Entry Regulations of China

 What are the procedures for a foreigner entering China through a port of entry?

 Answer: Health Check, Frontier Inspection, Custom declaration, Security Check.

Customs in Beijing Capital International Airport
Customs in Beijing International Airport
Customs in Beijing Capital International Airport
Customs in Beijing International Airport

 What certificates should I prepare when entering China?

 Answer: A valid passport and visa are required for an individual to enter China. Usually the airline/ship will give each passenger an entry card and a customs declaration form to fill out prior to arrival. These, together with other necessary credentials and documents, are needed when entering through the open ports.
Further Reading:  China Embassies Abroad      Foreign Embassies and Consulates in China


 Can I drive my own car into China?
China Visa Sample
Chinese Visa Sample

 Answer: Yes. But foreigners arriving by car are required to enter the country through their pre-approved port of entry. Upon arrival, valid passports, visas and related documents are required to be handed in and verified by customs authorities.


 What kind of person is not allowed to enter China?

 Answer: The following personnel are prohibited from entering China:
1. People who have broken Chinese laws and others who were expelled and have not been permitted to re-enter China.
2. Known or suspected terrorists and those who engage in violent and subversive activities.
3. Known or suspected dealers in contraband, drug trade, or prostitution.
4. People who suffer from serious mental disorders, infectious tuberculosis or other infectious diseases that may severely jeopardize the public.
5. People who cannot afford the cost of their stay.
6. People who are known or suspected to engage in activities that are harmful to China's social order and national security.
7. Those who do not hold valid passports, visas and other credentials.
8. Those who hold stolen, forged or altered passports, visas and credentials.
9. Those who refuse to have their credentials and documents checked.
10. Those who are forbidden to enter China by the Ministry of Public Security of China and the Ministry of State Security.
 
 

 Are there any specific requirements towards health according to the Entry Regulation?

Security Check
Security Check at the Airport

 Answer: Yes. Those who came from yellow-fever infected areas must show valid vaccination certificates to the inspection and quarantine authorities and those who suffer from serious mental disorder, infectious pulmonary tuberculosis, or other infectious disease of public health hazards are prohibited from entry.
 Read more about Vaccinations of Travel to China.
 



 If I feel a little uncomfortable, do I need to report to the inspection and quarantine authority?
 Yes, you have to. According to the regulation, foreigners entering or transiting in China have the symptoms of fever, chill, emesis, jaundice, diarrhea, acute measles, swollen lymph or diseases like AIDS, venereal disease, psychosis, leprosy, psychosis, open tuberculosis should report to the inspection & quarantine officials upon entry and accept check-up.
 

 What if there is a case of plague or cholera on my vessel or aircraft by which I travel to China?
 China customs strictly prevents plague and cholera victims from entering China. The incubation period of plague is 6 days and 5 days for cholera. Once any plague or cholera has been identified upon arrival, the quarantine authority would place him/her in isolation. If there has been a cholera case on board within 5 days (plague case within 6 days), all crew and passengers are considered as suspected cases, they should accept check-up detention till the 5th/6th day counting from the day they left the contaminated place.

 Further Reading: Exit Regulations
- Last modified on May. 16, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Entry Regulations of China
Asked by Harilaos from GREECE | May. 09, 2021 06:03Reply
Quarantine required when Entering Beijing from abroad
I am planning to arrive in China through Beijing international Airport. I am fully vaccinated. I want to know how many days will I be required to stay in Quarantine in a Beijing Hotel? If I go to Shanghai after Beijing how many days quarantine will I have to undergo? Or I am free on arrival to Shanghai?
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Answered by Emma | May. 09, 2021 17:55
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As I know, 14 days you should be required to stay in quarantine in a Beijing Hotel. And generally speaking, you will be free on arrival to Shanghai.
Answered by Harilaos | May. 09, 2021 21:34
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Don’t I need a further 7 days self quarantine at home?
Answered by James | May. 16, 2021 17:38
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Yes, you need to have a further 7 days self quarantine at home.
Answered by Harilaos Petrakakos | May. 16, 2021 22:04
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But I don’t have a home in Beijing. That means a further 7 days in the same hotel - hopefully in another room with a different view.
Asked by Carl from ONION | Nov. 19, 2020 00:22Reply
can i take a tor browser?
can i take a tor browser with me somehow? will tey check my phone or my usb drives?
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Answered by Quinn | Nov. 19, 2020 17:19
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Generally speaking, it will be ok for you to bring them.
Asked by Jason from USA | Jan. 07, 2020 07:44Reply
Currency from China abroad
I know that is allowed max 5000 USD and 20000 r!mb.

So can I take together 5000 USD and 20000 rmb? Would that be a problem if you don't declare it at the customs?
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Answered by Ann from FINLAND | Jan. 07, 2020 17:32
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Well, as I know, you can only take 5000 USD or 20000 RMB.
Asked by Bas from NETHERLANDS | Nov. 13, 2019 00:44Reply
Entry with fever
Hi,
I was wondering what the normal procedure is when you enter while having a fever. Are they going to perform medical tests on you? And if they don't detect anything suspicious, will you be allowed to enter China?
Thanks,
Bas
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Answered by Adelaide from FRANCE | Nov. 13, 2019 17:07
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If you from Netherlands, generally speaking, it won't have any problems. Don't worry. You are still allowed to enter China.
Answered by Traveller from SAN MARINO | Dec. 11, 2019 03:41
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As you may have already figured, in China they screen passenger flows entering the country with cameras detecting increased body temperature. How accurate the cameras operate, is out of my experience or knowledge. It was just noticeable they have an automated health inspections before passport/boarder control entering the country.
Answered by Jason from USA | Jan. 07, 2020 19:34
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Thanks for the reply Bas. Well in this case is more convenient for me to take 5k USD
Asked by Mohammed from EGYPT | Nov. 10, 2019 01:02Reply
Enter/Exit foreigner currency regulations.
I will arrive in Beijing from Korea with about 70'000 Euros on my way to Egypt. I'll enter china just for transit for about 14 hours.

I need to know what shall I do to avoid any misunderstandings with the customs declarations while entering or exiting CHINA !!
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Answered by Christian from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 10, 2019 19:17
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Well, generally speaking, it will be ok. Don't worry.
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