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Macau
Macau
Last Updated: December 16, 2016
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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 nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

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 webpages 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 Offfice 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:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

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.

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Health

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:

 

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Travel and Transportation

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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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
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C
D
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J
K
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months A
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months A
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months A
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Birth Certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).

Death Certificates

Death certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Obito) are available from the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau, for deaths that have occurred since April 1, 1963.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Marriage certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Divorce Decree

Certificates of Divorce (Cerdidoes de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Court, upon request, to either party of the dissolved marriage.

Divorce Certificates

Certificates of Conference Record (Certidoes de Acta de Conferencia) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Marriage certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Birth certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).

Divorce certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available:  Yes

Fees:

  • Normal application (5 working days) costs MOP50.
  • Urgent application (2 working days) costs MOP150.

Document Name:  Certificate of Criminal Record

Issuing Authority: Identification Services Bureau (Direcção dos Serviços de Identificação) - Avenida da Praia No. 804, Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  N/A

Registration Criteria:  Police certificates and/or any records of conviction will be sent directly to the applicants. Please refer to dsi.gov.mo for additional information. Enquiry hotlines: (853) 2837-0777 or (853) 2837-0888. All applicants should be 16 years of age or older.

  • BIR Holder: If the applicant is a Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR) holder, the card must be presented with the application.
  • Non-BIR Holder: If the applicant is not a BIR holder, he or she must submit documents proving his or her ties to Macau, such as an identification permit of non-resident worker or a testimonial letter from a school or employer in Macau.
  • BIR and Non-BIR Holders may personally submit their own applications or they may have their direct relatives (i.e. parents, or spouse or children aged 18 or older) or an authorized person submit an application on their behalf.
  • Application made by direct relative must include:
    • Photocopy of the applicant's Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders, a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
    • A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
    • Original identity document of the representative making the application.
  • How to apply by mail:
    • Documentation proving the relationship between the applicant and the representative.
    • Documentation proving that the applicant cannot apply in person.
  • Application made by an authorized person must include:
    • Proxy or letter of authorization from the applicant. Samples can be obtained at DSI or from www.dsi.gov.mo, under Forms Download- Declaration (Certificate of Criminal Record).
    • Photocopy of the applicant's Macau Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders:  a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
    • A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
    • Original identity document of the authorized person making the application.

        1.    Access the “Postal Application Service” system of Identification Services Bureau (DSI) to obtain an application number and print out an             application slip;

        2.    Mail “Part 2” of the application slip and the required documents to DSI. (Mailing address: Macau Postal Box No. 1089/ Avenida da Praia No. 804,             Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau);

        3.    After receiving the required documents (see below), DSI will update the application progress in the “Postal Application Service” system.             Applicants should check their application status in the system from time to time.

        4.    When the application status changes to “Please pay for the application”, applicants can pay the fee to complete their application.

     

    Required documents:

        1.    Application form or application letter, which should state clearly applicant’s name, parents’ name, date and place of birth, usage of the certificate            (i.e. “for immigration”), contact information, and type of application (normal or urgent). In the letter, the applicant should sign and impress a                right index fingerprint next to their signature. For the first-time application, a set of ten fingerprint impression should be submitted to DSI (the             form for fingerprint impression can be downloaded in DSI’s website);

        2.     Proof of residence in Macao or proof of application for residing in Macao, such as identification documents issued in Macao, proof issued by a             school in Macao, a notification letter in regard to Residence Authorization application issued by the Immigration Department of the Public             Security Police Force, a document issued by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute to request the applicant to submit the             Certificate of Criminal Record and so on;

        3.     Photocopy of a valid travel document of the applicant;

        4.     If the applicant does not hold a Macao SAR Resident Identity Card and needs to state his/her parents’ name on the certificate, he/she should             submit a photocopy of the relevant supporting documents, such as birth certificate. Such document is not required if the applicant has             submitted it to DSI before.

     

    Fee: Application fee + Postage (This Bureau will inform the applicant of the total amount in the “Postal Application Service” system of DSI)

        1.     Application fee
                Normal application (5 working days): MOP50
                Urgent application (2 working days): MOP150

        2.     Postage
                The amount may vary depending on the destinations and weight of the documents.

     

    Means of payment:

        1.     Pay online:
                Pay by credit card in the “Postal Application Service” system.

        2.     Pay by an authorized person:
                An applicant can authorize a person in Macao to pay the fee at DSI in person on his/her behalf by stating it clearly in the application letter.

