The Guangdong government’s quarantine lifting for arrivals from Macao is only applicable to Macao residents and mainland visitors, while non-resident workers from the mainland are still subject to the current quarantine rules. For Macao residents, only those who hold a mainland-issued Home Return Permit are covered by the quarantine lifting, which means that foreign nationals holding a Macao ID card are not covered by the quarantine lifting.
A Home Return Permit, officially known as Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents, is only issued to Chinese nationals who are permanent residents of the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao. A Home Return Permit allows its holder to travel from Hong Kong or Macao to the mainland.
Meanwhile, Lei Tak Fai, who heads the Public Relations Division of the Public Security Police (PSP), said during yesterday’s press conference that the police recorded 1,600 visitor arrivals entering Macao via the city’s four land border checkpoints with Zhuhai on Wednesday, the first day of the Guangdong government lifting the quarantine, from 6 am to 4 pm – via the Barrier Gate checkpoint, the Lotus Flower Bridge checkpoint, the Macao-Zhuhai checkpoint on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), and the Zhuhai Macao Cross-border Industrial Zone checkpoint in Ilha Verde – a 50 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous day.
Lei also underlined that the police are well prepared to tackle the possible rising number of visitors to Macao – due to the Guangdong government’s lifting of the quarantine. Lei also urged travellers to convert their Macao Health Code into a Guangdong Health Code in advance before crossing the Macao-Zhuhai border so as to prevent large crowds from occurring there.