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China Entry Regulation Briefing

China’s Entry Requirements and Procedures

What documents and certificates a foreign entry passenger should prepare to enter China: 

You must get your valid passport and China visa ready when through a port of entry. You are supposed to be given an entry card and a customs declaration form (exit-entry form) on the flight or ship to China. You need to fill out the form prior to arrival and present to the officers of immigration inspection station, together with other necessary documents. Foreign passengers holding a group visa to China need not fill in the customs declaration form.

What kinds of people are not allowed to enter China?

  1. Those who are blacklisted by the Chinese government;
  2. Terrorists, violent persons, and participants of superstitious activities that do harms to the society are prohibited to enter China;
  3. Being identified as those who may endanger national interests and security;
  4. Incurable patients that may do harm to the society, such as AIDS patients and other infectious diseases patients;
  5. Foreigners who cannot live on their own in China
  6. Foreigners who don’t have the valid passports or visas, or refuse to have their documents or credentials checked. 

According to the Chinese Customs Regulations, tourists from foreign countries should pay attention to their articles carried in China.

Baggage states

The following articles are prohibited (neither in checked nor carry-on luggage):

Arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds
Controlled knife tools which are listed in “Interim provision for controlling implement of part of knife tools”
Corrosive corporation
Radio transmitters-receivers and principal parts
Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, etc. which are detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture and ethics
Poisonous drugs, habit-forming drugs, opium, morphine, heroin, etc.
Animals, plants and products thereof infected with or carrying germs and insect pests
Unsanitary foodstuffs and germ-carrying food-stuffs from infected areas
Other articles the import of which is prohibited by state regulations

The following articles can carry in but need to be declared

Animals and plants, or related products
Microorganism, biological product, human tissue or blood items
Chinese residents carry items (for self using only) more than 5,000 yuan (including 5,000 yuan) which got overseas
Foreign visitors who carry gifts or items with value above 2,000 yuan and plan to send to friends or related people in China
Alcohol items over 1,500ML (12% alcohol and above)
Cigarette over 400 pieces or cigar over 100 pieces or tobacco over 500g
Chinese Renminbi cash over 20,000 yuan or foreign currency cash with a value more than 5,000 dollar
More details can be found in Beijing Capital Airport Official Site:

Items for friend or personal used when entry in China

If tourists would like to take some gifts to their friends or relatives in China, those articles should be declared.
Personal belongings will be admitted duty free, including food, two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes.  
Wriswarthes, cameras, movie cameras, and similar items may be brought in for personal use but cannot be sold or transferred to others and must be brought our of China
♦ Related Information:
China Exit Regulation Briefing