Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Macau. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Macau is a safe destination to visit, however individuals should take the normal precautions.

Severe penalties apply for the importing of illegal drugs into Macau.


In Macau medical and dental services are generally of a high standard and are affordable. Should specialised medical attention or major operation be required, it is convenient to travel to Hong Kong and access specialised facilities in Hong Kong. Medical and travel insurance are recommended.

Visitors who have travelled through a country infected with cholera or yellow fever must hold a current certificate of inoculation for entry into Macau.

Water Macau is safe to drink. Bottled water is cheap and widely available from convenience stores and supermarkets. For short business travel consuming only bottled water can reduce the possibility of illness.

Travellers who are on prescribed medication should carry enough prescription for the whole trip. It is recommended to carry prescription documentation from Australia with you as this can facilitate access to replacement medicines, should they be required.