China Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import of:
1. max. 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars and 500 grams of tobacco.
2. max. 1500 ml of alcoholic beverages exceeding 12% alcohol by volume;
3a. Residents: articles brought from overseas:
- residents: max. value of CNY 5,000.-.
- non-residents: max. value of CNY 2,000.- for articles remaining in China (People's Rep.).

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::

Cultural relics, endangered animals and plants and precious metals must be declared.
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.
There are no baggage transfer facilities at Chongqing (CKG), Xi'an (XIY), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG). All baggage must be collected and re-checked in for the connecting 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): max. CNY 20,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: Amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- in cash must be declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Chinese Ren Min Bi-CNY): max. CNY 20,000.- in cash.
Foreign currencies: Amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- in cash must be declared.




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