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China's Exit Regulations

Updated:2008-04-27 16:56 | Source:

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

Foreigners Prohibited From Exiting

1. Defendants in criminal cases, and suspects who are ratified by the Chinese public security organizations, the People's Procuratorate or the People's Court

2. Those who are informed by the people's court that their civil cases have not been brought to completion

3. Those who have already violated Chinese law; whose behavior has not been dealt with but is recognized by the legal authorities

4. Those who hold invalid exit credentials, including forged, altered or another's credentials

5. Those who refuse the frontier inspection of China

6. Those who do not exit through the appointed exit port

7. Those who are considered to be carrying contraband goods

8. Those who are forbidden to exit by the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of State Security of China

Items Prohibited From Exiting

1. Various weapons, simulated weapons, ammunition and explosive devices

2. Forged (counterfeit) currency and forged (counterfeit) securities

3. Presswork, 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 Chinese politics, economy, culture, and social morals

4. Various deadly poisons

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

6. Priceless relics and other museum pieces whose export is prohibited

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

Items with Limitations On Exiting

1. Bullion and its products

2. Chinese currency

3. Foreign currency

4. Wireless communicators, and communication security machines

5. Valuable traditional Chinese medicinal materials

6. Common cultural relics

7. Other articles that are forbidden to exit by Chinese Customs

Notes: Articles that are permitted to exit China with certain limitation may be allowed to exit after a declaration to the inspection and quarantine authorities. If you carry these duty-required items with you, please choose the Red Channel to go through and have them declared and checked. You can choose the Green Channel without customs declaration only if you carry duty-free goods.


Editor : 李受恩

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