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Nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and the United Kingdom(6 months) for a stay up to 90 days.Nationals of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay for a stay up to 30 days.

There are no restrictions on the amount of money brought in or taken out. Banned from import are firearms, dangerous drugs, endangered animal species and inflammable substances.

 

Like Hong Kong, Macao has a tropical climate influenced by the continental climate of central China. It has brief winters when temperatures might drop below 10 degrees, spring (March-April) is humid with alternating hot and cold days, summer is hot (temperatures often above 30 degrees) with plenty of short heavy showers, and autumn (Oct.-Dec.) is the best time of the year, with dry, sunny days and balmy nights.

Dress is conservatively casual and suited to the weather. Very few places demand ties and jackets but they are expected at business meetings. Visitors should pack a swimsuit if they intend to stay in a first class hotel, as most of them have pools.

By air from, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok and Singapore etc. All passengers using the Macao International Airport are subject to an airport tax and passenger tax of 110 patacas(Passenger over 2 years of age). And 50 patacas (Transit passengers or those who continue their journey in less than 48 hours after they have arrived at the airport (regardless of whether entry formalities are proceeded or not). From Hong Kong by helicopter or fast ferry. Fleets of Jetfoils, Turbocats have at least six sailings an hour (60-70 minutes) throughout the day and at regular intervals through the night.

Taxis are cheap and plentiful (but be sure to have your destination written in Chinese) and public buses (fares are 2.5-5.0 patacas) cover most of the territory. There are cars and mini-mokes (jeep like runabouts) for hire. Also for leisurely rides you can take a pedicab.

Macao has 20 hotels of five and four stars, including Hotel Lisboa, Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Westin Resort, Hyatt Regency and Holiday Inn¡Ketc. 11 hotels of three stars and a wide range of guesthouses.

 

Chinese and Portuguese are official languages but English is widely spoken in tourist establishments.

 

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.

Government offices work five days a week, starting at 9.00 AM and finishing at 5.45 PM (Monday to Thursday) and 5.30 PM (Friday). Lunch break is between 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM. Most private companies work 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM, take an hour and a half and a half lunch break, and occasionally work Saturday mornings. Banks generally open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM and Saturday mornings until 13.00 noons.

Macao is eight hours ahead of GMT, the same as Hong Kong and China. It has no daylight saving time. When it is noon in Macao it is 2PM in Sydney, 4 PM in Auckland, 5 AM in Lisbon, 4 AM in London, 1 AM in Sao Paulo and 11 PM the previous day in New York or 8 PM in Los Angeles.

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. There are no exchange restriction or any limit to the repatriation of profit and capital. Money exchanges are available around the clock, at night in hotel and casinos.

A 5 % government tax is levied on restaurant and hotel bills. Imports are tax-free. However, some products such as tobacco, alcoholic beverages and vehicles are subject to a consumption tax. Complementary (Profit) tax is levied on net profit derived from commercial or industrial business and is a shading-scale tax varying between 2% and 12%. Property tax (10%) or 16%, can be exempted if the property is used for industrial purposes, Stamp duty is a 3% levy on property-transfer transactions. A fixed industrial tax of US$37.5 is imposed annually on all commercial and industrial activities.

Macao uses metric measurements, although traditional Chinese measures (such as taels of gold, latties’ of rice) are still in daily use. Electricity is 220 volts and 50 cycles AC.