Macau banned international flights due to COVID-19

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The Macao government has decided to ban international flights with other States. The decision will come into force on January 9. It was adopted in order to curb the next increase in the incidence of COVID-19.

The press service of the City Health Bureau said on January 6 that the agency would prohibit “civilian aircraft from transporting passengers from places outside China to Macau.”

In the special administrative region of China, as well as in neighboring Hong Kong, serious restrictions on the movement of tourists have remained. As a result of the adoption of the new air transportation rule, non-resident visitors will not be able to enter the city. At the same time, all residents arriving in Macau from abroad are subject to mandatory quarantine, regardless of whether they have tested positive for coronavirus or not.

With the exception of mainland China and Hong Kong, the period of self-isolation can range from 21 to 35 days, depending on which country the resident comes from.

Hong Kong announced similar measures on January 5. There, the authorities imposed a two-week ban on entry flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. The restrictions will be in effect from January 8 to January 21.

It is expected that the ban on international air travel will cause serious damage to the gambling entertainment market of Macau. Prior to that, 79 cases of the disease were registered in the world’s largest gambling zone, although asymptomatic episodes are recorded separately.

On December 26, the first infected with the Omicron variant was detected in the city, which forced the authorities to begin to be more vigilant over the development of the morbidity situation in the region.

At least 650,000 people now live in the former Portuguese colony, which are located on an area of 30 square kilometers. These indicators make Macau one of the most densely populated regions on the planet.

Recall, according to Morgan Stanley analysts, in 2022 the profit of Macau casino operators will grow by 15%.

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