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Issue about e-channels in mainland

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    Issue about e-channels in mainland

    A bit about myself: I am a UK passport holder and I will be working in Hong Kong early March. I was born in Guangdong, China. My girlfriend is a Chinese national. I have already got a 2 year multi-entry China visa.

    What I know: I must apply for an HK ID once my work visa is granted and activated within a month (28 days?). Using the HK ID (non-permanent) card I can register e-channels.

    What I want to know: My original thought was that this means frequent travel from HK to GuangZhou will be possible using the e-channels. But after some confusing discussions on Baidu I read, I think using e-channels with HKID in HK (exit and entry) is ok but not in mainland. That means every time I travel I will get minimum two stamps on my UK passport. As you know getting a renewal from HK is a nightmare. So I want to know am I right about the e-channels? Are there any ways to get into Guangzhou without a stamp on UK passport based on my situation?

    Thanks for helping in advance!


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    Apply for a home return permit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maple1736:
    A bit about myself: I am a UK passport holder and I will be working in Hong Kong early March. I was born in Guangdong, China. My girlfriend is a Chinese national. I have already got a 2 year multi-entry China visa.

    What I know: I must apply for an HK ID once my work visa is granted and activated within a month (28 days?). Using the HK ID (non-permanent) card I can register e-channels.

    What I want to know: My original thought was that this means frequent travel from HK to GuangZhou will be possible using the e-channels. But after some confusing discussions on Baidu I read, I think using e-channels with HKID in HK (exit and entry) is ok but not in mainland. That means every time I travel I will get minimum two stamps on my UK passport. As you know getting a renewal from HK is a nightmare. So I want to know am I right about the e-channels? Are there any ways to get into Guangzhou without a stamp on UK passport based on my situation?

    Thanks for helping in advance!
    You will need to enter China in the foreigners lane with your UK passport . they will stamp you every entry and exit . You get 5entries and exits each passport page ie 10stamps fit on a page.so you can calculates exactly how many trips your passport will last before it's full . Aussie have a thicker frequent traveller passport option :don't know about UK

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    You can apply for a second UK passport. I've had one in the past. That way you are not without one when sending off for renewals etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by emx:
    Apply for a home return permit?
    I thought that's for HK permanent ID holders? Can I apply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    You can apply for a second UK passport. I've had one in the past. That way you are not without one when sending off for renewals etc.
    Applying a second UK passport requires that letter from a senior ranked staff in my company which is a bit complex. Also, the reason for frequent travel is personal so I double that I can get a letter like this... Bud anyway thanks for the suggestion.

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    Did you formally renounced your Chinese citizenship?


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    Officially, no. But my original Chineses Passport (before becoming UK citizen) is already expired. It won't be possible to renewal it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maple1736:
    Applying a second UK passport requires that letter from a senior ranked staff in my company which is a bit complex. Also, the reason for frequent travel is personal so I double that I can get a letter like this... Bud anyway thanks for the suggestion.
    My understanding is that you can get it if you can "show a need". Once you have been travelling for a few weeks, you will have pages of stamps. A copy of these should be a perfectly acceptable "need".