HONG KONG — A total of 19 million people from around the world travel to Hong Kong each year for business or leisure, and this year marks the sixth year that Hong Kong will offer a free pass to foreign tourists.
Hong Kong, a city of 12 million people in the former British colony, announced on Monday that travelers can now buy a Hong Kong passport and passport stamps for around $1,200 and $5,000, respectively.
The new Hong Kong travel passes, which include the passport stamp, will be available from June 24 to July 31.
Hong Kong is the world’s second-largest city after New York.
The passports are available to people who have been approved for a Hongkong visa by the government or a foreign company.
The new passes are valid for 12 months and expire after 90 days.
They can also be bought in Hong Kong at the airport.
Hongkongers have been buying passports for years.
In the early 1990s, more than 300 million Hongkongs purchased passports.
But the government decided to scrap the passports last year after the death of Hong Kong’s last democratically elected leader, Carrie Lam, who was also a U.S. citizen.
The last passport stamp issued by Hong Kong was issued in 2007, and since then, the Hong Kong government has struggled to rein in the number of passport stamps issued and the number who apply for passports.
More than a million passports have been issued in Hongkou, and more than 3,000 of those have been revoked.