5.9m passengers expected to pass through various control points during Labour Day festivd period

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25th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Anticipated Heavy Passenger Traffic Expected during Labour Day Festive Period in Hong Kong

The Immigration Department (ImmD) has provided an estimate that approximately 5.9 million passengers, including both Hong Kong residents and visitors, will pass through Hong Kong’s sea, land, and air control points during the upcoming Labour Day festive period, which spans from April 30 to May 5. The ImmD, in consultation with the Shenzhen General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection, has further estimated that around 5.05 million passengers will utilize the land boundary control points. Specifically, on 1st May (Wednesday), the number of outbound and inbound passengers using the land boundary control points is expected to be relatively higher, with approximately 481,000 and 544,000 passengers, respectively.

The ImmD has specifically identified the Lo Wu Control Point, the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point as locations where heavy passenger traffic is expected. The daily average passenger forecast for these control points is approximately 203,000, 166,000, and 133,000, respectively.

To manage the anticipated heavy traffic during the festive period, the ImmD has minimized leave for frontline officers, ensuring the flexible deployment and operation of additional clearance counters and kiosks. Additionally, extra security guards will be deployed to provide crowd management support.

Furthermore, a joint command center will be established at the Lo Wu Control Point, involving the ImmD, the Police, the Customs and Excise Department, and the MTR Corporation Limited. This collaborative effort aims to make necessary arrangements and facilitate close communication with Mainland authorities, such as the Shenzhen General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection. Passenger conditions will be closely monitored, and appropriate traffic diversion plans will be implemented when deemed necessary to ensure a smooth flow of passenger traffic.

To avoid congestion and long waiting times for immigration clearance, the ImmD advises all land boundary passengers to plan their journeys in advance and avoid traveling during busy periods. They should also stay updated on traffic conditions at various control points through radio and TV broadcasts. The ImmD’s website, www.immd.gov.hk, provides information on the expected busy times at boundary control points. Additionally, passengers can check estimated waiting times at each land boundary control point anytime and anywhere using the Immigration Mobile Application (ImmD Mobile App). This app, available for free download from the Apple App Store (compatible with iOS version 11.0 or above), Google Play (compatible with Android version 8.0 or above), Huawei AppGallery (compatible with Android version 8.0 or above), and the APK file on the ImmD website, allows passengers to effectively plan their trips and save time by avoiding queues at control points. The ImmD Mobile App can be downloaded by scanning the QR code provided in the annex or through the ImmD website, www.immd.gov.hk. Furthermore, the Transport Department website at www.td.gov.hk offers information on public transport services to and from various control points.

For travelers heading to Mainland China, the ImmD reminds them to carry their proof of identity and valid travel documents for crossing the boundary. Hong Kong residents should also ensure the validity of their Home Visit Permits. Non-permanent residents must carry their valid smart identity card along with their Document of Identity for Visa Purposes or valid travel document.

Additionally, individuals holding an acknowledgement receipt due to reported loss or replacement of their Hong Kong identity card, as well as children under 11 years old who possess Hong Kong identity cards, should carry a valid travel document or Re-entry Permit.