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All visitors travelling to China require a current passport which has at least 6 months validity and has a minimum of two blank pages in it. They must also obtain a visa prior to arrival. Visa applications usually take about 5 working days to process and the visa is usually valid for 1 month unless otherwise requested. Applications for visas should be made at a Chinese consulate and travel to China must take place within 90 days of the date of issue. Persons holding an APEC Business Travel Card do not require a visa, provided that it is valid for travel in China. Travel to Tibet will also require a special Tibet Entry Permit.
Documents for further travel within China and sufficient funds to cover the intended period of stay must be presented upon request upon arrival. Travellers arriving in China will be given a health declaration form and an arrivals form to complete. If staying in a hotel the staff will request to scan your passport and visas at check-in and if staying at a private residence you are required to register your address with the local police within 24 hrs of arrival.
As entry requirements may change from time to time it is strongly advised that you check with the department of foreign affairs or your local consulate or embassy for the current requirements.
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