Critical Alert


Macau officials requiring quarantine for travelers from Kashgar Prefecture and Qingdao, China, as of Oct. 27. Most foreigners remain banned.

 

Summary
Officials in Macau are imposing mandatory quarantine requirements on individuals with recent travel history to Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, following the discovery of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cluster. Quarantine requirements remain in place for travelers who have visited Qingdao, Shandong Province. Authorities require travelers who have been in Kashgar or Qingdao within the previous 14 days to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Macau. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Most business and gathering restrictions have ended in Macau. However, the government continues to require COVID-19 testing for people attending social gatherings of more than 400 people. Protective face coverings remain mandatory in casinos, government offices, and on public transport. Thermal scanners are in place at all entry points into Macau and 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 possible amid low 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 must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of arrival from mainland China or Taiwan and within 24 hours if traveling from Hong Kong. Visitors from 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 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.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Consider postponing 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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