Foreign travel advice

Macao

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

This travel advice covers the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR). For mainland China, see travel advice for China

If you are arriving in the UK from Macao on or after 4am on 18 January you will need to self-isolate on your arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Macao is subject to entry restrictions

  • All travellers who are not residents of Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan or mainland China will be denied entry to Macao
  • All air passengers, including Macao residents, must get a certificate confirming that they have tested negative for coronavirus within the last 7 days before they are allowed to board their flight to Macao
  • Ferry crossings and land border crossings between Hong Kong and Macao are also affected
  • All air and ferry passengers departing from Macao must present a certificate confirming that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of their departure.
  • Travellers from Macao to Guangdong must present negative test results for COVID-19 issued by either Taipa Maritime Terminal or the Conde de Sao Januario Hospital only. Travellers presenting negative results from any other hospital or clinic will not be allowed to cross the border.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Macao, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page

The typhoon season in Macao normally runs from April to October. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Macao, attacks can not be ruled out. See Terrorism

Crime levels are low, but you should take sensible precautions against pick pocketing and other street crime. See Crime

Macao, like other parts of China, does not recognise dual nationality. If you have both British and Chinese nationality you may be treated as a Chinese citizen by local authorities, even if you enter Macao on your British passport. If this is the case, the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong may not be able to offer you consular assistance. The FCDO has published guidance on nationality in China. If you have formally renounced Chinese citizenship, you should carry evidence that you have done so. See Local laws and customs

In 2018, 58,303 British nationals visited Macao. Most visits are trouble-free.  

Consular support may be limited in Macao. However, the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong can provide consular support to British nationals.