Macau Practical Information

  • Getting to Macau
  • Obtain a Macau Visa
  • Macau Currency (MOP)
For many years, the usual way to get to Macau was to fly into Hong Kong, and take a ferry across to Macau. Nowadays, Macau is becoming a low-cost airline hub, and this makes travel to Macau more direct and comfortable.
By Air

By Air

Option 1: You can fly to Macau International Airport, off the shores of Taipa Island.


  • Low-cost: the airport is popular among low-cost airlines thanks to its low landing fees.
  • Convenience: A short, 5-minute ride by complimentary shuttle bus to The Venetian Macao, Sands Cotai Central & The Parisian Macao.

Option 2: Fly to Hong Kong and then take a ferry to Macau.


  • Hong Kong connect almost major and popular cities around the world.

Suggestions: A direct express ferry whisks you to Macau within an hour, and you need not go through Hong Kong Customs. Check more details for ferry schedule.

By Sea

By Sea

This is still the main way in which most visitors get to Macau from Hong Kong. Ferries to Macau operate from several points in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon.

More details please visit the Cotai Water Jet official website.

By Land

By Land

We offer complimentary shuttle bus from major border spots in Macau to all of our properties, including The Venetian Macao, Sands Cotai Central, The Parisian Macao, Sands Macao and the Plaza Macao. 

The following information is reprinted from the Macau Public Security Police Force website. This information can be found by visiting

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 People’s Republic of China 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:

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, Tel: +853 2835 6660/1/2.

Macau Currency - MOP (Macau Pataca)

Macau Currency - MOP (Macau Pataca)

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 International Airport or Macau International Airport, or to use the ATMs available in Macao. Hong Kong dollars are also accepted almost everywhere.

You can exchange foreign currency in hotels, banks and at authorised exchange dealers. 

1 USD ≈ 7.99 MOP | 1 HKD ≈ 1.03 MOP | 1 CNY ≈ 1.19 MOP
1 EUR ≈ 8.82 MOP | 1 PHP ≈ 0.17 MOP | 1 INR ≈ 0.12 MOP

(*above MOP exchange rates are for your reference only, more information please check with the bank)

Banks & Services in Sands Resorts Macao