Traveling to Macau – COVID-19 Updates
Macau is known for being Asia’s equivalent of Las Vegas. Like Las Vegas, however, there is actually a lot more to it than just gambling. You can spend the daytime shopping, eating and sightseeing or just hit the beach. In the evenings, you can take your pick from some of the best entertainment in the world.
Macau’s experience with COVID19
COVID19 is confirmed to have been present in Macau since at least January 2020. It’s believed that most of the cases were imported from mainland China, especially Guangdong. For a period, this had the second-highest number of cases in China but many people continued to travel between Zhuhai and Macau every day.
Macau’s virus-control measures have largely hinged on targeted closures and travel restrictions. On 18th March 2021, Macau banned entry to all non-residents except to people from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The current COVID19 status in Macau
Technically, people who are not residents of China (or Taiwan) are still banned from entering Macau. There is, however, an exception for people who have spent the preceding 21 days in mainland China. Please note, there are no exceptions for non-residents who want to travel from Hong Kong or Taiwan.
If you are traveling to Macau from mainland China, then you will need a negative COVID19 nucleic acid test. The test must be taken within 7 days of your arrival in Macau. If you qualify to travel to Macau from Hong Kong, then you will need a negative COVID19 nucleic acid test taken within 24 hours of your arrival in Macau.
If you qualify to travel to Macau from Taiwan, then you will need a negative COVID19 nucleic acid test taken within 7 days of your arrival in Macau. Finally, if you qualify to travel to Macau from any other country, including the U.S.A., you will need a negative COVID19 nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours of your arrival in Macau.
As Macau is, technically, closed to non-residents, there are no specific quarantine requirements for visitors. Macau residents returning from spending at least 14 days in mainland China are exempt from quarantine.
There is, however, an exception for anyone who has traveled outside China within the 21 days preceding their arrival in Macau. Anyone who traveled to Hong Kong or Taiwan must quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who traveled internationally must quarantine for 21 days. They must then self-manage their health for 7 days.
Returning to the U.S. from Macau
Everyone aged two and older must provide either a negative COVID19 viral test or documented proof that they have recovered from the virus. Tests must be taken within 72 hours of the passenger’s scheduled departure. Proof of recovery is valid for 90 days. There are no federal requirements for returning passengers to quarantine. State rules, however, may vary.
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