In this file photo, people line up at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint on Nov 24, 2022 to enter the Chinese mainland. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
Hong Kong and Macao home return permit holders will have their permits’ validity extended through the end of 2023 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exit and Entry Administration of the People’s Republic of China announced on Friday.
According to a statement, home return permits that expired between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 30, 2023, will remain valid until Dec 31 this year. The permit, also known as the Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents, is a travel document enabling Hong Kong and Macao special administrative region residents to enter the Chinese mainland.
The arrangement was made in view of the resumption of cross-boundary travel in February, which increased demand to renew permits from Hong Kong and Macao residents
The new policy will take effect on May 8.
After the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, some Hong Kong and Macao residents were unable to renew their permits before they expired.
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The arrangement was made in view of the resumption of cross-boundary travel in February, which increased demand to renew permits from Hong Kong and Macao residents.
Those holding permits that expired within the abovementioned time can still travel to the mainland and apply to renew their permits at the nearest exit and entry administration.
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Hong Kong and Macao residents who want to learn more about the matter, as well as renewing their travel documents or customs clearance, can call 12367 for details.
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