Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US State Department currently recommends US citizens reconsider travel to the Macau SAR due to a limited ability to provide emergency consular services. Exercise increased caution when traveling to the Macau SAR due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

US has no offices in Macau; US Consulate General in Hong Kong is accredited to Macau; US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; alternate contact is the Consulate General in Hong Kong [852] 2523-9011; US Consulate General in Hong Kong, 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone



The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Macau: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, COVID-19.


Subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers

Currency (Code)

Macanese pataca (MOP)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): G

Plug Type G

Major Languages

Cantonese, Mandarin, other Chinese dialects, Tagalog, English, Portuguese

Major Religions

folk religion, Buddhist, Christian

Time Difference

UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Fortaleza do Monte; Maritime Museum & Fisherman's Wharf; Macau Tower; Giant Panda Pavilion; Guia Fortress; Coloane Island & Hac Sa Beach; Taipa Island & Taipa House; Senado (Senate) Square; Ruins of Saint Paul’s

Major Sports

Soccer, volleyball, basketball, dragon boat racing

Cultural Practices

Macau is an autonomous territory within China. A Portuguese colony until 1999, Macau has a diverse culture firmly rooted in Cantonese culture, with a mix of influences from East Asia and Western Europe. Macau is known for being the largest gambling center in the world.

Tipping Guidelines

A 10% service charge is usually included in most restaurants, but you can leave coins if paying with cash or round up the amount you wish to tip if paying by credit card. If a service charge is not included, you can leave 5-10% of the bill for good service. Round up taxi fares to the nearest dollar amount. Tip bellhops $1-2 (USD) per piece of luggage carried. Hotel staff, except bellhops, do not expect tips.


Jewelry/watches, traditional silk robes; Chinese-inspired paintings, jade statues, and tea sets

Traditional Cuisine

Minchee — minced or ground beef or pork flavored with molasses and soy sauce and served with a fried egg on top

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2024