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Home >> China Travel Tips >> Entry and Exit Restrictions

Articles Subject to Entry and Exit Restrictions

1. Articles for Your Own Use
A passenger entering China is allowed to carry one camera, one portable cassette tape-recorder, one small cine-cinema, one portable video camera, and one portable cord-processor. Those who have brought more than the limited quantities should truth-fully declare to the customs and go through relevant formalities. The articles permitted to be carried into the territory temporarily for personal use must be taken out of China on the passenger's return trip.

2. Gold & Silver
A passenger entering China is allowed to carry a reasonable amount of gold, silver and articles made of them for personal use. Those who carry more than 50 grams should declare with the Chinese Customs for relevant formalities, and take them out of China on their return journey. The gold, silver and products made of gold and silver the inward passenger has bought with his own money in foreign currency can be carried out of China after they have been checked by the Chinese Customs along with the special invoices issued by the People's Bank of China.

3. Foreign Currency
Passengers entering China are allowed to carry an unlimited amount of foreign currency, traveler's cheques and credit cards. Resident passengers carrying foreign cash currencies exceeding the equivalent of 1,000 US dollars (or non-resident passengers carrying 5,000 US dollars) should declare to the Chinese Customs. When leaving China, the declarer may take with him the unused portion of the foreign currency bills, provided the certificates issued by the Chinese Foreign Exchange Administration for foreign currency bills carried by the passenger entering China is presented to the Chinese Customs at the place of exit and found correct after verification.

4. Renminbi (RMB)
A passenger entering or leaving China is allowed to carry no more than RMB20,000 Yuan with him or her.

5. Cultural Relics
If you have carried cultural relics (including works by deceased famous contemporary calligraphers and painters) into China and want to take them with you on your journey home, you are requested to report the details to the Chinese Customs. The cultural relics to be brought out of China by a passenger are subject to inspection and appraisal by cultural administrative department in China. When carrying cultural relics unless they bear a seal authorized by a Chinese cultural administrative department and an invoice indicating that they can be sold to foreigner. Cultural relics obtained through other cannels may be taking out of China if they bear a seal and an export permit authorized by a cultural administrative department. Make sure you are not carrying any cultural relic that has not been appraised by Chinese authorized. Those who carry cultural relics without faithfully declaring to the Chinese Customs will be prosecuted according to the law.

6. Chinese Medicine & Patent Drugs
Passengers leaving China for foreign countries are allowed to carry no more than 300 Yuan worth of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and patent drugs; those bound for Hong Kong and Macau, no more than 150 Yuan. The value of an individual parcel of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and patent drugs to be mailed to a foreign country should not exceed 200 Yuan; if such a parcel is to be mailed to Hong Kong or Macau, its value should not exceed 100 Yuan. Inbound passengers taking out of China an appropriate amount of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and patent drugs purchased with their own foreign currency for their own use are released upon Chinese Customs examination of the invoices and exchange memos. Musk, as well as traditional Chinese medicine and paten drugs that exceed the quantitative limits is not allowed to leave China.

7. Souvenirs
With the exception of those products whose export is subject to export permits or customs duties, inward passengers are allowed to carry, on their back journey, unlimited value, variety and quantity of souvenirs and arts and crafts bought with their own foreign currencies. The Chinese Customs releases these articles after examining the relevant invoices and foreign exchange memos.

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