     

    Date of Collection:
                Normal application: 5 working days.
                Urgent application: 2 working days.
                (The collection date is counted from the following day after DSI received all necessary documents.)

    Certified Copies Available:

    Alternate Documents:

    Exceptions:

    Comments:

Military Records

Military Records (Certificados de Servi Militar) are issued by the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau (Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Macau). Members and former members of the Portuguese Armed Forces who have served in Macau should write to the Consulate General at: Consulado Geral de Portugal em Macau, Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva, No. 45, Macau

Passports & Other Travel Documents
  • MACAU SAR PASSPORT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The passport of the Macau SAR of the People's Republic of China is issued to Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of the Macau SAR. This document lists the bearer as a Chinese citizen who is a permanent resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region, who has the right of abode in, and the right to return to the Region. The passport cover is dark green. The bearer's identity card number is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the passport of the Macau SAR will normally be 10 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued passports that are valid for 5 years.
  • MACAU SAR TRAVEL PERMIT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The travel document of the Macau SAR is issued to non-permanent residents of the Macau SAR who are of Chinese nationality and who are not entitled to other travel documents. It can also be issued to other persons with "exceptional reasons". This document lists the bearer as a lawful resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region who has the right to return to the Region. The document cover is dark purple. The bearer's identity card is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the travel permit of the Macau SAR is normally 5 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued a travel permit that is valid for 5 years.
  • PASSPORTE PARA ESTRANGIEROS: This document, issued to persons legally residing in Macau, was valid for re-entry to Macau within the authorized period stated on the document. It has a gray cover. The issuance of this document ended on December 20, 1999, but existing Passporte Para Estrangieros will continue to remain valid until December 20, 2001.


Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Hong Kong (Consulate General)

Street Address:
26 Garden Road, Central
Hong Kong

Mailing Address:
PSC 461 Box 5
FPO AP 96521-0006

Telephone: (852) 2523-9011

Fax: (852) 2845-4845

Email: http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa_inquiry_form.html

Visa Services

Visas are issued to nationals of Macau by the U. S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
26 Garden Road, Central,
Hong Kong
Telephone
+(852) 2841-2211, +(852) 2841-2225, +(852) 2841-2323
Emergency
+(852) 2523-9011
Fax
+(852) 2845-4845
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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 nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

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 webpages 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 Offfice 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.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

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.

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Health

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:

 

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Travel and Transportation

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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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
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Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months A
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months A
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months A
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Birth Certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).

Death Certificates

Death certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Obito) are available from the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau, for deaths that have occurred since April 1, 1963.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Marriage certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Divorce Decree

Certificates of Divorce (Cerdidoes de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Court, upon request, to either party of the dissolved marriage.

Divorce Certificates

Certificates of Conference Record (Certidoes de Acta de Conferencia) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Marriage certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).

Birth certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).

Divorce certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available:  Yes

Fees:

  • Normal application (5 working days) costs MOP50.
  • Urgent application (2 working days) costs MOP150.

Document Name:  Certificate of Criminal Record

Issuing Authority: Identification Services Bureau (Direcção dos Serviços de Identificação) - Avenida da Praia No. 804, Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  N/A

Registration Criteria:  Police certificates and/or any records of conviction will be sent directly to the applicants. Please refer to dsi.gov.mo for additional information. Enquiry hotlines: (853) 2837-0777 or (853) 2837-0888. All applicants should be 16 years of age or older.

  • BIR Holder: If the applicant is a Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR) holder, the card must be presented with the application.
  • Non-BIR Holder: If the applicant is not a BIR holder, he or she must submit documents proving his or her ties to Macau, such as an identification permit of non-resident worker or a testimonial letter from a school or employer in Macau.
  • BIR and Non-BIR Holders may personally submit their own applications or they may have their direct relatives (i.e. parents, or spouse or children aged 18 or older) or an authorized person submit an application on their behalf.
  • Application made by direct relative must include:
    • Photocopy of the applicant's Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders, a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
    • A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
    • Original identity document of the representative making the application.
  • How to apply by mail:
    • Documentation proving the relationship between the applicant and the representative.
    • Documentation proving that the applicant cannot apply in person.
  • Application made by an authorized person must include:
    • Proxy or letter of authorization from the applicant. Samples can be obtained at DSI or from www.dsi.gov.mo, under Forms Download- Declaration (Certificate of Criminal Record).
    • Photocopy of the applicant's Macau Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders:  a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
    • A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
    • Original identity document of the authorized person making the application.

