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Macau Travel Information

According to cheeroutdoor, Macau (Macao) (Chinese:澳门) is a Special Administrative Region of China, located in Asia. Macau only borders China. Macau consists of three islands that are interconnected. These islands are: Macau, Taipa and Coleane. The capital of Macau is Macau. Macau has no other cities.

Macau is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Macau has a historic city center that is listed as a World Heritage Site. Here you can find many historical buildings dating from the time of the Portuguese colony. Macau is most famous for its many gigantic casinos. These attract many tourists and keep the economy going. Macau is also known for its street circuit. See harvardshoes for Asia climate.

Where is Macau located?

Travel information of Macau

Official name: Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Continent: Asia
Area: 26 km²
Capital: Macau
Country code: MO, MAC
Population: 614,458 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: China Special Administrative Region
Highest point: 172 m (Coloane Alto)
Distance (Amsterdam – Macau): 9,270 km
Flight time: approximately 12 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Macau that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Macau, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Macau. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Macau?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Macau at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Macau has a subtropical climate. In the summer months the temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees. In the winter months, temperatures are around 15 to 20 degrees. Macau is ravaged by typhoons during the summer season. Severe storms can also occur.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Macau can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Macau can be found at Climate info.

Best time
April, May, September and October are the best months to travel to Macau. This avoids the cold winter period and the wet hot summer period.

Chinese and Portuguese are both an official language in Macau. In addition, a lot of English is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Chinese/Portuguese for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 30 days upon departure from Macau.
A visa is not required if you stay in Macau for less than 90 days.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in China (also for Macau):
Dutch consulate in Hong Kong (also for Macau):
Chinese Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Macau.

Money and Currency
In Macau, payment is made with the Macau Pataca (MOP) and the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).
The current state of these currencies (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Macau can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices in Macau are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +16% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (42% cheaper), food (2% cheaper), imported beer in catering (33% cheaper), cigarettes (8% cheaper) and public transport (87% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Macau it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6 hours later in Macau.
During our winter time, it is 7 hours later in Macau.
Macau has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Macau can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
You must drive on the left in Macau.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Macau, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Macau.

In Macau you need a travel plug adapter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Macau can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999, 110 or 112
– Fire: 999, 110 or 112
– Ambulance: 999, 110 or 112

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Macau can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Macau can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Macau websites end
Macau official websites: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Macau is 00853 or +852.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Macau? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 0f +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Macau Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Macau.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Macau.

An overview of all public holidays in Macau can be found on Wikipedia.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Macau, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Macau?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Macau. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Macau can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Macau can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Macau? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Macau.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Macau attracts nearly 30 million tourists every year?
…Macau is known for its Formula 1 road circuit?
…The many casinos are one of the largest sources of income?
…One can find the largest casino in the world in Macau?
…Macau has a beach with black sand?

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