BNO免簽引發的省籍爭議

BN(O)免簽背後的法律和政治意義之前都講過,相信BN(O)成為歐盟公民只是時間問題。不過,BN(O)歐盟免簽的爭論,大家可以看到相當有火藥味,因為這已經涉及香港本土人/中國人之間的身份爭論問題。

BN(O)只是1997年7月1日前已經因香港關係取得英籍人士,又未曾因《英國國籍法1981》、《英國國籍(香港)法1991》(居英權計劃)或《英國國籍(香港)法1997》(即香港少數族裔及非中國籍華人英籍法)取得英國公民身份的人,而取得的英籍身份,這是毫無疑問的香港本土人或認同港英的人的證明文件。

而不少人只是因歐洲公幹或旅遊方便,才被迫申領特區護照,但很多人在網上已經表明在BN(O)歐盟免簽後,會重新申領BN(O),貴至千四元也要,原因很明顯,那就是現時中國公民在海外行為太丟面,以及太多中國人來香港產子,造成的負面形象難以彌補,隨時令特區護照可以免簽減少。加上不少香港人,特別年青一代,根本不認同中國。

對不少憤青而言,香港人寧要BN(O),不要特區護照是很刺激他們的民族沙豬主義情緒。所以,不少網民(更有不少懷疑是土共)已經破口大罵那些BN(O)持有者,而在上週,分析香港人英國國籍的文章上載後,本博客擺明來自中國的攻擊次數亦急劇上升。

香港還有接近三成人不認同中國的,如果中國政治依舊落後,BN(O)或日後的香港英國公民護照,可能是代表潛在族群衝突的標記。




7 thoughts on “BNO免簽引發的省籍爭議

  1. 有關BN(O)在EU zone 免簽証問題, 對我而言, 不論有關公告文件對香港人的英國國藉有何背後用意, 97年後因為HKSAR護照在EU zone 包括UK有免簽証優惠, 所以每次出入歐洲均使用HKSAR護照. 但是, 是否來自”真心”使用HKSAR護照? 有選擇的話, 我會使用BN(O).

    每次在英國passport control輪候時都會返轉本HKSAR護照, 一方面是怕人誤認為中國大陸公民, 另一方面,”混淆視聽”使人誤以為加拿大或美國護照. 入境英國拿HKSAR護照是沒有問題,但是其他的歐盟國家就有些不便,特別是英語不是太好的國家及新加入歐盟的東歐國家. 上年由捷克乘火車到德國, 當火車行到接近德國邊界時, 一名捷克及德國的移民官員要求我及同伴出示護照檢查, 這情況是正常的, 其他乘客歐盟國家的乘客只是簡單的檢查護照, 而一名俄國乘客及我們的護照就像驗屍般, 左照右照, 用完紫外光燈照完, 再互換檢查, 接下來再查問行情, 整個過程非常之不好受. 再有一次由Barcelona返London, airline方面的驗屍程度有過之而無不及, 到我和同伴辦理登機手續時, airline見到我們的護照時由笑容滿臉, 立時拉長張臉, 當然是左對右對, 打電話問同事, 張護照返來覆去, 整個過程足30分鐘, 其他乘客亦等到不耐煩, 我按耐不住的對她說”These passports were issued by Hong Kong Government, not PRC Government. Please refer to the information page and the cover of the passport.” 她看完後才稍有笑容. 今年先到London再轉機到Montreal, 再次給誤認為中國護照, 但是吸收上次Barcelona的經驗, 見airline職員有拉長張臉及左返右覆時, 立時對她說”This is Hong Kong Passport, not Chinese Passport. Airline職員即時放行. 經過過往的經驗心理上已經不好受.

    使用HKSAR護照不是認同中國人身份的問題, 是每次使用的時候都帶來一點不便, 你說如何選擇?

  2. Last year, I had two unforgettable experiences for travelling with a BNO passport:

    1. A young immigration officier at Perth Airport, she asked me about whether I was working in
    the UK and my answer was ‘No, I’m working in HK’. Then, she asked me why could I have
    a US admitted stamp on my passport but without a departure stamp as well as a US visa.
    I explained that the visa was on my old passport and the US government wouldn’t give
    visitors any departure stamps on their passports. After that, she sent me to an
    experienced ‘granny’ staff. The staff checked my passport and asked similar questions. Then, I replied to
    her bravely that she could contact the British consulate and the American Embassy! At
    last, my friend, who got HKSAR passport approaching us and showed his passport and
    trying to tell her that some countries (like UK)give no departure stamp to their visitors’
    passports. And she let me go.
    2. One day in July, I was going to travel to Italy from HK via Singapore. In Changgi Airport,
    Singapore, I showed my BNO passport with my air ticket to a staff of the airport. He said
    that I should have a Schengen visa (according to his company info: only HKSAR passport
    holders can travel to EU (not mention any individual country) without a visa/ NOT BNO)
    I felt very angry and explained to him that I checked the immigration requirement of
    Italy and it’s visa free for BNO. I wanted to talk with his senior staff, and he phoned
    to a senior one but he didn’t let me talk with him/her. Then, he told me similar words
    and he would let go to the waiting room if I could produce a HKSAR passport or other
    visa waiver passport (according to his company info). At last, I showed the SAR one and
    he let me go.
    However, when I arrived at Milano International Airport, I showed the BNO to a young
    immigration officer. The officer just had a look and closed my passport without giving
    me any stamps (I saw that a Singaporean passport holder did have a stamp)!

  3. 1.Antonio情況實屬不幸,澳洲immgration一向都膠膠地,事後投訴算。至於新加坡,依家唔會係咁。查實以我所知,自BNO免簽後,持BNO穿梭法德邊境都已經唔會響bno上蓋印,法蘭克福機場都。歐盟好多國家,私底下都已經將BNO當歐盟護照處理。

    2.中國班友成日經俄國、東歐國家非法入境歐盟,東歐國家班官將中國國徽的文件驗屍咁驗唔怪得佢地。好老實講,中國人成日都係做臭自己個名。

  4. I did travel to and from Hong Kong and Singapore, Singapore and Malaysia, and Singapore and Indonesia. I wrote “Chinese” at the field of nationality in the boarding card. Immigration officers crossed and wrote “British” each time. I thought they only followed the rule and guideline without seeing the situation

  5. 覆Eric:在新加坡,BNO係British,因為係Commwealth Citizen關係,馬來西亞亦係一樣。

    印尼是特別的,因為印尼對待中國公民,不論香港定中國,他們是特別處理。而印尼政府,一向對持英國發出證件的人放心點。

  6. In 2006 a BNO passport already costed HK$1400 (the biometric ones are more expensive).
    However 30,000 people have applied for one in that year.
    People often use this fact to support HKSAR passport. I think this is wrong.

    If HK people really love PRC so much, why there are 30,000 people to pay $1400 to get a BNO?
    I think if the prices of BNO and HKSAR were the same, most people would have applied for
    a BNO (they may also apply for a HKSAR passport).

    If you are travelling, an return air ticket already cost HKD2000 or above! An American
    visa already cost HKD950. The cost of a BNO passport is not that siginicant, compared with
    other items.

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