The Macau government has relaxed its testing requirements for travelers from Guangdong province ahead of the May Golden Week holidays.
Visitors from the province, which is Macau’s most important market, will now need a negative Covid test 72 hours before arrival from Monday. The requirement was previously for a test within 48 hours.
The five-week May holiday will run from April 30th to May 4th and was the busiest time for Macau’s casinos in 2021.
Fernandes said she expects most of Macau’s visitors to come from the Greater Bay areas, particularly the Guangdong province.
“Other parts of China are still battling with the pandemic, so for now, we will concentrate on the Guangdong province and other parts afterwards,” said Fernandes to local reporters.
Macau has also eased its entry restrictions to allow Filipino domestic workers back into the city, as part of a pilot scheme from Monday.
The government said it was taking the measure to meet the needs of the public. Non-residents from other countries outside of the Greater China region are still barred from entry, although authorities said the next step in easing would be the application for exemption from entry restrictions will be open to allow foreign teaching or research personnel that are in short supply locally, management staff of educational institutions, as well as students admitted to a higher educational institution in Macau.