New Restriction Forces Passengers out of Cars at Hong Kong Border

ShekouDaily   |   October 13, 2017

The days of comfortably crossing the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen in a car are coming to an end.

One of the most popular ways for foreigners in China to go between Hong Kong and Shenzhen has been by car. Shared vans were plentiful and could be hired on either side of the border, from the airport, or even via door-to-door service.

On Thursday October 12th, 2017; however, passengers crossing the Huanggang Border in Futian District of Shenzhen began complaining on social media that they were forced out of their cars and made to go through the customs and immigration check on foot.

Image Source: 【重要通知】本月12日起皇岗口岸过关需下车查验

We checked and yes… According to the “People’s Republic of China Exit and Entry Administration Law” and the relevant provisions of the requirements, as of October 12th, at the Huanggang border, passengers are no longer able to stay in their cars while going through the customs and immigration. This may add significant time to your border crossings so plan accordingly.

Image Source: 【重要通知】本月12日起皇岗口岸过关需下车查验

This now leaves Shenzhen Bay as the last remaining border, of four border crossings that allow cars to cross, to allow passengers to clear immigration without having to get out of their vehicles.

Hong Kong / Shenzhen Bay Border Crossing. Image Source: Hong Kong Immigration Department

Don’t expect this to last; however, as we were told that Shenzhen Bay will also follow suit in the future. No timeframe was given though so enjoy the ride while you can.

UPDATE: Effective December 1st, 2017, passengers traveling from Hong Kong to Shenzhen via the Shenzhen Bay Border Crossing are now also required to exit their vehicles. Click here for details.

Related: Now may be a good time to sign up for the e-Channel pass if you haven’t already.