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Known for world-class entertainment and a fascinating blend of Chinese and Portuguese heritage, this is a city-state with an international reputation. But exactly where is Macao located? Just off the coast of China, on the banks of the Pearl Delta River and just a stone’s throw from the Hong Kong Islands, this is a destination that is, quite simply, unique. Let Macao guide you into a world all of its own.
Strong Transport Links
It's so easy to travel to Macao. By air, you can fly in to Hong Kong International Airport, one of the largest global airline hubs, and go directly to the SkyPier (avoiding the need to clear immigration in Hong Kong). Take a ferry to one of the peninsula's two ferry terminals, a jaunt that takes a mere 45 to 50 minutes.
Alternatively, you can fly directly into Macau International Airport, and be at The Venetian Macao in less than ten minutes, courtesy of a free shuttle bus service. The Cotai Water Jet ferry service also runs regular crossings directly from Hong Kong and Kowloon. Arriving by ferry, both Macau Taipa and Macau Outer Harbour terminals have courtesy shuttle buses to The Venetian Macao, Sands Macao and Sands Cotai Central, with a short journey of between five and 15 minutes.
Portuguese and Chinese are the official languages of Macao, though Cantonese is the most widely spoken tongue. English is generally used in hotels and tourist areas, and for trade and commerce, making this an easy destination for a wide range of nationalities.
A warm welcome
Macao's weather is pleasant all year, with an average temperature of 20˚C (68˚F). You can travel to Macao even in winter (January to March) and experience mild temperatures averaging 16˚C (50˚F) with lots of sunshine.
Summer sees the most rainfall, topping up the peninsula's humidity levels, (from 73% to 90%). Autumn is probably the best time to visit Macao; this is the season (October to December) when temperatures are pleasant and there is little rainfall.
Macao Visa Requirements
The following information is reprinted from the Macau Government Tourist website. This information can be found by visiting www.macautourism.gov.mo.
All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document. If travel arrangements are made through an agent, the visa processing is handled by Macau tour operators.
Visas are required by all visitors except:
- Nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United Kingdom(6 months) for a stay up to 90 days;
- Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay for a stay up to 30 days;
- The "Hong Kong Identity Card" ,"Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card" or "Hong Kong Reentry Permit" holders;
- Nationals of China with valid Macau entry / depart documents;
- Holders of Consulate / Diplomatic documents issued by the Macau SAR or Hong Kong SAR;
- Holders of Diplomatic Passport;
- Holders of "Laissez Passer" issued by the United Nations; in the course of duty;
- Holders of travel document issued by the Portuguese authorities for the foreign citizens.
Visas can be obtained from the Immigration Services through Embassies/Consulates of the PRC and should be used within the validity. The visa is expired after the valid date.
Visas are also available on arrival in Macau at the Immigration Services for a period of 30 days. There are three types: Individual - MOP$100, children under 12 years of age pay MOP$50.Family Passport - MOP$200?Group - MOP$50 per person for bonafide groups of 10 or more and children aged 12 or under.
The above information is for reference only. For further information please call the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force: (Macau area code) +853 - 2872 5488 or visit the website: http://www.fsm.gov.mo
For those who want to travel to mainland China, visas may be obtained at any of the China Travel Service (CTS) offices counters in Macau (the main branch is located at Avenida do Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, nºs 223-225, Edifício Nam Kuong, tel. +853 2870 0888 or at the Gongbei Immigration and Customs (after the Border Gate).
Portuguese passport holders who need the consulate's assistance may go to the Portuguese Consulate located at Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva, 45, or call Tel: +853 2835 6660/1/2 or fax: +853 2835 6658.
In keeping with its individuality, Macao has its own official currency: the Macanese Pataca (MOP$). Of Portuguese origin, this has been the official currency since 1906.
It's easy to buy MOP$ at Hong Kong Airport or Macau International Airport, or to use the ATMs once in Macao. Hong Kong dollars are also accepted almost everywhere. In fact, most hotels will charge in Hong Kong dollars over MOP.
Foreign currency or travellers' cheques can be changed in hotels, in Macao's banks and at authorised exchange dealers, located all around the city-state.
Visitors should also note that Macao's electricity supply is at 220V, 50Hz , which follows the system used in Hong Kong, with power plugs also following the Hong Kong style: three pinned plugs with square or round pins.