Macau government further restricts the entry of people in the fight against Covid-19

19 March 2020

The Macau government determined that from Thursday, 19 March, all holders of the non-resident worker identification documents, with the exception of those who are residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the area known as Greater China.

A dispatch from the Chief Executive published in the Official Bulletin mentions that the measure was taken, “due to the continued spread of the Covid-19 epidemic throughout the world,” and with the aim of “preventing the importation of cases of infection from the outside and protect the health of Macau residents.”

Since Wednesday, 18 March, there has been a ban on the entry into Macau of all non-residents, with the exception of the residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as holders of the non-resident worker identification document.

The measures are intended to prevent the emergence of a new outbreak point, as following the return from Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia of students and Macau residents there have been new imported cases of Covid-19, in what is being dubbed the “new wave” of cases.

After over 40 days without new cases and with the discharge from hospital of 10 cases registered previously in Macau, in the last four days seven new imported cases have been found in individuals returning to Macau from countries and regions with a high epidemic incidence.

The government also decided that from now on the body temperature of all people arriving at Hong Kong airport planning to travel onwards to Macau will be verified by the health authorities and that if they have a fever they will undergo quarantine in Hong Kong, not being allowed to travel to Macau along the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. (macauhub)