Foreigners wanting to travel in China can register in travel agencies
in their countries or in China, which will arrange the trip. Travelers
can also make arrangement by themselves. They should apply with a local
Chinese organization of foreign affairs, consulates, or other organizations
authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for tourist visas. In the
event of more than five persons, the organizer has to apply for group
tourist visas, which will be handled on their behalf by the organizer.
For foreigners whose government has signed visa agreement with the Chinese
government, they could follow the agreement. Foreign travelers who want
to travel in Tibet could apply for visa with the prior permission of the
Tibetan Tourist Administration or its overseas offices.
Foreigners with tourist visas must enter or exit through passes opened
to foreigners or designated passes especially for foreigners, and follow
all entry-exit procedures. Foreigners are not allowed to enter areas not
opened to them. Foreigners who want to visit, on official business, an
area not opened to them should apply with the local public security organ
for a Foreigner's Travel Permit. The permit should be used along with
A foreigner staying in China with tourist visa is not allowed to engage
in activities unfitted to his position, such as employment, study, and
illegal journalist interviewing. Foreigners staying in China must abide
by Chinese law and respect Chinese habits and customs.
Foreigners traveling with their own transport vehicles should apply for
approval before they enter China. These include bicycles, motorcycles,
cars, boats, and aircraft.
A foreign tourist may travel in China during the approval period of his
stay. If he continues traveling after the approved term of his stay expires,
he should apply with the local public security organ for the elongation
of his stay.
Inbound and outbound passengers should follow:
1. Customs Clearance
According to related laws and regulations, the luggage of inbound and
outbound passengers must be under customs supervision and control. Passengers
should make factually declaration to the customs on the actual information
on the luggage they carry into or out of the territory.
2. Restricted Inbound and Outbound Items
||Set Bounds to Duty-free Tobacco Products
||Set Bounds to Duty free>12°~
|Inbound and Outbound Hong Kong and Macao (including
passengers from and to Hong Kong and Macao)
||200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of
||One bottle (less than 0.75 litres)|
|Forth and back within 24 hours, or shuttle between
the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao many times within a short period
||40 cigarettes, or 5 cigars, or 40 grams of cut
||Not allowed for duty free|
||400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 500 grams of
||Two bottles (less than 1.5 litres)|
Note: The limits on importation of non-duty-free cigarettes and liquor
are the same as those of duty free; Passengers under 16 years old are
not allowed to carry any cigarettes nor liquor.
Passenger's Personal Articles
Each passenger is allowed to carry a camera, a portable tape recorder,
a small movie camera, a portable video-camera, and a portable word processor.
If exceeding the scope, he or she should
make declaration to the customs. Passengers should bring what they have
brought with them back on their departure with the permission of the customs.
Gold, Silver, and Articles Made of These Metals
Passengers with gold, silver, and articles made of these metals, each
exceeding 50 grams, should make declaration to the customs, and should
carry out. Gold, silver, and their products (including new arts and crafts
articles, such as inlays and containers) bought from fixed shops shall
be released by the customs after examination of the Special Receipts issued
by the People's Bank of China.
There is no limitation for the amount of foreign currencies, traveler's
check, and credit card. Inbound passengers who are residents of China
carrying more than US$2,000 or non-resident passengers with more than
US$5,000 or an equivalent amount in other foreign currencies should make
a declaration to the customs. When the passenger leaves China, outbound
customs will release remaining foreign currency after examination against
the declaration form issued by the customs
upon entry. For outbound passengers with foreign currencies exceeding
the above-mentioned, the customs shall release the foreign currency after
examination against the Foreign Currency Carriage Permit issued by the
State Administration of Exchange Control.
The limit of Renminbi for inbound and outbound passengers is 6,000 yuan.
Inbound and outbound passengers with more than 6,000 yuan will not be
allowed to enter or leave the territory.
Cultural Relics (including works of died famous
contemporary calligraphers and painters)
If inbound passengers with cultural relics want to carry the relics out
of the territory, they should make a clear declaration to the customs.
