China (People's Rep.) Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs

Import regulations:

Free import of:
1. max. 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars and 500 grams of tobacco.
2. max. 1,5 liters 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.).
Prohibited: fruits.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import, export and transit is allowed, if prior authorization is obtained from competent department. Arms and ammunition must be declared at all times. If prior authorization 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 authorization seal or authorization 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.

Pets:

Cats and dogs:
- may be imported either as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
Only one pet per passenger is allowed;
- shall be under 30-day isolation and quarantine and can enter only via the airports of Beijing (PEK), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Urumqi (URC). For exemptions see items 1., 2. and 3. below;
- must have a microchip according to the international standards of ISO 11784 and 11785.

The following pets are exempt from isolation and quarantine and may enter China (People’s Rep.) through any port after passing on-site quarantine:
1. pets arriving from Australia, Cyprus, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macao, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA (Guam and Hawaii only) and holding valid quarantine certificates and vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities of the exporting country;
2. pets arriving from any other country and holding:
- valid quarantine certificates and vaccination certificates issued by the competent authorities of the exporting country;
- rabies antibody test showing a blood titre result of at least 0.5 IU/ml carried out in an approved laboratory;
3. guide dogs, hearing dogs and rescue dogs and holding valid quarantine certificates, vaccination certificates and relevant professional training certificates.

Prohibited: birds.

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) or Chongqing (CKG), if it is labeled to a destination outside of China, and the onward flight is within 24 hours.


Currency

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.


Airport Tax

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

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