MGTO looking to ease HZMB travel restrictions

15 November 2018

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has held meetings with the Transportation Bureau this week with a view to addressing concerns over teething problems with travel on the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), including money and baggage restrictions.

The meetings were revealed by MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes during a panel session at MGS Entertainment Show on Wednesday discussing tourism in the Greater Bay Area.

At present, passengers traveling along the HZMB on shuttle buses are restricted to a 20kg baggage limit. Cash restrictions are primarily enforced on mainland Chinese visitors to Macau, who are limited to  carrying RMB20,000 (US$2,880), although any visitors carrying more than MOP$120,000 (US$15,000) must declare it at the border.

According to Senna Fernandes, at least some of those restrictions are currently under review.

“I can tell you that there was a meeting of the MGTO this week and some opinions were expressed in terms of luggage limits and money limits,” she said.

“Some things cannot be solved immediately but yesterday the Transportation Bureau expressed their determination that they will work on that with the shuttle bus companies to solve some of the problems. Macau will be proactive in solving those issues. We are looking at ways to address them.”