The Cuban government's bombshell decision to drop the widely hated exit permits required for citizens travelling abroad has unleashed "euphoria" on the island as well as concerns abroad over a possible mass exodus.Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:37am
Demand for BN(O) passports in Hong Kong has plummeted since around the handover, with few residents choosing to renew them.
Before April 1997, the Immigration Department issued 3.4 million British National (Overseas) passports. But last year, just 31,000 people chose to renew, the British consulate said.9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Since October 28, Nepalese visitors and dependant Hong Kong identity card holders have had to apply for a re-entry visa before arriving in the Hong Kong SAR. This is very unfair.
There are more than 50,000 Nepalese in Hong Kong who hold permanent resident status in Hong Kong.
Only a fraction of them were involved in forging documents and making fictitious claims.21 Dec 1998 - 12:00am
The rush continued yesterday for Special Administrative Region passport application forms.
Day Two saw an estimated 140,000 people - about 40,000 more than on Tuesday - collect forms from immigration offices, post offices and district offices.12 Jun 1997 - 12:00am
A DRIVE by the Immigration Department has failed to encourage people to collect their British National (Overseas) passports, as thousands lie unclaimed.
Tens of thousands of people who applied for the passport have not bothered to collect the document, which gives them visa-free access to 81 countries but no right of abode in Britain.1 Mar 1996 - 12:00am
CONSULATES say yesterday's agreement ensures the passport will be internationally acceptable. No decisions made on whether visas will be required.United States: 'The agreement is a step forward in the 1997 transition.' The arrangements provide confidence in the integrity of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport.11 Jan 1996 - 12:00am
I AM sure that compared to other immigration departments, Hong Kong's Immigration Department is the busiest in the world.
Millions of travellers come here every day; many visit Shenzhen via Lowu border point.
The workload for immigration officers at Lowu is very heavy.
In general, two kinds of people cross over to China at Lowu.2 Mar 1995 - 12:00am
MACAU residents with Portuguese passports will not need visas to enter Hong Kong from Monday if they are staying for less than seven days.17 Nov 1994 - 12:00am
IMMIGRATION Department officers have been handing genuine passports to imposters, opening the door for criminals to collect, use and sell other people's valued travel documents.
Lax security over the thousands of passports received by the Government for visa endorsements every week has been revealed in the heart of the Immigration Department in Wan Chai.18 Jul 1994 - 12:00am
I CAME to Hong Kong on Monday to collect my new British passport from immigration and I returned to Macau on the midnight jetfoil.
Since the passport was brand new my Hong Kong ''EXIT'' stamp was the first to be put inside it.12 May 1994 - 12:00am
I REFER to Lionel Houghton's letter headlined ''Passport disgrace'' (Sunday Morning Post, July 18).
The phased British National (Overseas) - or BN(O) - registration programme is not an attempt to deny British passports to Hong Kong British subjects.5 Sep 1993 - 12:00am