Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Macau is quite safe and a non-violent city. You should not be concerned about personal safety as long as you follow the basics you would at home. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mugging and kidnapping against foreigners are extremely rare.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Counterfeit currency is a significant problem in Macau. Always try to carry small bills or to use exact change.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Typhoons in the summer are common in Macau. Although some typhoons do not touch land, the storms and winds can still cause major damages, flooding, and/or landslides. If you plan on being there between the months of July and September, make sure to monitor local and international weather updates from the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Macau.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Macau is a safe place to travel for female travellers, but it is always good to exercise precautions like you would in any other country.