Tourist information

Macao - located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in southern Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China - adjoins the Mainland city of Zhuhai and lies some 60 kilometres to the west of Hong Kong. Macao comprises Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Macao Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several large international hotel resorts - with new supporting infrastructure - are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.

Since the middle of the 16th century, Macao has been a melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures. The Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China was founded on December 20, 1999. 



By Air:

The Macau International Airport is located on Taipa, only 15 minutes away from the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal via car. It is only 20 minutes away from the border gate (crossing to Zhuhai) and 10 minutes away from the Cotai border checkpoint. The airport operates 24 hours a day.

By Sea:

The Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal on Macao peninsula and the Taipa Ferry Terminal on Taipa island provide 24 hour ferry service to Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Tuen Mun in Hong Kong, as well as to Hong Kong International Airport. In addition, they provide service to the three corners of the Pearl River Delta in China's Guangdong province, including Nansha, as well as Shenzhen's Shekou and Fuyong docks.

By Land:

There are many ways to enter Macao from the mainland, though the main entry points are through the Border Gate and the Cotai border checkpoint. The Border Gate is open daily from 6:00 AM till 1:00 AM; the Cotai border checkpoint is open 24 hours a day.



Aside from using Chinese, Macao's government also uses Portuguese. Locals generally speak Cantonese, and many can also communicate in Putonghua. English is widely understood in Macao, and can be spoken in many situations.


Macao is a unique city for the harmonious co-existence of eastern and western cultures. The rich world heritage and fantastic coastwise scenery make Macao more charming and attractive.

Here are some useful links for you to get more information:

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Information on visit visa / entry permit requirements

All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for travel to Macao. 

All visitors are required to have a visa except nationals of countries which are exempted from a visa or entry permit. For more information on “Visa” and “Entry Permit” Exemption, please visit the website of the Macao Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force. 

A Macao visa can be obtained through the Embassies/Consulates of the PRC and should be used within its validity. Visitors may also apply for an entry permit or visa upon arrival at the immigration checkpoint. However, visitors from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in advance before their trip to Macao. For more information, please visit the website:

There are three types of entry permit (i.e. Visa-upon-arrival) :
Individual - MOP$100 (MOP$50 for children under the age of 12)
Family Passport - MOP$200
Group - MOP$50 per person for groups of at least 10 people organized by a single travel manager and presenting a collective travel document 

The above information is for reference only. For further information on entry formalities, please contact the Macao Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force at Tel: (Macao area code) +853 2872 5488 or email:, or visit their website:



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