Visiting

Business hours

Government offices, big firms and the larger Chinese businesses observe a five day working week.

General opening hours are 9.00am–6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

The majority of banks are open from 9.00am–4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Many retail businesses open daily from 10.30am– 9.00pm or later.

Many Chinese shops keep extended hours each day, opening from 10.00am–10.00pm.

Public holidays

January 2 – The day following the first day of January
January 28-31 – Lunar New Year
April 4 – Ching Ming Festival
April 14-17 – Easter Festival
May 1 – Labour Day
May 3 – The Buddha’s Birthday
May 30 – Tuen Ng Festival
July 1 – Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day
October 2 – The day following National Day
October 5 – Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
October 28 – Chung Yeung Festival
December 25-26 – Christmas Day

Climate

Macau has a similar climate to Hong Kong - temperate with warm to hot, humid summers and cool winters. For weather details in Macau, please visit the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The currency in Macau is the Pataca (MOP). The value of the Pataca is linked to, and slightly less than, the Hong Kong dollar. The Hong Kong dollar is widely accepted in Macau but change will generally be given in Patacas. Patacas are not accepted in Hong Kong.

Time zones and time differences

Macau is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. There is no summer day light saving time in Macau.

To find out the current time in Macau, view the World Clock.

Telecommunications and dialling codes

Macau's country code is 853.

For calls to Macau from Australia dial: 0011 + 853 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Macau to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Macau has a very efficient and good quality telecommunication infrastructure. High quality internet service is available and the Macau government has installed free wireless internet in many public areas.

Generally speaking, the cost of making a call on a mobile phone from Macau is relatively high. Australian visitors are advised to check with their local service provider regarding phone coverage and international roaming charges prior to departure to Macau.

If planning an extended stay in Macau, alternatively you might consider purchasing a local prepaid mobile phone SIM card, which will provide cheaper local calls. Some local providers are:

Electricity and water

Macau’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The square three-pin plugs (UK style) are most common.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Macau Government Tourist Office

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