13th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) Today, February 13th, marks the final day of the Lunar New Year holiday, and authorities anticipate a peak influx of arrivals. According to the Immigration Department, as of 10am this morning, over 140,000 individuals have entered or exited through various ports, with 79,100 people arriving and 64,300 departing. Among the different ports, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge recorded the highest number of arrivals, with more than 17,000 people, including over 12,000 Hong Kong residents. Following closely behind are the Luohu and Lok Ma Chau ports.
On 12th February, known as the third day of the Lunar New Year, the Immigration Department reported that over 1.14 million individuals entered or exited through various ports throughout the day. Among them, more than 576,000 people arrived, while 567,000 departed. The highest number of departures occurred at the Lo Wu port, with over 106,000 individuals, followed by the Lok Ma Chau spur line and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, recording 103,000 and 94,000 departures respectively. Additionally, more than 50,000 people departed from Hong Kong through the Shenzhen Bay and West Kowloon high-speed rail ports.
Regarding arrivals on the same day, over 576,000 individuals entered Hong Kong through various control points, including 185,000 mainland Chinese visitors. The highest number of arrivals was recorded at the Lo Wu port, with 117,000 individuals, followed by Lok Ma Chau and Shenzhen Bay ports, with 102,000 and 75,000 arrivals respectively.
As the Lunar New Year holiday concludes, the influx of arrivals and departures has intensified, leading to an increased workload for immigration authorities. The surge in travel is attributed to people returning to Hong Kong after spending the festive period with family and friends in mainland China or other destinations. The Immigration Department has made efforts to streamline the immigration processes and ensure the smooth transition of travellers.