Note: The PR of China does not acknowledge dual citizenship.
Travellers must sign a health declaration upon entry. Travellers
who are HIV positive or suffer from leprosy or an open lung
tuberculosis are not permitted entry.
Special regulations apply for Hongkong and Macao.
Passport: Generally required, must be valid
at least for another 6 months, or at least 9 months if the
traveller should visit China a second or several times.
Entry with children: Germans: German children’s
identity card up until completion of the 16th year with photograph
(also for infants). Given a longer stay, children should have
their own passports since the children’s identity card
only provides room for two visas. The German representations
in China thus generally do not issue children’s identity
cards but only passports. The entry of a child to China which
does not have its own passport but that is registered in the
passport of a parent is possible if there is a photograph
of the child next to the name and if the Chinese visas in
the parent’s passport is explicitly also valid for the
child in question. Since there have been quite a few problems
with this kind of approach, it is strongly recommended to
have a passport as well as an individual visa issued for children.
Austria: Own passport.
Switzerland: Own passport.
Note: The same visa conditions as for the parents apply to
Visa: Generally required. Citizens of the
following countries are exempt for a stay of 15 days: Brunei,
Japan and Singapore.
Transit: Transit travellers who continue
their journey within 24 hrs and who have valid documents for
the continued journey do not need a visa. Passengers may leave
the transit area. These conditions only apply to British nationals
and U.S. American nationals at Beijing airport. German and
Austrian transit passengers, amongst others, may only stay
on the premises under the above-mentioned conditions for a
maximum period of 48 hours at the airports Shanghai Hongqiao
and Pu Dong.
Types of visas: Tourist, group, business
and transit visas.
Tourist and Business Visa: 20 (single entry),
30 (double entry), 40 (multiple entries, valid 6 months),
60 (multiple entry, valid 1 year). Group Visa:
30 (single entry). Surcharge for preferential same-day processing:
30 per person, within 2 days: 20 per person (submission by
Austrians:Tourist and Business Visa:
30 (single entry), 45 (double entry), 60 (multiple entries,
valid 6 months), 90 (multiple entries, valid 1 year). Surcharge
for preferential same-day processing: 33 per person, within
3 days: 23 per person.
Swiss nationals: Tourist and Business Visa:
50 CHF (single entry), 75 CHF (dual entry), 100 CHF (multiple
entries, valid 6 months), 150 CHF (multiple entries, valid
1 year). Group Visa: 40 CHF per person (single
entry). Surcharge for preferential same-day processing: 25
CHF per person, within 2 days: 18 CHF per person.
Different charges apply for trips to Hongkong depending on
nationality and type of visa. The consular representations
can advise on details.
Terms of validity: 3 months (single entry),
6 months (multiple entries). Business Visa: varies. Transit
visas are usually issued for a maximum of 7 days. Tourist
and group visas are normally issued for package tour members,
tourist visas are also issued for individual travellers.
Applications: Via the relevant consular
channels. It is not possible to apply for visas by mail. If
you are unable to submit applications in person, this can
be done by visa agencies or courier services.
In order to apply for application forms, a self-addressed
and stamped return envelope must be included. Application
forms are also available from the websites of the Chinese
consulates in Berlin, Vienna and Berne for printing.
Documents: Tourist visa: (a) completed
application form. (b) passport photograph (c) passport that
is valid at least for another 6 months and that has at least
one empty page left (d) Proof of sufficient funds (e) Reservation
confirmation for hotel and flight (f) Fee (cash or collection-only
cheque) (g) For stays exceeding one year, an AIDS test is
required (h) If needed, a copy of the residence permit, else
the visa application must be made from your home country.(i)
Business visa: Letter of invitation by a ministry, a
company or an official Chinese organization.(j) Group
visa: Additional confirmation (letter or fax) of the
Chinese tour operator, numbered passport copies of all travel
group participants as well as three copies of the list of
travel group participants(k) Visa enabling multiple entries:
Letter of invitation by the relevant Chinese ministry.
Note: Information on international
inoculation certificates that are required for entry can be
gleaned from the chapter on health.
Processing times: Visas should be applied
for as early as possible, but no earlier than 50 days before
the planned date of departure. Since all visas are issued
by the authorities and are processed according to priority,
it may take a while before the application is approved. Normally,
visa processing takes 4 working days.
Residence permit: Enquiries should be directed
at the relevant consular representation.
Entry with pets: Birds may not be imported.
Cats and dogs (maximally 1 animal per passenger) require a
health certificate and a rabies inoculation certificate that
was issued by an official vet of the passenger’s home
country. The rabies certificate is valid at least 30 days
and at most 12 months before entry. A compulsory quarantine
period of 30 days applies.
Note: Cats and dogs are not permitted in Chinese hotels.
