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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19

Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

A novel (new) coronavirus officially known as COVID-19 is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The Hong Kong government has reported cases of the novel coronavirus in its special administrative region, has upgraded its response level to emergency, its highest response level, and is taking other steps to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak. On February 8, the Hong Kong government began enforcing a compulsory 14-day quarantine for anyone, regardless of nationality, arriving in Hong Kong who has visited mainland China within a 14-day period. This quarantine does not apply to individuals transiting Hong Kong International Airport and certain exempted groups such as flight crews. However, health screening measures are in place at all of Hong Kong’s borders and the Hong Kong authorities will quarantine individual travelers, including passengers transiting the Hong Kong International Airport, if the Hong Kong authorities determine the traveler to be a health risk. Please refer to the Hong Kong government’s press release for further details.

On January 30, the Hong Kong government closed certain transportation links and border checkpoints connecting Hong Kong with mainland China until further notice, and on February 3 suspended ferry services from Macau.

On February 10, 2020 the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees and their family members due to the novel coronavirus and the effect to Mission personnel as schools and some public facilities have been closed until further notice.

On February 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 1 Warning: Practice Usual Precautions in Hong Kong for COVID-19.

The Department of State has raised the Travel Advisory for mainland China to Level 4: Do Not Travel due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning for China: Avoid all nonessential travel.

At this time, CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Hong Kong. If you travel to Hong Kong, take the following steps:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

o    It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

If you spent time in Hong Kong during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel to Hong Kong, an area with community spread of coronavirus, and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Please monitor the Hong Kong government’s website for further updates on the coronavirus infection.

See https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html for additional guidance.

Exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest, risk of surveillance, and arbitrary enforcement of laws other than for maintaining law and order.

Country Summary: In May 2020, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National People’s Congress announced its intention to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong that could fundamentally alter its autonomy and freedoms. As a result of this action by the PRC, U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Hong Kong may be subject to increased levels of surveillance, as well as arbitrary enforcement of laws and detention for purposes other than maintaining law and order. 

Since June 2019, large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including MTR stations, shopping malls, universities, and at Hong Kong International airport.  Protests, can take place with little or no notice at any time of the week. While many demonstrations have been peaceful, some have resulted in violent confrontations in which police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons. Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal and police may detain or use force against persons they believe have participated in protests. U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

U.S. citizens have been subject to a PRC propaganda campaign that falsely accuses individuals of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong, in some cases publishing their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Hong Kong:

  • Monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
  • Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Hong Kong.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates on China’s introduction of a national security law.

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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

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
Email: 

Destination Description

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

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 information page.

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.

Please note that the official languages of Macau are Chinese and Portuguese. Some websites have no English translation. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: July 9, 2018

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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
+(852) 2523-9011
Fax
+(852) 2845-4845

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