ECONOMYNEXT – To travel to China’s semi-autonomous territory of Macao from October 7th onwards, passengers from several high-risk countries including Sri Lanka must provide three negative nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) reports taken over a period of seven-days.
Macao considers Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Turkey as extremely high-risk due to COVID-19 infections in those countries.
Dr Chandima Jeewandara of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura told EconomyNext that the NAAT is equivalent to the PCR tests done in Sri Lanka.
Updating its COVID-19 travel restrictions, it said passengers from countries considered extremely high risk will have to present three NAATs – conducted within seven days of intending departure, the Macao government said on its blog.
The tests must be taken 24-hours apart and the last test within 48-hours prior to departure.
This applies to all travelers boarding a direct flight to Macao or the first leg of a connecting flight to Macao.
Macao has imposed several restrictions for inbound and outbound travelers as COVID-19 infections within its territory increased.
Individuals who depart from Macao are also required to take a negative NAAT report 24-hours prior to departing.
All entertainment and grooming services have been halted, international media reports said.
Macao, considered a capital of gambling, has allowed casinos to operate.
Travelers from other countries will have to present a negative NAAT test 48 hours prior to boarding the flight.
Children aged 12 or above are also required to present a document certifying either they have completed COVID-19 vacciNAATion at least 14 days prior to boarding their flight, or that they are not suitable to be recipients of any COVID-19 vaccine.
This must be recognised for interNAATional travel by the Chinese embassies, the statement said. (Colombo/Oct07/2021)