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 updated on Aug. 14, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Entry Regulations of China
Asked by Noel from MALAYSIA | Aug. 12, 2023 21:28Reply
Hepatitis b carrier people can study in China?
In this year , I got a scholarship form one of the University in China.And now, I'm preparing for go to China.But I am a hepatitis b carrier person since I was seven but my liver function is within normal and I am a healthy person.I want to know can I go to study in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Aug. 14, 2023 01:34

Generally, it doesn't affect a lot and you can apply for a visa like other people.
Asked by Syed Kashif Hussain from USA | May. 25, 2023 09:43Reply
Long Term Stay in China
Hi, I am Pakistani and US citizen and want to send my son to China for medical education.
1- Can my whole family stays in China during his education years and more?
2- Being a US citizen, can I buy a house in China rather than to live on rental?
Please send me more details in this regard. Thank you.

Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | May. 26, 2023 00:24

1. Generally, the family members eligible for the S1 visa include spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law; it may be a little hard for other family members to get such a visa.

2. You can buy a house but the requirements are strict. Foreigners can only buy one house in China and the local real estate authorities also require: a foreigner's work permit and residence permit in China and proof of social security. This is to prove that the foreigner has been living and working in China and has a need to buy a property in 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?
Answers (4)
Answered by Emma | May. 09, 2021 17:55

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

Don’t I need a further 7 days self quarantine at home?
Answered by James | May. 16, 2021 17:38

Yes, you need to have a further 7 days self quarantine at home.
Answered by Harilaos Petrakakos | May. 16, 2021 22:04

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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Quinn | Nov. 19, 2020 17:19

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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ann from FINLAND | Jan. 07, 2020 17:32

Well, as I know, you can only take 5000 USD or 20000 RMB.
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