The Russian government has signed an agreement with the government of Chinese Administrative Region of Macau on the mutual abolition of visas.

This agreement gives Russian citizens and residents of the Macau district an opportunity to make mutual visits without a visa for thirty days.

One should note that this document has just been signed and now is to go through the process of ratification according to the laws of both countries.

Nowadays, Russian citizens along with citizens of former Soviet Republics are issued a visa directly at the place of arrival, whether it is an airport, port or railway station, with the only requirement to present a return ticket and a passport. At the same time a state fee of $12 is to be paid upon arrival. Alternatively, one can obtain a visa in advance, by contacting a consulate of the People's Republic of China, providing a proof for the purpose of the trip. A new procedure of a visa-free entry to Macau will not only save the money of travelers, but also eliminate the unnecessary paperwork.

Macau Special Administrative Region (Região Administrativa Especial de Macau, Portuguese) was established in 1999 (December, 20) as a result of elimination of the Portuguese colony of Macau; it became one of the two special administrative regions of China with Hong Kong being the second. Assuming the formal sovereignty over Macau, China endowed it a status of a Special Administrative Region. As part of the People's Republic of China, Macau has a significant autonomy, possessing its own laws, monetary, customs and immigration systems, as well as a right to participate in international organizations.