Macau Visa - Visa Policy, Fees, Documents & More

Being a Special Administrative Region (SAR) separate from Mainland China, Chinese visas do not allow entry into Macau and non-Macanese visitors require a separate ‘Macau visa’ for the same.

However, the requirement and the kind of visa to be applied for is dependent on several factors including the country they belong to, the planned duration of stay and the purpose of visit to name a few which are looked into in detail below.

Visa-Free Entry into Macau

The Macau Immigration Department currently allows visitors from 81 countries to enter Macau without a visa for travel or business purposes for a period ranging between 14 days up to one year depending on one’s nationality.

A list of such countries offered visa-free entry into Macau along with the permitted duration of stay without a visa are listed below:

CountryDuration of StayCountryDuration of Stay
Albania90 DaysLuxembourg90 Days
Andorra90 DaysMacedonia90 Days
Australia30 DaysMalaysia30 Days
Austria90 DaysMali90 Days
Belgium90 DaysMalta90 Days
Bosnia and Herzegovina90 DaysMauritius90 Days
Brazil90 DaysMexico90 Days
Brunei14 DaysMoldova30 Days
Bulgaria90 DaysMonaco30 Days
Canada30 DaysMongolia90 Days
Cape Verde90 DaysMontenegro90 Days
Chile30 DaysNamibia30 Days
Croatia90 DaysNetherlands90 Days
Cyprus90 DaysPhilippines30 Days
Czech Republic90 DaysPoland90 Days
Denmark90 DaysPortugal90 Days
Dominica90 DaysRepublic of Argentina30 Days
Egypt90 DaysRepublic of Armenia90 Days
Estonia90 DaysRepublic of Belarus90 Days
Finland90 DaysRepublic of Ecuador30 Days
France90 DaysRomania90 Days
Germany90 DaysRussia30 Days
Greece90 DaysSamoa30 Days
Grenada90 DaysSan Marino30 Days
Hungary90 DaysSerbia90 Days
Iceland90 DaysSeychelles30 Days
India30 DaysSingapore30 Days
Indonesia30 DaysSlovakia90 Days
Ireland90 DaysSlovenia90 Days
Israel90 DaysSouth Africa30 Days
Italy90 DaysSpain90 Days
Japan90 DaysSweden90 Days
Kingdom of Morocco90 DaysSwitzerland90 Days
Kiribati30 DaysTanzania90 Days
Korea (Republic of)90 DaysThailand30 Days
Latvia90 DaysTurkey30 Days
Lebanon90 DaysU.S.A30 Days
Liechtenstein30 DaysUnited Arab Emirates30 Days
Lithuania90 DaysU.K.180 Days
New Zealand30 DaysUruguay30 Days
Norway90 Days  

The following individuals also do not require a Macau visa:
  • Nationals belonging to countries that have reached a mutual visa-free agreement with Macau.
  • Holders of a diplomatic passport or a "Laissez Passer" issued by the United Nations
  • Individuals having a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or a Re-entry Permit Individuals holding a "Two-way Exit Permit" issued by the People’s Republic of China
  • Mainlanders holding a "Permit for Travelling to and from Taiwan" for a maximum of 7 days
  • Individuals holding a Hong Kong SAR passport 
  • Individuals holding a Macau Non-resident Worker’s Permit

Visa for Macau

Visa for Macau
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Those countries not included in the list above or visitors from any of the above countries planning to stay in Macau for a period longer than the allowed duration of stay, or those visiting Macau for any purpose other than travel or business are required to obtain Visas to enter Macau. They can get their visa through the following two options:
  1. Obtain a ‘Visa on Arrival’ at any of the border checkpoints of the Immigration Department at Macau OR
  2. Obtain a Macau visa through a Chinese embassy or consulate located in their home country before landing in Macau.
However, visitors from six specified countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are mandatorily required to obtain a visa in advance through a Chinese embassy or consulate before their arrival in Macau and the option of ‘visa on arrival’ is not available to them.

A. Visa On Arrival

Visa on Arrival
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A visa on arrival can be obtained by making an application at any of the border checkpoints upon arrival at Macau.

