Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has announced that residents of Hong Kong and Taiwan will now be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period in one of the city’s designated quarantine hotels before entering Macau.
The new measures, which represent the tightest border restrictions yet since the outbreak of the coronavirus, come after Hong Kong implemented similar requirements for anyone arriving in the SAR.
The restrictions, announced at a press conference on Tuesday morning, apply not only to residents of Hong Kong and Taiwan but also Macau residents who have visited any of those three jurisdictions. All foreign visitors, including those to have spent the previous 14 days in Hong Kong, mainland China or Taiwan, are barred from entering Macau, as are foreign non-resident workers known as blue card holders.
Any residents of Hong Kong, mainland China or Taiwan to have been in any other foreign country in the past 14 days are also barred from entering Macau, however Macau residents returning from overseas via Hong Kong International Airport are still eligible to be transported by government-organized shuttle buses back to Macau, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said the government is continuing to evaluate entry measures and may adjust policies in the coming weeks.
“But the precondition of adjusting entry policies towards Chinese tourists and non-resident workers is that Macau and Zhuhai do not have any infections within the community in the next two weeks,” he said.