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Foreign Entry Requirements: Macau to Myanmar

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Macau Macau FlagA passport valid for 30 days beyond the intended period of stay in Macau is required. A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. Because many neighboring areas require six months validity remaining on the passport, U.S. citizens planning travel beyond Macau should ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months from the date of their proposed entry into such areas.

Holders of a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or a Hong Kong Re-entry Permit may use either document to enter Macau for a maximum stay of up to one year. All visitors must present their passport or other valid travel document upon arrival. Visit the Macau Government Tourist Office web site for the most current visa information.

Before leaving the United States, U.S. citizens should have visas for any other countries near Macau SAR that they plan to visit. Travelers planning to visit the People's Republic of China (PRC) cannot apply for a visa at Chinese ports of entry. While PRC visas may be issued at the PRC Visa Office in Macau, the validity of such visa may not be as long as those issued in the United States. These visas may also have fewer entries. Those who need to secure a PRC visa for their U.S.-born children must present an original copy of the child's birth certificate.

Madagascar Madagascar FlagVisitors to Madagascar must have a valid passport and visa to enter the country. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry, and must have at least three fully blank pages. Visas are available on arrival for visitors who plan to stay for less than 90 days. All international airports can provide visa upon arrival 72 hours after application, but travelers should expect delays if they choose to apply for a visa on the spot. Advance visas are available at the Embassy of Madagascar in Washington, DC. Travelers who have been in a yellow fever zone within six months of their visit to Madagascar must provide evidence of vaccination.

The latest information on entry requirements and travel guidelines for Madagascar are available from the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar, 2374 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 265-5525/6; or the Malagasy Consulate in New York City, (212) 986-9491.

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Malawi Malawi FlagVisitors to Malawi must have a passport, visa or entry permit, an onward or return ticket, and proof of funds to support their stay in the country. U.S. citizens may obtain visas upon arrival at a port-of-entry in Malawi. The current fee for a 3-month single-entry visa is $50; diplomats and government officials are exempt from this fee.

U.S. citizens traveling for tourist purposes can usually apply for a tourist visa, while visitors who plan to volunteer, work, or conduct research or business may need to apply for a Temporary Employment Permit (TEP). Foreign visitors who plan to engage in religious activities must have a TEP. Performing activities inconsistent with your visa or permit status, or overstaying your visa, may result in fines, arrest, or deportation.

Foreign currency in any amount must be declared upon entering Malawi. Currency may only be exchanged at banks or other Foreign Exchange bureaus. Undeclared currency will not be permitted to leave Malawi, and will be confiscated upon departure.

Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Washington, D.C. 2408 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 for the most up-to-date information about entry requirements. New York City has a Malawi consulate.

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Maldives Maldives FlagVisitors to Maldives must have a passport, an onward or return ticket, and proof of funds in order to enter the country. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the bearer's planned date of departure. Free 30-day visas are available upon arrival. Visitors with sufficient funds, hotel or resort reservations, or a letter of support from a sponsor in Maldives are frequently granted 90-day extensions. Fines or deportation may result from staying more than 60 days without authorization from immigration authorities.

Yellow fever vaccinations are necessary for visitors who arrive in Maldives from a yellow fever area.

Visitors who arrive in a private boat must have prior clearance to anchor in any port other than Male. Clearance must be granted by agents in Male. Boats will be met by Maldivian police, customs officials, or immigration officials, and passengers will be given no-cost visas valid for the duration of their stay. Dogs are not permitted to leave anchored boats and go onshore. Officials will confiscate firearms from boats and hold them in bond until the boat's departure.

Tourists usually need permission from the Government of Maldives in order to visit non-resort islands. The only exception is the Maldives capital, Male. Travelers touring with licensed resorts or operators are more likely to be granted permission than travelers visiting independently.

For more information, contact the Maldives High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, address: No. 25, Melbourne Ave, Colombo 4, telephone: (94) (11) 2587824/5516302/5516303. Questions can also be addressed to the Maldives Permanent Mission to the United Nations, telephone: (212) 599-6195.

Mali Mali FlagA passport and Mali visa are required. All travelers must have international vaccination cards with a current yellow fever immunization, or receive a yellow fever vaccination upon arrival. Airport visas are no longer available. Travelers are advised to obtain visas in advance of travel to avoid exhorbitant fees and potential restrictions imposed at ports of entry. Travelers should obtain the latest visa information and entry requirements from the Republic of Mali Embassy at 2130 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 332-2249. Inquiries can be made at the nearest Malian embassy or consulate. Visit the Embassy of Mali website for the most current visa information.

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Malta Malta Republic FlagMalta is one of 26 European nations to ratify the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens traveling for tourism or business may remain in Malta without a visa for 90 days or fewer. Visitors must have a passport with at least three months (6 months recommended) of validity beyond their period of stay. Contact the Embassy of Malta for more information. The Embassy of Malta is located at 2017 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008, tel.: (202) 462-3611. The Maltese Consulate in New York City can be reached at (212) 725-2345.

