Hong Kong travel sector is going to get benefits. More than 170 flights operate weekly between the two places, with a million Korean residents visiting Hong Kong yearly, while 360,000 Hong Kong residents head in the opposite direction each year.
The two places signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the use of automated immigration clearance services on July 30, and the enrollment criteria and procedures have been established, Principal Immigration Officer (Information Systems) Production Lok Wai-man said in a briefing this morning.
Hong Kong passport holders aged 17 or above who are eligible to use the Hong Kong e-Channel can perform pre-enrollment online for the Korean automated service here. If successful, they can print out a notification slip and take it and their passport – which should be valid for at least six months – to an enrollment centre in Korea to complete the registration.
Using the Korean automated service takes about 16 seconds in contrast to the non-automated service, which takes about 60 seconds, Mr Lok said.
The mutual use of automated immigration clearance services will allow greater travel convenience for passport holders from both places, Mr Lok said, and enhance trade, business and tourism links between Hong Kong and Korea.
December 12, 2013