So, it was reported yesterday that Chinese citizens no longer have to fill out entry forms upon returning to China, and that this move eliminates “a major bottleneck at airports and border crossings.” And we still can’t figure out how this will have any effect on the amount of time people, even Chinese citizens, wait in line at Pudong International Airport. One would assume Chinese citizens still have to present passports upon arrival, and that is what takes up the most time anyway. The forms just get thrown into a pile. And it’s not as though the filling out of the forms was causing any sort of delay, since most of them are filled out on the airplane. So we’re not sure what help this will be to anyone other than the people who had to do whatever it is they do with these forms after the fact (we always assumed they just got thrown into David Brent’s “special filing cabinet”). Maybe we’re missing something — could someone please enlighten us?
As we see it, the move definitely wouldn’t have any effect on foreign travelers. Regardless, any decrease in the bottleneck would just mean an increase in time spent waiting for luggage.
Image from China Herald.