Date
23 September 2017
Some Shenzhen and Zhuhai travel agents are reportedly helping mainland travelers exploit a loophole in transit arrangements to visit Hong Kong and Macau. Photo: Reuters
Some Shenzhen and Zhuhai travel agents are reportedly helping mainland travelers exploit a loophole in transit arrangements to visit Hong Kong and Macau. Photo: Reuters

Report exposes transit travel loophole to HK

Some Shenzhen and Zhuhai travel agencies are helping mainlanders exploit a loophole in Hong Kong and Macau transit rules by getting counterfeit visas and air tickets to enter the special administrative regions, China Central Television reported over the weekend.

A reporter from the state broadcaster was quoted as saying that a Shenzhen agent told him that all he needed to do to travel to Hong Kong was to buy a plane ticket and pay a fee of between 100 yuan (US$16.30) and 400 yuan.

Mainlanders usually need permits to visit Hong Kong but they can stay for up to seven days when transiting to another destination, the report said.

According to the CCTV report, the agencies book outbound tickets but cancel these after their clients arrive in Hong Kong. 

The agency staff even coached the reporter to avoid being caught by immigration officers. “Just be natural and they won’t stop you,” an agent was quoted as saying.

Ming Pao Daily reported Friday that the Hong Kong Immigration Department will refuse or repatriate mainland visitors who do not comply with immigration guidelines. In addition, visitors found to have offered counterfeit documents will be blacklisted.

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