Macao will ban most non-residents from entering the semiautonomous Chinese territory starting tomorrow, the city’s leader said at a news conference Tuesday.
All foreign nationals will be denied entry into the city, Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng said.
Visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan who have not traveled to foreign countries can enter the city, but they will be required to undergo medical observation for 14 days.
Macao residents who are returning from overseas will be required to undergo medical observation for 14 days, Ho said.
The gambling mecca is one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations. Its economy is heavily reliant on gaming and tourist revenues, which have been severely impacted by coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
Twenty-five people in the city have contracted the virus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, 10 of whom have recovered.
From journalists Vanesse Chan and Eric Cheung in Hong Kong