Gov’t negotiating possible nucleic acid test exemption for vaccinated residents with mainland – CE

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng indicated yesterday (Friday) that the Macau SAR government was striving to establish an arrangement with mainland authorities whereby people either from the mainland or Macau – that reached 14 days after having been vaccinated against Covid-19 – would be able to travel between the two places without being required to present a negative nucleic acid test.

Health authorities had previously mentioned discussions for establishing such an arrangement, but need that the low rate of vaccination in the SAR was delaying discussions to establish a system of this kind.

The local vaccination rate is currently at about 10 per cent, with a total of 67,115 people in Macau vaccinated so far with either Sinopharm or the BioNTech vaccines, of which only 35,464 have received the required two doses.

However, Ho also underscored yesterday that only after Hong Kong reported zero local Covid-19 cases for a period of at least 14 days, would the two SARs have the foundation to discuss a possible travel bubble.