to facilitate residents' return and let foreigners in the territory depart. 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, at all 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.

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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