| 16-20 Jan 2017, Macao

Travel & Visa Information

1. Currency

The Pataca (MOP) is Macao's official currency. The Pataca is linked to the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). The exchange rate is MOP$103.20 = HK$100.00. Roughly 8 Patacas is equivalent to 1 US Dollar.

2. Climate 

Macao has a fairly warm tropical climate. Autumn (October - December) is the most pleasant season. Days are sunny and warm and humidity levels are low. Winter (January - March) is cold but sunny. In April humidity increases and from May to September the climate becomes hot, humid and rainy with occasional tropical storms (typhoons).

3. Electricity

Electricity in Macao is 220V, 50Hz. The power plugs used in Macao are of the three-pin, square-shaped (British) type.                                                                                                  

4. Languages

Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, Cantonese being most widely spoken. The official languages are used in government departments in all official documents and communications. English is generally used in trade, tourism and commerce.

5. Population

The total population is estimated at around 562,900. About 94% are ethnic Chinese, from different provinces, namely Guangdong and Fujian. The remaining 6% includes Portuguese, European and other nationalities.

6. Tax Requirements for Foreign Congress Organizers

There is no tax on conferences and exhibitions in Macao.
For more information, visit http://www.dsf.gov.mo

7. Time

Macao is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and does not practice Daylight Savings Time.                                                                                                                   

8. Transportation

Macao operates modern air-conditioned buses that connect Macao Peninsula with the island of Taipa/Cotai/Coloane. The average bus fare is 3.2 MOP (0.40USD) depending on the distance travelled. 
Most hotels operate their own fleet of complimentary shuttle bus service between the hotels, the ferry terminals, Macau International Airport and mainland China border gates.
All taxis are licensed metered taxis.
Cotai Strip Macao operates the largest fleet of shuttle buses and coaches in Macao.  Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided to the public to and from other hotels on the Cotai Strip, Macao Peninsula, the ferry terminals, Macau International Airport, and all mainland China border gates every 10-15 minutes daily.

9. Visa Policy & Procedures 

Macao offers visa free entry for nationals from more than 70 countries, which are:
a) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United Kingdom for a stay up to 90 days;
b) Albania, Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, San Marino, Mauritius, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay for a stay up to 30 days;
c) Brunei for a stay up to 14 days;

d) The following holders can use their valid passport or travel documents to enter Macao

- Holders of “Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card” or “Hong Kong SAR Re-entry Permit”; Valid “Hong Kong Identity Card” 
- Nationals of China with valid Macao entry/depart documents 
- Holders of Consulate / Diplomatic documents issued by the Macao 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 documents issued by the Portuguese authorities for foreign citizens.

All visitors must hold a valid passport or travel document, and note that the validity of this document must not be less than 30 days from the date of entering Macao. 

Note:  Nationals who enjoy visa-free entry to Macao should bring the followings according to the Public Security Police Force of Macao:

1. At least MOP 5000 Cash (=USD 625); 
2. Air tickets (if entering Macao at the Macao International Airport); 
3. Ferry tickets + Air tickets (if entering Macao at ferry terminals from HK International Airport; if applicable, also HK Visa or HK entry authorization documents).
The above information is for reference only. For further information on entry formalities, please contact your local embassy/consulate. If delegates want to travel to mainland China, visas may be obtained at any of the China Travel Service (CTS) offices counters in Macao. Visas can also be obtained at the Gongbei Immigration and Customs (by the Border Gate).