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 Macau - Formalities

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Marine Police should be contacted on Channel 16 who may allow a yacht to use their own basin in the inner harbour, which has a depth of 9 ft (2.70 m). Otherwise one should be prepared to anchor in the river, which can be quite uncomfortable and should only be used in settled weather.

The outer harbour is used mainly by ferries and hydrofoils going to Hong Kong. Be careful in this area as the ferries are high-speed and there can be low visibility (fog or rain).

If the yacht is not visited by officials the captain should go to the harbour master's office with the ship's papers.

Visitors to Macau that arrive by airplane and do not have proof of onward travel (i.e., crew joining a private yacht) may encounter difficulties when trying to clear in. Crew are encouraged to bring evidence of intent to depart Macau as crew aboard a yacht. A letter from the skipper/owner of the vessel is helpful.

On departure, the harbour master should be notified not later than six hours before departure.

Last updated August 2017.

Immigration

All visitors must have a valid passport. Even if coming to Macau from mainland China or Hong Kong, full immigration procedures are required.

Visas are not required for nationals of the following countries:-

a) The U.K. for visits of up to 6 months.

b) Other counties of the E.U., Mexico, Mongolia, Brazil, Iceland, Norway, Cape Verde, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Switzerland, Mali and Tanzania visits of up to 90 days.

c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the USA and Uruguay for visits of up to 30 days.

d) Nationals of China with valid Macau entry/depart documents, including residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas Chinese for a stay of up to 30 days.

Nationals of other countries must apply for a visa-on-arrival. This is not available to Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Nigerian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese citizens.

For the latest regulations see Macau Government website.

It is possible to apply for a visa extension as long as it is submitted 5 days prior to the first visa's expiration.

Last updated August 2017.

Public Security Police Force
Macau Immigration Services
Tel:853 - 2872 5488

Customs

Any firearm or attack tool is regarded as a weapon and require a licence issued by the Public Security Police.

All fish, shellfish, meat and plants (including fruit, ornamental plants, vegetables, etc.) require an import permit and must be accompanied by a valid health certificate issued by the appropriate government authority of the exporting country.

Pharmaceutical products (except for personal use), chemicals and drugs, gunpowder and explosives, pyrotechnical articles and inflammable materials, arms and ammunition (except if pre-authorization was obtained to accompany a licensed firearm),  dangerous goods, endangered species of animals and plants; radioactive substances and irradiating apparatus, and pesticides.

Last updated August 2017.

Health

It is not required to prove vaccinations to be granted arrival; however, the CDC advises updated routine vaccines when traveling to this area.

Macau is a malaria-free area.

Fees

There are no fees associated with arrival to Macau.

Pets

Animals must be declared to Customs on arrival. Cats and dogs must have an import permit and must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued and signed by the appropriate government veterinary authority of the exporting country. Cats and dogs must also be vaccinated against rabies, not less than 14 days and not more than one year prior to import.

The import of cats and dogs under two months old is prohibited.

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