Latest China Visa News Updated on March 15, 2021:
1. New visa policy to mainland China for foreigners in Macau
According to official notice on March 15, foreigners reside in Macau, permanent and non-permanent both included, can apply for all types of Chinese Visa to visit China. All applicants must provide a proof of at least 28 days’ continuous stay in Macau before submitting the application. Besides, foreigners who have been vaccinated the Chinese-made COVID-19 Vaccines, finished 2 doses or over 14 days after the first dose, and take a valid certificate of vaccination issued by Macau Health Bureau can also apply for all categories of visas to visit China.
Please note that, all qualified applicants are required to fill out an application and make reservation for specific submission date online. For more helpful details, please refer to the official website (http://www.fmcoprc.gov.mo/eng/lsfw/zytz/t1860982.htm) for further guidance and check.
2. Transit and transfer flights from Hong Kong International Airport to other Chinese cities remains unavailable at present.
3. Since November 2020, Chinese Embassy in UK, France, Russia, Belgium, Philippines, India, Ukraine and Bangladesh have announced that, non-Chinese nationals’ entry into China will be suspended if he/she comes from above countries though holding a valid Chinese Visa or Residence Permit. Visitors from other countries can refer to entry news updated on September 23, 2020.
4. From 00:00 September 28, 2020, foreign visitors holding valid Chinese residence permits in three categories (work, personal matters and family reunion) can enter China without reapplying for a China Visa. For those whose residence permit already expired after 00:00 March 28, 2020, and purpose of visiting remains the same can submit the overdue permit and related materials to apply for a new China Visa.
5. China’s temporary suspension of entry policy issued on March 26 continues to take effect. That is, Tourist Visa, the On-arrival Visa, 24/72/144-hour Transit Visa Free... will all be suspended during the coronavirus period. You can enter China if you belong to one the three situations: hold diplomatic, Service and Courtesy, C Visa; granted China Visa for scientific/technological matters, urgent humanitarian needs and new Chinese Visa issued after March 28, 2020.
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Do I Need A Visa for Macau?
Because Macau (Macao), Hong Kong, two Special Administrative Regions（SARs), are regarded as third regions from mainland China, it means Macau sets up own visa policy for non-Macanese visitors, and Chinese Visa does NOT give entry permission to Macau or Hong Kong.
A Macau Visa is required normally for a travel to Macau. But, if you are citizens of specific foreign countries and territories, and visit Macau for short-term tour and business, you may have visa-free entry to Macau. US, UK, Australia, Canada citizens, Indians, Filipinos, Malaysians may get visa exempted for Macau, while passport holders of Pakistan, Vietnam and Nepal must obtain a visa for entry.
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According to the Entry Regulations released on the Macau Immigration Department, currently, Macau offers (multipe-entry) visa exemption for citizens from total 79 foreign countries (territories) for visit of travel and business affairs. The permitted duration of stay differs by nationality, and accute period ranges from a maxmium of 14 days, 30 days, 90 days (3 months), 180 days (6 months) and even up to 1 year.
Besides, holders of Hong Kong SAR passport and Chinese Passport with flight and visa to a third country are allowed to have 7-day visa-free stay in Macau if transitting through Macau. Check the country list of visa exemptions below to find who is qualified to enjoy visa-free travel to Macau and how may days are allowed to stay in Macau without a visa. (Read the Full list on Macau Immigration Dep in http://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/edon.html.)
|Permitted Stay Period||Number of Country||Countries||Continent|
|30 Days||22||America, Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay||Oceania, America, Aisa, Europe|
|90 Days||56||Andorra, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania||Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania|
|180 Days||1||The United Kingdoms||Europe|
|1 Year||1||Holders of HK Permanent Identity Cards or HK Re-entry Permits||Asia|
Notes: In the above list, there are two special cases. 1.) Holders of Taiwan Compatriot Permit, also called Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (台湾居民来往大陆通行证) are also qualified for 30-day visa-free stay in Macau. 2.) Visitors holding HK Permanent Identity Cards or HK Re-entry Permits enjoy 1 year - the longest privilege of visa exemption for Macau.
Nationals from countries not listed above, and the mentioned visa-free visitors who plan to stay longer and for other purposes, are required to apply for a “Visa” or “Entry Permit” to Macau before arrival or upon arrival. However, ordinary passport holders of the 6 special countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam), must obtain a Macau Visa through a Chinese Embassy or Consulate before entry into Macau, and he/she is NOT allowed to apply visa on arrival at border ports.
