In a bid to step up trans-border security, China has revealed that it will start taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors.
The move was announced by country’s Ministry of Public Security which added that foreigners will initially be fingerprinted at at Shenzhen airport in the south from Friday, and subsequently be rolled out at other entry points around the country.
All foreign visitors to China aged 14-70 will have to give their fingerprints, the Ministry announced. The Ministry didn’t reveal whether they will be collected other forms of biometric data. The ministry said the regulation would strengthen immigration controls and increase efficiency.
The United States, Japan, Taiwan and Cambodia, among others, have similar requirements.
While Chinese border posts do not generally have overly onerous entry formalities, most visitors need a visa, though many cities have visa-free deals for visits of a few days as part of efforts to boost tourism.