Passengers could carry out the relics bought in China with the appraisal
by the Chinese administrative departments for cultural relics. When cultural
leave the territory, the customs shall release them after examination
against the export permit from these departments and the appraisal marks
stamped on the relics.
If passengers carry cultural relics out of the territory but fail to
declare them to the customs, the customs shall deal with them in line
Raw and Prepared Traditional Chinese Medicines
The limit for tourists bound for foreign countries on raw and prepared
traditional Chinese medicines is 300 yuan; for tourists to Hong Kong and
Macao, 150 yuan. To mail to foreign countries, the limit is 200 yuan;
to Hong Kong and Macao, 100 yuan. Outbound tourists carrying a reasonable
amount of raw and prepared traditional Chinese medicines for personal
purpose bought with foreign currency will go through the customs with
related receipts and foreign currency exchange certificate.
Musk and raw and prepared traditional Chinese medicines exceeding the
customs limit will not be allowed to exit.
There is no restriction as to amount, value and variety for overseas
tourists carrying tourist souvenirs and handicraft articles purchased
with foreign currency in China except the variety of duty or with export
permit in line with national regulations. The customs will release against
related receipts and foreign currency exchange certificate.
3. Rules for Duty of Luggage and Mail Articles
To simplify customs procedure, Chinese Customs has instituted special
tariff rules and rates for inbound passengers' luggage and inbound mail.
The tariff rate includes 10%, 30%, 80%, and 100%. The tariff of articles
will be charged ad valorem import rate. The CIF prices are approved, published
and carried out according to the retail prices on international market.
4. Articles Prohibited from Entry and Exit
Articles Not Allowed Into China
1. Various weapons, imitation weapons, ammunition, and explosives;
2. Counterfeit money and forged securities;
3. Printed matter, negatives, records, films, audio and video recordings,
laser optical video-discs, computer storage media and other articles containing
materials deemed harmful to China politically, economically, culturally,
4. Deadly poisons;
5. Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana, and other narcotics;
6. Dangerous bacteria, harmful insects, and other harmful animals, plants,
and their products;
7. Food, drugs, and other articles from epidemic-stricken areas if such
articles may be harmful to human beings and animals.
Articles That May Not Be Taken Out of China
1 . All articles mentioned above as prohibited for entry;
2. Manuscripts, printed matter, negatives, photos, records, films, audio
and video recordings, laser optical video disc, computer storage medium
and similar articles if they contain state secrets;
3. Cultural relics and relics not permitted to exit;
4. Endangered and rare animals and plants (including specimens), their
seeds and breeding materials.
Inbound and outbound passengers must accept health quarantine inspections
by frontier quarantine services if so requested.
Persons carrying such objects as microorganisms, tissues from the human
body, biological products, blood, or blood products cannot enter or exit
unless they apply with a health quarantine service and accept required
Persons who enter or leave China carrying, or consigning for shipment
luggage or objects which may cause the spread of contagious disease must
submit to health quarantine inspections. The quarantine inspection service
is obliged to treat or destroy such articles as foodstuffs, drinks, and
aquatic products if they are contaminated by contagious diseases.
Persons arriving from areas infected with yellow fever must present
certificates of inoculation against yellow fever to the quarantine department
when entering China. Any such person not having the above mentioned certificate
will be detained for observation until the sixth day after leaving the
infected area, or such person may be inoculated and detained until the
time when the inoculation is deemed effective.
Health quarantine services are obliged by law to prevent any foreigner
suffering from AIDS, venereal disease, leprosy, mental illness, or active
tuberculosis from entering China.
Animal & Plant Quarantine
The following objects may not be brought into China:
1) Animal and plant pathogens (including bacterial and venomous vaccines),
pests and other injurious
2) animals and plants, their products, and other quarantinable objects
from countries and regions infected by infectious diseases;
3) animal carcasses;
Persons intending to bring animals, plants, and related products or other
quarantinable objects into China must submit application forms to the
customs and they should be examined by the frontier quarantine department.
Those who bring animals into China must present quarantine and other certificates
issued by the country or region of origin.
Each passenger is allowed to bring one pet into China.