The Macau government prohibited the entrance in the territory, from 00:00 March 18, to all non-residents according to an executive order from the Chief Executive published on Tuesday in the Official Gazette (BO).
The new measures will not be applied to holders of identification cards for residents and employees outside the mainland, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Taiwan.
The Macau government said the decision is taken due to the spread of new coronavirus infections around the world.
In order to prevent the import of foreign infection cases and protect the health of Macau residents, the Chief Executive made the above-mentioned instructions in accordance with Article 25 of the Law on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases.
The directive also stipulates that health authorities may exempt non-residents outside China from complying with the prohibition of entry in the public interest, especially in the prevention and treatment of diseases, emergency relief, and exceptions required to maintain the normal operation of Macau or the basic lives of residents.