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 Apr. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Entry Regulations of China
Asked by Cat from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 16, 2019 01:11Reply
Visa validity?
I got a visa in July 2018 and was planning to travel August 2018, so all the documentation (hotel and flight info) I used to get the visa was for that trip. I didn't end up going on that trip but the visa in my passport states it is valid till July 2020. Could I go to China this year (2019) using that visa or would I have to go again to the visa centre with my new travel plans and get another one?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jane from MALAYSIA | Apr. 16, 2019 18:26

Hi, you can use this visa and don't need to apply for a new one.
Asked by Tim from USA | Mar. 11, 2019 10:05Reply
I need to take a decent sum of money into China, will I be allowed as long as I declare?
Hi need to take several tens of thousands of USD to China to help purchase an apartment for my wife's father (both Chinese citizens). Will I be allowed as long as I declare it? And is it best to convert to CNY before going? I'd be afraid banks in China might not be willing to exchange large sums.
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Answered by Demi from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 11, 2019 18:02

Hi, it is not allowed to take so much cash even you declare in advance and it is better for you to take a bank card.
Asked by RERE | Jan. 16, 2019 01:27Reply
law or regulations of China post Or China Customs
Bought on Aliexpress Power Bank, Power Bank broke almost immediately, opened a dispute, Aliexpress decided - "return of goods".
Now I need to send the Power Bank back to China.
I was told that it is not allowed to send lithium batteries and goods with battery inside to China at all.
If during the processing of the mail will be discovered lithium battery, the goods will be destroyed and the sender will not be entitled to compensation.
The sender may also be held liable.
Is it true that China has such a law?
Can you give me a link to the law or regulations of China post Or China Customs where it says the battery can't be sent to China?

Thanks in advance for the answer!
Answers (1)
Answered by Daniel from DENMARK | Jan. 16, 2019 17:42

Hi, the link is not allowed to post here but the China Post do not accept the power bank transportation in most time. There is no clear regulation that power banks or lithium batteries are prohibited but there is rule that In flammables & Explosives Strictly Prohibited and power banks sometimes can be regarded as one of them. However, there is no law in China customs but it can only be transported by sea, which is very slow. So maybe you can contact other express companies to deliver it.
Asked by os from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 05, 2018 18:21Reply
3 bottles of alcohol allowed?
I would like to ask you, maybe you can help me, I travel to China for the New Year Solo, I would like to bring a few bottles alcohol one bottle of wine and 2 of Champagne. I understand I can bring 2 bottles, but if I carry 1 extra would be 3, I would like to know, how much do, I have to pay for 1 bottle extra taxes it's worth taking it or ill get in trouble?
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Answered by Jason from CANADA | Dec. 06, 2018 17:04

As I know, the tax rate for alcohol is 50%, so if it is worth depends on how much the alcohol costs.
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