Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.


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

From 4 July, Macao is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel 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:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

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 FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

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’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

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

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.