Macao – Entry Requirements
Macao has a separate immigration regime from mainland China and Hong Kong. All travelers from mainland China and Hong Kong and all foreign countries have to go through immigration and customs checks on arrival in Macao.
Most travelers, including citizens of the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and South Africa, can enter Macao visa-free with just their passports for between 30 and 90 days.
Other nationals are advised to contact a Chinese embassy for visa requirements. A visa can either be obtained in advance from a Chinese embassy or consulate, or on arrival in Macao.
The visa on arrival costs MOP$100 for individuals or MOP$50 per head for groups.
Some nationalities cannot use the visa on arrival facility and must apply for a Macao visa at a Chinese embassy in advance
Macao – Getting There
The vast majority of travelers make their way from Hong Kong to Macao by ferry. The journey takes just an hour and there are frequent departures throughout the day, with reduced service between midnight and 7am.
Most ferries depart from the Hong Kong–Macao Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island or the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, and arrive at the Macao Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal or the Macao Taipa Ferry Terminal. There are free shuttle buses from the Taipa Ferry Terminal to the Venetian.
The Hong Kong International Airport also has a Ferry Terminal (SkyPier). The ferries depart less frequently but they allow travelers to bypass Hong Kong Immigration and Customs by transferring directly to the ferry in the airport's transfer hall.
Macau International Airport is only 20 minutes from the city center. It has frequent services to China as well as other destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.
The Sky Shuttle helicopter service operates every 15-30 minutes between Macao's Terminal Maritimo and the Hong Kong-Macao Ferry Pier in Hong Kong, as well as five times a day to / from Shenzhen airport. The trip takes about 15 minutes.
There are two gateways by land from Macao into the Guangdong Province of mainland China. The barrier gate Portas do Cerco and the less busy crossing, Contai Frontier Post at the end of the Lotus Bridge. There are air-conditioned buses operating between Macao and Guangzhou, and the border at Portas do Cerco can even be crossed on foot.
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