Marshall Islands Marshall Islands FlagMarshall Islands Visa are not required for U.S. citizens; U.S. citizens have liberal travel rights under the Compact of Free Association.  U.S. passports need to have at least 6 months remaining validity and one black visa page. There is a departure fee of $20 for travelers age 13-59; diplomats are exempt.  A health certificate is required for travelers arriving from an area that is currently experiencing an epidemic. Visitors to the Marshall Islands between six months of age and 62 years are required to provide proof of measles vaccination to vessel operators before travel or documentation of contraindication signed by a doctor. Failure to produce such proof will result in either denial of boarding or refusal of entry upon arrival to the Marshall Islands. For visits of over 30 days, an AIDS test may be required. For further information on entry requirements for the Marshall Islands, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, at 2433 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008.  The telephone number is (202) 234-5414.

Martinique French West Indies FlagU.S. citizens must have a passport valid for at least 6 months to enter the French West Indies. Visitors remaining for 90 days or less are not usually required to purchase a visa. The Embassy of France is located at 4104 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone (1) (202) 944-6000. There are French consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

As of June 1, 2009, all travelers must present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or a passport card for entry to the United States. Passports are necessary for air travel, while passports or passport cards are acceptable for sea travel. While passport cards are sufficient for entry into the United States by sea, they may not be accepted by the particular country you plan to visit; please be sure to check with your cruise line and countries of destination for any foreign entry requirements.

Mauritania Mauritania FlagVisitors to Mauritania must have a passport valid for at least 6 months, visa, and proof of a current yellow fever inoculation. Visas can be obtained at most Mauritanian Embassies or at the Nouakchott airport on arrival. If you have questions, email the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, located at 2129 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 232-5700. The Mauritanian Permanent Mission to the UN is located at 211 East 43rd Street, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10017, telephone (212) 986-7963 or 8189. While overseas, direct any inquires to the nearest Mauritanian embassy or consulate.

Mauritius Mauritius FlagVisitors to Mauritius must have a passport, an onward or return ticket, and proof of funds for the duration of their stay. The passports must be valid for at least the visitor's period of stay. Travelers who have been to a yellow fever zone may need to present proof of vaccination. Visitors are issued entry stamps at their port of entry which allows you to stay in the country for up to 60 days.

For the latest travel information, contact the Embassy of Mauritius at 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 441, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 244-1491/2, or the Honorary Consulate in Los Angeles, telephone (310) 557-2009. While overseas, direct any inquiries to the nearest Mauritian embassy or consulate.

Micronesia Micronesia FlagA passport, FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record (FSM Form 5004), and FSM Customs Form are required to enter the Federated States of Micronesia. Passports must have at least 180 days (6 months) of validity after you enter FSM. Visitors arriving by air will receive an Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and a Customs form from their airline. U.S. citizens may remain in Micronesia for an indefinite period. Visitors must pay a departure fee when leaving Micronesia from all four states. Be sure to bring adequate cash as there are no ATMs in the airport and credit cards are not accepted. Visitors arriving in Micronesia after traveling in an area with an epidemic may need to provide proof of vaccination.

Visit the Visit the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia website for the most current entry requirements. For the most up-to-date information about entry requirements, contact the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia at 1725 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20038, tel: (202) 223-4383. There are FSM Consulates located in Hawaii and Guam.

Moldova Moldova FlagCitizens of the United States, EU member states, Canada, Switzerland, and Japan do not require Moldova visas to enter Moldova.  For more information on entry requirements, please contact the Moldovan Embassy, 2101 S Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone: (202) 667-1130, (202) 667-1131, or (202) 667-1137, fax: (202) 667-1204.  Travelers may also wish to consult the Embassy of Moldova website for general information on Moldovan visas and for application forms. 

U.S. citizens are exempt from Moldovan visa requirements.  They are able to stay in Moldova for up to 90 days within a six-month period without registration. Passports need to be valid for 6 months and have at least one blank visa page. Residence and work permits are still required for stays over 90 days, which may prove problematic for some long-term American visitors.  Immigration, residence, and work permits usually need to be extended annually, but may be issued for up to five years.

U.S. citizens are able to enter Moldova through Transnistria.  However, because they will not have been registered at the border, travelers must register within three days of arrival in right-bank (western) Moldova at the Ministry of Information Development (MID) registration office on 49, Kogalniceanu str. in Chisinau.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Moldova.  Short-term visitors (periods of less than 90 days) do not require HIV testing.  Applicants for residence permits, however, are required to submit to a HIV test and demonstrate that they are HIV negative.  Please verify this information with the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova at before you travel.

Monaco Monaco FlagFrance and Monaco party to the Schengen agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may remain for tourism or business without a Monaco visa for a period of 90 days. Visitors must have a passport valid for 90 days beyond (180 days recommended) their stay in Monaco. Longer stays require a visa, which can be secured at any French consulate in the United States. Anyone planning to be married while in Monaco must have a visa.

Additional questions regarding entry to France may be addressed to the Embassy of France at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, tel. (202) 944-6000. Travelers may also consult one of the French Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, or San Francisco.