        1.    Access the “Postal Application Service” system of Identification Services Bureau (DSI) to obtain an application number and print out an             application slip;

        2.    Mail “Part 2” of the application slip and the required documents to DSI. (Mailing address: Macau Postal Box No. 1089/ Avenida da Praia No. 804,             Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau);

        3.    After receiving the required documents (see below), DSI will update the application progress in the “Postal Application Service” system.             Applicants should check their application status in the system from time to time.

        4.    When the application status changes to “Please pay for the application”, applicants can pay the fee to complete their application.

     

    Required documents:

        1.    Application form or application letter, which should state clearly applicant’s name, parents’ name, date and place of birth, usage of the certificate            (i.e. “for immigration”), contact information, and type of application (normal or urgent). In the letter, the applicant should sign and impress a                right index fingerprint next to their signature. For the first-time application, a set of ten fingerprint impression should be submitted to DSI (the             form for fingerprint impression can be downloaded in DSI’s website);

        2.     Proof of residence in Macao or proof of application for residing in Macao, such as identification documents issued in Macao, proof issued by a             school in Macao, a notification letter in regard to Residence Authorization application issued by the Immigration Department of the Public             Security Police Force, a document issued by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute to request the applicant to submit the             Certificate of Criminal Record and so on;

        3.     Photocopy of a valid travel document of the applicant;

        4.     If the applicant does not hold a Macao SAR Resident Identity Card and needs to state his/her parents’ name on the certificate, he/she should             submit a photocopy of the relevant supporting documents, such as birth certificate. Such document is not required if the applicant has             submitted it to DSI before.

     

    Fee: Application fee + Postage (This Bureau will inform the applicant of the total amount in the “Postal Application Service” system of DSI)

        1.     Application fee
                Normal application (5 working days): MOP50
                Urgent application (2 working days): MOP150

        2.     Postage
                The amount may vary depending on the destinations and weight of the documents.

     

    Means of payment:

        1.     Pay online:
                Pay by credit card in the “Postal Application Service” system.

        2.     Pay by an authorized person:
                An applicant can authorize a person in Macao to pay the fee at DSI in person on his/her behalf by stating it clearly in the application letter.

     

    Date of Collection:
                Normal application: 5 working days.
                Urgent application: 2 working days.
                (The collection date is counted from the following day after DSI received all necessary documents.)

    Certified Copies Available:

    Alternate Documents:

    Exceptions:

    Comments:

Military Records

Military Records (Certificados de Servi Militar) are issued by the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau (Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Macau). Members and former members of the Portuguese Armed Forces who have served in Macau should write to the Consulate General at: Consulado Geral de Portugal em Macau, Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva, No. 45, Macau

Passports & Other Travel Documents
  • MACAU SAR PASSPORT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The passport of the Macau SAR of the People's Republic of China is issued to Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of the Macau SAR. This document lists the bearer as a Chinese citizen who is a permanent resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region, who has the right of abode in, and the right to return to the Region. The passport cover is dark green. The bearer's identity card number is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the passport of the Macau SAR will normally be 10 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued passports that are valid for 5 years.
  • MACAU SAR TRAVEL PERMIT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The travel document of the Macau SAR is issued to non-permanent residents of the Macau SAR who are of Chinese nationality and who are not entitled to other travel documents. It can also be issued to other persons with "exceptional reasons". This document lists the bearer as a lawful resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region who has the right to return to the Region. The document cover is dark purple. The bearer's identity card is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the travel permit of the Macau SAR is normally 5 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued a travel permit that is valid for 5 years.
  • PASSPORTE PARA ESTRANGIEROS: This document, issued to persons legally residing in Macau, was valid for re-entry to Macau within the authorized period stated on the document. It has a gray cover. The issuance of this document ended on December 20, 1999, but existing Passporte Para Estrangieros will continue to remain valid until December 20, 2001.


Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Hong Kong (Consulate General)

Street Address:
26 Garden Road, Central
Hong Kong

Mailing Address:
PSC 461 Box 5
FPO AP 96521-0006

Telephone: (852) 2523-9011

Fax: (852) 2845-4845

Email: http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/visa_inquiry_form.html

Visa Services

Visas are issued to nationals of Macau by the U. S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
26 Garden Road, Central,
Hong Kong
Telephone
+(852) 2841-2211, +(852) 2841-2225, +(852) 2841-2323
Emergency
+(852) 2523-9011
Fax
+(852) 2845-4845
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