Upon arrival in China, foreign tourist must fill in a Passenger's Luggage Declaration at customs and accept customer's check. Foreign tourist are not allowed to take objects out of China for other people.
Chinese customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from China of items such as antiquities, banned publications, some religious literature, or vehicles not conforming to Chinese standards. It is advisable to contact the closest Chinese Embassy or consulate for any questionable goods. Note that the Chinese government still use strong regulation on media. Books, magazines and CDs can be confiscated if the content is considered inappropriate, although customs usually doesn't bother to take your English books away, if there are no explicit photos depicting politics of China.
Only pet cats and dogs are allowed to be imported into China. People can only bring in one pet at a time and must have a Z (Resident) Visa. They need to have proof of vaccination and be good health.
Upon arrival, a fee of RMB 1,000 per animal is required. Officials will keep the health and rabies certificate so make sure to have copies. A mandatory 7-day quarantine is required, with 30 total days. If the animal is approved as healthy after 7 days, home quarantine may be allowed for the remaining 23 days of total one month quarantine. There is no quarantine if there is transit via Hong Kong or Guangzhou. Animal and Plant Supervision Division of Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau can offer further information.
Pet relocation companies make the process much easier and arrange for the travel. Though expensive, they offer a much easier process. Agents can usually have the Resident Visa requirement waived.
Once in China cats do not require licensing, but dogs must be registered. A yearly license is also required for a fee of RMB 2,000 in the city center and RMB 1,000 outside the Inner Ring Road.
Expat Pets: An EasyExpat article on the ins-and-outs of traveling with pets.
U.S. Citizens: The free pamphlet "Know Before You Go" at www.cbp.gov is very helpful. (Click on "Travel" and then click on "Know Before You Go! Online Brochure").
You can also contact:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20229
Canadian Citizens: "I Declare", issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500 ) is helpful.
U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152) can help.
Australian Citizens: A helpful brochure is available from Australian consulates or Customs offices called "Know Before You Go". Call the Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.
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