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Macau Travel Requirements

Visa-free entry (for a stay of less than 20 days) is granted to citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay.
Visa-free entry is also granted to Hong Kong residents (British Commonwealth subjects) for stays of up to 90 days.
There are three types of visas available on arrival in Macau - Individual, Family and Group.
Visitors from countries which do not maintain diplomatic relations with Portugal must obtain a visa from an overseas Portuguese Consulate before arriving in Macau. There are no foreign embassies in Macau.

Banking Hours
The banks in Macau are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, and from 9.30am - 12.00 noon on Saturdays.

Getting Around
Bicycles are the best way of exploring Macau and can be hired from shops in Taipa Village or from some hotels. However, cycling is prohibited on the Macau-Taipa bridges.
Public buses and minibuses operate from 6.45am to midnight. There are also buses from Macau to the islands of Taipa and Coloane available on a regular basis. Passengers are required to have the exact fare.

Mokes are small jeep-like vehicles painted in bright colors and good especially for exploring the islands. However, drivers must be 21 years of age and a holder of a valid international driver's licence.
There are plenty of licensed taxis available in Macau. However, only a few of the drivers of these black and cream-colored vehicles can speak English.
A pedicab or a trishaw, is actually a tricycle carriage with seating for two passengers. However, it is quite rare to be able to find a pedicab driver whose English is fluent enough to be a proper guide. There is a rule of agreeing on an hourly rate before anyone sets off.

All visitors entering or leaving Macau must be the holder of a valid passport or travel document, except for Portuguese nationals with an identity card, who are permitted to enter the country without a passport for an unlimited stay.

Money Matters
The official unit of currency in Macau is the pataca (composed of 100 avos), which is available in coins and banknotes denominations of :
Coins : 10, 20, 50 avos and 1 and 5 patacas.
Banknotes : 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 patacas.
The pataca can be freely converted into Portuguese escudos or Chinese yuan and is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar (which is circulated freely in Macau) at the rate of 103.20 patacas to HK$100.00, with a permissible variation of up to 10%.
There are no restrictions on the amount of currency which can be brought in or taken out.

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are accepted in many leading hotels, restaurants and shops.

Foreign Currency
Foreign currency or traveler's cheques may be changed at banks, hotels or licensed money changers.

Health Certification
International Innoculation Certificates are not normally required unless cholera has been detected either in Hong Kong or Macau or in the area recently visited by the arrival.

On arrival, visitors are not usually bothered with customs formalities, but may be subjected to a routine check.
Besides the import of drugs and firearms, which is prohibited without a proper licence, there is no restriction or duty on personal effects, as long as their contents are deemed reasonable by the customs office. There is, however, a 5% ad valorem duty on importation of electrical appliances and equipment.
On departure, there are no export duties on any articles : antiques, gold, jewellery, radios, cameras, etcs.



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