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  • May 2014

China will issue smart cards to gradually replace current paper permits for those commuting between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao. The Ministry of Public Security will launch a pilot programme in Guangdong province in south China adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao and applications for the permit open starting May 20. Similar to an e-passport and permit has an integrated circuit chip containing personal information, fingerprints and entry endorsement of the card holder. It allows travelers to use the e-Channel service with fingerprint verification and is expected to improve efficiency in issuing documents and official inspection at checkpoints.


 Period of validity for citizens aged 16 years or above will be extended from the current five years to ten and is valid for five years for those below 16.The mainland and Hong Kong and Macao have witnessed closer exchanges and a rising number of visits in recent years. In 2013, visitor arrivals from the mainland to Hong Kong increased by 16.8 % year on year to about 40.5 million while arrivals from the mainland to Macao increased by 10 % year on year to more than 18.63 million

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