Info-sharing to streamline exit-entry
New regulations are expected to make travel in country more convenient for foreigners
A nationwide platform for sharing and searching exit-entry information is being considered in China, according to the central government.
The platform aims to strengthen the coordination of governmental departments across the country relating to exit-entry affairs and to improve efficiency, according to a State Council report.
The report was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, for reviewover the weekend.
“Our exit-entry departments are increasing informationization, as information sharing among them is insufficient,” said Huang Ming, vice-minister of public security.
Currently, residents have to go to several different departments to submit documents if they want to go abroad, “which contributes to the asymmetric information sharing among exit-entry authorities”, Huang said.
The country plans to build the platform by asking the departments to join hands in sharing their data, he said.
“Meanwhile, an exit-entry integrated data application platform for public security is planned, and we’ll integrate data from authorities covering railway, civil aviation, tourism, foreign affairs, maritime and foreign specialists, aiming to effectively solve exit-entry issues,” Huang said.
In addition, the report stipulates that the country’s exitentry services for foreigners will be improved, while a series of regulations, including one related to the permanent residence of foreigners, are to be issued soon.
“Foreigners with permanent resid e n c e permits will be given an e-certificate that can better serve them when buying tickets for t ra in s , flights and ships, and make booking accommodation or dealing with financial insurance more convenient,” Huang said.
Ada Jen, aUnited States citizen and administrator at an international school in Beijing, said, “I’m glad to know that life will be made more convenient for Chinese greencard holders like me.
“It takes too long to buy a ticket at Beijing South Railway Station, and my permit could not be used when I wanted to stay at a hotel in Guangdong province.”
Roeland Aerts, a marketing executive from Belgium, said that he has never had an unpleasant experience with exit-entry bureaus in China, but added that some paperwork processes could be simplified or put online.
“Putting paperwork processes online would be more practical,” Aerts said.
“When my parents come to visit, besides preparing all the
Highlights of the government report being reviewed by theNPC StandingCommittee:
So far, China has signed visa-free agreements with 127 countries and reached 63 agreements on simplifying procedures with 39 countries.
The number of private passports has reached 120 million.
The number of destination countries for Chinese travelers has risen to 153. paperwork, they need to go the consulate to deposit the forms, which is about a four-hour drive from their home, which is impractical.”
The new exit-entry data platform should speed up related affairs and improve efficiency, he said.
In the past three years, exit-entry visits have seen a rapid increase. In 2015, there were 520 million visits; in the first six months of this year there were 270 million.
China, with visa sites in 87 ports, offers a 72-hour visa-free transit stay for some foreigners in 15 cities and also provides a 144-hour visa-free policy for some foreigners in certain areas in the country.
Huang Ming, vice-minister of public security