China

Entry virtually impossible or very difficult. Test required.
Quarantine required.

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What is the COVID situation in China?

+83 New COVID cases in China
0 New COVID deaths in China
77.9% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 8, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 11 October 2021

Basic facts about China

China is a very large country located in Eastern Asia. The capital of China is Beijing and the most spoken language is Chinese. The national currency in China is Chinese yuan (CNY).

What taxi apps are available in China?

Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in China. However, there may be also other local taxi apps available there.

Practical information

Chinese yuan (CNY)Official currency
1 EUR~7.18 CNY
1 USD~6.34 CNY

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in China?

The official language of China is Chinese. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Chinese. As you go away from the main tourist destinations and into smaller towns and villages, you will notice a decrease in the usage of English, particularly among older generations over 50 years old. This is where knowing a few simple Chinese words may help.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, China was ranked 38th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in China?

There are 3 common plug types used in China:

Type A 220 V, 50 Hz  Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type I 220 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter China?

Currently, citizens of 20 countries can enter China without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

What are visa requirements to enter China?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter China.

Data last reviewed on: 11 October 2021

Is it safe in China?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On June 16, 2021, the risk level for China was changed to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Emergency phones in China

110 Police
120 Ambulance
120 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to China?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol

  • 1,5L of alcoholic drinks  (with alcohol content of 12% or above)

Tobacco

  • 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco

Data last reviewed on: 11 October 2021

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