Macau bars non-locals entry; HK to follow suit

Special Administrative Region (SAR) Macau’s government has put in place a ban on all “non-local residents”, excepting mainland Chinese, Hong Kong Taiwan residents and those holding Macau immigration status as a non-residential worker. The ban comes into effect from midnight on Wednesday 18th March.

The ban is reportedly based on the SAR’s wish to restrict importing further cases os COVID-19, and the motion was introduced under power given with the city’s infectious disease control legislation.

Travellers from Europe were already subject to a 14-day quarantine period.

The SAR recently discovered two new infections, one a woman recently returned from a trip to Portugal, the other a Spanish national doing business in the area, that was detected at the airport on arrival.

Macau has seen a startlingly low number of coronavirus infections as measures appear to be working brilliantly.

Hong Kong’s ban on inbound travel is expected to begin Thursday.