While China is beginning to open up with more relaxed residence and entry policies, it’s still not about to let its guard down, announcing that soon all foreigners who enter the country will be fingerprinted.
The new system will first be introduced at the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport on Friday. All foreigners, aged between 14-70, will be required to leave their fingerprints before being allowed to enter China. Along with the young and old, those with diplomatic passports will also be exempt from this procedure.
Once the trial stage is completed in Shenzhen, the system will gradually be rolled out across the country by the end of the year, the Ministry of Public Security said.
China joins a growing number of countries around the globe such as the United States, Japan and South Korea that already fingerprint foreign nationals.
The ministry assured that the new system will be efficient, so that it does not result in unnecessary delays.
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