Technicians or managers working for provincial firms can apply to visit HK The Guangdong public security bureau has announced a further extension of individual travel to Hong Kong and Macau. It will now accept applications for individual travel from people from other provinces. The applicants must be employed as managers or technicians by Guangdong-based companies and have lived in Guangdong for at least six months. Until now, the lifting of curbs on individual travel has been limited to Beijing, Shanghai, and eight cities in Guangdong. It is not known how many people stand to benefit from the reduction. Would-be tourists can also now apply for travel documents online or over the phone, rather than having to queue up at a public security bureau office. The measures are among 23 announced this month by the Guangdong authorities to make people's lives easier. Of the 23, the most significant is one that allows children to adopt the residency permit, or hukou, of either parent. In the past, where children can live and work has been governed by the residency permits of their mothers, who have tended to stay behind in small towns and villages while their fathers work in the cities. Guangdong police are keen to stress the steps being taken to ensure the rise in individual travel to Hong Kong does not bring a rise in crime. The province's deputy police chief said yesterday that a special communication channel with Hong Kong police, set up to cope with the flood of travellers during this month's 'golden week' holiday, would be activated during other peak periods for travel. 'Tell people to set their minds at ease. There is absolutely no problem,' Zheng Shaodong said. The Guangdong Public Security Bureau has received 36,000 applications for individual travel to Hong Kong since restrictions on independent travel were relaxed on July 28. Of these, only 30 were turned down. Hong Kong media have reported a rise in cases of prostitution since the easing of mainland travel restrictions. Mr Zeng acknowledged prostitution had increased, but said the ratio of prostitutes was low in proportion to the number of visitors. 'We will increase [surveillance] in future. We can be stricter in issuing visit permits,' he said.