MANILA - Heavy penalties will be imposed against expatriates, including Filipinos, who overstay in Macau, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said.
In report to Administrator Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Labor Attache Vivian Tornea said Macau increased the penalty for overstaying foreigners for less than 30 days from MOP200 (approximately P1,091) to MOP500 (P2,728) per day.
Violators are required to pay the fine immediately after they are arrested or have surrendered to the police.
The report added that the penalty is not applicable to foreigners who have overstayed for 30 days or more. They are not allowed to pay the fine and will instead be banned for a certain period of time.
Previous offenders cannot enter Macau for one year instead of the earlier prohibition of six months.
The “Amendments to the Provision on Overstay” which was issued by the Special Administrative Region’s Immigration Department, took effect on July 9, 2014.
Cacdac said OFWs looking for work in Macau and other countries should secure the proper employment visa or work permit before leaving the country.
Workers staying illegally in other countries are more vulnerable to harassment and abuse and are subject of police operations.