China Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import of:
1. cigarettes: 400 (if staying less than 6 months) or 600 (if staying 6 months or longer);
2. two (if staying less than 6 months) or four (if staying 6 months or longer) bottles of alcoholic beverages (each bottle not exceeding 75 centilitres);
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use during stay in China.
Prohibited:
1. printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of China;
2. radio transmitters;
3. exposed but undeveloped films; and
4. all fruits, tomatoes, egg plants and red peppers.

Free import by residents and non-residents with re-entry visa issued by any foreign country and carrying travel necessities not exceeding customs limitations: one video camera, one portable video recorder and one portable word processor.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Import, export and transit is allowed, provided prior authorisation is obtained from competent department. Arms and ammunition must be declared at all times. If prior authorisation is not obtained, import of arms and ammunition is prohibited.

Additional Information on regulations::

Antiques should be declared on arrival.

Export regulations::

Free export of four cartons of tobacco products for personal use.
Additional information: antiques should carry an authorisation seal or authorisation letter by the Department of Cultural Relics. A customs declaration obtained when entering China (People's Rep.) is required in case the items will be re-exported.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in China (People's Rep.).
Exempt: baggage of passengers in transit via Beijing (PEK), provided it is labeled to a destination outside of China, and the onward flight is within 24 hours.
Passengers do not have to pick up their baggage by themselves if the connecting flight number is printed on the baggage tag as ground service staff will pick it up and deliver it to the baggage area of passenger's connecting flight.
There are no baggage transfer facilities at Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and baggage cannot be checked through to final destination. All baggage must be collected and re-checked in for the conneting flight.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Chinese Ren Min Bi-CNY): up to max. CNY 20,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: Passengers carrying USD 5,000. or higher amounts , must declare it upon arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Chinese Ren Min Bi-CNY): up to max. CNY 20,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: up to max. USD 5,000. Any higher amount should be declared at departure.




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