The United Kingdom announced that the "Leave Outside the Rules" (LOTR) expired on July 19. Many families planning to immigrate to the United Kingdom rushed to leave before the deadline, and there was another wave of departures at Chek Lap Kok Airport.
A long queue appeared in front of the counter of the flight to the UK, waiting to check in. The lobby was full of people pictured to say goodbye. Some pretending to be innocent, some couldn't help crying, dragging their luggage through the gate of the restricted area.
The UK has extended the LOTR period several times, from February 18 to March 31; from March 31 to May 17; from May 13 to June 21; and decided to extend it to June 22 July 19.
After LOTR expires, Hong Kong people immigrating to the UK need to obtain a BNO visa before departure.
Photography: Zhang Haowei, He Jiada
Picture Editor: Su Weiran