For Individul Travel & Family Visit
1. Photocopy of your valid original passport’s bio data page and used inside visa pages (or international travel document);
2. A completed Macau Visa Application Form(download form here);
3. Proof of financial status (such as bank statement, savings depoist, tax receipt, certificate of employment and income);
4. Related transportation and accommodation arrangment in Macau (such as round-trip flight tickets and hotel booking record);
5. Proof of visit for Macau (such as copy of relative’s residence in Macau or Macau Identity Card, with the kinship certificate document );
6.Other documents used for previous travel to Macau, valid visa and entry/residence permit for other countries and regions if has.
For Work in Macau
Except the copy of the date page & used visa pages of your valid passport, completed Macau Visa Application Form, applicants should also prepare copy of employment certificate approved by the Macau authority, which is the application or renewal application letter of "Authorization to Stay for Non-resident Workers" which has been verified by the Macao Immigration Department. Download the work visa application form.
Make Copy of Passport Important Pages
（Part of）Macau Visa Application Form
Applicants need to submit all the necessary documents to the visa office of Chinese Embassy and Consulate during office hours. If they request additional materials, applicants shall submit as required.
Regular Macau Visa application fee is USD 30, and an additional communication fee of USD 20 will be charged if application will be related to Macau Immigration Department.
Since there will no commnication fee incuring, Express application costs about USD 50 and Extra Express visa application fee is USD 60 only.
Chinese Embassy or Consulate will start to process upon receipt of all application documents. You may pick up the visa on the same day, 2nd working day, or 4th ~ 5th working day, depending on which service you will choose.
For regular service, it takes about 5 working days, even 3 weeks (if related to Macau Immigration Department).
Application not related to Macau Immigration Department:
Express Service: it takes about 3 working days. Extra Express Service: you may collect on the same day or next working day.
Macau Visa has different expiry date and number of entries, including:
1. Single (1) entry within 3 months;
2. Double (2) entries within 3 months;
3. Multiple entries within 6 months.
Please note that the duration of stay is 14 days per entry. Stay beyond the legally authorized period will face penalty by law.
Apart from the two introducted special caes, other foreign visitors can either apply Macau Visa in overseas Chinese Embassy or Consulate in advance or get Macau Visa upon Arrival (Port Visa) at border checkpoints of Immigration Department, Public Security Police of Macau.
Sample of Macau Visa on Arrival
*Any other country not inclued in the Macau Visa-Free Country List.
*79 Macau Visa-Free Countries, if nationals will stay longer than the permitted duration or visit Macau not for tour or business.
For example: Indians can apply Macau Visa on Arrival, when his planed visit is more than 30 days or for work.
Except presenting the valid original passport, applicants should also fill in Arrival Card at specialized “Visa Room” at border check points in Macau. Meanwhile, you’d better get ready related travel materials (like air tickets, hotel reservation) which supports your proposed entry and visit in Macau.
Generally, there are four visa types for Macau Visa, and visa fees are charged differently.
|No||Type of Macau Visa||Visa Fee|
(about USD 13)
|3||Family Passport||MOP 200
(about USD 25)
|3||Children under age of 12||MOP 50
(about USD 7)
|4||Tour Group (with at least 10 members, organized by a single travel agency, present a collective travel document)||MOP 50 per person
(about USD 7)
Below are the main border checkpoints used in Macau:
|Border Checkpoints||Tel||Office Hours||Border Checkpoints||Tel||Office Hours|
|Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal||(853) 8798 5327||24 hours||Macau International Airport||(853) 8898 1317||24 hours|
|Cotai Checkpoint||(853) 8898 9617||24 hours||Taipa Ferry Terminal||(853) 8898 1501||24 hours|
|Interior Ferry Terminal||Malaysia||24 hours||Zhuhai-Macau Cross-Border Industrial Zone||(853) 2827 1327||24 hours|
Located in west coast of Pearl River Delta, Macau is an famous international free port, a world tourism and leisure center, one of the world’s top 4 casinos, which borders Zhuhai (in Guangdong Province) in north and west, and faces Hong Kong across the sea in the east. Over 400 years’ collision of Chinese and Portuguese culture turns Macau a distinctive city with numerous historical ruins.
Want to catch a glimpse of unique charm of Macau? Take a walk in the Historic Center of Macau - a UNESCO World Heritage, the biggest, oldest, best-reserved city area with over 20 historical buildings. Visit the Ruins of St. Paul’s - the icon logo of Macau. View stunning Macau Tower and relax in the largest casino at Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. Senado Square, St. Dominic’s Church, A-Ma Temple, Macau Museum are also major spots deserve a visit. Beyond sightseeing trip, shopping, tasting mixed style Macanese cuisine and experience casino gaming are also popular activities recommended in Macau.
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