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Philippine visitor to Hong Kong denied entry on return from Macau

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 May, 2018, 9:46am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 May, 2018, 9:46am

Recently, we brought a cousin of my wife from the Philippines to stay with us in Hong Kong to help take care of our daughter’s morning routine before school while I was out of town.

My wife and I are both permanent residents and have on several occasions brought in relatives of my wife’s when we needed them for a short period.

But when my wife and her cousin, who was a Hong Kong resident for several years in the early 2000s, decided to leave for a day just to shop and chill, it turned out to be a nightmare.

They went to Macau and had a good time. However, upon their return to Hong Kong, the officer in charge at the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier – for some unknown reason – took my wife’s cousin into an interrogating room and later claimed that she was not entitled to enter Hong Kong, even though she had a valid and confirmed return ticket to the Philippines the day after the trip to Macau.

My wife called me and I went to the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier to validate everything to the officer in charge. However, he didn’t change his mind. The cousin was escorted by two officers onto the Macau ferry and she didn’t get her passport until arrival in Macau.

This should serve as a warning to tourists who have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong but want to go outside the SAR for a short trip.

Jan Hokerberg, Tuen Mun