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NAT validity for air passengers from mainland returns to seven days

Regulations relaxed following easing of the Covid-19 wave in the mainland; departing air passengers also need to show seven-day NAT.

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Regulations relaxed following easing of the Covid-19 wave in the mainland; departing air passengers also need to show seven-day NAT.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

The validity of the negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test (NAT) result for air passengers from the mainland has been raised back to seven days from just 48 hours, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has announced.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said a few days ago that the current Covid-19 wave in the mainland affecting various provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities had started to ease.

The Macao government tightened the validity of the negative Covid-19 NAT result for air passengers from the mainland late last month in response to the sharp rise in transmissions of local Delta variant cases.

In general, air passengers from the mainland do not need to quarantine after landing in Macao, except those arriving from certain areas affected by a local Covid-19 epidemic, who are required to undergo 14 days’ hotel quarantine.

The centre noted that non-local air passengers from the mainland failing to present the required NAT certificate will be barred from entering Macao.

The negative NAT result for those entering Macao from Zhuhai via land border checkpoints and from Shenzhen by ferry remains unchanged at seven days.

In related news, the centre announced that passengers departing from Macao by air must present a NAT certificate confirming a negative Covid-19 result valid for seven days, a change from the 48-hour-validity requirement which had been in force until last night.

Al those departing from Macao by ferry must present a NAT certificate confirming a negative Covid-19 result valid for seven days, a change from the 48-hour-validity requirement which had been in force until Monday, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:41 am

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