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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

New visa rules for Eswatini set

From January 30, nationals of the Kingdom of Eswatini, including those who remain on the airside in transit, will require a visa to enter Hong Kong for all purposes, the Immigration Department announced today.


At present, nationals of the Kingdom of Eswatini may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days.


The department said Hong Kong’s visa policy is subject to constant review, and changes will be introduced if circumstances so warrant, with a view to ensuring a proper balance between facilitating the entry of genuine visitors and safeguarding the integrity of immigration control.


Apart from pointing out that Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders currently require a visa to visit the Kingdom of Eswatini, the department reminded such passport holders to keep abreast of the latest visa regulations before visiting the country in Southern Africa.

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