The Macau government has decided to ban international flights with other states. The decision will come into effect on January 9th. It was adopted to curb a further increase in the incidence of COVID-19.
The press office of the city's health department said on January 6 that the agency will “ban civil aircraft from carrying passengers from outlying locations China to Macau.”
Serious restrictions on tourist traffic were maintained in the Celestial SAR, as in neighboring Hong Kong. Due to the new air travel regulation, non-resident visitors will not be able to enter the city. At the same time, all residents entering Macau from abroad are subject to mandatory quarantine, regardless of whether or not they have tested positive for the coronavirus.
With the exception of Mainland China and Hong Kong, the self-employment period applies – Isolation can last from 21 to 35 days depending on which country the resident is from.
Note that Hong Kong announced similar measures on Jan. 5. There, authorities imposed a two-week ban on inbound flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. The restrictions will apply from January 8th to 21st.
The imposition of a ban on international air travel is expected to seriously damage the Macau gambling market. So far, 79 cases have been reported in the world's largest gambling zone, although asymptomatic episodes are reported separately.
On December 26, the first infected person with the Omicron variant was identified in the city, forcing authorities to refrain from doing so To become more vigilant as the situation with incidence evolves in the region.
The former Portuguese colony is now home to at least 650,000 people spread over an area of 30 square kilometers. These numbers make Macau one of the most densely populated regions in the world.
As a reminder, analysts at Morgan Stanley predict that Macau casino operators' profits will increase by 15% in 2022.