Applicability

The following types of visitors can apply for a Macau Visa on Arrival:
  • Visitors from countries not included in the 81 exempted countries list above
  • Visitors belonging to any of the exempted countries who wish to stay in Macau for a period longer than the permitted duration of stay.
  • Visitors coming to Macau for purposes other than tour or business.
Macau Visa on Arrival
Macau Visa on Arrival

Documents Required

Apart from a valid original passport, other supporting travel information such as flight dates, hotel reservations etc. need to be filled on the Arrival card at the Border checkpoint

Macau Visa on Arrival Fees

TypeFees
IndividualMOP 100 (approx 13 USD)
Family PassportMOP 200 (approx 25 USD)
Children under the age of 12MOP 50 (approx 6 USD)
Groups with a minimum of 10 people organized by a single travel manager and presenting a collective travel documentMOP 50 per head (approx 6 USD)

Macau Border Checkpoints

An application for the Visa on Arrival can be made at the following Border Checkpoints at Macau:

Border Check PointTelephoneOffice Hours
Border Gate (853) 8980 03216 AM - 1 AM
Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal(853) 8798 532724 hours
Macau International Airport(853) 8898 131724 hours
Cotai Checkpoint(853) 8898 961724 hours
Taipa Ferry Terminal(853) 8898 150124 hours
Interior Ferry Terminal(853) 2893 94348 AM - 4:30 PM
Zhuhai-Macau Cross-border Industrial Zone(853) 2827 132724 hours (For foreigners with special access permit for the zone)

B. Visa Before Arrival Through the Chinese Embassy/Consulate

Applicability

As mentioned above, visitors from the six specified countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam must mandatorily obtain a visa before their arrival through Chinese Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries.

The following visitors may, however, choose to obtain a ‘visa on arrival’ or a visa before their arrival through a Chinese Embassy/Consulate:
  • Visitors from countries not included in the 81 exempted countries list above
  • Visitors belonging to any of the exempted countries who wish to stay in Macau for a period longer than the permitted duration of stay.
  • Visitors coming to Macau for purposes other than tour or business.

Documents Required

Documents Required
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Purpose of Visit: Individual Travel or Family Visit

  • A completed Macau Visa Application Form
  • Copy of the bio-data page and used inside pages of a valid passport or travel document
  • Proof of financial status such as bank statements, passbook of savings accounts, tax receipts, employment certificates, etc.
  • Travel documents including round trip flight tickets, hotel reservation receipts etc.
  • Proof of purpose of visit such as copy residence proof, Macau Identity Card of the relative, documents proving the relationship, etc.
  • Travel documents from previous visits to Macau, affixed with entry and exit stamps if any
  • Valid entry or residence visa or permit of other countries if any

Purpose of Visit: Group Tour

  • Letter of guarantee by the travel agency organizing the group tour along with a list of names of the tour members
  • Information of the local travel agency organizing the tour
  • Copy of the biodata page of all travellers’ valid passport or travel document.

Purpose of Visit: Work

  • A completed Macau Visa Application Form
  • Copy of the bio-data page and used inside pages of a valid passport or travel document
  • Copy of employment approval document issued by the Macau authorities 

Purpose of Visit: Pursuing Higher Studies at an Institute in Macau

  • A completed Macau Visa Application Form
  • Copy of the bio-data page and used inside pages of a valid passport or travel document
  • Proof of financial status such as bank statements, passbook of savings accounts, tax receipts, etc.
  • Admission document issued by the institute in Macau
  • If the course is for less than six months, return flight tickets

Fees & Processing Period

Type
Fees
Express

Types and Validity of Macau Visa Applied Before Arrival

Types and Validity of Macau Visa Applied Before Arrival
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  • Ordinary visa - Valid for multiple entries within six months with 14 days of stay per entry
  • Official visa - Valid for two entries within three months with 14 days of stay per entry
  • Diplomatic visa - Valid for one entry within three months with 14 days of stay per entry
The entrance and stay in Macau are regulated by the Public Security Police (CPSP) of the Immigration Department of Macau and may be altered or updated from time to time. The above information is only intended as a guide, and those planning a trip to Macau are recommended to visit the website of Immigration Services before applying for their visas.

This post was published by MS Ganesh

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