4. Travel and transportation arrangements
The best way to enter Macao is to fly direct and travellers should consult their travel agents for details. Going via Hong Kong Airport and taking the jetfoil (a high-speed boat), is time consuming and much less convenient.
Representatives who will be in transit in other airports for connecting flights into Macao, should ensure that they are in possession of the necessary transit visas.
Upon arrival at Macao Airport, representatives will be met immediately after disembarking. They will be accompanied by government staff through Immigration/Customs and will be taken to their hotels.
In the event that representatives are not able to give advance notice to WHO of their expected time of arrival and are therefore not met at the airport, a taxi can be taken from the airport to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Travel time from the airport to the hotel is about 10 minutes and will cost about MOP 20 or US$ 2.50
A hotel shuttle is also available from the airport to the hotel at no cost.
The Macao airport departure tax is MOP 80 or US$ 10 for flights to China and MOP 130 or US$ 16 for other destinations.
Travel via Hong Kong Airport
(1) Visa for Hong Kong:
Multiple entry visas for Hong Kong are required for holders of passports from Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Viet Nam travelling via Hong Kong.
Visas can be obtained from the nearest Chinese diplomatic or consular mission. Listing of the Chinese diplomatic and consular missions is shown in Annex A.
(2) Hong Kong Airport:
Hong Kong has a new airport, Chek Lap Kok Airport, which is about 36 km from the city centre. To assist representatives, a reception desk with a WHO banner will be situated at Exit A immediately outside customs and before going out to the lobby.
Upon arrival at the Hong Kong airport, kindly inform us whether you will proceed directly to Macao (by jetfoil) or not. If not, please indicate the date and time when you plan to leave for Macao in Form A (Notification of Arrival).
The representatives will be assisted from Hong Kong airport and at the Jetfoil Terminal by the staff of the Macao Government and WHO. Further details will be published nearer the time.
There are two ways to get to the Jetfoil Terminal at Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan Station as follows:
By Taxi: Travel time by taxi to the Jetfoil Terminal at Shun Tak Centre is about 40 minutes and the cost is about HK$ 320 or US$ 41 inclusive of the fee for the Western Harbour Tunnel and one piece of luggage.
By Bus: The "Cityflyer Bus" counter at the arrival lobby of the airport sells tickets for the A-11 bus. Tickets cost HK$ 40 or US$ 5 per person. The bus embarkation area is to the right side as you exit the arrival lobby. The A-11 bus stop is the first bus stop on your right. The bus service is available from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight. The bus departs every 12 minutes and takes about one hour to reach the city centre. Representatives should disembark at the first stop, Sheung Wan Station in Hong Kong (Shun Tak Centre).
(3) Jetfoil Terminal:
The Jetfoil Terminal at Shun Tak Centre is within walking distance of the Sheung Wan Station.
A Reception Desk with the banner "WHO 50th RCM, Macau" will be set up by the Macao Government in front of the ticket office, opposite the entrance, to assist the WHO representatives. The Desk will be situated in the Macao Government Tourism Office on the third floor of the Jetfoil Terminal building from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 11 and 12 September 1999.
Tickets can be purchased at the Far East Jetfoil Ticketing Offices on the third floor (Level 3). Major credit cards are acceptable.
Travellers should then proceed to the Far East Jetfoil Gate. After passing through the Gate and before going down to Immigration, baggage can be checked in at the Baggage Counter, which is located at the left side and opposite the escalator. Travellers then proceed to Immigration at the second floor (Level 2) and to the Far East Jetfoil Counter at the first floor (Level 1), where seat numbers are located.
Since there are no porters or carts at the Jetfoil Terminal, it is therefore strongly recommended that baggage with wheels be used. Having more than one piece of baggage will be inconvenient.
The jetfoil service between Hong Kong and Macao departs every 30 minutes. The fare is HK$ 144 or US$ 18 for first class and HK$ 130 or US$ 17 for economy class during the day. Travel at night is about HK$ 50 or US$ 6 higher. Passengers must check in at the Jetfoil Terminal at least 30 minutes before departure. The jetfoil takes about one hour from Hong Kong to Macao. Passengers pass through Immigration before boarding the jetfoil. If you are not able to travel at the designated time, the ticket cannot be refunded and cannot be used for the next trip.
Upon arrival at the Macao Jetfoil Terminal, you will be met by the representatives of the Macao Government who will take you to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. In the event that you are not met, there is a shuttle bus outside of the terminal which leaves every 30 minutes until 9:00 p.m. everyday.
Helicopters can also be taken from Hong Kong to Macao and the flight takes about 20 minutes. The helicopter is situated at Shun Tak Centre. The cost is HK$ 1206 or US$ 157 per person for weekdays and HK$ 1310 or US$ 170 for weekends and holidays.