About Macau

Visitors Information

Geographic Location

  • Macao is located on the south-eastern coast of China, along the west bank of the Pearl River estuary. It is 60km and 145km away from Hong Kong and Guangzhou respectively.

  • It has an area of 33.3 sq.km, comprise of the Macao Peninsula, Taipa, the reclaimed area COTAI, Zone A of the new district and Macao Administration Zone on the Artificial Frontier Island of Zhuhai-Macao of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

  • Three bridges connect Macao to the Islands. Taipa and Coloane are connected by the 2.2km Cotai Highway. Macao is connected to the Hengqin Island through Cotai Frontier Post at the Lotus Bridge .

Population and  Languages

By the second quarter of 2023, the total population stood at 678,800, with a composition mainly of Chinese. The official language is Chinese and Portuguese, with Cantonese being the language in daily use. English is also widely used in the business, tourism and commercial sectors.

Political  Background

Macao is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since December 20th 1999. Under the principal of “One County and two systems”, Macao has independent administrative, political, and judicial rights. Its political, economic and social systems can remain unchanged for 50 years. Macao is still a free port and independent.

Business Environment

Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) enjoys favourable conditions brought about by the "One country, Two systems" policy, providing an ideal business environment for investors from around the world.


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.

There are three types of entry permit (i.e. Visa-upon-arrival) :

Individual - MOP200.00 (MOP100.00 for children under the age of 12); Family Passport - MOP400.00. Group – MOP100.00 per person for groups of at least 10 people organised 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 Border Control Department of Public Security Police Force at Tel: +853 2872 5488 or email: psp-info@fsm.gov.mo, or visit their website:  https://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/cht/psp_top5_3m.html.

China visa application procedures:

  1. The Organiser can send out Invitation for the application of Travel Documents to Macao.

  2. With the Invitation, Exhibitors can apply for Macao Entry/Departure document through local office or department of foreign affairs.

  3. Exhibitors can also apply through China Travel Service (CTS), please visit: http://www.cts.com.mo/.