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Overstay penalty up to MOP500 per day

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Visitors who exceed the maximum time for which they are permitted to stay in the region will be fined up to MOP500 per day, following the amendment of the Administrative Regulation on the Entry, Stay and Residence Permit. An individual will also be considered a reoffender if they are caught overstaying in Macau again within a one-year period. The previous timeframe in which a re-offense could occur was only 180 days.
Leong Heng Teng claimed that the amendment was intended to tackle the issue of “overstaying” – which has become more serious in recent years. Statistics show that the number of overstaying cases has increased from around 32,000 in 2012 to more than 42,000 in 2013.
He said that the Macau government had amended the Regulation in 2009, at which time the fine was increased from less than MOP100 to MOP200. The reoffending system was also introduced. The ExCo spokesperson described the amendment as a success, explaining that the number of overstaying cases was significantly reduced.

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