Quarantine removed for entering Zhuhai, 24-hour NAT result required

Starting from 6pm today (Wednesday), a quarantine-free customs entry policy has been resumed between Macau and Zhuhai, with a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test certificate conducted within the last 24 hours required for people entering Zhuhai through the Macau land border, health authorities announced.

The Macau workgroup for the Zhuhai-Macau Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism has indicated in a notification today that, according to the changes in the epidemic situation, starting from 18:00 on August 3, all individuals who depart from Macau to Zhuhai must present a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test certificate conducted within 24 hours, with the previous requirement of a 7-day quarantine at designated places plus 3 days of self-health monitoring at home removed.

Those who depart from Macau to Zhuhai must declare in advance on the “Health Zhuhai” Wechat mini program, and report to the community of their residency and complete a nucleic acid test within 48 hours afterentering Zhuhai.

Also, those individuals should follow the principle of only travelling between their residencyand workplace for the first 3 days and avoid taking public transportation, gathering, and dining together.

Meanwhile, the Gongbei Port is temporarily closed as it is currently under construction, and will reopen at 6:00 am on August 5, with the Border Gate on the Macau side to be temporarily closed in line with the Gongbei Port and to reopen at the same time, while the vehicle entrance and exit routes at the border checkpoint will remain open during the period without being affected by this measure.

The opening hours of other border ports between Zhuhai and Macau will remain unchanged, including Qingmao Port, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau BridgeMacau Port, Hengqin Portand Zhuhai-Macau Cross-Border Industrial Zone port. As for sea ports, the Inner Harbour Ferry Terminal is still closed.

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has also announced in a statement today that in order to meet the demand of people leaving Macau, those who have completed sampling at any time from August 2 to August 3 will have their nucleic acid test results uploaded on the Macau Health Code andeligible for customs entry and exit use.

However, the test conducted at the free governmental nucleic acid testing sites on or after August 4 cannot be used for customs entry and exit.

On June 22, Zhuhai health authorities have issued a notice requiring all people entering Zhuhai from Macau to receive a 7-day quarantine at designated places plus 7-day health monitoring at home, as Macau has seen a new wave of pandemic outbreak, with the quarantine days later reduced to 7-day quarantine at designated places plus 3-day health monitoring at home.

Yesterday, health authorities announced that no positive cases had been reported in Macau on August 1, making it the tenth consecutive day without community-transmitted COVID-19 cases.