Macau’s borders are finally open without quarantine for people arriving from anywhere in mainland China.
After nearly two years of such mandatory health observations – which typically required incoming travelers to quarantine for at least two weeks in either a government-approved medical observation hotel or an isolation camp – Macau’s borders are fully open to mainlanders.
The easing of entry protocols is a major development for Macau’s casino operators, who have been battered due to COVID-19. Macau’s casinos remained open throughout 2020 and 2021 despite nearly nonexistent customer traffic.
Macau instructed the casino resorts to take all steps possible to avoid laying off employees during the pandemic. They mostly did so, which was likely part of an effort to remain in the good graces of both Macau and Chinese government officials.
Next June, the six commercial casino concessions are to expire. Demonstrating that their companies are community partners during both good and bad times will only help their odds of being issued fresh tenders in the world’s richest gaming market.