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China’s Ministry of Public Security shared last week that it has started taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors. The measure has been described as an important step in managing entries and exits into the nation as it ramps up its border security.
The security measures were implemented at Shenzhen airport (SZX) last Friday (February 10) and will affect all foreign tourists visiting China aged 14-70. The new policy will soon be rolled out to other points of entry. Though China’s just begun to collect biometric information upon entry, fingerprinting foreign tourists is not entirely unusual — Argentina, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the US and other nations employ this practice.
As a reminder, if you’re planning to visit China (or any other country that requires a visa), TPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa to simplify what can be a complex process. Mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.
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