PRACTICAL INFORMATION - MACAO
Macao comprises Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Macao Peninsula is the hub of the territory and is connected to Taipa by three bridges. Several large international hotel resorts - with new supporting infrastructure - are located on the reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane in the newly developed district known as Cotai.
Macau’s architecture, art, religion, traditions, food and community reflect the integration of Chinese, Western and Portuguese cultures. It is currently positioning itself as the World Centre of Tourism and Leisure as it develops into a quality international tourist destination.
For more information, visit the Macao Government Tourist Office website (www.Macaotourism.gov.mo)
Macao Time is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Macao has a tropical climate influenced by the continental climate of central China. Annual average temperature is about 20°C. In March the weather is usually cold and sunny. For more information please visit website of the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (www.smg.gov.mo)
Chinese and Portuguese are official languages but English is widely spoken in tourist establishments.
Visa and Passport Requirements
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. A Macao visa can be obtained through the Embassies/Consulates of the PRC (http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zwjg/2490/) 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.
For more information on “Visa” and “Entry Permit” Exemption, please visit the website: http://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/psp_top5_2_1.html#EDoN_VII
Currency and Credit Card
The Pataca (MOP$) is divided into 100 avos and it is Macao's official currency. There are banknotes and coins in the following denominations:
Coins: 10, 20 and 50 avos; 1, 2 and 5 Patacas.
Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Patacas.
The pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar, at approximately the same value and through the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar. The Hong Kong currency is a second currency in Macao. Roughly eight patacas equal one US dollar. Most foreign currencies and traveller's cheques can be changed over at banks and hotels. There are no restrictions on the type or amount of money that can be brought into or taken out of the territory. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Macao.
Business, Banking and Post Office Hours
Generally, offices of commercial establishments and government departments are open from 9am to 5:30pm on weekdays. Major banks are open from 9am to 5:30pm on weekdays.
The standard voltage in Macao is 220 volts AC/50 cycles. The plug/ socket system in Macao is a 3-rectangular-pin type.
Macao acquires a range of global communication services, such as International Direct Call (IDD), Mobile Phones, Fax, Telecommunication, Internet Service and Satellite TV service. IDD service could directly reach 219 countries worldwide.
Most major restaurants add a 10% service charge, but you are still expected to leave a tip of between 5-10%, depending on how well you feel you have been treated. Taxi drivers tend to round up the fare to the nearest dollar and if not, will appreciate a little extra. Bellboys, porters and washroom attendants will also expect a small tip.
Participants are advised to take out insurance before your visit. Please check with your insurance company about their 24-hour emergency support telephone numbers.
Useful Phone Numbers
Emergency: 999 / 110 / 112
Tourist Hotline: +853 2833 3000
Consumer Council Hotline: +853 8988 9315
Government Hospital: +853 2831 3731
Macau International Airport
Cotai Water Jet
Yuet Tung Shipping Co., Ltd.
City Transportation Transport Bureau
Macao Government Tourist Office