Restrictions on arrivals between the mainland Chinese province of Guangdong province and Macau have been lifted as of July 15, with visitors between both regions no longer subjected to quarantines.
Visitors are instead required to have their temperature checked, show nucleic acid test certificates and their green Macao Health Code to be cleared for immigration. The same checks stand for casino access.
However, as the Individual Visit Scheme permits and group tourist visas are still suspended by the mainland authorities, it may be some time before the mass market can add Macau to their destination list.
“Macau has handled the outbreak of Covid-19 very well, with prompt actions to control and contain the spread of the virus,” said Sally Victoria Benson, co-founder of Macau Lifestyle, a media platform featuring city guide, travel, events and dining content.
“The recently introduced lifting of quarantine requirement for Guangdong province is a promising development, and hopefully will see visitors coming back to Macau in the next few weeks,” she added.
Safety is of course top priority across the territory, with the recently launched Macau's Measures Against Covid-19 video released by the Macao Government Tourism Office to outline the territory’s pandemic timeline and precautions.
Frontline workers at casinos, including dealers, cage workers and security guards, will also undergo NAT testing, in phases. To give an idea of the scale of the testing, out of over 58,000 full time casino staff (end 2019), over 25,000 of them were dealers.
A Sands China spokesperson emphasised the brand’s Sands SafeStay initiative would serve to reassure guests that health and safety is the leading focus at all their properties.
“We expect Guangdong visitors will start planning their Macau staycations, from the gastronomic experiences and superb accommodation to cultural heritage, since they have waited for this travel opportunity for a period of time,” said the spokesperson.
“As a prerequisite of travel, they still need to hold a valid visa and negative nucleic acid test before entering Macao; we therefore anticipate they will stay longer to offset the costs of such preparation.”