Entry and exit rules

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Here you can find out all regulations relating to entry and exit, including information on the types of visas classified by purpose of visit, requirements of entry and exit inspection and quarantine. You can also have a full list of articles restricted in or banned for entry and exit.

Foreigners must abide by the laws and regulations of PRC.

1. Applicants shall ensure the validity and sufficient number of entries of the visa before coming to China. If the visa expires or the number of entries is exhausted, the applicants shall re-apply for a new visa.

2. If foreigners carry animals, plants, currencies and other articles into China, they must abide by relevant laws of China and the regulations made by the Department of Health Quarantine, the Department of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine, the Customs and the Financial Supervision and Regulation Department.

3. Foreigners shall not be engaged in activities irrelevant to the subject specified in applying for the visa in China.

4. Foreign citizens shall only stay in China within the staying period. Therefore, they shall pay attention to the valid period of their passport and the staying period of the visa. For a longer residence time, they must apply to the local public security authority for an extension prior to the expiration date.

5. If foreigners go for a trip in some cities and counties close to them, they must apply to the local public security bureau for a travel certificate in advance. They can only go there with prior approval. Foreigners shall not enter the premises which are not open to the public without permission.

6. Attention: The following passengers may get such punishments as being denied boarding or entry, or being fined, etc.

(1) Those coming to China before a visa is completed (except when a waiver is obtained);

(2) Those coming to China with an expired visa;

(3) Those staying in China with the visa exceeding the staying period;

(4) Those whose passport expires during their stay in China. (regardless of the validity of the staying period of the visa)