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NAT validity for arrivals from Zhuhai to remain at 24 hours

Macao needs to assess the Covid-19 situation in mainland China as a whole, not just in Zhuhai, before any changes can be made, says health chief.

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Macao needs to assess the Covid-19 situation in mainland China as a whole, not just in Zhuhai, before any changes can be made, says health chief.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:44 am

The validity of the negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test (NAT) result for travellers entering Macao from Zhuhai can only be raised back to 48 hours from the current 24 if the neighbouring city has zero new local Covid-19 cases for at least seven days, health chief Leong Iek Hou has said.

The validity of the negative NAT result for those entering Macao from Zhuhai was shortened to just 24 hours from 48 hours three weeks ago.

Leong noted that Zhuhai’s latest local Covid-19 case was reported on Sunday. Leong said that once the neighbouring city has zero new local Covid-19 cases for seven days, the Macao government would assess with its Zhuhai counterpart whether the NAT validity for those entering Macao from Zhuhai could be raised back to 48 hours.

Leong also said that the Macao government would need to “dynamically” assess the overall latest Covid-19 developments in mainland China as a whole before deciding whether the NAT validity for those entering Macao from Zhuhai could be further raised back to seven days, rather than only considering Zhuhai’s latest Covid-19 developments, The Macau Post daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:44 am

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