Guangdong province, the largest source market for Macau, started accepting applications for tourism visas to the Special Administrative Region on Tuesday.
The processing time for such visas is typically about seven days, meaning it will be another week at least before Macau sees a meaningful uptick in revenue.
The renewal of individual visit scheme and group visas is seen as key to the recovery in Macau’s gaming industry. China began gradually easing restrictions earlier this month, first opening up travel for citizens of the neighbouring city of Zhuhai. The relaxation will be extended to all of China on Sept. 23.
Meanwhile, local media reports that the Macau government will require residents returning from overseas a second time to pay their own quarantine expenses.
All those arriving in Macao from any areas other than the mainland – namely Hong Kong, Taiwan and foreign countries – must undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine upon their arrival here. The fee after the first time will be set at MOP
5,600, the same for non residents, TDM Macau says.
Locals will be able to request exemptions for special circumstances.