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Special Administrative Region
of the People’s Republic of China

 

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The Macau Special Administrative Region has provided the Territory with the infrastructures and economic stability necessary for it to succeed at regional and global levels.




 
 
 
 
 

General Information

Geographical Location

MacauThe Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a part of China’s territory. It is located on the Southeast coast of China to the west of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it lies 64 km from Hong Kong and 144 km from the city of Guangzhou. Local time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Area

Macau has an area of 31.3 sq. km. It is comprised of the Macau Peninsula, the islands of Taipa and Coloane and the reclaimed area COTAI, and is linked by three modern bridges and a causeway. Besides the Border Gate (Portas do Cerco), visitors can access Mainland China through the COTAI Frontier Post. Immigration and Customs is located in the reclaimed area between the islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Population

Macau's local population numbered 607,500 inhabitants as at the fourth quarter of 2013. Over 90% are ethnic Chinese from different provinces, while the remaining includes Portuguese and other nationalities.

There is also an impressive flow of people in and out of the territory. In 2013, the total number of visitor arrivals reached 29,324,822, with an average daily arrival of 31,665 visitors by sea, 43,336 visitors by land and 5,342 visitors by air.

Language

The official languages are Chinese and Portuguese, while English is widely spoken. Cantonese is the dialect most commonly used in everyday dealings but Mandarin is also widely spoken.

Climate

Macau's climate is warm and humid with a fairly wide variation in temperature over the year. From June to September, the temperature can rise to over 30 degrees Celsius while it can drop to below 10 degrees Celsius from November to February. Macau's weather is also influenced by tropical cyclones from the South Pacific Ocean from May to November.

For more information please visit website of the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.

Greeting

The western business etiquette of handshaking is the accepted form of greeting, which is always followed by the exchange of business cards. Cards should be given and received with both hands, holding the card at the corners. It is demeaning to put someone's card directly right into your pocket without looking at it first, it is also considered impolite to write on someone's card. Take a few moments to study the card upon its receipt.

Tipping

In most restaurants and similar establishments, a 10% service charge is usually charged to the bill but it is a common practice to leave a small tip.

Attire

Dress code is rather informal, however, standard business attire is desirable at more formal occasions.

Electricity

Electricity in Macau is at 220V, 50Hz . The power plugs used in Macau are of three-pin, square-shaped type.


Entry Regulations

Passport

All visitors must hold a passport or a valid travel document for entry into Macau.

Visas

Although entry visa is required, visitors from most countries can be exempted.

For updated information, please visit the official website of the Macau Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force.

Visas can be obtained from:

a)

The Immigration Services through Embassies/Consulates of the PRC and should be used within the validity.

b) Visas are also available on arrival in Macau at the Immigration Services for a period of 30 days;


Getting to Macau

Entry Points

Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport is linked by direct and connecting flight to major cities in Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia, Europe or America.

Macau Ferry Terminal / Taipa Ferry Terminal
From Hong Kong or Shenzhen by helicopter or fast ferry. Fleets of Turbojet have at least four sailings an hour (60-70 minutes) throughout the day and at regular intervals through the night. Whenever the weather permits, the helicopter service is available from 9:00 am to 10:59 pm.

Cross Boundary Passenger Ferry Terminal
The “Cross Boundary Passenger Ferry Terminal” provides ferry service linking Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Pearl River Delta Region. The “TurboJET Sea Express” runs the routes between HKIA, Shenzhen and Macau SAR. Passengers can transit into or out of the Pearl River Delta region via HKIA without the need to go through HK Customs and Immigration formalities and also without the hassle of carrying their luggage to the ferry terminal.

Macau-China Border
The Barrier Gate and the COTAI Frontier Post are the gateways to Mainland China. The Barrier Gate operates from 7:00 am to midnight while the COTAI Frontier Post at the Taipa-Coloane Reclaimed Area operates from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Customs

On arrival
Visitors are usually subject only to routine inspection. The importation of firearms without special permission is not allowed as well as other illegal and dangerous items. Drug trafficking is punished by law. Other items are not restricted nor subject to the importation duties, providing they are carried in reasonable quantities and contents. For further information, please visit the Macau Customs Service’s website at : http://www.customs.gov.mo

On departure
There are no export duties in Macau. Antiques, gold, jewelry, radios and cameras among other items are duty free articles.

