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Doors open to domestic helpers of any nationality from next Monday

Decision follows partial relaxation of entry ban on foreigners which allowed Indonesian and Filipino helpers back into Macao.

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Decision follows partial relaxation of entry ban on foreigners which allowed Indonesian and Filipino helpers back into Macao.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

Foreign domestic helpers of any nationality are to be allowed to come back to Macao, with applications opening next Monday.

Leong Iek Hou, who heads the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Health Bureau (SSM), announced that as with Philippine and Indonesian nationals, who have already been granted an exemption to the entry ban on foreigners, the programme will have no restrictions on either the age or health condition requiring the assistance of a domestic helper.

All the other application requirements and procedures will be the same.

Families who are being looked after by a foreign domestic helper, and those living with them – except those aged below three – must have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or they must hold a doctor’s certificate confirming their unsuitability for vaccination.

Like all other arrivals from foreign countries, domestic helpers must have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior. Those who received the last required shot of their basic-full-immunity Covid-19 vaccinations over seven months ago will also have to present a certificate confirming that they have received at least one Covid-19 booster jab, when boarding their Macao-bound flight.

Like all the other arrivals from foreign countries, domestic helpers will have to spend14 days in hotel quarantine, followed by seven days of “self-health management” upon arrival.

Leong added that the government has so far received 38 applications for its programme of allowing foreign domestic helpers to enter Macao again since its launch late last month. Leong said that as of yesterday 23 of the 38 applications had been approved, while 13 other applications had been rejected. Two had been cancelled by their applicants, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

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