Macau has taken its first steps on the road to recovery as the casino capital starts issuing tourist visas again.
Asia’s gambling hub became a ghost town after coronavirus lockdowns saw a severe downturn in visitors.
Macau authorities said they will slowly start handing out tourist visas from Wednesday to bring gamblers back.
Casino operators have been losing $15m (£11.5m) daily in expenses, according to estimates.
Visas for both individuals and group tours from mainland China will be restored in phases. Macau, like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region (SAR) of China.
Authorities did not say when visas will be made available to tourists wanting to travel to Macau from outside China.
Macau’s neighbour Zhuhai is the first mainland city to be issued tourist visas. The opportunity will gradually be rolled out to the rest of the country during August and September, according to a stateme