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Macau SAR
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Macau Special Administrative Region

Last Updated: December 16, 2016

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

26 Garden Road, Central,
Hong Kong

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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One month beyond the intended period of stay

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays under 30 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

26 Garden Road, Central,
Hong Kong

Telephone: +(852) 2841-2211, +(852) 2841-2225, +(852) 2841-2323

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(852) 2523-9011

Fax: +(852) 2845-4845

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Macau SAR for information on U.S.–Macau relations. 

To enter Macau, you need:

  • A passport that is valid for at least one month beyond the date of your intended stay;
  • Adequate funds to cover your stay without working locally; and
  • Evidence of onward/return transportation.

You only need a visa if:

  • You plan to stay for more than 30 days – obtain an extension with the Macau SAR Immigration Department, if necessary.
  • You plan to work or study in Macau – visas must be obtained prior to departing the United States.

Other considerations:

  • Departing and then immediately re-entering Macau may result in a shorter visa duration;
  • You may stay for up to one year if you enter on your Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit.

You must possess a valid passport and Chinese visa to enter the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Macau.  Further information on travel to and around the PRC is available in our China Country Specific Information.

Visit the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force or the Embassy of the People's Republic of China website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Macau SAR.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Macau has a low crime rate.  Even so, you should exercise caution when in congested areas and pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded areas and while traveling on public transportation.  Petty street crime, including pick-pocketing, occurs in tourist areas, including in and around casinos and at the airport.  Violent crime, though rare, does occur.  Protect your personal belongings and travel documents at all times.

  • Take routine safety precautions.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Report any concerns to the local police.  
  • Call “999,” the local equivalent to the U.S.’s “911” emergency line.

Please note that mace, pepper spray, stun guns, and other self-protection weapons are banned in Macau.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available.  Not only are bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.  Be alert to criminal schemes, such as internet, dating, and financial scams.

See the Department of State and the FBI web pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at “999” and contact the U.S. Consulate General at +(825) 2523-9011. 

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Macau offers some support to victims of crime.  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.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Consulate General for assistance.

For further information:

 

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 20 minutes by helicopter from Macau.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Air Quality: Air pollution is an increasing concern in Macau.  Congested vehicle traffic and mainland factories pump out ozone, sulfur, and nitrogen oxides, leading to a visible haze in the atmosphere on most days of the year.  Average roadside pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines and may cause health risks for those with allergies, asthma, or cardiac problems.

Disease: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Chikungunya (via mosquitoes), Avian Influenza, and Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

 

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

  • Drugs: Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Macau are severe.  
  • ID: Police have the right to take you in for questioning if you are not carrying your passport.
  • Photography: You may be detained if you take pictures of certain buildings (please pay attention to “no photography” signs in casinos in particular). 
  • DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs could land you immediately in jail. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate General immediately.  Macau authorities regularly notify the Consulate if they know that a U.S. citizen has been detained or arrested.  See our webpage for further information.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Currency: There are no currency restrictions for tourists in Macau.  Pataca is the official currency in Macau.  Hong Kong currency is commonly used and widely accepted in transactions.  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.

Macau customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning controlled items you might be carrying while transiting or entering Macau.  If you bring controlled items into Macau without the necessary Macau documents, you may be prosecuted and the goods may be seized.  The penalty for trafficking in dangerous drugs can be life imprisonment and a heavy fine.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of controlled and/or prohibited items:

  • Animals and plants
  • Counterfeit goods or illegally-produced copies of copyrighted items
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Ivory
  • Meat and poultry
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sensitive high technology or military products 
  • Television decoders requiring a subscription
  • Weapons, not limited to firearms and ammunition

For more information on bringing controlled items into Macau please contact the Macau Customs Service  at +(853) 2855-9944 or info@customs.gov.mo.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encourages the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. 

For additional information, please visit the U.S. Council for International Business website and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web page on Traveling with Samples.

Please see our U.S. Customs Information sheet for general information.

Importation into the United States of counterfeit items is prohibited by U.S. law.  Please see our U.S. Customs Information sheet.

Dual Nationality: Dual nationality is not recognized under PRC nationality law.  Be mindful of the following special circumstances for dual nationals when traveling in the region.

  • Enter Macau on your U.S. passport to ensure the U.S. Consulate General can provide consular assistance in case of arrest or other emergency.
  • Your child will be considered a PRC citizen if one or both of the parents are Chinese nationals regardless of U.S. citizenship.
  • If traveling onward to mainland China, enter China on your U.S. passport to ensure U.S. consular protection.  See China Country Specific Information for more information.

For further information on consular protection and dual nationality, please refer to our website.  

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Macau.  See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Pets: You must have a permit to bring dogs and cats into Macau.  Additional information on importing pets is available directly from the Macau Customs Service  at +(853) 2855-9944 or info@customs.gov.mo.

Typhoons: During the typhoon season (July through September), the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issues typhoon warnings 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).

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: 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.  Crosswalks 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.

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, email: barrierfreemacau@gmail.com

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions differ significantly from those in the United States.  Traffic moves on the left and you can expect heavy congestion.

Public Transportation: 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 the Macau Transport Department, 762-804 Avenida da Praia Grande, China Plaza Bldg., 2nd floor; telephone +(853) 8866-6363; fax +(853) 2875 0626.  (Note: This website is available only in Chinese and Portuguese).

See our Road Safety page for more information.  You can also visit the website of Macau’s official tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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.

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