To prevent smuggling of prohibited articles, the Customs and Excise Department is responsible for the clearance of passengers at all control points of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Passengers may be selected for baggage examination and / or a personal search.

Passengers entering HKSAR at control points are required to declare to Customs officers any prohibited / controlled items, the quantity of dutiable commodities (liquor, tobacco, cigarette and cigar) which are not entitled or in excess of the duty-free concessions, and currency and bearer negotiable instruments (“CBNIs”) with a total value more than HKD120,000 or the equivalent in foreign currencies.