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Philippines refuses to stamp Chinese passports

A page from a Chinese passport shows a Chinese map which demarcates the South China Sea inside a 'nine-dash line'  as part of the Chinese territory. Photo: AP

The Philippines said on Wednesday it would refuse to stamp Chinese passports containing a map showing most of the China South Sea as belonging to China.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 7:09pm

India stamps map on visas for Chinese

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid. Photo: AFP

India is stamping its map on visas given to Chinese visitors, an Indian official said yesterday, after Beijing began issuing passports showing disputed territories - including two in India - as its own.

"We have started issuing visas with India's map as we know it," said a Foreign Ministry official who did not wish to be named.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am 3 comments

Cuba drops exit permit requirement

Cubans will no longer require exit permits. Photo: AFP

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.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

New online service for SAR passports expected to attract 25pc of applications

Immigration chiefs expect a quarter of applications for SAR passports to be submitted through the internet after an online service begins today.

The new facility will initially be available only to people older than 18, but it may be extended to all age groups within a year.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Malaysian jailed for possessing forged immigration stamps

Updated at 6.47pm: A Malaysian visitor to Hong Kong was sentenced to 15 months' in jail on Tuesday for possessing forged immigration stamp dies.

The 26-year-old man, Chong Yong Nam, pleaded guilty at the Sha Tin Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to a count of possessing false instruments and was jailed on the charge.

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

British consulate urges BNO renewals

The passports can be updated even if expired, but they don't come cheap

Many British National (Overseas) passport holders are unaware they can renew their expired travel documents, according to a new campaign by the British consulate.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

US citizens face 12-day passport delay

A new passport-issuing policy started by the American consulate general could leave people without a travel document for up to 12 days.

US passport holders wanting to renew or replace their passports have to wait for courier post to deliver them, instead of picking them up at the consulate.

17 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Undercover officers sell passports in immigration sting

As part of an undercover operation, immigration officers sold their own passports to syndicates that make as much as $30 million a year by reselling them to international snakeheads.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Crackdown at airport to trap fake passport holders

The Immigration Department has increased its investigation manpower at Chek Lap Kok airport by 50 per cent to catch travellers heading for places like Japan, the United States and Britain using fake travel documents.

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

US changes its rules for visa-free visitors

Travellers from countries normally granted visa-free entry to the United States will have to get visas if their passports do not have a bar code that can be read by a machine.

Holders of Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passports will not be affected, as they are required to obtain visas to travel to the United States.

8 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Spread-eagled in Seattle

To the letters about what is in store for visitors flying into San Francisco and New York, may I add Seattle airport to the list.

11 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

'Forgery-proof' SAR passports issued

New SAR passports with advanced security features will be issued from today even though few fake passports have been seized over the past five years.

The Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, unveiling the new passport yesterday, said it was almost impossible for the new passports to be forged and hoped they would become the world standard.

1 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Mainlanders jailed over fake passports

Two mainlanders were jailed yesterday for trying to use forged SAR passports to go to France via Hong Kong. Zhang Liangshuang, 17, and Fang Zhidong, 22, were sentenced to four months and six months' jail respectively at Kwun Tong Magistracy.

13 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Free holiday ends in court

Decoration worker Cheng Ho-chi, 30, who was offered a free holiday and $5,000 cash for bringing fake passports from Thailand, pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing forged travel documents. District Court judge Fergal Sweeney adjourned sentencing until February 27.

7 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Laminated passports planned to prevent damage to codes

Partly laminated SAR passports could be issued in the middle of next year to prevent security codes being damaged, according to Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am