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Entrance and Exit
2005-07-25 16:57:47      CRIENGLISH.com

Customs

Entrance

Tourists must fill out a baggage declaration form (two copies) and hand it in to customs, retaining the carbon to show upon exit.
 
Personal belongings will be admitted duty free, including food, two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes. Wristwatches, radios, tape recorders, 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 out of China.

Gifts for relatives or friends in China, or articles carried on behalf of others, must also be declared.

Visitors can bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency and Chinese renminbi traveler¡¯s checks, and the unspent portion can be taken out.

Bringing in the following articles is prohibited:
 
1. Arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds
 
2. Radio transmitters-receivers and principal parts
 
3. Renminbi (Chinese currency) in cash

4. Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photographs, vinyl records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, etc. which are detrimental to China¡¯s political, economic, cultural, legal or ethical policies.

5. Poisonous drugs, narcotic drugs, opium, morphine, heroin, etc.

6. Animals, plants and products thereof infected with or carrying germs or insect pests

7. Unsanitary foodstuffs and germ-carrying food-stuffs from infected areas

8. All other articles the import of which is prohibited by state regulations

Exit

On leaving China, tourists must again submit the baggage declaration form for customs inspection (the second copy). Travelers by ship are exempted.
 
Items purchased in China with renminbi converted from foreign currencies may be taken out or mailed out of the country after receipts are presented for customs inspection. In cities where a Customs Office does not exit, this can be arranged through the local Friendship Store.

Export of the following articles is prohibited:

1. Arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds

2. Radio transmitters-receivers and principal parts
 
3. Renminbi (Chinese currency) in cash and negotiable securities in RMB
 
4. Unratified foreign currency, foreign notes or drafts

5. Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, etc. which are detrimental to China¡¯s national security
 
6. Rare and precious copies of books about Chinese revolution, history, culture and art that are not for sale
 
7. Valuable animals, plants, and seeds

8. Precious metals, pearls, and jewels (things declared to the customs are exempted)
 
9. Other articles the export of which is prohibited by state regulations.

 

Quarantine Service

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 to a health quarantine service and accept required quarantine inspections. Persons who enter or leave China carrying, or consigning shipment luggage or objects that may cause the spread of contagious disease are obliged to treat or destroy such articles as foodstuffs, drinks, and aquatic products if they are contaminated by contagious diseases.

Persons arriving from areas infested with yellow fever must present certificates of inoculation against yellow fever to the quarantine department when entering China. Any person not having the above mentioned certificate will be detained for observation until the sixth day after leaving the infested 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.



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