Free Allowances on Entering China
Source: Beijing Offcial Website
Always double check information at:
Entry and exit
Upon arrival, foreign tourists to China must fill in a
Passenger Luggage Declaration at customs and accept a
customs check. Personal belongings will be admitted free of
duty, but gifts for relatives or friends in China, or
articles carried on their behalf, must be declared.
Visitors may bring in an unlimited amount of foreign
currency, Chinese Renminbi (RMB) traveler's cheques, and
their unspent portion maybe taken out.
While traveling domestically, baggage limits are 20 kgs on
both planes and trains.
Some tourists believe China lacks standard daily products
and food items. In reality, many high-quality daily
necessities and food items are available in most large
malls, department stores and hotels in China's major cities.
A lot of imported goods from foreign countries are also
available. Therefore, it is not necessary to overload your
luggage with common daily articles and food items.
Import and Export Allowances
Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco Products (Duty Free Allowance)
400 cigarettes - staying less than 6 months;
600 cigarettes - staying more than 6 months
4 cartons tobacco products
Alcoholic Beverages (Duty Free Allowance)
2 bottles - not exceeding 0.75 l - staying less than 6
4 bottles - not exceeding 0.75 l - staying more than 6
Chinese Herbs & Patent Medicines
Max. 300 yuan per person to abroad
Max. 150 yuan per person to Hong Kong, Macau
Exceeding the limit on musk and other Chinese herbs and
medicines is prohibited.
Gifts & Misc Items (Duty Free Allowance)
Reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.
Gold, Silver and Ornaments
Amount not exceeding 50 grams.
Exporting any of these purchased items (including
handicrafts of inlaid gold or silverware) only allowed with
special invoices issued by the PRC.
Should be sent to cultural administrative departments for
verification first and issued with an invoice permit or
One piece of the following items is allowed:
Camera, Portable tape-recorder, Portable cinecamera,
Portable video-camera, Portable computer.
Arms, imitation arms, ammunition, explosives of all kinds
Counterfeit currencies/negotiable securities
Printed matter, films, photos, gramophone records,
cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes/video-tapes,
CDs (video & audio), storage media computers, articles which
are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and
moral interests of China
Deadly poisons of all kinds.
Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana, other addiction inducing
drugs and psychedelics.
Animals, plants, or products made of/or infected with
Same as prohibited articles for import
Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photos, gramophone
records, cinema films, loaded recording tapes/video tapes,
CDs (video & audio), storage media for computers and other
articles which involve state secrets.
Valuable cultural relics and other relics prohibited for
Endangered or rare animals and plants (including their
specimen, seed, reproduction material).