MacauOfficial Name: Macau Special Administrative Region
One month beyond the intended period of stay
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 30 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
26 Garden Road, Central,
Telephone: +(852) 2841-2211, +(852) 2841-2225, +(852) 2841-2323
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(852) 2523-9011
Fax: +(852) 2845-4845
Macau, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) since December 20, 1999, has a high degree of autonomy, except in the areas of defense and foreign policy. Macau retains its own currency, laws, and border controls. With a population of approximately 582,000, Macau covers a 29.5 square-kilometer area, including the peninsula of Macau, which is connected to the PRC, and the two islands of Taipa and Coloane. Gambling and tourism are the largest sectors in Macau's economy. Facilities for tourism are well developed. See the Department of State Fact Sheet on Macau for additional information on U.S.- Macau relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days beyond your intended period of stay in Macau. If you are a tourist, you may visit for up to 30 days without a visa. According to the Macau Immigration Department, if you depart and then immediately reenter Macau, when you reenter, you should expect that you will be given fewer than 30 days to remain in Macau.
Because many neighboring areas require that your passport has six months validity remaining, if you are planning to travel in these areas, be sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your planned travel. If you hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or a Hong Kong Re-entry Permit, you may use either document to enter Macau for a maximum stay of up to one year. You must present your passport or other valid travel document upon arrival. Visit the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force the most current visa information.
You should obtain all required visas prior to departing the United States. You must have a People’s Republic of China (PRC) visa if you plan to travel to the PRC from Macau. You should apply for the PRC visa at the PRC embassy or consulate closest to where you reside. The PRC Visa Office in Macau is intended primarily as a service to residents of Macau. PRC visa authorities may limit the visas issued to nonresidents. If you are the parent of a child who holds a U.S. passport, be aware that the PRC Visa Office requires an original birth certificate and, for children of Chinese origin, copies of any prior PRC visas your child has held and/or the parents’ foreign passport or foreign permanent residence permit. For children adopted from China, the Visa Office requires copies of prior PRC visas or the original Chinese passport with which the child travelled from China, original adoption certificate, and official record of any name change is required. Further information on travel to and around the PRC is available in the China Country-Specific Information Sheet.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Macau.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
In the event of an emergency in Macau, contact the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong at +(852) 2523-9011. From the United States, contact the Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Consulate to Hong Kong and Macau on Twitter and visit the consulate’s website.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: Petty street crime, including pick-pocketing, occasionally occurs in tourist areas in Macau, including in and around casinos and at the airport. You should protect your personal belongings and travel documents at all times.
Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
While the Macau government does not have an office devoted solely to crime victim assistance, the social welfare department offers support to crime victims. The support includes monetary benefits, health care, psychological services, and counseling. These are available at the local Social Service Centers. You will find more resources for victims of crime in Macau in our Help for U.S. Victims of Crime in Macau information sheet. In addition, the Macau Tourism Crisis Management Office maintains a tourism hotline (Tel: +853-2833-3000, for visitors to Macau who encounter emergency situations.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Macau is 999.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Macau, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. Persons violating Macau laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Macau are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. In Macau, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you or if you take pictures of certain buildings (please pay attention to “no photography” signs in casinos in particular). Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs could land you immediately in jail. If you break local laws in Macau, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local law as well.
Arrest notifications in Macau: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the U.S. government is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas. Also please note that if you do not enter Macau using your U.S. passport, Macau authorities will not notify the U.S. consulate if you are arrested, and may restrict our consular access to you.
Currency: There are no currency restrictions for tourists in Macau. Although the pataca is the official currency in Macau, Hong Kong currency is commonly used and widely accepted in transactions, especially in tourist areas. If you are visiting Macau from Hong Kong, you may wish to bring sufficient Hong Kong dollars to cover your expenses. Credit cards and ATM network debit cards are widely accepted in Macau. Banks and major hotels accept traveler's checks.
Customs Regulations: Macau customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Macau of items such as firearms, ivory, certain categories of medications, and other goods. Please see the Macau Customs Service website for further information.