For further information on entry requirements to Monaco, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Principality of Monaco. 2314 Wyoming Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008, Tel: 202-234-1530, or the Consulate General of Monaco, 565 Fifth Avenue - 23rd floor, New York, NY 10017, tel.: 212-286-0500.

Mongolia Mongolia FlagA passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required for American visitors. No visa is required for Americans visiting for fewer than 90 days; however, visitors planning to stay in Mongolia for more than 30 days are required to register with the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens in Ulaanbaatar within the first seven days of arrival. American visitors who fail to register and who stay longer than 30 days, even for reasons beyond their control, will be stopped at departure, temporarily denied exit, and fined. It is recommended that visitors who will be in Mongolia beyond 30 days register with the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens within the first seven days of their arrival.

Americans who will be working or studying in Mongolia must apply for a visa in the U.S. or another country before arriving in Mongolia. Mongolian border authorities have fined and denied registration or entry to travelers who arrive for work or study without a visa. Travelers arriving or departing Mongolia through China or Russia should be careful to follow visa regulations for these countries. Repeat visits may require a double or multiple-entry visa, and many ports of entry do not operate 24/7. Travelers need to check with immigration authorities to make certain the entry point they intend to use will be open and will permit foreign visitors. Travelers planning travel to Russia should get visas prior to arriving in Mongolia, because they are difficult to obtain at the Russian Embassy in Mongolia.

Exit visas are necessary for visitors who stay in Mongolia for more than 90 days. The Office of Immigration issues exit visas, which usually process in 10 days. Unresolved criminal or civil disputes, or violations of immigration status may result in the Office of Immigration denying an exit visa. Mongolia retains the right to detain foreign nationals until all issues are resolved. U.S. citizens should be careful to comply with a 2010 law that requires all foreign visitors to have their passports with them at all times.

For additional information, contact the Embassy of Mongolia, located at 2833 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone (202) 333-7117.

Montenegro U.S. citizens do not need visas for visits of up to 90 days as long as they are carrying a tourist, official, or diplomatic passport. Temporary residence permits are necessary for U.S. citizens who plan to stay beyond 90 days. Visitors can apply for these permits once they are in Montenegro, and must do so at least one week prior to the expiration of their initial 90-day permit, although doing so earlier is recommended.

Any currency in excess of 10,000 Euros must be declared when entering the country and confiscation of funds or criminal charges may result from a failure to declare currency.

All visitors in Montenegro must register with the local police within 24 hours upon arrival. Hotels will automatically register their guests, but all others must visit a local police station in person. Failure to register may result to deportation, imprisonment, or fines.

The Embassy of Montenegro is located at 1610 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009, and can be reached at (202) 234-6108. There is also a Montenegro Consulate in New York, NY, telephone (212) 661-5400.

Montserrat Montserrat FlagVisitors must have a valid passport or passport card in order to enter Montserrat and return to the United States. Passport cards are permissible for sea travel, but air travel requires a passport book. Montserrat also requires visitors to provide proof of funds for the duration of their stay, and to produce a onward or return ticket.

For the most up-to-date information about entry requirements, consult the British Embassy, 19 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 588-7800. Questions may also be addressed to the consulates of the United Kingdom located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Seattle, or San Francisco.

Morocco Morocco FlagA valid passport is necessary for travel to Morocco. U.S, citizens do not need a visa for visits of fewer than 90 days, but must apply for an extension of stay as soon as possible if they plan to stay longer. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry. Residence permits are necessary for any foreign nationals who plan to live in Morocco. Immigrations officials at the central police station in each district of residence are responsible for issuing residence permits.

Children born to Moroccan fathers are considered to be Moroccan citizens and may not be able to leave Morocco without their fathers' permission. Even a U.S. citizen with a valid passport may have difficulty leaving the country as a minor without approval from the father.

For the most current information on Moroccan entry requirements, visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, 1601 21st St NW, Washington DC, 20009; tel: (202) 462-7979 to 82. Travelers may also contact the Moroccan Consulate General in New York, NY.

Mozambique Mozambique FlagTravelers to Mozambique must have a Mozambique visa and a passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry. Visas must be obtained in advance. Visitors must have at least three blank pages in their passport for each entry into Mozambique. Please pay attention to the authorized period of stay on your visa. This is the maximum number of days you may remain in the country before you must depart Mozambique. This is distinct from the validity of the visa which indicates when you may enter Mozambique.

NOTE: Travelers entering Mozambique from South Africa should obtain their visa prior to arriving in South Africa, since the Mozambique Embassy and Consulates in South Africa charge up to five times as much as the fee at border crossings or the Mozambique Embassy in the United States.

Travelers must present proof of yellow fever vaccination if they have visited a country where yellow fever is present, and all travelers are advised to have this vaccination to avoid potential delays at the border. Visitors without a current vaccination may be inoculated on the spot.

For the most current information about entry requirements, contact the Permanent Mission of Mozambique to the United Nations in New York.

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IMPORTANT: The foreign entry requirements listed here were obtained from foreign embassies or consulates. This information is subject to change. Verify the data with the consular officials of the countries you plan to visit well in advance. For further information, see our embassy list.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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