Beginning May 15th, 2023, China will once again implement fast-lane services for a range of travelers entering and exiting the mainland, with the goal of accelerating border inspections and simplifying travel across regions. This initiative is anticipated to bolster the economy and fully restore the fast-lane services previously available prior to the pandemic.
Eligible travelers include Chinese citizens with passports or special permits for travel to Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan; Mainland tour groups planning to visit Hong Kong and Macao, as well as mainland visa applicants intending to visit relatives, work, study, or handle specific matters in the two regions, will also be permitted to apply for visas at any domestic exit and entry administration center.
Foreigners who possess valid passports and China-issued foreign permanent resident ID cards, as well as those who hold electronic passports and residence permits valid for over six months, can also access to the fast-lane services.
The National Immigration Administration issued a circular announcing the adjustments to immigration policies. These adjustments are expected to benefit people not employed where they have registered residence and will significantly ease the visa application process for tourists to Hong Kong and Macao. With more flexible immigration policies, tailored package products are expected to emerge, providing greater convenience for tourists.
Uplifting China’s Foreign Investment Prospects
The resumption of fast-lane services for cross-border travel is anticipated to boost foreign investment in China by simplifying border inspections and facilitating entry and exit for diverse travelers, thus creating a more inviting atmosphere for foreign investors and professionals.
With the further relaxation of border restrictions following the pandemic, cross-border movement is anticipated to be increased, which in turn will benefit the growth of international business activities and strengthen international collaboration in various sectors.
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