Macau toughens entry through health note

Local | Wallis Wang 14 Jul 2020

All visitors to Macau from Hong Kong must produce a clean bill of health showing negative test results for Covid-19 issued in the past seven days before being able to enter the city, Macau authorities announced yesterday.

Macau's Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center said that under the new policy, effective 6pm yesterday, travelers without the health certificate could be refused entry.

The mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated places for those traveling from Hong Kong will be maintained.

The policy applies to everyone who takes the shuttle bus via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which is also known as the "golden bus," to ensure the safety of both passengers and staff on the bus

On Sunday, health authorities said that passengers departing from Macau on planes and the special ferry service for Hong Kong International Airport for transit would also need to present negative test results for coronavirus conducted within seven days to protect others who are traveling onboard.

The certificate could be shown in the health code system launched on May 3 to replace the health declaration system in Macau.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is the only boundary crossing between Hong Kong and Macau that remains open amid the pandemic.

The "golden bus" service was temporarily suspended on April 6 but resumed operations on May 8 with only 12 services a day - six from Macau and six from Hong Kong.

Other forms of transport that connect the two cities, including jet boats and helicopters, have been suspended since early February, with the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan closed.

Meanwhile, the "travel bubble" plan for Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong is still on hold due to the recent surge of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong.

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Sunday that the authorities have to reconsider the health code scheme.

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