The Macau government confirmed that it will launch the second phase of its buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer on bus and ferry services for Hong Kong residents from April 10-June 30. This time, the offer will also apply to overseas visitors from Hong Kong who visit the casino city for at least two days.
Visitors to Macau will now get tickets back to Hong Kong on five transport operators: Hong Kong-Macao Express, One Bus Hong Kong Macau, Eternal East Cross-Border Coach Management Limited, TurboJET, and Cotai Water Jet.
Last month, Macau Government Tourism Office Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said that the city had plans to extend the free-tickets scheme for Hong Kong residents and include travellers from Taiwan and overseas who entered the former Portuguese colony from Hong Kong.
Macau’s first ticket giveaway for Hong Kong residents on three transport providers — Hong Kong-Macao Express, TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet — ran from January 13-March 31. According to data from the Macau government, a total of 145,657 visitors from Hong Kong used these free tickets on their return trips, which comprised over 100,000 ferry tickets and more than 45,000 bus tickets.
Records from Hong Kong’s Immigration Department also show that 511,828 travellers departed to Macau from Hong Kong during the ongoing Ching Ming-Easter holiday season from April 1-8, 78.5% of which were Hong Kong residents. During this period, 421,832 passengers arrived in Hong Kong from Macau, and Hong Kong residents made up 82% of this number.
Macau dropped its outdoor mask mandate in late-February and suspended its health code for Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors from the SAR. The city also scrapped its pre-departure Covid-19 test requirements for Hong Kong residents in January, and more recently, for visitors from Taiwan and overseas, from April 1.
However, travellers who wish to enter Mainland China within seven days of their arrival in Macau from Taiwan or from certain overseas places — such as Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea — must still undergo either a rapid antigen test or a nucleic acid test between 24 and 48 hours before they begin their journey.
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