Hong Kong to Increase the Number of E-channels
Hong Kong is planning it increase the number of e-channels from the existing 21 channels to 85 channels just before June, the e-channels are for mainland travelers tat have already completed a registration procedure and is open to travelers that holds a multi entry visa to Hong Kong and have been to Hong Kong at least three times in 12 months before the registration.
Mainland travelers can now access the eight entry e-channels and five exit e-channels found at the Lo Wu control point. They can now also access the five entry e-channels and three exit e-channels at the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line control point. Aside from the Lo WU and Lok Ma Chau control points e-channels will be placed in airports, China Ferry Terminal and Shenzhen Bay control points.
E-channel registration at the control points have different levels of efficiency, at two control points alone only have a small number of registration counters, and staff can only handle around 10 registrations an hour. Compared to the registration counters at Lo Wu control point that doing well despite the heavy flow of travelers.
There are 21 counters at six control points that deals with e-channel registration that handles 2,000 registrations. The number of mainland travelers that uses the e-channels averages 30,000 or 6 percent of total border crossings. By expanding the Hong Kong e-channels this would greatly reduce pressure on immigration inspection.