In a press statement, the consulate general said it assisted in the repatriation of the Indonesian workers.

Repatriation was the only way to send the workers home owing to the absence of direct flights from Macau to several Indonesian cities amid the COVID-19 situation, it explained.

In addition to the absence of direct flights, all foreigners coming to Hong Kong are required to undergo quarantine, the consulate general said.

Since the enforcement of the Macau-Hong Kong route closure last year, the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong has repatriated 557 Indonesian citizens.

There are around five thousand Indonesian migrant workers in the Chinese territory of Macau. Most of them are employed in the informal sector and the hotel industry. (INE)