 


List of Macau Public Holidays

New Year's Day

The First Day of the Chinese New Year *

The Second Day of the Chinese New Year *

The Third Day of the Chinese New Year *

Good Friday

The Day before Easter

Ching Ming Festival *

Labour Day

Buddha 's Birthday *

Dragon Boat Festival ( Tun Ng Festival ) *

The Day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival *

National Day of the People's Republic of China

The day following National Day of the PRC

Chung Yeung Festival *

All Souls Day

Day of the Immaculate Conception

Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Winter Solstice

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day


* These are traditional Chinese holidays and follow the Chinese calendar. As a result, may fall on different days in the Gregorian calendar.



Business Hours

Government offices work five days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, some of them may extend the working hours up to 7:00 pm. Lunch break is between 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Most private companies work from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, take an hour or an hour and a half lunch break, and occasionally work Saturday mornings.


Banking

There are 29 banks, out of which 11 are locally incorporated (including the postal savings office) and 18 are branches of overseas banks. With the exception of 2 off-shore banks, all the banks in Macau are retail banks with full banking license. There a total of 179 bank branches and around 866 ATMs in 2012. In addition, there is a finance company with restrictive banking activities and a financial leasing company engaging in financial leasing activities.

Banking Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm


Currency & Exchange Rates

The Pataca (MOP$) is Macau’s official currency. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:

Coins: 10, 20, 50 avos;
1, 2 & 5 patacas.

Banknotes:
10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1,000 patacas.

The Macau pataca is linked to the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is accepted as currency in Macau – at the rate of MOP$103.20 = HK$100.00, with a permissible variation of up to 10%.

Roughly MOP$10 is equivalent to 1 EURO and MOP$8 is equivalent to 1 US dollar. In April 2014, MOP$100 is equivalent to approximately 77 RMB.

Changing Money

Foreign currency or travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks, authorized exchange dealers and hotels. There are no restrictions on the amount of currency which can be brought in or taken out of the territory.

 


Ground Transport

Taxis
There are two kinds of taxis: the black with cream roof ones and the yellow ones. The flagfall charge is MOP$15.00 for the first 1,600 meters. MOP$1.50 will be added for every 230 meters afterwards. There is also a radio-taxi-service for passengers. Enquiries: (853) 2851 9519, 2893 9939, 8500 0000 & 2828 3283.

There is a MOP$3.00 surcharge for each piece of luggage carried in the boot. MOP$5.00 surcharge for boarding taxi at the Macau International Airport or journeys from Macau to Coloane; no surcharge from Macau to Taipa or from the island to Macau, but between Taipa and Coloane, a MOP$2.00 surcharge applies.

Buses
A frequent bus service runs between the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Bus fares range from MOP$3.20 to MOP$6.40 depending upon the distance travelled. Passengers should prepare adequate coins for the fare as no change is given on the buses, all of which are air-conditioned.

For updated route information, please visit: http://www.dsat.gov.mo/bus;


Macau Useful Websites:

Government Department

Macau SAR Government Portal

 

Finance Services Bureau

Macao Economic Services

Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute

Macao Monetary Authority

Statistics and Census Bureau

Consumer Council

Cultural Affairs Bureau

Printing Bureau

 

Macau Government Tourist Office

 

Meteorological and Geophysics Bureau

Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center

International Lusophone Markets Business Association
Permanent Secretariat to the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Macao Industrial Parks Development

Macau International Airport

Business Associations

Macao Chamber of Commerce

Macau Importers and Exporters Association

Industrial Association of Macau

Macao Association of Building Contractors & Developers

Macau Insurers' Association

Macau Fair & Trade Association

Small & Medium Enterprises Association

World Trade Center Macau
Av. da Amizade, No.918
World Trade Center Building, 16th Floor, MACAU
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