Macau Adjusts Entry Requirements to Control Overstaying Tourists
In a recent bid to control visitors in overstaying in the territory, Macau tightened their entry requirements to mainland tourists in which the new ruling will cut the maximum stay for a holder of a Chinese passport in transit in Macao from seven down to five days. The new ruling will take effect on July 1 which is implemented in the hope to control tourists from overstaying.
This new rule is also a major setback to the casinos in Macau, after news on a bank card alliance UnionPay has promised to crackdown on practices that involved illegal payment using handheld devices that are usually used in gaming halls. Analysts say that the amount in this transfer could have reached billions as of last year. This will also be the second time that Macau has adjusted its periods of stay of mainland travelers, last 2008 the stay was decreased from 14 days down to seven, and recently from seven to five days.
According to the new ruling, mainland tourists in transit who re-enters Macau within thirty days of their previous stay is allowed to stay in the city for one day only which is also down form the previous two day stay. And when these mainland tourist overstay for the second time, entry will be denied for 30 days and if caught entering within that period they will be banned again for another 60 days.