February 9, 2017 -
In an effort to strengthen entry and exit management that matches requirements in other countries, China’s Ministry of Public Security announced that, starting this week, foreigners between the ages of 14 and 70 visiting the country will have their fingerprints collected, according to a report by ABCNews.
Foreigners holding a diplomatic passport or coming from countries that have reciprocal agreements with China will be exempted.
Fingerprint data collection will start Friday in Shenzhen before being rolled out to other cities.
China saw more than 76 million entries and exits last year from foreigners, primarily from South Korea, Japan, the United States and Russia.