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June 21, 2021

Rule aims to stop visitors from overstaying

Macau tightens restriction on mainland tourists

(Macau).- A new rule cuts the maximum permitted stay in the enclave for Chinese passport holders in transit from seven to five days in an attempt to prevent them from abusing the law. In a statement Macau police said the tightened restriction will come into effect on July 1st. “To avoid Chinese tourists holding Chinese passports who make use of transit to effectively stay in Macau and not go to their destinations, the Public Security Police Force decided to adjust the related control again,” it said.


he new rule is the latest setback to Macau’s casinos, after China’s state-backed payment card UnionPay pledged to crack down on “suspicious practices” involving illegal hand-held payment devices commonly used in and around gaming halls.
Last month it emerged that tens of billions of yuan were being funneled out of the mainland and into Macau’s casinos – in breach of national currency controls – with the use of such hand-held devices.
Officially reported gaming revenue in Macau stood at US $45 billion last year, but one analyst estimated there was a further $90 billion unreported. Shares in Macau’s top casino and entertainment companies slumped in response to the announcement of the tightened entry requirements.
It is the second time in six years that Macau has reduced the maximum period of stay for mainland travelers. In 2008, the permitted stay was reduced from 14 days to seven. Under the new rule, transiting mainland tourists who re-enter Macau within 30 days of a previous overstay will only be allowed to stay in the enclave for one day – down from the current two days.
If tourists overstay a second time they will be denied entry for 60 days – and if they are caught trying to enter within that time, the ban will be extended by another 60 days, according to police.

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