Visitors will have to pay for both the quarantine fee at medical observation hotels and a PCR test package fee when visiting Macau, authorities announced on Sunday.
From May 8, visitors from overseas, Hong Kong and Taiwan will have to pay 2,000 pataca (HK$1,942) for eight Covid
-19 PCR tests during their hotel quarantine in Macau, while those from the mainland will have to pay 1,250 pataca for five tests.
Travelers are now required to present booking confirmations for the medical observation hotel and PCR test package they paid for before heading to Macau.
The Novel Coronavirus
Response and Coordination Centre said that extra human resources has been poured into the current door-to-door specimen collection service when visitors isolatie in hotels, but they will now “better allocate taxpayers’ money.”
“Since the door-to-door PCR test service during isolation was only for people who traveled, travelers themselves shall now pay for the service they enjoy,” the centre said.
All visitors from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are required to undergo 14 days of medical observation and at least seven days of strict health self-management.
And starting from Monday, travelers entering Macao from Guangdong province will be required to present negative Covid
-19 test results within 72 hours.
Non-Macao residents who fail to present such proof would be denied entry, whereas Macao residents will be required to undergo testing at once.
For those who are traveling from Macao to Guangdong, the validity period of the proof of negative nucleic acid test stands at seven days. Other cross-boundary epidemic prevention requirements remain unchanged.