The following items can be imported into the country if visiting for less than 6 months.
• Cigarettes – 400*
• Alcohol Beverages – 2 Bottles**
• Reasonable amount of perfume
*The amount of cigarettes increases to up to 600 if staying more than 6 months
** The alcohol limit doubles to 4 bottles if staying over 6 months
• Guns and Ammunition
• Explosives and Explosive Materials
• Radio Receivers/Transmitters
• Knives and similar dangerous cutting weapons
• Amongst the items requiring permission to enter China include TV’S, Computers, washing machine and other electrical goods.
• Cats, dogs and other small animals will require a vaccination prior to being allowed to enter the country
• No information available
• Arms and Ammunition
• Explosives and material required to build them.
• Radio receivers/transmitters
• Precious jewels and metals – UNLESS previously declared.
• Pornographic material
• Sheep/Lamb meat
• Fruit and certain vegetables – Tomatoes and Red peppers etc
• Valuable animals, plants and seeds
• Any written or recorded material which could endanger Chinese national security
• No information available
Basic health information for travelers to China
• A yellow fever vaccination is required from all travellers arriving within six days of leaving an infected area.
• Water should be considered safe in the major cities but should be boiled for safety in the more rural areas. Visitors are advised to check the state of the water before drinking and to stick to bottled water if travelling in more remote parts of the country.
• Meat, vegetables and other hot meals should be well cooked before being eaten to avoid the risk of disease.
• There have been intermittent cases of pneumonic plague throughout the country. Hand, foot and mouth diseases have sprung up during the summer months. Parents visiting the country during this period should take care to vaccinate their children prior to flight to avoid the possibility of infection.
• Rabies is present in large parts of the country. Visitors should avoid contact with wild animals which might contain the infection and to keep small children away from them at all times. If bitten, the wound should be cleaned with plenty of fresh water and checked medically for any signs of infection.
• Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is endemic. Hepatitis A and B are highly endemic in the country and should be vaccinated against.
• AIDS is present in the country and travellers should take all necessary precautions if engaging in sexual activity. Travellers should avoid swimming in unclean water sources i.e. streams and pools which may contain risks of disease. Tuberculosis and Dengue fever is also present in much of the country.
• Visitors should check the environmental conditions prior to visiting. Travellers visiting a hot region should take along plenty of sun protection and bottled water. Alternatively, many regions of China involve visiting areas of high altitude and may cause health problems for travellers suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and general illness. Travellers suffering these or similar symptoms should rest then move immediately to a lower altitude to avoid additional symptoms and seek medical aid if required.
• Medical facilities in most major hospitals are excellent although standards may fall slightly in the more rural areas of the country. Medical costs are reasonable but travel and medical insurance is advised.
Basic security information for travelers to China
• Violent theft in major street markets and in big cities in general is reported to be on the rise with money and passports being the main targets for would be thieves. Travellers should take care of their belongings at all times when travelling around the country and should be careful when visiting the countries clubs and bars.
• Various cons involving fake cash and over pricing taxis have been reported and visitors should take special care when travelling via taxis in the big cities.
• Visitors should avoid any scenes of conflict which may occur between the government and protesters. The protesters have the potential to turn violent and travellers are advised to stay well away from any potential scenes of violence and to keep a copy of their passport with them at all times in case of stoppage by the security services. Travellers planning to visit Tibet should check the political and legal situation in the country prior to flying out has there have been continual acts of violence in the region and may be restricted from entry. Taping or taking pictures of protests or government buildings may be confiscated by the security forces.
• Travellers navigating the country on their own should beware of the risk of encountering thieves and bandits in the more remote parts of the country alongside the sometimes dangerous natural environment. Much of the country exists at a high altitude and visitors should thoroughly check their intended destinations environmental conditions prior to flight.
• Many regions of the country are subject to a wide variety of natural disasters including Earthquakes, Flooding and Typhoons. In recent years Earthquakes measuring up to 7.1 on the Richter scale have been reported with much additional loss of life and property. Visitors to the country who are caught up in an Earthquake should stay calm and immediately report their situation to the nearest foreign embassy.
• Parts of central, southern and western China, particularly those bordering the Yangtze River, are vulnerable to flooding and landslides. Roads, houses and other native infrastructure have been badly affected and visitors are advised to avoid these areas where possible and to check for any water based diseases if trapped in the vicinity of the flooding. The tropical cyclone season in China normally runs from May to November and should be avoided. All visitors to the country should check the environment of the region of the country they are planning to visit prior to their flight.
• There are restrictions on certain religious activities, including preaching and distributing religious materials. The Falun Gong movement is also banned in China. Homosexuality is not formally outlawed in the country but may be frowned upon in public. Some culturally important areas like museums ban photographs from being taken and travellers should ask local sources if uncertain.
For further assistance please contact the Chinese Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.
Chinese Customs contact information
No.6 Jianguomennei Avenue
For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Chinese Embassy.
List of Chinese Embassies all over the world: http://china.visahq.co.uk/embassy/United-Kingdom/
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China Customs Resources
The China Business information Center collects US government resources for exporting to China. Included is a page that deals with China's Standards and regulations: http://www.export.gov/china/exporting_to_china/importregs.asp And another page that deals with China's Customs Regulations: http://www.export.gov/china/exporting_to_china/customs.asp