CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

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 other, must also be declared.
Visitors can bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency and Chinese Renminbi (RMB) traveler’s checks, and the unspent portion can be taken out.

Bringing in the following articles is prohibited:

  • Arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds

  • 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

  • Microorganisms, human tissues, biological products, blood, blood products and other special objects;

  • Skeletons, ashes, corpses and coffins;

  • Luggage and objects originating from epidemic areas or contaminated by a contagious disease or deemed likely to transmit a contagious disease.

  • Animal and plant products and other objects subject to quarantine.

  • More than 400 cigarettes, 100cigars or 500grams of tobacco.

  • More than two bottle of alcoholic beverage (of higher than 12 percent alcohol and more than 1.5 liters).

  • Other articles the import of which is prohibited by state regulations.

On departure from China, foreigners should exit with their valid passports; visa, credentials and other documents checked by the frontier inspection office and have their hand baggage examined by Chinese Customs. In addition, foreigners are required to fill in a Departure Card and a Custom declaration Form when leaving. Remember that you should exit the country within the valid and permitted duration of your (stay) visa. Those who hold other valid credentials for staying should exit the country within the period of validity prescribed on the credentials. If such credential-holders plan not to enter the country again, the credentials for staying in China will be revoked by the frontier inspection officer when exiting.

Indian group who are holding group visa documents enter into China, should come and go by the same flight, group can not be split into different flights.

If the money does not exceed the amount you take in at the latest entry into China, the custom will let you go according to the record at the latest entry. If there isn’t the record, you should not take money more than USD10,000 or equivalent in any other currencies, need to declare if USD5,000 – 10,000 or equivalent in any other currencies with Foreign Currency Holding Permit issued by the bank. Customs clearance is for cash less than and including USD5,000 or equivalent in any other currencies.

Items purchased in China with RMB converted from foreign currencies may be taken out or mailed out of the country after receipts are presented for customs inspection.

Items prohibited from taking out of China:

  • Various weapons, simulated weapons, ammunition and explosive devices

  • Forged (counterfeit) currency and forged (counterfeit) securities

  • Press items, roll film, photographs, phonograph disc, video disc, tape, video tape, laser video disc, laser audio disc, computer storage medium and other items that are harmful to the country's politics, economy, culture, and social morals

  • Various deadly poisons

  • Addictive substances, including, opium, morphine, heroin, hemp, as well as other narcotics and psychotropic drugs

  • Priceless relics and other museum pieces whose export is prohibited

  • Endangered plants and their specimens, seeds, as well as the materials for reproduction

  • Manuscript, roll film, photographs, phonograph disc, video disc, tape, video tape, laser video disc, laser audio disc, computer storage medium and other items related with the Official Secrets of the country.

  • Microorganisms, human tissues, biological products, blood, blood products and other special objects.

  • Skeletons, ashes, corpses and coffins.

  • Luggage and objects originating from epidemic areas or contaminated by a contagious disease or deemed likely to transmit a contagious disease.