(Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

About 10 countries and regions included Macau residents or travellers in Covid-19 travel restrictions

With more than 50 countries having imposed travel restrictions related to the Covid-19, most bans involved travellers hailing from mainland China, but with some jurisdictions including residents or just travellers that passed through Macau or Hong Kong.

Macau News Agency decided to gather a list of the jurisdictions that have so far also included Macau SAR residents or travellers that passed through the city, according to information from the International Air Transport Association and the National Immigration Administration of the People’s Republic of China.

When contacted about this issue the Tourism Crisis Management Office stated that “due to the constant developments concerning immigration procedures adopted by different countries” it recommends Macau residents to inquire their travel agents and the closest Consular Missions of the country they plan to travel to in order to obtain the latest information”.

Bangladesh, Iran – Holders of passports from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau can no longer obtain a visa on arrival, and where passengers arriving from these destinations must fill a Health Clearance Form provided by cabin crew:

Marshall islands – Any passenger arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau is not allowed to enter.

Mauritius –Passengers who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter

Phillippines –Passengers who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines who will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into the Philippines.

Mongolia –Passengers who reside or have been in the China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong or Macau since 1 January 2020 are not allowed to transit or enter Mongolia. This does not apply to passengers who reside in Mongolia.

Samoa – Passengers who have transited through or have been in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore or Thailand must have spent a period of 14 days in quarantine before arrival

Seychelles – Non-nationals and non-residents who have been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Seychelles. Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau are not allowed to transit or enter Seychelles

Taiwan – Passengers who have been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter unless they are Taiwan residents or holders of passports from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Vanuatu – Passengers who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter. Passengers must complete an Incoming Passenger Health Declaration Form before boarding. Passengers who have been in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau since 31 December 2019 but who have spent the previous 14 days outside of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau must supply a copy of Medical Clearance Form 1, completed by a registered medical practitioner certifying that they are free from any respiratory illness.

Countries and jurisdictions that bar Chinese passport holders or any traveller that has been to mainland China in a certain period before arrival (several exceptions not included):

Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belize, Cook Islands, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Madagascar, Maldives, Micronesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Paraguay, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Vietnam.

Other cases:

Japan specifically bars passengers who have been in the Hubei Province, with South Korea also including Zhejiang province, and Malaysia adding Jiangsu province. All three countries exempt their own nationals from these restrictions.

Hong Kong SAR – Passengers who reside or have been in the Hubei Province in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter, except for passengers who reside in Hong Kong. Passengers who have been in China in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter if their permitted stay in Hong Kong is less than 14 days. Passengers arriving from China or having been in China in the past 14 days are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

Macau SAR – Passengers who reside or have been in the Hubei Province in the past 14 days must present a certificate issued by a legal medical institution proving they are not infected with the novel coronavirus. This does not apply to passengers with a Macau SAR passport or passengers who reside in Macau.

About 10 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported so far in Macau, with 53 cases and one death reported in Hong Kong and 64,437 cases and 1,383 deaths registered in Mainland China.

Some 6,766 people have also recovered from the illness, including three in Macau.