No special shots are required for short-term travelers. Visitors to China
must complete a Health Declaration form upon arrival. No special vaccinations
are required, but those who have traveled from an infected area before
coming to China should have vaccination records available. Although China
does have excellent preventative healthcare products available and modern
healthcare systems in major cities, travelers should bring with them any
special health remedies or medications they require, as well as over-the-counter
items. Elderly travelers, or those with medical problems, are advised
to check with their healthcare professional before visiting China. Travel
to high-altitude areas such as Tibet is not recommended for those with
pulmonary or heart problems.
Inbound and outbound passengers must accept health quarantine inspections
by frontier quarantine services if so requested.
Persons carrying such objects as microorganisms, tissues from the human
body, biological products, blood, or blood products cannot enter or exit
unless they apply with a health quarantine service and accept required
Persons who enter or leave China carrying, or consigning for shipment
luggage or objects which may cause the spread of contagious disease must
submit to health quarantine inspections. The quarantine inspection service
is obliged to treat or destroy such articles as foodstuffs, drinks, and
aquatic products if they are contaminated by contagious diseases.
Persons arriving from areas infested with yellow fever must present certificates
of inoculation against yellow fever to the quarantine department when
entering China. Any such person not having the above mentioned certificate
will be detained for observation until the sixth day after leaving the
infested area, or such person may be inoculated and detained until the
time when the inoculation is deemed effective.
Health quarantine services are obliged by law to prevent any foreigner
suffering from AIDS, venereal disease, leprosy, mental illness, or active
tuberculosis from entering China.
Animal & Plant Quarantine
The following objects may not be brought into China:
1) Animal and plant pathogens (including bacterial and venomous vaccines),
pests and other injurious organisms
2) animals and plants, their products, and other quarantinable objects
from countries and regions infected by infectious diseases
3) animal carcasses
Persons intending to bring animals, plants, and related products or other
quarantinable objects into China must submit application forms to the
customs, and they should be examined by the frontier quarantine department.
Those who bring animals into China must present quarantine and other certificates
issued by the country or region of origin.
Each passenger is allowed to bring one pet into China. Such pets should
be accompanied by quarantine and rabies-immunization certificates.