Mainland opens the door to foreign residents once more
Foreign residents living in Macao may apply for online visas for the first time in a year, with priority given to business and trade visitors.
For the first time since March last year, the China Online Visa Application system will open to foreign residents in Macao from next Monday.
The Office of the Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry in Macao has announced that from next Monday it will “gradually start” to accept mainland visa applications by foreign residents living in Macao through its China Online Visa Application system.
The Macau Post Daily reported that the Office of the Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry in Macao would make a “gradual start”, having decided to accept applications “in light of the latest situation” of Macao’s Covid-19 prevention and control measures and “the needs of cultural exchanges and economic development.”
Priority will be given to applications for M (business, trade) and F (research and cultural exchange) visas.
Applicants must hold a Macao permanent or non-permanent ID card and provide proof of stay in Macao for at least two consecutive months before the date of application. M visa applicants must provide an invitation letter from a trade partner or a trade fair in the mainland, while F visa applicants must provide an invitation letter from a “relevant entity or individual” in the mainland.
The office generally issues visas for a single entry of three months’ validity and 30 days’ stay. A telephone enquiry service (87915126) about the application and appointment procedures is available between 4 pm and 6 pm on workdays.