Currency: 1 Renminbi Yuan = 10 Jiao = 100
Fen. Abbreviated: RMB, CNY (ISO-Code). Bank notes are available
in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1 as well as 5,
2 and 1 Jiao. Coins exist in denominations of 1 and 1.5 Jiao
as well as 5, 2 and 1 Fen in circulation.
Money Exchange: RMB is not traded outside
of China. Foreign currencies and travellers cheques can be
exchanged in all international banks and hotels.
Credit cards: Eurocard/MasterCard, Visa,
Diners Club and American Express are accepted in international
hotels and larger stores. Details can be gathered from the
credit card issuer. The foundation of the Chinese Banking
Association has promoted the use of credit cards issued by
Chinese state-owned banks. Nevertheless, there are only just
43,000 cash tellers in China.
Travellers Cheques: Should be issued in
Currency regulations: Travellers with residency
in China: 6,000 RMB in cash is the maximum amount that can
be brought into the country per person. The cash limit on
foreign currencies brought into the country is USD 1,000 or
equivalent per person. Larger amounts need to be declared.
Travellers with residency outside of China: 6,000 RMB in cash
is the maximum amount that can be brought into the country
per person. The cash limit on foreign currencies brought into
the country is USD 5,000 or equivalent per person. Larger
amounts need to be declared.The maximum cash amount that can
be carried out of the country for all travellers amounts to
6,000 RMB or equivalent. Foreign currencies can be carried
out according to the amounts stated for imported cash. Larger
amounts need to be declared.
Bank opening times: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. –
noon, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Duty Free: (a) Travellers staying up to
6 months in the country can import the following products
tax-free into China: 400 cigarettes;2 bottles of alcoholic
beverages (up to 0,75 l);perfume for personal use. (b) Travellers
with a stay of over 6 months may import the following products
tax-free: 600 cigarettes; 4 bottles of alcoholic beverages
(up to 0,75 l); perfume for personal use.
Note: All consumer durables (cameras, watches,
jewelry, etc.) must be declared upon entry. The copy of this
declaration must be submitted upon departure. The possession
of drugs is fined with heavy prison sentences, drug dealers
face the death sentence. Customs officials may confiscate
CDs, magazines and books and investigate these in terms of
political, religious or pornographic contents.
Ban on imports: Weapons, munition, exposed
and undeveloped films, pornography (some pictures in Western
magazines can be classifed as pornographic), radios, political
or religious printed material, fruits and certain vegetables.
Note: Weapons and munition for hunting purposes may be imported
with a license that should be obtained before travelling via
the travel agency.
Ban on exports: Antiquities may only be
exported if they carry an export stamp issued by the Office
for Cultural Artefacts. When buying jewelry, jade articles,
art objects, paintings, calligraphies and antiquities, the
receipt should be kept in order to receive an export certificate
upon departure. Without this certificate, the mentioned articles
may not be exported. Note: following the Washington species
protection act, no ivory or ivory products may be imported
Tourist Office of the PR of China: Ilkenhansstraße
6, 60433 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)69 - 52 01 35. Fax: +49 (0)69 - 52 84 90.
Internet: www.fac.de oder www.china-tourism.de
Mon-Thur 9 a.m. - noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fr 9 a.m.
- noon; (also in charge for Austria).
China Tourist Office of the PR of China: Genferstraße
21, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) –1- 201 88 77. Fax: +41 (0) – 1 -
201 88 78.
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
China International Travel Services (CITS): 103 Fu Xing Men
Nei Avenue, CN-100800 Beijing, China
Tel: +86 (10) 65 22 29 91. Fax: +86 (10) 65 22 28 62.
Consulate of the PR China: Märkisches Ufer 54, 10179
Tel: +49 (0) – 30 - 27 58 80. Fax: +49 (0) – 30
- 27 58 82 21.
Internet: www.china-botschaft.de9 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
and 2.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Consular department of the Consulate: Brückenstraße
10, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) – 30 - 27 59 08 83 (tape recording) or
+49 (0) - 30 - 27 59 27 92 (tape recording) or +49 (0) –
30 - 48 83 97 16 (personal assistance, Tue and Thur 3 p.m.
– 5 p.m.). Fax: +49 (0) - 30 - 48 83 97 31. Mon - Fri
9 a.m. – noon.
Consulate of the PR China, Bonn branch: Kurfürstenallee
12, 53177 Bonn/Bad Godesberg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) – 228 - 955 97 16. Fax: +49 (0) –
228 - 36 16 35. Consular department: Tel: +49 (0) –
228 - 955 97 22. Mon - Fri 9 a.m. – noon (opening hours
for the public).
General Consulate with visa issuing service in Hamburg (Tel:
+49 (0) – 40 - 82 27 60 13) and in Munich (Tel. +49
(0) – 89 - 17 30 16 11).
Embassy of the PR of China: Metternichgasse 4, 1030 Vienna,
Tel: +43 (0) – 1 - 714 31 49. Fax: +43 (0) – 1
- 713 68 16.
