Macao residents heavily favor new Qingmao Checkpoint
Qingmao Checkpoint reports that half of 600,000 border-crossing pedestrians from Sept 8 when it opened to Oct 13, were Macao residents -- the highest proportion of any checkpoint on the border.
More than 10,000 Macao students studying in the Chinese mainland used the New Guangdong-Macao Channel at the Canal de Patos on the border of Zhuhai's Maoshengwei and Macao's Ilha Verde. This greatly alleviated pressure at nearby Gongbei Checkpoint, according to a Frontier Inspection Station official.
A "Joint Inspection & One-Time Release" mode benefitted 565,000 travelers, which accounts for 94 percent of the total passenger volume at China's most "intelligent" land port. They could queue up and have documents examined only once with average customs clearance time of 20 seconds.
In addition to epidemic prevention and control measures, the checkpoint will increase clearance efficiency and improve experiences to boost connectivity between Guangdong and Macao and in-depth integration within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Self-service inspection channels [Photo courtesy Guanhai App]
The Zhuhai portion of the pedestrian-only Guangdong-Macao Channel (Qingmao Checkpoint) is being prepared to open while the Macao side is ready to go once testing is completed and the two governments determine a date.
A new port linking the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the mainland's Guangdong Province is set to be open on Sept 8.
Qingmao Checkpoint (New Guangdong-Macao Channel) will begin pedestrian crossings 24/7 at 3 pm on Wednesday, Sept 8 with the latest hi-tech border equipment in China.