Travelers wearing face masks with their luggage head to the immigration counter at the departure hall at Lok Ma Chau station following the reopening of cross-boundary tarvel between the HKSAR and the Chinese mainland on Jan 8, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)
HONG KONG – More than 140,000 travelers arrived in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Monday as full quarantine-free travel resumed between the SAR and the Chinese mainland.
According to the website of the HKSAR Immigration Department, the city logged 142,086 arrivals while 142,105 departures were recorded.
The arrivals included 108,899 Hong Kong residents, 23,587 mainland visitors, and 9,600 other visitors. The departures involved 111,274 Hong Kong residents, 21,880 mainland visitors and 8,951 other visitors.
The SAR and the mainland resumed full cross-boundary travel on Monday for the first time in three years, with daily cross-border travel quotas and COVID-19 testing requirements dropped and all the checkpoints reopened. Vaccine requirements for overseas arrivals have also been lifted
The SAR and the mainland resumed full cross-boundary travel on Monday for the first time in three years, with daily cross-border travel quotas and COVID-19 testing requirements dropped and all the checkpoints reopened. Vaccine requirements for overseas arrivals have also been lifted.
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At the Lo Wu control point, 30,319 arrivals were recorded, including 26,392 Hong Kong residents, 3,865 mainland visitors, and 62 other visitors. The checkpoint had 33,656 departures involving 29,686 Hong Kong residents, 3,828 mainland visitors, and 142 other visitors.
The Hong Kong International Airport had 28,508 arrivals that included 17,408 Hong Kong residents, 4,946 mainland visitors, and 6,154 other arrivals. It also recorded 14,145 Hong Kong residents, 3,686 mainland visitors, and 4,586 other visitors leaving the SAR.
At the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, 25,813 arrivals were recorded including 21,464 Hong Kong residents, 4,269 mainland visitors, and 80 other visitors. The checkpoint had 27,886 departures involving 23,312 Hong Kong residents, 4,419 mainland visitors, and 155 other visitors.
The control point at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge had 16,909 arrivals, which comprised 13,709 Hong Kong residents, 1,087 mainland visitors, and 2,133 other visitors. There were also 15,795 departures that involved 12,584 Hong Kong residents, 901 mainland visitors, and 2,310 other visitors.
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At the Shenzhen Bay immigration control point, 14,386 arrivals were reported. They comprised 10,622 Hong Kong residents, 3,605 mainland visitors, and 159 other visitors. The checkpoint logged 15,367 departures that included 11,203 Hong Kong residents, 3,640 mainland visitors, and 524 other visitors.
According to the immigration website, the Macau Ferry Terminal had 5,414 arrivals and 5,475 departures, Man Kam To had 1,525 arrivals and 1,301 departures, while the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui had 805 arrivals and 842 departures.