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See the U.S. Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Macau for information on U.S.-Macau relations.
Visit the Macau Immigration Services of the Public Security Police Force or the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America website for the most current visa information.
To enter the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), you need:
You only need a visa if:
You must possess a valid passport and PRC visa to enter the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Macau. Further information on travel to and around the PRC is available on our China International Travel Information and Hong Kong International Travel Information pages.
Health Requirements: There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of the Macau SAR.
Please note that the official languages of Macau are Chinese and Portuguese. Some websites have no English translation.
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 pickpocketing, 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.
Be alert to criminal schemes, such as internet, phone scams, dating scams, as well as financial scams. See the U.S. Department of State's and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s pages for information on scams.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at “999” and contact U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau at +825 2523-9011. U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault can contact the Macau police and should contact the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau for assistance.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
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 Government Tourism Office maintains a tourism hotline (Telephone: +853 2833-3000) for visitors to the Macau SAR who encounter emergency situations.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence can/should contact the Macau police and/or U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the Special Administrative Region. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Consular Access: The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Macau SAR due to People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel restrictions on U.S. diplomatic personnel. Even in an emergency, the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires all U.S. diplomatic personnel, including those accredited to the Macau SAR, to apply for and receive visas before entering the Macau SAR. Approval takes at least five to seven days, limiting the U.S. government’s ability to offer timely consular services in the Macau SAR.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to Macau SAR laws, including certain PRC laws applied to Macau. If you violate Macau SAR laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business. Furthermore, some crimes are prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the U.S. Department of Justice website.
Drug and Alcohol Enforcement: PRC law enforcement authorities have little tolerance for illegal drugs, including marijuana and products containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in the PRC, including Macau, are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences, heavy fines, or the death penalty.
Identification: Police have the right to take you in for questioning if you are not carrying a valid travel document (e.g., your U.S. passport).
Photography: You may be detained if you take pictures of certain buildings (please pay attention to “no photography” signs in casinos in particular).
Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs could land you immediately in jail.
Currency: There are no currency restrictions for tourists in Macau. The pataca is the official currency in Macau. The Hong Kong Dollar is commonly used and widely accepted in transactions. Credit cards and ATM network debit cards are widely accepted in the Macau SAR. 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:
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.
Please see our Customs Information sheet for general information.
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 the Macau SAR on your U.S. passport to ensure U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau can provide consular assistance in case of arrest or other emergency. Regardless of your travel documents, if you are a dual national, or otherwise have ethnic or historical ties to the PRC, it is possible that Macau authorities will assert that you are a PRC citizen and deny your access to U.S. consular representatives if you are detained.
Your child will be considered a PRC citizen if one or both of the parents are PRC nationals regardless of U.S. citizenship.
If traveling onward to mainland China, enter mainland China on your U.S. passport to ensure U.S. consular protection. See our China International Travel Information page for more information.
For further information on consular protection and dual nationality, please refer to our website.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTQI+ Travelers: In Macau, there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in Macau. See Section 6 of our Human Rights Practices in the Human Rights Report for Macau and read our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page.
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 publicly owned parking lots. The Macau 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 Macau Social Welfare Bureau offers free transportation to medical appointments by accessible van through Caritas Macau or the Macau Red Cross Medical Transfer Service. Accessible van rental and Macau SAR tours for the mobility impaired are available through the Accessible Travel Agency (Telephone +853 2840-3315; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
For emergency services in Macau, dial 999.
Ambulance services are widely available.
Quality of Care: Several major hospitals in Macau have adequate medical facilities, and the Kiang Wu and Conde de Sao Januario hospitals are able to provide emergency medical care. Highly developed medical facilities and trained personnel are available in Hong Kong, which is about an hour by jetfoil, 1-2 hours by car, and twenty minutes by helicopter from Macau.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See Insurance Providers for Overseas Coverage page for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Payment and Insurance: Travelers will be asked to post a deposit prior to admission to hospitals to cover the expected cost of treatment. Hospitals and clinics generally accept credit cards.
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau maintains a list of local English-speaking doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Medication: Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Prescription drugs are widely available, although names may vary. You need a prescription from a doctor in Macau to purchase medications locally. Bring prescription medications to cover your stay in Macau or plan to see a physician in Macau to obtain a new prescription. If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Macau to ensure the medication is legal Macau. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. 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 World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and may cause health risks for those with allergies, asthma, or cardiac problems.
People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
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 CDC.
COVID-19 Testing: COVID-19 PCR tests are available at private laboratories and clinics in Macau. The price for these PCR tests generally ranges from 50 to 100 US Dollars. Rapid COVID-19 tests are readily available at pharmacies and retail establishments throughout Macau.
COVID-19 Vaccines: The COVID-19 vaccine is available in Macau for U.S. citizen residents of Macau. Please see here for more information. Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
For further health information:
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.
Traffic Laws: Many traffic violations are similar to those in the United States, including penalties for reckless driving, driving under the influence, and using a hand-held device while operating a vehicle. Macau law requires that all registered vehicles carry valid third-party liability insurance.
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, contact the Public Security Police Force (Telephone: +853 2837-4214; Email: email@example.com) or the Macau Transport Bureau (Telephone +853 8866-6363; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in the Macau SAR, 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.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Macau should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Maritime Security Communications with Industry (MSCI) web portal. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard Homeport website, and the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Navigational Warnings website.