Macau lifts last travel restrictions for mainland China

| By Daniel O'Boyle
The Macau government has lifted the last of its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) travel restrictions for visitors from Mainland China.

The region has today (23 February) ended the requirement for those who had been in the city of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province and Suihua in Heilongjiang province in the prior two weeks to isolate for 14 days if entering Macau following improvements of the situation in both cities.

“That is, from 23 February, no travelers need to undergo medical observation or self-isolation because they have traveled to any place in the Mainland within 14 days,” the Macau government said.

The measure ends a series of restrictions that drastically limited casino revenue in Macau for much of 2020.

Revenue was down 79.3% year-on-year to MOP60.44bn (£5.55bn/€6.15bn/$7.57bn) for 2020, due mostly to self-isolation requirements for visitors to Macau and those returning to mainland China. Many of these restrictions were eased as the year went on, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering Guangdong province from Macau lifted in July.

Things in January 2021, but revenue was still 63.7% below January 2020 at MOP8.02bn.

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