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Macau Special Administrative Region is an advanced economy classified as high income. Located in eastern Asia along the South China Sea (south of China), the climate is classified as subtropical dry winter.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Moderate risk exists throughout the country, with minimal risk in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent seafood poisoning may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Low risk of violent crime exists throughout the country.
Moderate risk of petty crime exists throughout the country, especially in areas frequented by tourists, particularly in casinos, airports, hotels, markets, and other crowded shopping areas.
Risk exists of robberies and/or assaults occurring after consuming intentionally drugged food or drink; tourists are frequently targeted.
Passenger boats may be unsafe, including ferries traveling from Macau to China and Hong Kong. Decline water transportation in vessels that appear overloaded or lack personal flotation devices or life jackets.
Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators. Scuba dive only with personnel certified by PADI or NAUI, and use equipment only from PADI- or NAUI-certified dive operators.
National incidence data on traffic-related injury or death are not available.
The monsoon season is from April through October, coinciding with the typhoon season. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Macau, a special administrative region of China
- United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in Macau.
- Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Macau.
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Macau.
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Macau.
Macau's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: Macau does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.S.
- In Canada: Macau does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: Macau does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
- In Australia: Macau does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.