Mon - Fri 8.30 a.m. – noon and 2 p.m. – 5. 30
Consular department of the embassy: Strohgasse 22, 1030 Vienna,
Tel: +43 (0) – 1 - 710 36 48. Fax: +43 (0) – 1
- 710 37 70.
Mon, Wed 8.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.,
Fri 8. 30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Embassy of the PR of China: Kalcheggweg 10, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) – 31 - 352 73 33. Fax: +41 (0) –
31 - 351 45 73. Consular department.: Tel: +41 (0) –
31 - 351 45 93.
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – noon and 2.30 p.m. –
General Consulate with visa issuing service in Zurich (Tel:
+41 (0) – 43 - 201 10 73).
Embassy of the German Federal Republic: 17 Dong Zhi Men Wai
Da Jie, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing, China
Tel: +86 – 10 - 65 32 21 61. Fax: +86 – 10 - 65
32 53 36.
General consulates in Hongkong, Canton and Shanghai.
Embassy of the Republic of Austria: Jian Guo Men Wai, Xiu
Shui Nan Jie 5, 100600 Beijing, China
Tel: +86 – 10 - 65 32 20 61/-63. Fax: +86 – 10
- 65 32 15 05.
General consulates in Hongkong and Shanghai.
Embassy of the Swiss Confederation: 3 Dong Wu Jie, San Li
Tun, 100600 Beijing, China
Tel: +86 – 10 - 65 32 27 36. Fax: +86 – 10 - 65
32 43 53.
General consulates in Hongkong and Shanghai.
Health information for the PR China:
Health: Malarial risk posed by the less harmful form Plasmodium
vivax exists in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan,
Sichuan, Xizang and Yunnan. The more dangerous form Plasmodium
falciparum increases in the Southern regions and appears in
Hainan and Yunnan. The malarial risk in Anhui, Hubei, Hunan,
Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shanghai and Zheijiang is low;
however, local outbreaks increase the risk. In the regions
above a latitude of 33 degrees, the risk of infection exists
between July to November in altitudes below 1500 m; the risk
of infection exists between May and December between latitudes
of 33 and 25 degrees and year-round in the regions south of
25 degrees latitude.
An inoculation certificate for yellow fever is requested
from all travelers who are entering the country within 6 days
of staying in one of the infection areas.
Inoculation against poliomyelitis and typhoid fever make
Water should generally be boiled or sterilized in some other
way before use as drinkwater, for brushing teeth or when preparing
ice cubes. Milk is not pasteurized beyond city limits and
should be boiled. Meat and fish dishes should only be eaten
after they have been fully cooked and served hot. Pork, raw
salads, mayonnaise and dairy products from unboiled milk should
be avoided. Peel or skin fruits and vegetables before use.
Rabies does exist. Asia is known as the continent with the
largest incidence of rabies. In the event of a bite wound,
seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Dogs are the
main carrier of the disease. Bilharzia viruses are found in
many freshwater lakes and rivers throughout the country. There
has been a further increase recently particularly in the central
and eastern regions Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu
as well as in the Yangtse regions. Swimming or wading in inland
water bodies should thus be avoided. Well-tended swimming
pools with chlorinated water are safe to use.
Hepatitis A and E also exist (the latter particularly in
Western parts of the country), Hepatitis B is highly endemic.
Inoculation against Hepatitis A and in the event of stays
longer than 3 months also against Hepatitis B are recommended.
A heightened risk of infection for Japanese encephalitis exists
from April to October particularly in the Central and Eastern
provinces (with the exception of Xizang (Tibet), Xinjiang
and Qinghai). Particularly in the province of Guangdon in
Southern China, there has been an increase of infections with
Dengue fever that is transmitted by mosquitos is found throughout
the country. Lyme disease (borreliosis) is endemic, too.
Long term stays require a negative HIV test and possibly a
health certificate. Foreigners are required to fill out a
health declaration upon entry. Risks of infection are given
by sexual contacts, used syringes or canules as well as blood
Ticks are found throughout the country.
There is little risk of infection concerning the plague. Incidence
especially in Qinghai and Xizang.
Health Care: Medical services are inexpensive, but do not
reach western standards particularly outside of the larger
cities. Traditional healing methods stemming from traditional
Chinese medicine (e.g. acupuncture) are commonly found. Numerous
western medications are not available and communicating without
knowledge of the Chinese language can be very problematic.
Travel medication should primarily include drugs against intestinal
and stomach ailments and colds as well as disposable syringes.
Medical and hospital bills are normally paid in cash directly
after treatment. It is highly recommended to take out travel
Bird flu: In summer and fall of 2004, new cases of bird flu
have been reported in China. In connection with bird flu,
travellers are advised to avoid contact with livestock or
with raw poultry or birds. More information on this topic
is given by the World Health Organization (WHO).