Exit Regulations of China

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China Visa Sample
 What kind of documents should I prepare when exiting China?

 Answer: On departure from China, foreigners should exit with their valid passports; visa, credentials and other documents checked by the frontier inspection office and have their hand baggage examined by Chinese Customs. In addition, foreigners are required to fill in a Departure Card and a Custom declaration Form when leaving. Remember that you should exit the country within the valid and permitted duration of your (stay) visa. Those who hold other valid credentials for staying should exit the country within the period of validity prescribed on the credentials. If such credential-holders plan not to enter the countryagain, the credentials for staying in China will be revoked by the frontier inspection officer when exiting.
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 Am I allowed to take the things bought from China out?

 Answer: Of course, if the things do not belong to the prohibited items and the amount you take is reasonable.

 How much money can I take when exiting?

 Answer: If the money does not exceed the amount you take in at the latest entry into China, the custom will let you go according to the record at the latest entry. If there isn't the record, you should not take money more than USD10,000 or equivalent in any other currencies, need to declare if USD5,000 - 10,000 or equivalent in any other currencies with Foreign Currency Holding Permit issued by the bank. Customs clearance is for cash less than and including USD5,000 or equivalent in any other currencies.

 What kinds of things are not allowed to be taken out of China when exiting?

 Answer: Items prohibited from taking out of China
1. Various weapons, simulated weapons, ammunition and explosive devices
2. Forged (counterfeit) currency and forged (counterfeit) securities

Custom Declaration When Exit China
Custom Declaration When Exit China
3. Press items, roll film, photographs, phonograph disc, video disc, tape, video tape, laser video disc, laser audio disc, computer storage medium and other items that are harmful to the country's politics, economy, culture, and social morals
4. Various deadly poisons
5. Addictive substances, including, opium, morphine, heroin, hemp, as well as other narcotics and psychotropic drugs
6. Priceless relics and other museum pieces whose export is prohibited
7. Endangered plants and their specimens, seeds, as well as the materials for reproduction
8. Manuscript, roll film, photographs, phonograph disc, video disc, tape, video tape, laser video disc, laser audio disc, computer storage medium and other items related with the Official Secrets of the country

 Who will be prohibited from exiting?

 Answer: 1. Defendants in criminal cases and suspects who are ratified by the Chinese public security organizations, the People's Procuratorate or the People's Court
2. Those who are informed by the people's court that their civil cases have not been brought to   completion
3. Those who have already violated Chinese law; whose behavior has not been dealt with, but is recognized by the legal authorities
4. Those who hold invalid exit credentials, including forged, altered or another's credentials
5. Those who refuse the frontier inspection of China
6. Those who do not exit through the appointed exit port
7. Those who are considered to be carrying contraband goods
8. Those who are forbidden to exit by the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of State Security of China

 Further Reading: Entry Regulations

- Last updated on Jan. 10, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Exit Regulations of China
Asked by Louis T. Meyer from USA | Mar. 22, 2023 15:31Reply
Shanghai resident China passport departing PVG change planes Taipei to New York.
Is exit visa required for Chinese citizen with China passport to change planes Taipei for travel to USA/NYC? Is a special form required to enter China from Taipei plane change? Have China passport and US tourist visa.
Also what is Covid test to re enter China from NYC?
Thank you
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Answered by Bruce | Mar. 23, 2023 19:13

For the transit policies in Taiwan, you'd better consult local entry and exit bureau.

As of today (March 24 in China), you still need a covid-test to enter China from US. But it hopefully will be cancelled soon.
Asked by Zoran from SERBIA | Feb. 01, 2023 00:25Reply
Gold on exit
I see there's no need to declare up to 50g (2 ounces) of gold. Is that only for entry, or it's also for exit out of China. Also, in case of exiting with 100g (proof of purchase provided), how much fee would I be asked to pay?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex | Feb. 05, 2023 19:11

For exit, one can bring less than 31g of gold products. If it is gold bar, one needs to declare it in spite of any quantity.
Asked by Tom from UKRAINE | Jan. 09, 2023 20:14Reply
Can I exit with CCP memorabilia?
Can I exit with an old copy of Mao’s red book and an old English translation of Mao’s red book?
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Answered by Leo | Jan. 10, 2023 01:22

It should be fine.
Asked by Ruben from NETHERLANDS | Nov. 21, 2022 05:08Reply
Leave china
My passport has been given to the local goverment for a new residence permit.
I plan to be at home during Christmas. Due to several lockdowns it is unsure when they can process my new passport. Is it possible to leave the country without passport but with the confirmation document they gave me that they are processing my passport?

I will then let my collegues send the passport to the Netherlands so i will have it back before my return flight to China.
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Answered by Peter | Dec. 04, 2022 17:26


No, you need your valid passport to exit china, in fact for every country.
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