Macau quarantining travelers from South Korea as of Feb. 27 due to increased COVID-19 activity. Local restrictions, disruptions possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 27 Feb 2020 12:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Macau (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business closures, reduced government services, transport disruptions; possible protests

Summary
Authorities in Macau are taking several measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Quarantines, travel restrictions, and enhanced screenings are in place.

Quarantines

As of Feb. 27, authorities in Macau are requiring passengers entering from South Korea, as well as those with a travel history to South Korea in the previous 14 days, to undergo quarantine for a 14-day period. The quarantine measures are due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in South Korea. Officials are providing non-residents with the option to either quarantine for 14 days at the Pousada Marine Infante hotel at their expense or leave Macau immediately. Authorities are allowing residents to self-quarantine and will monitor their health condition. If Macau residents' homes do not meet official health requirements, they will also have to be quarantined at the Pousada Marine Infinite hotel at their own cost.

Travel Restrictions

Though Macau has not reported any new cases of COVID-19 since Feb. 5, officials are taking additional measures to limit daily cross-border travel and prevent the spread of the disease. Since Feb. 20, all workers from mainland China have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at facilities in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, and receive medical clearance from Zhuhai health authorities before entering Macau. Authorities will quarantine or return foreign workers to their point of origin from other areas in mainland China at their own expense. The border restriction will not impact Macau residents.

Travel between Macau and Hong Kong remains available only via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge due to transport restrictions in Hong Kong. Macau is also maintaining a ban on residents from Hubei Province from entering the territory, and passengers from mainland China must provide a health declaration form upon arrival. China halted the issuance of personal visas to Macau, Jan. 28.

Health Screenings

Macau authorities continue to implement enhanced health screenings; thermal scanners are in place at all points of entry into the territory. Thermal scanners are also in place at all casinos. Increased security is also likely at border crossings in mainland China. Commercial disruptions are likely to continue, especially at entertainment venues and other tourist-focused businesses, despite the latest government announcement.

While demonstrations are rare in Macau, small protests cannot be ruled out, particularly if officials report additional cases of COVID-19.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Plan for transport disruptions, especially if traveling between Macau and Hong Kong and mainland China. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings, especially if traveling from mainland China. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. 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. 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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