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Entry Regulations

Foreigners with a valid passport, visa and related certificate are required to enter China through designated ports. All persons and personal belongings are subject to quarantine inspection and a frontier inspection upon entering. The quarantine inspection checks for certain sicknesses and diseases in order to prevent possible epidemics, which doesn't pose a problem for most visitors. However, those who come from disease-infected areas are required to present a valid certificate against known diseases in that area. During the frontier inspection, foreigners must present a valid passport, visa and certificate and a completed Entry and Exit Card for approval to enter.

 Foreigners forbidden to enter

Those who suffer from a mental illness, leprosy, AIDS, venereal disease and open tuberculosis
Those who have entered the country illegally
Those who have no visa or present an expired visa (visa-exempted travelers are excluded)
Those who are considered a threat to the nation's safety or interests

 Articles forbidden to enter

All weapons, including emulating weapons, ammunition and explosive devices
Counterfeit money and securities
Scripts, presswork, rolls of film, photos, discs, films, tapes, video discs (VCD, DVD, LD) and any form of computer storage or media device that attempt to harm China's politics, economy, culture or morals
All poisons, including but not limited to opium, morphine, heroin, bhang and narcotic drugs
Dangerous pathogens, pests, injurious plants and animals as well as their products
Food, medicine and other goods that are dangerous or spread illness or disease

1. On arrival and departure, passengers must present a completed truthful declaration form to the Customs Department. If the declared articles exceed the tax-free limitations, an additional tax, must be paid.
2. There are two 'channels' (lines) in Customs, a Red Channel and a Green Channel. Travelers who are carrying articles requiring duty tax must take the Red Channel. Those carrying duty-free objects should take the Green Channel. Those who are unsure of which channel they must take should also take the Red Channel.

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Comments and Questions

Hi, How about those with acute HBV and Chronic HBV are they allowed to enter China for Studies

Reply7/22/2017 3:52:51 PMDAHIRU,   Nigeria

Unita :8/13/2017 8:25:17 PM

As long as it is not during the infective stage, it is fine to enter China.

helloMy friend is nominated to attend a Seminar in China. but he is HIV positive, will he be given a VISA?

Reply4/6/2017 3:43:44 AMLucy,   Lesotho

Bernice ( Germany ) :4/6/2017 5:52:04 AM

Generally speaking, it will not be a problem for him to apply for the visa.

Hi are people with depression and schizoaffective disorder allowed to enter and study in China

Reply6/29/2016 4:06:06 AMLisa,   Zimbabwe

Amy ( Canada ) :6/29/2016 9:22:14 PM

I am afraid that people with mental disorder are not allowed in. Sorry for that.


I am having skin condition, that in winter my skin of palms and fingers peels.

There can be fingerprint issue? i am not sure shanghai airport requires fingerprint. I have medical certificate to this skin condition.

pls suggest.

Reply11/12/2014 10:32:53 AMSiddhesh,   India

Harry :11/23/2014 1:34:29 AM

For my last entry to Shanghai, there was no fingerprint issue. Don't worry! Anyway, once anything troublesome happens due to the fingerprint, just show them your medical certificate.

how long does it take to process a visa? how many days?

Reply9/4/2014 8:59:36 AMdavid,   Uganda

Ilina ( Afghanistan ) :9/5/2014 4:01:03 AM

Usually, the process duration for a visa is 4 days.

I have depression, doe that mean that I am not allowed to enter China. I got a scholarship to one of your schools?

Reply7/28/2013 7:15:01 AMMe,   United States

Cathy :7/28/2013 7:18:18 PM

no, it doesn't. you can visit China.

My work colleague is applying for a Chinese visa. He has a mental illness that is controlled by strong medication. He feels that now does not have a SERIOUS mental illness. He does not want to declare this on the application as he does not want to be denied a visa. I see here that people with mental illness are refused entry to China. What should he do? What are the chances of him getting caught with his medication in his bags? He is really undecided. Can you please advise me on what I should tell him.

Reply6/24/2013 10:56:18 PMMaryanne Richardson,   New Zealand

May :6/25/2013 6:32:29 PM

he will be denied if he lied on the application form and the it would be difficult for him to obtain a China visa in the future.
according to the entry and exit regulation of China, people suffering from mental illness are not allowed to enter China, so he can not get the visa.
tell him give up the application.

I am taking presciption medicine. Do I need anything besides the bottles they are in? What is the weather like now?

Reply11/6/2012 4:14:04 AMLori,   China

Anna :11/6/2012 6:47:49 PM

no, nothing special is required besides the bottles.
it is bitterly cold in northern China, and cool in the south. it is already snowed in Bejing.

I will be traveling to China this month and I wonder if I can buy acupuncture needles for my yoga teacher. May I bring them with me in the plane? I don´t plan to document my luggage.

Reply7/1/2012 7:05:56 PMMonica,   Mexico

Frank :7/1/2012 8:09:50 PM

I think you have to declare them to the China customs, and maybe they can only be transported as checked baggage. You may get exact answer from the air company directly.

Hi, Are we Allow to book One way Air ticket to China from Singapore? and later Book Air ticket back to Singapore from China? Will it cause any problem when we arrive China?

Reply1/21/2012 12:42:34 PMSuzie,   Singapore

Lilian :1/24/2012 10:38:05 PM

Singaporean vitizens are allow to visit China free of visa for 15 days, so usually you are required to provide return trip ticket or hotel reservation that can prove you will not overstay.so you'd better book the return ticket in advance.
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