Before traveling to Macau, we need to know some necessary pre-departure knowledge. Today I will share with you the entry notice and immigration regulations.
Passports & Visas
1.Passports & Visas
All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for travel to Macao.
All visitors are required to have a visa except nationals of countries which are exempted from a visa or entry permit. For more information on “Visa” and “Entry Permit” Exemption, please visit the website of the Macao Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force.
A Macao visa can be obtained through the Embassies / Consulates of the PRC and should be used within its validity. Visitors may also apply for an entry permit or visa upon arrival at the immigration checkpoint. However, visitors from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in advance before their trip to Macao. For more information, please visit the website: www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/AfMV.html
There are three types of entry permit (i.e. Visa-upon-arrival) :
Individual – MOP100 (MOP50 for children under the age of 12)
Family Passport – MOP200
Group – MOP50 per person for groups of at least 10 people organized by a single travel manager and presenting a collective travel document
The above information is for reference only. For further information on entry formalities, please contact the Border Control Department of Public Security Police Force at Tel: (Macao area code) +853 2872 5488 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website: www.fsm.gov.mo.
All visitors entering Macao must go through Customs clearance and declare any dutiable commodities exceeding duty-free quotas. To find out more details about dutiable commodities and latest duty-free concessions, please visit the Macao Customs Service’s website at: www.customs.gov.mo.
According to the provisions of the Law, passengers arriving at Macao carrying cash or CBNIs, such as traveller’s cheques, cheques, bills of exchange, money orders and promissory notes, with value of or exceeding MOP 120,000.00, should use the Red Channel with a completed declaration form and make a declaration to the Customs officer. Passengers leaving Macao need to disclose truthfully the amount of cash or CBNIs carried when asked by a Customs officer, or they shall be liable to a fine of MOP 1,000.00 to MOP 500,000.00. Travelers who have a layover in Macao SAR and transit to another destination have no obligation of declaration. For more details, please visit the Macao Customs Service’s websdite: www.customs.gov.mo/cn/customs6.html
Passenger Service Fee
General passenger : MOP110 (approx. USD13.75)
Transfer passenger : Exempted
Airport Security Fee
General passenger : MOP30 (approx. USD3.75)
Transfer passenger : MOP30 (approx. USD3.75)
For more information please visit website of Macau International Airport.
Travelling to Macao
Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport operates 24 hours a day, with many visitors entering the territory via numerous major cities around the region. For detailed information on flight schedules, please visit www.macau-airport.com or dial +853 2886 1111.
To read the Regulations on Liquids Carried in Passenger Hand Baggage, please visit www.aacm.gov.mo.
Transportation Service to and from Macau International Airport
All major hotels provide a pick-up service which can be booked in advance or arranged upon arrival.
Taxis are conveniently available from the taxi rank outside the airport. A surcharge of MOP5.00 is applicable, with each item of luggage carried in the boot charged at MOP3.00.
A number of buses serving the airport – marked AP1, AP1X, MT1, MT2, MT4, N2, 26, 36 & 51A – criss-cross the city and stop at major hotels.
Macau International Airport is strategically located in Taipa near various ports and convenient transportation routes. Depending on traffic flow, it takes about 15 minutes to travel by car from the airport to Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal on Macao Peninsula, 5 minutes to the nearby Taipa Ferry Terminal, 20 minutes to the Border Gate, 10 minutes to the Lotus Bridge COTAI Frontier Post, 20 minutes to the central district on Macao Peninsula, and 10 minutes to Taipa Village. The airport is well served by air-conditioned taxis, public buses and hotel shuttle buses.
Helicopter Service to and from Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
The helicopter service from Hong Kong and Shenzhen provides a convenient, upscale option for visitors wishing to quickly reach Macao.
Hong Kong → Macao
Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited (Sky Shuttle) operates helicopters between the rooftop helipads of Shun Tak Centre (Sheung Wan, Hong Kong) and Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macao Peninsula). Each flight takes approximately 15 minutes.
Shenzhen → Macao
A helicopter service between Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, PRC and the rooftop helipad of Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macao Peninsula) is also available. The journey takes about 15 minutes during the day and approximately 25 minutes at night.
Booking and Enquiries Hotline:
Macao :+853 2872 7288
Hong Kong :+852 2108 9898
Shenzhen :+86 755 2345 8740
or visit the website: www.skyshuttlehk.com
Hong Kong → Macao
The inauguration of Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge allows tourists to enter Macao by vehicles. Tourists can take shuttle buses or cross-boundary coaches to enter Macao.
The shuttle bus provides 24-hour service connecting Hong Kong and Macao ports with an average interval of 5 minutes during peak periods, 10-15 minutes during non-peak periods and 15-30 minutes during overnight periods. For details, please contact:
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Shuttle Bus
Macao: +853 2872 3888
Hong Kong: +852 3753 3888
Mainland China: +86 400 863 3888
Tourists may continue their journey by taxi or bus – routes 101X or 102X once arriving the Macao port. In addition to public transportation, shuttle bus service is also available between the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and two maritime terminals, Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal. For details, please visit the website “Transport Information of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge”: www.dsat.gov.mo/hzmb
Cross-boundary coaches provide services between urban areas of Hong Kong and Macao with fixed pick up/drop-off points and fixed schedules. For details, please contact:
One Bus Hong Kong Macau Limited
Hong Kong: +852 2773 6998
Hong Kong Macau Express
Major cities in Guangdong Province → Macao
The Kee Kwan Motor Road Co. and China Travel Service (Macao) Ltd. operate a roundtrip air-conditioned bus service from major cities in Guangdong Province to Macao. The buses arrive at Gongbei Port in Zhuhai, from where you may go through the checkpoints at GongbeiPort and Border Gate to Macao. For enquiries, please call:
Kee Kwan Motor Road Co.
Macao: +853 2893 3888
Zhuhai: +86 756 828 5313 / +86 756 888 5218 / +86 756 828 1003
China Travel Service (Macao) Ltd.
Macao: +853 2878 8342 / +853 2870 0888
Zhuhai: +86 756 889 9228
In addition, coach companies offer direct bus services from Macau International Airport to major cities in Guangdong Province.
Enquiry hotline: +853 2888 1228
Gateways available from Mainland China to Macao by land:
The Border Gate
Opening hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm
COTAI Frontier Post
Opening hours: 24 hours
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Frontier Post at Macao Port
8:00am to 10:00pm: Tourists from Zhuhai can travel to Macao via the Frontier Post on foot.
10:00pm to 8:00am of the next day: Tourists from Zhuhai are allowed to enter Macao by taking vehicles with valid licenses and permits only.
The above are the entry requirements and immigration rules you need to know before traveling to Macau. Only by being prepared can you better experience the fun of travel.