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Customs

Entry

To enter China, you must fill out a baggage declaration form which has two-copies. Please give the original copy to the customs official and retain the carbon copy to show upon exit.

Personal belongings can be brought into China duty-free, including some food, two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes. Wristwatches, radios, tape recorders, cameras, movie cameras and similar items may be brought into China for personal use, but they cannot be sold or transferred to others and they must be brought out of China.

Gifts for friends and family, and articles carried on behalf of others, must be declared at customs when entering China.

You can bring into China an unlimited amount of foreign currency and Chinese Renminbi (RMB) traveler¡¯s checks, and the unspent portion can be taken out of China.

Prohibited articles to bring into China

  • All types of arms, ammunition or explosives
  • Radio transmitters/receivers or any principal parts
  • Chinese Renminbi (RMB) in cash form
  • Manuscripts, printed matter, film, photographs, vinyl records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, CD¡¯s, etc, which are detrimental to China¡¯s politics, economy, culture, ethics and national security
  • Poisonous drugs, addictive drugs, opium, morphine, heroin, etc.
  • Animals, plants or any products that could be infected with or carrying germs and/or insects
  • Unsanitary or germ carrying food from infected areas
  • Any other articles that are prohibited by state regulations

Exit

When leaving China, you must submit to the customs official the carbon copy of the baggage declaration form which was filled out upon entry into China. Travelers leaving China by ship are exempted from submitting the baggage declaration form.

Items purchased in China with Chinese Renminbi (RMB) that was converted from foreign currencies, must be taken out or mailed out of China after the receipts are presented to the customs official. In cities where a customs office does not exist, this can be arranged through the local Friendship store.

Prohibited articles to take out of China

  • All types of arms, ammunition or explosives
  • Radio transmitters/receivers or any principal parts
  • Chinese Renminbi (RMB) in cash or negotiable securities form
  • Unauthorized foreign currency, foreign notes or drafts
  • Manuscripts, printed matter, film, photographs, vinyl records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, CD¡¯s etc, which are detrimental to China¡¯s politics, economy, culture, ethics and national security
  • Rare or precious of books about Chinese revolution, history, culture and art that are not for sale
  • Valuable animals, plants or seeds
  • Precious metals, pearls or jewels that are not declared to the customs official
  • Any other articles that are prohibited by state regulations

Quarantine

In accordance with the Regulations of the People¡¯s Republic of China concerning Frontier Sanitation and Quarantine, foreigners coming to China from certain countries must produce valid documents showing they have had vaccinations for smallpox, cholera and/or yellow fever. This includes foreigners from countries that have been newly declared as infected areas. For more information, please contact any Chinese Embassy or Chinese Public Health Department.