Easing of non-resident entry policies dependant on pandemic progression – Secretary for Social Affairs

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Elsie Ao Ieong U, local authorities have plans to gradually alleviate the entry of foreign non-resident workers and the relatives of Macau residents with foreign nationality, but that these steps are reliant on control of the epidemic in these countries and regions.

The entry of non-resident foreigners, whether they have been in foreign countries, or have been in Hong Kong, Taiwan or in Mainland China has been prohibited since March of this year.

Recently Legislator Agnes Lam has revealed that she has received between 30 and 40 complaints from families separated due to the current entry restrictions imposed by Macau authorities, with calls for greater flexibility by authorities in allowing entry in the SAR for family reunion purposes.

Speaking after the inauguration of the construction works for the Macao Polytechnic Institute new library and research complex building yesterday (Tuesday), Secretary Elsie Ao admitted the difficulties caused by entry policies but noted changes would have to be implemented step by step.