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Do You Need a Chinese Visa to Visit Macau?

by David Pacella | June 9th, 2010

Macau, once a Portuguese colony, is now a Special Administrative Region of China. It’s also known as the “Vegas of Asia,” and a recent Bootsnall article referred to it as a “gambler’s paradise.”

Like Las Vegas, Macau features a plethora of casinos, including local establishments as well as such familiar American names as Wynn and MGM Grand.  According to Bootsnall, the Wynn casino in Macau is “freakishly similar” to the one in Vegas.

Should you actually manage to beat the house, the streets are packed with jewelry vendors who will be more than happy to let you spend some of your winnings on some bling.  24-carat gold is the norm.

Most travel to China requires a visa, but Macau is different. Americans can visit for up to 30 days without a China visa, as long as they are just visiting as tourists. However, if you are visiting Macau for business, you will need to apply for a visa beforehand. Also, check the expiration date on your passport. If yours expires in the next 6 months, you need to apply for a passport renewal before you leave.

Although you don’t have to have a China visa to visit Macau, you will need one if you plan to stop in China during your trip. It may be possible to obtain to a China visa in Macau, but the US Department of State notes that some Americans have had problems doing so, and recommends that you obtain all necessary visas before leaving the United States. For more information on how to get a Chinese tourist visa, see Chinese Visa Requirements for Tourists.

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