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Hong Kong to Tighten Tour Guide Rules after Mega Bridge Opens

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Hong Kong to Tighten Tour Guide Rules after Mega Bridge OpensHong Kong is making quick progress in setting up stiffer restrictions for tour guides. This move became inevitable after holidaymakers, believed to be led by illegal agents from mainland China flooded Tung Chung.

In recent times, Lantau Island (a usually quiet town) has been heavily swamped by tourists. This development has been linked directly to the opening of a mega-bridge – Cross Border Bridge to Zhuhai and Macau. Henceforth, after bill passing in consideration before the city’s legislature, it will be a criminal offense for any guide to operate without license because some guides have been accused of breaching employment laws which do not allow mainlanders to work in Hong Kong.

Over the past two weeks, serious tensions were observed between the locals and visitors as thousands of people from mainland flooded Tung Chung after crossing the new bridge. Scenes like this were also witnessed in the past by other border towns. In fact, arrests were made when a clash broke out during a protest by locals.

The executive director of Hong Kong’s Travel Industry Council, Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee said only 100 mainland group tours (comprising about 3,000 tourists) registered with local agents to operate in Hong Kong last Sunday. This happened to be 6% of the total number of tourists that crossed the bridge on the same day.

Rule Of Engagement for Tour Guides

Existing laws do not allow any non-locals to provide services that have to do with accommodation arrangement, sightseeing or transportation without a licensed Hong Kong tour agent.

Any tour agent from the mainland that is only involved in the arrangement of cross-border transport without interfering with travellers’ itinerary does not need to apply for a license.

Operators have been demanded to follow laws in Hong Kong as illegal mainland tourists have become a great concern according to the Department of Culture and Tourism in Guangdong Province.

The Travel Industry Bill will be pushed to get a second reading before the year runs out according to the Hong Kong Tourism Commission.

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4 Reasons Why You Need To Study Abroad

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Big shot employers across the globe are looking for diversified talent. This is a good time you decide if you want to study abroad. Getting an international degree will definitely boost your resume. And if you’ve worked part time along with it, then it will be even better. If studying abroad is meant for you or not is a very personal topic.

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But if you are someone who wants to study abroad, then there are four good reasons why you should:

  1. You are very independent

If you are adventurous and enjoy independence, then you better pack up and head over to an university in abroad. You need to be open to cultural shocks and feeling homesick. You have to also be open to new ideas and opportunities.


  1.  You want to work for an international company

Studying abroad will help your resume stand apart from the rest. And if you want to work for an international company, study abroad has become a must. There is nothing wrong in it. Employers appreciate the efforts you would’ve taken to leave your family and study in a foreign country.


  1. Find an adviser you want to work with

Apart from finding a good university with a desired curriculum, you will also find an adviser you will want to work with for a long time. It will help especially when you want to go ahead and do a doctorate.


  1. You know it won’t be easy

Keeping a practical approach will help you a long way. It is not going to be easy. There will be more bad times than good. But if you believe it is going to be good in the end, you will stick to it.


Be careful before making a decision. Do not over romanticize your life abroad. Nothing comes easy, you have to be patient.

Hong Kong Launches Self Service Departure At HK International Airport

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Balancing border checks and traveller inconvenience is a challenging task. Fortunately, the technological advances can make it easier and efficient. And that is exactly what the government of Honk Kong Special Administrative Region is doing. On Monday, it announced the launch of the Hong Kong Smart Departure System for all visitors to Hong Kong on October 10.

In this system, visitors will have their identity verified by a facial recognition device and software. They will need to check in at the arrival clearance counters to have their photos taken. This data is then stored for further verification when departing. According to officials, this procedure will take about 20 seconds.

When the visitors need to depart, their identities will be verified automatically and they can use the self-service departure facility. This will make the process fast and convenient. It will also lessen the burden on immigration control authorities at the airports.

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The visitors need to be 11 years of age or older and possess electronic travel documents to avail of this service. These visitors will be provided with landing slips to be filled out, which will have the Smart Departure logo on them. However, the documents need to comply with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organizations) stipulations. Countries or regions who wish to employ this smart departure system need not be enrolled in the Smart Departure e-channels. They may do so at their ports with their own discretion.

The immigration department will also have cameras at arrival clearance counters to take instant photographs of the visitors. The facial recognition software will then compare these photos with the original ones on their travel documents like passports.