You should know that the importation into the United States of counterfeit brand-name items, such as watches, compact discs, computer software, and clothing, is prohibited by U.S. law.
Please see our Customs Information sheet.
Dual Nationality: According to the PRC nationality law, if one or both of a child’s parents are Chinese nationals, , the child is considered to be a PRC citizen. However, under an agreement between the United States and the People's Republic of China, all U.S. citizens entering Macau on their U.S. passports, including such persons as may be considered PRC nationals by the PRC authorities, are considered by the Macau SAR authorities to be U.S. citizens for purposes of ensuring U.S. consular access and protection during their initial legal stay of up to 30 days in Macau. This would be the case even if a child also qualifies for U.S. citizenship.
If you are a dual national entering Macau or contemplating onward travel into mainland China you should strongly consider which passport you will use to enter and exit these jurisdictions. The U.S. embassy and consulates general in the PRC are not able to provide you with consular protections if you do not use your U.S. passport to enter or exit China. In addition, Macau authorities might not notify the U.S. consulate general of the arrest of a dual national U.S. citizen travelling on the passport of another nationality, and they might not provide U.S. consular access to that citizen.
In addition to being subject to all Macau SAR laws affecting U.S. citizens, dual U.S.-Macau nationals may be subject to laws of Macau that impose special obligations on Macau citizens. For further information on consular protection and dual nationality, please refer to our information on dual nationality.
Language: The official languages in the Macau SAR are Chinese (Cantonese) and Portuguese; however, English is spoken in tourist areas.
Typhoons: During the typhoon season (July through September), the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issues typhoon warnings on an average of six times a year. The Bureau has a good notification and monitoring system. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations between consenting adults (age 16 and above or the organization of LGBT events in Macau. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Macau you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Macau, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.
The People's Republic of China, including the Special Administrative Region of Macau, is signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Macau law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, and mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, or the provision of other state services. The government generally enforces these provisions. The law mandates access to public buildings, usually in the form of a ramp, for persons with physical disabilities. Cross-walks are also required in Macau, and they generally include audible signals for hearing-impaired and raised-treading for visually-impaired pedestrians. Handicap-accessible parking is mandated in publically owned parking lots. The Social Welfare Bureau is primarily responsible for coordinating and funding public assistance programs to persons with disabilities.
In general, the historic part of Macau is hilly and the pavement uneven, but the newer parts, particularly around the CoTai strip, are flat, and the streets and sidewalks are wide. The airport is accessible, and the ferries from Hong Kong to Macau are accessible with assistance from the staff. Major hotels and casinos, taxis, and public transportation offer widely available shuttle buses, but none is equipped with special equipment to accommodate the physically disabled. For Macau residents who are mobility impaired, the Social Welfare Bureau offers free transportation to medical appointments by accessible van through the Caritas Rehabus or the Red Cross’ Medical Transfer Service. Accessible van rental and Macau tours for the mobility impaired are available through Viagens Acessiveis (tel. +(853) 2840-3315, e-mail: email@example.com.
Several major hospitals in Macau have adequate medical facilities, and Kiang Wu and Conde de Sao Januario hospitals are able to provide emergency medical care. The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong maintains a list of medical providers in Macau on the consulate website. Highly-developed medical facilities and trained personnel are available in Hong Kong, which is about an hour by jetfoil and 10 minutes by helicopter from Macau.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Macau, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Macau is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Traffic moves on the left in Macau, and roads are narrow and winding. Traffic is generally congested throughout the day. Most visitors to Macau choose not to drive. Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful at the airport, ferry terminal, and gaming venues. Large hotel/casino complexes operate shuttles to ferries and border crossing points. Public buses are also inexpensive and frequent, but you may have difficulty finding them outside major tourist areas.
For specific information concerning Macau driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, email the Public Security Police Force, or contact them by telephone (853) 2837 4214 or fax (853) 2852 3407 or the Macau Transport Department, 762-804 Avenida da Praia Grande, China Plaza Bldg., 2nd floor; telephone (853) 8866-6363; fax (853) 2875 0626. (Please note: This website is available only in Chinese and Portuguese).
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Macau, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Macau’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.