Most everyone entering the People's Republic of China will be required to have a visa and a passport. Depending on a traveler's country of origin will determine how long one can be in the country without obtaining a valid visa.
All foreigners are expected to register with the local police department within 24 hours of arrival. Most hotels will do this automatically; otherwise, travelers will need to go to the police station themselves.
Many governments, including China's, now request proof that a minor is allowed to travel into foreign countries. A birth certificate, if both parents are present, or a notarized letter stating the child has permission to travel signed by the absent parent will suffice.
The Chinese government does not recognize dual citizenship. Travelers should enter the country under the passport of the country who's consulate or embassy they would contact in case of an emergency.
Travelers must exit the country before their visas expire. Many Chinese flights are overbooked, so reporting to the airport early will help ensure the traveler will be able to leave on time. Extending visas or replacing lost passports can take up to seven days.
Article Written By Savannah Groeneveld
Savannah Groeneveld has been passionately freelance writing for the past six years. Some of her articles have been published on auto.com, carsdirect.com, world66.com, eHow.com and in magazines such as Sunset and Architectural Digest. Groeneveld has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She received her M.A. in Education (Curriculum and Teaching) from Fresno Pacific University in 2008.