Tighter Macau visa rules - but not for foreigners

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

In the bizarre world of visa rules and regualations, the Chinese government is doing things along with the officials in the casino enclave of Macau to curb gambling. Basically because Macau is making too much money from gambling, and too much of China's new found wealth is getting eroded at Blackjack and roulette.

The new rules, reduce the time Chinese can spend in Macau from 14 days to a week. But if you are heading to another place you can get only get a stay of two days - that's 48 hours in a place with more casinos than Las Vegas.

It's also two days if Chinese don't have a record of going to other countries.

Three strikes and you won't be allowed to get back into Macau.

The Macau government has been working with the Chinese government to cut the time Mainlanders can spent money in Macau. The new rules come into force next month - August.

Earlier this year China limited stays to a month, and then allowed Chinese to visit every two months.

Since 2006, Macau has been the largest gambling hub in the world, and there are nearly 30 gambling casinos competing for business. Taxes from the casinos ensure residents pay low tax and - as a bonus - many of the old buildings left behind from the Portuguese have been preserved. Almost a win-win situation.
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