BEIJING - Chinese citizens will no longer have to fill in entry forms when
they arrive in the country, state media said Wednesday, eliminating a major
bottleneck at airports and border crossings.
official Xinhua News Agency, quoting the Ministry of Public Security, said the
new procedure, which begins January 1, would also apply to residents of Taiwan
"All Chinese citizens including mainland residents, Taiwanese and overseas
Chinese will not be required to fill entry registration cards at border
checkpoints. This will greatly shorten the processing time," a spokesman from
the ministry was quoted as saying.
The forms were completed for more than 302 million entries and exits last
year made by 262 million Chinese citizens and 40 million foreigners, it said.
Long lines are common at the Chinese mainland's border crossings, especially for travelers
to Hong Kong and Macau. The country's rapidly expanding economy has created a
growing middle class which is starting to travel more, especially to Southeast