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21 Additional E-channels Put into Use at PVG on New Year’s Day

01-16-2018

On Jan. 1, 2018, Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection (SGSII) launched an additional batch of 21 automated border control lanes ( E-channels) at Pudong Airport. This has taken place a month after Dec. 1, 2017, when a total of 26 E-channels were put into use at both Pudong and Hongqiao Airports. It might well be viewed as a New Year Gift from SGSII to facilitate smooth clearance at the borders in Shanghai.



So far, a total of 113 E-channels have been erected at airports in Shanghai. Among all the E-channels, 50 arrival E-channels and 38 departure ones are founded in Pudong International Airport, 16 arrival E-channels and 9 departure ones in Hongqiao International Airport.



With the facilitative measures adopted by border control authorities gaining more popularity, more passengers choose E-channels for fast clearance experience. According to statistics, the annual number of exits and entries by E-channels in 2017 stands at 4.03 million, a drastic surge by 80% than previous year, among which, around 4 million are contributed by Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents. It is worth mentioning that, on Dec. 17, 2017, the number of exits and entries by E-channels broke the 30 thousand mark, breaking the previous record.