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Why am I getting stopped at the border to Shenzhen so often?

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  1. #121

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauljoecoe
    Never in my life have I had a phone, lap top or ipad checked. I travel maybe 15 times a year. I have been to China 3 times and America maybe 12 times. I am 57 so thats a lot of travelling!
    I have read on other forums of Americans that travel from Thailand / Philippines / Cambodia etc that have had their phones and laptops checked by US customs, probably assumed they are Sexpats and trying to find under age photos etc, Im fine that they check for such things.

    You probaby dont fit that profile so thats a good thing

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    I've been to China dozens of time in the past few month and many of my co-workers and friends have been to China even more frequently. Have not heard of any phone checks.

    On the other hand the lines at the checkpoints are definitely a lot shorter now. If I am not worried about HK long term and impact to others, I'd want the protests to continue forever...


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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007
    I have read on other forums of Americans that travel from Thailand / Philippines / Cambodia etc that have had their phones and laptops checked by US customs, probably assumed they are Sexpats and trying to find under age photos etc, Im fine that they check for such things.

    You probaby dont fit that profile so thats a good thing

    Drugs also from some of those countries- the US pretty obsessed with at least appearing to be tough on drugs...
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    Phone check happened to me leaving Russia.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque
    What if you don't have any?

    I'm trying to imagine what happens then... they look at your phone, they see some pictures of the protest or posts about the protests, then what? What would they do with a foreigner living in Hong Kong?
    Might be worth your time to research / read up on what has been happening in this particular case in the US, over the last 24-48 hours.

    I am assuming (or hoping) at this point that they (immigration) have other data points to back them up - not just random social media posts by friends. Do keep in mind that when you apply to enter the US (and many other countries) you're asked for your social media logins / email addresses etc, before you're cleared to board a flight / given a visa.

    https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2...hman-deported/

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Might be worth your time to research / read up on what has been happening in this particular case in the US, over the last 24-48 hours.

    I am assuming (or hoping) at this point that they (immigration) have other data points to back them up - not just random social media posts by friends. Do keep in mind that when you apply to enter the US (and many other countries) you're asked for your social media logins / email addresses etc, before you're cleared to board a flight / given a visa.

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    WHOA! That is harsh- they looked at his Facebook FRIENDS' posts and found something objectionable in them. So now I have to check all my FRIENDS to see if they have posted anything negative about China? For me, this is not a problem, I have something like 20-30 friends, mostly family and some coworkers. But other people have hundreds of friends, how can you police what all your friends are posting? Super depressing to see the US is going to such lengths to deport an otherwise valid visa-holding student...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Do keep in mind that when you apply to enter the US (and many other countries) you're asked for your social media logins / email addresses etc, before you're cleared to board a flight / given a visa.
    You are only asked for the account names, not login details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat
    You are only asked for the account names, not login details.
    Sorry - I meant "handles" or whatever you use to login. Not passwords for sure.
    Last edited by shri; 28-08-2019 at 08:55 AM.
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    Nah, got stopped today @shenzhen Bay port for phone check. Pulled out my spare Nokia N8 which have 12MP camera & bla bla. It was funny to watch Chinese IMM how they trying to access google & etc. Symbian has no access to any HTTPS website! It was nice 20 min laughing in myself.

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    Happening in Australia too.

    // She told the ABC that two male Border Force officers singled her out, questioned her for half an hour, and went through photos on her phone and social media accounts. //

    http://amp.abc.net.au/article/11479008


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