The Zhuhai government has revealed it will now recognize test results from COVID-19 tests conducted in Macau for residents living in Zhuhai City – another small but significant step on the road to easing border restrictions.
Currently, Macau residents holding Zhuhai residential cards are the only group able to enter Zhuhai without undergoing a mandatory 14-day medical quarantine. However, until now they have had to receive COVID-19 tests at the Gongbei border, imposed by the Zhuhai government.
The Zhuhai government announced on Wednesday that Gongbei port will no longer provide the virus test service from 8 April, with the tests to instead be administered by Macau’s health authorities and six designated hospitals in Zhuhai.
The Health Bureau in Macau will provides tests from 9am to 9pm every day at the Taipa Ferry Terminal, with the test results to be confirmed on the spot and shown on the individual health code system after 24 hours.
About 15,000 Macau residents are estimated to be living in Zhuhai. However, the daily test quota in Macau is 4,000, so residents must book their tests online. Residents’ first test is free of charge, but they will have to pay MOP$180 for each subsequent test.
Macau is still requiring non-resident workers from mainland China to undergo a 14-day quarantine before entering the city, however health officials said a further notice on the arrangements for Chinese non-resident workers will be announced soon.