Expats in Macau who overstay face heavy fines under new rules

by Ray Clancy on July 29, 2014

Expats in the Chinese territory of Macau face heavy fines if they overstay their visa and residence permits, it has emerged.

According to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office a number of expats have recently been subjected to stiff penalties in the special administrative region, which is across from Hong Kong.

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Expats who have overstayed by less than 30 days have been fined $25-60 USD per day

Expats who had overstayed by less than 30 days have been fined MOP200 to MOP500 (approximately $25-60 USD) per day, says a report by POLO chief Hans Leo Cacdac. Those involved have been arrested and required to pay the fine immediately.

Expats who overstay by more than 30 days are not fined; instead they are banned for a certain length of time. Prior offenders cannot enter Macau for a year, up from the prior ban period of six months.

Those working in the territory are advised to make sure they have the proper employment visa or work permit before leaving their home country.

Macau’s Immigration Department issued Administrative Regulation No. 14/2014, also known as the Amendments to the Provision on Overstay rule, earlier this month, which imposes the heavier penalty for foreigners who overstay their visa.

Most nationals can stay at least 90 days in Macau without a visa; those with a British passport up to six months. But there are strict rules regarding working in the territory.

Entering and staying in Macau is controlled by the Migration Service of Public Security Police of Macau (CPSP). Everyone entering the territory must have valid travel documents, with visas where required, and adequate means of subsistence to support their proposed stay and the objectives of the visit or stay.

“The violators are required to pay the fine immediately after they are arrested or report themselves to the police. The penalty regulation is not applicable to those who have overstayed in Macao within one year who will be considered to be illegal immigrants if they do not pay the fine and the penalty regulation is not applicable to them. Moreover, they cannot make any application for Residence Authorisation, extension of Authorisation to Stay and Authorisation to Stay for Non-resident Workers within two years,” said a spokesman for the Macau Immigration Department.

Macau has overtaken Switzerland as the world’s fourth richest territory per capita amidst an influx of mainland gamblers, figures from the World Bank show.

The former Portuguese colony, now China’s only legal gambling centre, recorded a per capita gross domestic product of US$91,376 last year, up 18% from 2012.

In comparison, Hong Kong’s GDP per capita increased by 3.86 percent to US$38,124. Macau, sixth in 2012, is now ranked just behind Luxembourg, Norway and Qatar.

 

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Lovely April 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

How many year of banned if you overstayed for two months?

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awra pamore February 6, 2017 at 9:14 am

may i know how long the banned if you twice overstay in one year but the first was paid 500 but really no idea at all the second offense will not accept the money then they send me to my country back,how will i know when the penalty banned! does anyone knows this situation please tell me guys thanks.

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jimie November 24, 2017 at 12:58 am

Good day, may i know how long the banned if you twice overstay in one year but the first was paid 500 but really no idea at all the second offense was overstayed 6 days but unintentionally they will not accept the money then they send me to my country back,how will i know when the penalty banned! does anyone knows this situation please tell me guys thanks. i need to back in macau

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