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Hong Kong toughens visa for foreigners with new risk assessment

11:49 PM | 8 Feb, 2024
Hong Kong toughens visa for foreigners with new risk assessment

HKSAR - The authorities in Hong Kong have implemented a national security risk assessment for all visa applicants. 

The country's Immigration Department has implemented the measure designed to screen out potential threats while upholding international standards of openness and accessibility.

Director of Immigration Benson Kwok commented on the development that the move will adhere to existing laws and immigration policies, ensuring fairness and impartiality across all applications, including those from foreign journalists and academics.

According to the details, under the new assessment, visa applicants will undergo thorough evaluations of their background and past statements to determine any potential risk to national security. This development comes as Hong Kong strives to balance its role as a global hub with the imperative to safeguard its sovereignty.

The introduction of this assessment marks a new era of scrutiny for Hong Kong's immigration process, responding to recent incidents involving denied visas and entry refusals.

The decision comes weeks after high-profile cases like that of academic Rowena He Xiaoqing and Japanese journalist Yoshiaki Ogawa emerged which underscored the need for enhanced security measures. Despite these changes, the proportion of visitors denied entry remains lower than pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

The measures come amid pleasant signs for the country which has shown 70 percent recovery of tourism as compared to pre-pandemic levels, notably driven by visitors from mainland China and overseas.

Meanwhile, to attract top talent, the Immigration Department has introduced the Top Talent Pass Scheme, targeting high-income earners and graduates from prestigious universities but the results of the new risk assessment would imply whether the tourists are deterred by the move  or not. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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