NIA Requires All Border Inspection Authorities Across China to Spare No Effort to Ensure Efficient Customs Clearance at Ports during Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day
Ports of entry throughout China are bracing for a significant surge in inbound and outbound travels as the country prepares to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day alongside the ongoing 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, the resumption of international flights, and visa-free entry policies for a number of different countries and regions. The National Immigration Administration (NIA) predicts that the average number of trips moving in and out of the country will reach 1.58 million per day, indicating an increase of three times over the same period of last year and accounting for 90 percent of the same period in 2019. The peak periods of inbound and outbound travels are expected to be witnessed at the beginning (September 28 to 29) and end (October 5 to 6) phases of the holiday period. Major international airports have already begun to experience a steady rise in the number of passengers, with the average daily number clearing customs at Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport expected to reach 27,000, 70,000, and 38,000 respectively. The number of inbound and outbound tourists traveling through land ports near Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR will continue to grow, with the number of tourists clearing customs each day at Gongbei Port in Zhuhai projected to reach 320,000, while the figures at Luohu Port and Futian Port in Shenzhen are projected to hit 190,000 and 180,000 respectively.
NIA has recently implemented specific measures aimed at ensuring smooth customs clearances during the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays. All border inspection authorities in China are required to carry out scientific predictions of passenger flow and promptly release the corresponding statistics of respective ports of entry, thereby providing travelers with the information necessary to plan their trips. Border inspection authorities will also be ensuring sufficient staffing and inspection channels available as needed and organizing their work systematically to ensure the waiting time of clearance for each Chinese citizen doesn't exceed 30 minutes and all port operations are safe, smooth, and well-organized.
NIA would like to remind travelers to be mindful of passenger flows and customs clearance procedures at border crossings before setting out and advise all those intending to travel to examine the validities of their exit-entry documents and visas carefully, acquaint themselves in advance with the safety and security situations and entry policies of their destinations, plan their itineraries reasonably, and prioritize personal safety and that of their property. For any difficulties that may arise during customs clearance, travelers can contact NIA at the 12367 service hotline or seek assistance from immigration police officers on duty.