This is the initial phase, and the government is introducing this system at the Hong Kong International System. A multi-phase rollout can be expected at other airports and entry points as and when the Hong Kong government has planned.

Hong Kong Confronts Its Own Transient And Refugee Crisis

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Hong Kong confronts its own transient and refugee crisisHong Kong manages its own particular transient issues. The city confronts vagrant issues of its own with cases from haven seekers having dramatically multiplied in the last two years as per the Hong Kong Immigration news. The quantity of stateless kids destined to be exiles is developing in Hong Kong, where applications and requests from refuge seekers have dramatically multiplied in the most recent two years, causing a crisis.

While Europe is dealing with its own variant of refugee crisis, with a flood of individuals seeking to escape the ongoing civil war in Syria and seeking shelter in Europe, haven seekers from other Asian countries, for example, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan and Africa as well, are rushing to Hong Kong, seeking to relocate there.  In any case, NGO’s and human right activists blame the rising numbers on the authorities dawdling over applications and endorsing the same.  Hong Kong has endorsed only 1% out of the 8500 applications they had received, following 2009. Currently, there are more than twelve thousand immigrants, seeking haven in Hong Kong and have been waiting for more than fifteen years, for endorsement from the Government.

Given the current spiraling numbers, the number of stateless citizens and refugee seekers to local citizens has been increasing disproportionately for the last few years. While the current government in Hong Kong is trying to grapple with their vagrant problem, the fact is that the government does have a provision for clothing and feeding these transients and refugees but it nevertheless poses a huge burden on government. As it stands, the legislature in Hong Kong also ensures that children of these stateless citizens are educated by providing them with a partial scholarship. But since one cannot obtain a work permit as a stateless citizen, a transient cannot afford to pay the remainder of the school fees therefore most of their children go uneducated.

The UN was extremely sarcastic of Hong Kong’s actions in preventing refugees and other transients from working and pointing out the obvious that this is one of the reason why a few of them turn to petty crimes. Irrespective of the fact that Hong Kong did overhaul its refugee screening system, the fact is that it is only lead to more applicants for residency status and slow processing of the applications is only further compounding what was already a bad situation. Unless Hong Kong can find a way to resolve this issue soon, within the framework of their constitution, the situation is bound to have a long term impact. As it stands, the current crisis has already led to Hong Kong implementing a few changes with regard to their immigration policy.

Hong Kong plans to Double 2015 Quotas for its Working Holiday Visa Program

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The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong has just concluded an agreement with the French government to expand the quota from last year for the Working Holiday program (WHS) from 200 to 400; an outcome that’s eagerly awaited by both Hong Kong citizens and French citizens alike.

Mr. Matthew Cheung kin Chung, The secretary for work and welfare in HK, has expressed that since its inception in 2013, the WHS between France and Hong Kong has given young people from both sides an opportunity, to expand their perception about each other. This program has enabled young professionals, both in France and Hong Kong to learn about each other’s culture while contributing to the local economy as they work and live in the host country for certain duration as part of the WHS program. Given the reception that WHS program has gotten from Hong Kong residents so far, it has been expanded and the government plans to extend the same to include other age groups, and even incorporate an exchange visa program of sorts.

Hong Kong’s teen and professionals between the ages of eighteen and thirty can apply for visa under the Working Holiday program and on successfully obtaining one they can visit France for a short duration for work and vacation. While the current program is open to all Hong Kong residents with HKSAR passport and or have a British overseas passport, they cannot apply for this visa if they had utilized the program earlier on. In other words, as residents they can apply for the WHS program only if they are applying for the same, for the first time and have not traveled to France.

The successful candidate, on getting his visa, can live in France up to 12 months and similarly, French citizens with valid passport can reside in Hong Kong for the same duration during which they can both work and study for pre-approved certified courses. Applicants must provide valid documentation when applying for the working vacation visa program. Most applicants are required to provide a detailed background, along with bank statements and a letter of intent along with copies of their HSKAR passport, Hong Kong ID card, along with two photos of themselves. They are also required to pre-book their airline tickets, including the return ticket or a statement indicating their intent to purchase a return ticket at a said date.

The HKSAR government has set up joint WHS programs with France initially and now the program has been expanded to include other nations like Germany, Korea, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Ireland – to name a few.  Since 2001, more than Five thousand young Hong Kong residents have joined the WHS.

HKRAS ensures that its citizens are educated about the process, the terms and conditions of their visa, and that they are required to respect the laws of the host country during their course of stay there.

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