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China rejects BN(O) passport as travel document

01/29/2021| 11:19:33 PM|

The Hong Kong government announced that airlines must ask passengers to show their Hong Kong passport or Hong Kong identity card as proof when flying to Hong Kong.

China will no longer recognize the British National Overseas BN(O) passports as valid travel documents and identity certificates starting Sunday, the day when the UK opened applications for BN(O) holders in Hong Kong for British citizenship.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian announced the decision on Friday, accusing 10 Downing Street of “blatantly breaking its commitment by introducing the BN(O) policy, which attempts to turn a large number of Hong Kong people into "second-class" British citizens, despite the fact that it has been 24 years since Hong Kong returned to the motherland.

The Hong Kong goverment announced a few hours later that the BN(O) passport cannot be used for entering or leaving Hong Kong, cannot be used as any form of identification in the city, and airlines must ask passengers to show their Hong Kong passport or Hong Kong identity card as proof when flying to Hong Kong.

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