China’s senior official concludes inspection visit to Hong Kong, focusing on traveller clearance services

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Photo shows Mr Xia (centre), accompanied by the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee (second right), visiting the Shenzhen Bay Control Point to inspect the operation and traveller clearance services at the control point.

28th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) Mr. Xia Baolong, the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, concluded his visit to Hong Kong today after a thorough inspection spanning seven days.

During his final day in Hong Kong, Mr. Xia, accompanied by Chief Executive Mr. John Lee and other key officials, visited the Shenzhen Bay Control Point to assess the operations and traveler clearance services. The visit aimed to gain insights into the passenger clearance arrangements implemented during the Lunar New Year holidays, when round-the-clock services were provided. Ms. Louise Ho, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, and Mr. Tai Chi-yuen, the Acting Director of Immigration, briefed Mr. Xia on the immigration and customs clearance procedures at the Passenger Terminal Building. He also received detailed information on the strategies implemented by relevant departments to manage passenger flows effectively during peak hours, festive periods, and holidays, ensuring a seamless and secure border crossing experience for travelers.

Having completed his inspection of the control point’s operations, Mr. Xia bid farewell to Hong Kong, concluding his productive visit. Throughout his stay, he emphasized the importance of maintaining smooth and efficient traveler clearance services, highlighting the need for order and safety.

This inspection visit by Mr. Xia, a senior official representing the Chinese government, underscores the ongoing commitment to ensuring the effective functioning of Hong Kong’s control points and promoting seamless travel for residents and visitors alike. As Hong Kong remains a crucial gateway between mainland China and the global community, continuous efforts are being made to enhance operational efficiency and provide a secure and convenient travel experience.