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Reply #42 zglobal's post
Hey Mighty Duck.|
Thing is, HK people - those with HK ID cards, don't even need a visa to enter China so that really is a moot point.
If it is a foreigner living in HK - and many do I know, just on their entry visas (mine gives me three months stay every time and takes up a lot of useful space in my passport just to go to HK and be treated like a second-class citizen because I smoke) - then again, those foreigners are even in HK illegally. The entry visa they get when they arrive in HK is not a working visa, it is a tourist visa.
So HK people - those with HK ID, have nothing to worry about. Foreigners living in HK will, undoubtedly, have something to worry about.
But it is similar to the stringent policy shift in HK a few years ago in relation to people from the sub-continent. They would live and work illegally in HK for the duration of their tourist visa, then run across the border into Shenzhen for a few hours, and then cross back into HK to get another new 3-month or whatever duration visa and continue to work and live in HK illegally. Then, the HK government changed it to require (I believe anyway, clarification about the actual time length would need to come from someone from India or Pakistan or Bangladesh) - at least a 24 hour stay outside of HK before a new entry visa would be granted.
I agree it is going to be a problem for many, but this really isn't something that just happened overnight, unlike some have tried to state.
The formal announcement may have just been promulgated, but even the China Travel Service in HK stopped issuing 6 month multi-entry visas nearly a month ago. At least, when I went to HK in early April and went and checked, they told me then that 6-month multi-entries were suspended.
As Sun Yat Sen once said: "An individual should not have too much freedom. A nation should have absolute freedom."
Things have been coming to a head for some time. It has been many months since the ability to obtain 1-year multi-entry visas in HK was canceled.
Writing on the wall? Well, in hindsight it certainly seems so. But getting our collective feathers in a ruffled state accomplishes nothing. The new regulations are now in force and they are not going to quickly change - although I hope for some modifications for regular and long-time businessmen as I do agree that this is going to cause considerable losses both domestically and for international companies.
Still, there is just no way I can fault either the reasoning behind the changes or the changes themselves.
It may just be - as another has pointed out - a way to finally do what the govt. has been wanting to do for some time, and that is to strengthen both the visa regulations and the enforcement of the law in respect to violations.
We will just have to deal with it...and I'll have to deal with it next month.
By the way, I also heard from my usual travel agent in HK over the phone yesterday, that Cathay Pacific has already increased fares so they can take advantage of anyone having to return to their point of origin. All other airlines - at least those going "South and East" will probably also soon increase their fares - she says - to participate in what they think might be a windfall for them.