Macao’s four quarantine hotels are being reclassified in the wake of the deteriorating Covid-19 pandemic situation in Taiwan and improvements in Hong Kong.
Starting this Sunday, Pousada Marina Infante in Cotai and Grand Coloane Resort will be used as “general” quarantine hotels earmarked for travellers arriving from Hong Kong, and areas in mainland China that are affected by local Covid-19 cases.
The other two quarantine hotels, Treasure Hotel and Regency Art Hotel in Taipa, will be used as “special” quarantine hotels earmarked for arrivals from Taiwan and foreign countries.
Pousada Marina Infante will be a “general designated” quarantine hotel, while Grand Coloane Resort will be a “general self-selected” quarantine hotel.
Treasure Hotel, which is located opposite the airport in Taipa, will be a “special designated” quarantine hotel, while Regency Art Hotel will be a “special self-selected” quarantine hotel.
Macao residents and non-resident workers can choose to book either a “designated” hotel or a “self-selected” hotel, while other travellers must book a “self-selected” hotel.
Lau Fong Chi, who heads the Communication and External Relations Department of the Macao Government Tourism Office, noted that Macao residents who meet certain criteria can apply for an exemption from paying for their first-time stay for Covid-19 medical observation at a “designated” hotel.
However, according to Lau, Philippine domestic helpers who have been granted permission to enter Macao can only choose to stay at Treasure Hotel for their Covid-19 medical observation, a “special designated” quarantine hotel.
Under the new arrangements, Lau said, travellers can start booking a guestroom at the respective quarantine hotels by email at 12 pm today.
In related news, government officials have said that the validity of the negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test result for travellers entering Macao from Guangdong could be further relaxed from the current 72 hours once the province’s Covid-19 situation further stabilises.
Additionally, 10,000 doses of BioNTech mRNA vaccine specifically for children aged between five and 11 are now expected to be delivered to Macao around the middle of this month, The Macau Post Daily reported.