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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.

 

Visa-exempt countries

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.

 

Non-exempt countries

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.

 

Visa Exemptions

One year

Hong Kong permanent identity card holder

 

Six months

United Kingdom (UK)

 

90 days

Albania
Andorra
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Cape Verde
Dominica
Egypt
European Union and EFTA citizens (excluding the UK)
Israel
Japan
Lebanon
Mongolia
Macedonia
Mali
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
New Zealand
Serbia
South Korea
Tanzania

 

30 days

Australia
Canada
Chile
India
Indonesia
Kiribati
Malaysia
Monaco
Namibia
Philippines
Russia
Samoa
Seychelles
Singapore
South Africa
Thailand
Turkey
United States
Uruguay

 

14 days

Brunei
Seven days
Timor-Leste

 

Useful links

Macau PSB visa information page

Macau government’s visa-exempt country list

 

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