Date
24 November 2017
Shenzhen residents already enjoy some of the most convenient procedures for traveling to Hong Kong. 
Photo: Xinhua
Shenzhen residents already enjoy some of the most convenient procedures for traveling to Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

Surge in mainland visitors unlikely despite new rules: Xinhua

Many mainlanders will find it easier under new police regulations to obtain permission to travel to Hong Kong.

The central government has approved a proposal to overhaul the country’s police force.

Among the more than 100 changes, the right to approve immigration documents is being delegated to police departments at the county level, Ming Pao Daily said, citing a Xinhua report.

Sources familiar with mainland border operations told Xinhua the move is aimed at making it more convenient for travelers and that the number of visitors to Hong Kong will not surge over the short term.

While details of the changes have not been revealed, sources from Shenzhen said many of the new procedures are already in place. Electronic entry permits to Hong Kong and Macau have been introduced in Guangdong and several major cities.

The sources said Shenzhen residents traveling across the border will be unlikely to benefit from the changes, as the existing arrangements for them are already as convenient as possible.

An application to travel to Hong Kong or Macau still requires approval from police in the traveler’s city but can now be processed by the lower-level county police.

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