Do I need a tourist visa to visit Macao?
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Whether or not you require a tourist visa for a holiday in Macao depends on what passport you hold. A number of countries are allows visa exemptions that give their bearers an automatic entry and period of stay; many others can get a 30-day entry permit upon arrival at the border. People from outside those countries, or those looking for a longer period of stay, may need to apply for a visit visa. For more information about which countries are given which passes and exemptions, read on.
Nationals from the US, Canada and Australia are allowed a 30-day visa-free stay in Macao upon arrival. Owners of a Hong Kong permanent ID card can stay for one year. European Union (excluding the UK) and Japanese nationals are allowed a 90-day visa-free stay, and UK citizens can stay for six months. Other countries’ citizens may be allowed stays of 90 days or less. For a full list of these countries, see ‘Visa Exemptions’, below. Visa-exempt travelers should be able to pass straight through at customs.
Nationals from most countries that are not exempt can get an 30-day entry permit (or ‘visa upon arrival’) at the checkpoints in airports and ferry terminals, and at the border with the mainland. These multiple-entry permits cost 100 MOP (around 80 yuan) for an individual, 200 MOP for a family passport, 50 MOP for a child under 12 and 50 MOP per head for groups of at least 10 people organized by a single travel manager. As ever, though, check the status of your country before you travel, as visa agreements between countries can change.
The exceptions to the above entry-permit rule are non-diplomatic citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They must apply for a visa in advance via a Chinese diplomatic or consular mission in their home country. Information on how to apply for visas can be found here.
All visitors to Macao must prove that they have at least 5,000 MOP to cover their stay.
Hong Kong permanent identity card holder
United Kingdom (UK)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
European Union and EFTA citizens (excluding the UK)