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Entry and Exit China Duty Free Allowance

Entry and Exit China Duty Free Allowance

The following items may be imported into China by passengers staying less than six months without incurring customs duty: 400 cigarettes (600 cigarettes for stays of over six months); two bottles (up to 75cl each) of alcoholic beverages (four bottles for stays of over six months); a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use; 50g of gold or silver.

The following items are Prohibited: Arms and ammunition (prior approval may be obtained courtesy of the travel agency used), imitation arms, pornography (photographs in mainstream Western magazines may be regarded as pornographic), radio transmitters/receivers, exposed but undeveloped film, loaded recording tapes and video, storage media for computers, political and religious pamphlets (a moderate quantity of religious material for personal use is acceptable). Any printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of China.

It is also forbidden to carry any of these items, or endangered species of animals or plants and antiques without export permits. You may be asked to present an official receipt for any cultural relics you plan to take out of the country. Generally speaking, customs don't hassle foreigners too much. There are green channels and red channels. If you have something to declare, take the red channel. Otherwise choose the green channel

Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. Baggage declaration forms must be completed upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewelry); this may be checked on departure. Receipts for items such as jewelry, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items should be kept in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation, such items cannot be taken out of the country.

Edited by Bruce,
Author/Editor By : HCT