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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    I finally have mine now. Took about 6/7 weeks in the end (and I had scanned mine at home and done the whole application online)...

    Now to see when I get my next trip to HK

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    Users of this card (and also the APEC card) are now able to register for a self service eChannel system using a fingerprint for entry at HKG airport:

    The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - Immigration Department
    Visitors aged 18 or above who hold a valid HKSAR Travel Pass, APEC Business Travel Card with the economy code " HKG " or Hong Kong International Airport ( HKIA ) Frequent Visitor Card, and who have successfully enrolled with the Immigration Department of HKSAR, are now able to enjoy self-service immigration clearance at the Hong Kong International Airport.

    The enrolment office is located at the airport arrival hall. Enrolment is free of charge. The enrolment process includes recording of fingerprints, taking of a photograph, signing of an enrolment form and affixing a bar-code sticker to the travel document. For the purpose of enrolment, the visitor is required to present his valid HKSAR Travel Pass, APEC Business Travel Card or HKIA Frequent Visitor Card and his valid travel document and multiple visit visa (if applicable).

    To perform self-service immigration clearance, the visitor is required to place his travel document into the document reader of the Frequent Visitor e-Channel. When the reading process finishes, the visitor can enter the e-Channel for fingerprint verification (please see the "Simple guide to fingerprint verification" in the earlier section). After successful verification, a label containing the conditions of stay of the visitor will be printed upon arrival. (No label will be printed upon departure.) After collecting the label, the visitor can leave the e-Channel. The label is to be affixed to a blank space of the visas page of the travel document.

    If there is any change to the enrolled particulars, especially after the replacement of travel documents, visitors are reminded to approach the enrolment office to update the relevant information.

    The current HK FVC lane will still operate, so that's the alternative if you don't want to sign up. Perhaps they will extend this form of self service border entry to other entry points as well.

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal View Post
    Users of this card (and also the APEC card) are now able to register for a self service eChannel system using a fingerprint for entry at HKG airport
    Sound great - am off in Sept and will register ... A bit worried about Big Brother and all that, but I guess it is inevitable that all countries will eventually introduce fingerprint ID (like the US.)

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    Neat - I am there twice in the next month - but with mrssimongr who does not have the card so I can just register this time and use when I am back later in the year.
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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    I signed up for the eChannel (by having a HKFVC). Fairly quick process - drop into an office, present your card and passport, answer a few questions, sign a form, get a photo taken and your 2 index fingers scanned. A barcode is then stuck onto the back cover of your passport.

    You're then active within 5 mins on the system. I used my HKFVC to enter HK this time, but used the echannel on the way out.

    One benefit of the echannel is that you're not required to fill out any paperwork on entering or exiting through the airport. (note the echannel only operates at the airport, although they use similar systems at other places). I wonder how that will go when you exit through a different port such as Lo Wu or ferry terminal.

    You need to inform them if your HKFVC is replaced, or your passport etc is replaced. I believe if you lose your HKFVC access rights then you also lose echannel, but they were not clear on that requirement.

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal View Post
    I wonder how that will go when you exit through a different port such as Lo Wu or ferry terminal.
    I always go through the e-channel when entering Hkg and go Shenzhen through Lo Wu. I just fill in an Departure form as normal and when I come back into Hong Kong, I fill in an Arrival form. On exiting HKIA, I go through the e-channel. No problems thus far

    I have asked immigration there and was told that there will be e-channels available at other entry/exit points in the near future.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    I keep telling myself to get one of these but keep procrastinating. Now I can see what I'm missing out on.
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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    I really don't think it saves that much time.

    It does save a bit of time going into Hong Kong but when you leaving Hong Kong, the queue is mainly for security check and not for customs. But better than nothing I suppose.

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    Re: Hong Kong Frequent Visitors card

    When leaving HK I find the queue to be 6-8 deep at the foreigners counter and 0 deep at the HKIFV counter - not massive and I admit that the security is the slowest part but still nice to breeze through...
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    So much concrete so little time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacbm View Post
    I really don't think it saves that much time.

    It does save a bit of time going into Hong Kong but when you leaving Hong Kong, the queue is mainly for security check and not for customs. But better than nothing I suppose.
    It does get you into the security screening queue a little earlier.

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