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Entry Regulations

On arrival in China from abroad, you have to go through the following procedures, just as in other countries.

  1. Hygienic Quarantine

    Passengers entering or leaving China are subject to hygienic inspection by border quarantine offices at ports opened to foreigners.

    Those who carry such unusual articles as microorganisms, human body tissues, biological products, and blood and its products, should declare to the quarantine department, and submit these articles to quarantine inspections. Those who have brought, or consigned for shipment, luggage or objects which may cause the spread of contagious diseases should accept quarantine inspections. The quarantine inspection department is obliged to handle or destroy foodstuffs, drinks and aquatic products contaminated by contagious diseases.

    Passengers from areas infested with yellow fever should, when entering China, present to the quarantine department effective certificates showing that they have been inoculated against yellow fever. Those who have failed to present valid certificates shall be retained for observation for six days beginning from the day they left the infested area, or they shall be inoculated and retained until the certificates come into effect.

    It is the task of the Chinese quarantine department to deny entry to foreigners suffering AIDS, venereal diseases, leprosy, mental diseases and open tuberculosis.

  2. Animal & Plant Quarantine

    The entry of the following articles into China is banned:

    • Animal and plant pathogens (including bacterial and venomous vaccines), pests and other injurious organisms;
    • Animals and plants, their products, and other quarantine objects from countries and regions infested by infectious diseases;
    • Animal carcasses;
    • Soil.
    Animals and plants and related products and other quarantine articles, when being brought into China, should be declared to the Customs and submitted to inspection by the border quarantine department. Those who bring animals into China should hold quarantine and other certificates issued by original country or region of departure.

    Each passenger is allowed to bring one pet into China, and such pets should be accompanied by quarantine and hydrophobia immunity certificates issued by the quarantine authorities of the original country or region.

  3. Frontier Inspection

    During this procedure, you are required to fill in Entry Registration Cards, and present your passport, visa and quarantine certificates for inspection. The frontier inspection station has the right to forbid the personnel with any of the following circumstances to enter China:
    • Those who hold no exit-entry certificates
    • Holders of invalid, false, altered exit-entry certificates
    • Holders of other persons' certificates
    • Those who refuse to receive the health check and the frontier inspection
    • Those who fail to pass through the port specified
    • Those who are forbidden to enter by the Ministry of Public Security of the State Council and the Ministry of State Security
    • Those who are not permitted according to the Chinese laws and administrative regulations
  4. Luggage Check

    For the sake of maintaining social safety, the frontier inspection station has the right to check all the luggage brought into China.

    Old and waste materials, food, micro-organisms, biological products, portions of human body, blood or its products, or animals that may spread infectious diseases among humans are forbidden to enter. Any printed material, film, tapes that are 'detrimental to China's politics, economy, culture and ethics' are also forbidden to bring into China. Also during this process, customs declaration will be made. And only when you pass all the procedures that you really and legally enter China.

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