The Macau government announced that starting June 15, arrivals from Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries must undergo “10 days of centralized medical observation in isolation and 7 days of self-health monitoring”. Currently, Hong Kong residents who enter Macau must undergo 14 days of quarantine followed by seven days of self-health monitoring, during which they must take nucleic acid tests (NATs) on Days 2, 4 and 6.
To qualify for the new 10+7 measure, arrivals must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, test negative for the virus upon arrival in Macau and during their isolation period, and agree to comply with “relevant anti-epidemic requirements”.
Arrivals from Hong Kong can stay at one of two general optional medical observation hotels: Grand Coloane Resort or Sheraton Grand Macao. Once they complete their quarantine, they will begin their period of self-monitoring, which will include NATs on Days 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 after their arrival into Macau.
A traveller’s Macao Health Code will have three different displays, depending on their NAT results:
- Green: If the user takes their NATs according to schedule.
- Yellow: If the user does not take a NAT as scheduled.
- Red: If the user does not take a NAT 24 hours after scheduled.
Those who test positive for Covid-19 during their isolation period will be quarantined for at least an additional 14 days. Arrivals who are not vaccinated must isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
Depending on the severity of their symptoms, infected patients will be sent to one of the following facilities:
- Public Health Clinical Centre at Estrada do Alto de Coloane
- Isolation Ward in Conde de S. Januário Hospital
- Community Treatment Centres (Macau East Asian Games Dome and the Athletes Training and Development Centre)
- Medical observation hotels
Macau previously imposed a mandatory 28-day quarantine period on passengers from 22 countries deemed “very high-risk”. All other overseas arrivals were issued a 21-day isolation period, which was then reduced to 14 days with seven days of home quarantine.
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