The Higher Education Bureau (DSES) announced in a statement Sunday night that from today, Macao residents enrolled in Taiwan are exempted from obtaining a NAT certificate from medical institutions on the island confirming that they have tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to Macao.
The statement said that the Macao government has decided to implement the measure considering that a large number of Macao students in Taiwan plan to return to Macao to spend their summer break here.
According to the statement, Macao students planning to return home from Taiwan will have to register for the measure on the Higher Education Bureau website (registration information is available in Chinese and Portuguese) 48 hours before their flight to Macao.
The statement pointed out that the students will have to undergo 14 days of quarantine and medical observation at one of the government’s “quarantine hotels” upon their arrival in Macao.
Meanwhile, Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the public Conde S. Januário Hospital Centre, announced during Friday’s press conference that the Zhuhai government would raise the number of its quarantine waivers granted to Macao residents per day to 3,000, up from 1,000. Lo said that the increase, which took effect on Saturday, was the outcome of “many” discussions between the Macao government and its Zhuhai and Guangdong counterparts. “This is what the MSAR government has been actively striving for,” Lo said.