Macau health officials stated on Tuesday that there is still no confirmed date for the easing of border restrictions between Macau and mainland China, with some key details yet to be finalized.
Downplaying rumors circulating on social media claiming border restrictions would be removed by the end of this week, the Health Bureau clarified that Macau is still negotiating with the mainland Chinese government.
In particular, mutual recognition of each government’s health code systems and current capabilities for virus testing must be determined before any progress is made. Officials instead urged the public to be “patient.”
The update comes as it was revealed several foreigners trapped in Macau for several months now have requested assistance in returning home.
The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has received a number of inquiries seeking help to leave Macau, having previously assisted several non-residents from Thailand, Portugal, Italy and Indonesia in doing so.
Meanwhile, just 87 people remained in medical quarantine in Macau’s Pousada Marina Infante Hotel as of Tuesday.