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Passport and Visa

Visitors to Macau must travel with valid passports and travel documents. If travel arrangements were made through an agent, the visa processing would be handled by Macau tour operators.

Visas are required by all nationalities. For a stay of less than 20 days, visas are not required for nationals of: EEC countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Hong Kong residents with Hong Kong Identity Cards or Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards are allowed a visit of up to 90 days. Those with a Hong Kong re-entry permit are allowed to stay for up to 20 days.

Visas may also be obtained from Portuguese Consulates. Nationals of countries that do not maintain diplomatic relations with Portugal must obtain their visas from Portuguese Consulates outside Macau. However, Macau tour operators will handle visa processing if your travel arrangements are made through an agent.


Visitors may be subject to a routine check upon arrival. There is a 5% ad valorem duty on importation of electrical appliances and equipment. Imports of arms and ammunitions and noxious drugs are strictly controlled.

On departure, there are no export duties on any articles.


Although most hotels and restaurant will add a 10% service charge to bills, it is still customary to tip for meals. A 5% government tax is also charged on these bills

Airport/Embarkation Tax

Prior to departure from Macau, an airport tax of MOP$80 to 130 (MOP$50 for those aged 2 to 12 years) must be paid. An embarkation tax of MOP$25 is applicable to all passengers traveling by sea.


Macau's water supply is pumped directly from China and is purified with chlorine for extra protection. Tap water is safe for drinking while distilled drinking water is supplied in all hotel rooms and restaurants.


Electric system is 220V. Adapters for other electrical appliances can be requested.


Macau's local and international telecommunications services are of the highest international standard, using the latest digital technology operated by private companies. IDD calls are available to 219 countries. International fax, telex, telegraph, data, Internet access, and satellite TV services are available. Local and international private circuits may be leased for voice or data transmission. Local calls from private telephones are free.




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