Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (October 5, 2021)

Health Alert

Location: Macau

Event: On October 4, 2021, the government of Macau (GOM) declared a new state of immediate pandemic prevention and reinstated their community-wide COVID-19 Testing Program.  Local authorities have mandated that all members of the public are required to obtain a nucleic acid COVID-19 test between 12:00 on October 4, 2021 and 21:00 on October 7, 2021.  According to the GOM, there are 41 testing stations set up around Macau operating 24 hours a day.  Testing at these locations is free of charge, but please keep in mind that most require an appointment.  During previous testing programs, there were reports that even those with appointments had to wait hours for their test to be completed.  To avoid an overly long wait, please check Macau’s booking system for approximate wait times for each facility.  Information on testing sites and booking can be found on Macau’s government webpage or in their prepared infographic. 

The GOM also announced that many regular services in Macau are extending the suspensions that began during the September lockdown.  Education institutions, set to resume classes on October 3, 2021, will now be suspended until further notice.  The Social Welfare Bureau will continue to suspend the operation of subsidized nursery facilities, non-residential and non-emergency social facilities.  To learn more about closures or cancellations of Macau services, please check on the Macau government’s website.

If you are planning to depart Macau, please be aware that all outbound travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure.  As of September 25, 2021, Hong Kong has suspended the quarantine exemption for people entering from Macau under the Return2hk or Come2hk Scheme.  The Zhuhai – Macau quarantine-free travel arrangement set to go into effect on October 4 has been put on hold.

We urge U.S. citizens who receive a mandatory quarantine notification or test positive for COVID-19 to send us an email at acshk@state.gov with their name, date of birth, passport number, and contact information.  The consulate can track your case throughout quarantine or hospitalization, raise any emergency health or safety concerns you have with local authorities, and provide information regarding your case to family members in Macau or the United States if you provide us authorization to do so.  If you need to contact us after hours for an emergency, you can always reach a consulate official at +852 2523-9011.

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