The existing quota allowing 150 mainland residents to enter Hong Kong each day will not be relaxed after the handover, a Chinese Public Security Ministry official said. In an interview with China Daily published yesterday, Zhu Jianmin, chief of the Hong Kong and Macau Division of the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau, said it would be wrong to think going to Hong Kong would be as easy as going to Shenzhen after June 30. The system of quota authorisation would continue and the current quota of 150, acceptable to Hong Kong, would be strictly implemented, Mr Zhu said. The official added that existing regulations and practices for mainland residents entering Hong Kong would also remain unchanged. Mainland residents planning trips for private reasons including visiting relatives, sightseeing, settling down and doing business, must submit applications to local exit-entry administration departments for permits. Mr Zhu said the border between Hong Kong and the mainland would cease to exist after the handover but an administrative line would remain with Customs offices on both sides. Mainland illegal immigrants or overstayers would be repatriated as now. As for sightseeing, only the three authorised travel agencies would be allowed to organise tours for mainland residents.