Over 570,000 British nationals visit mainland China every year. Most visits to China are trouble free but you should take out comprehensive international private medical and travel insurance before you travel.
Be sure to shop around for the right coverage and read the small print of all insurance policies. Evacuation and repatriation insurance cover are advised and remain a critical part of any travel plans. Overseas healthcare facilities may not provide the level-of-care you are used to back home, and in the case of an emergency the right iPMI plan may cover you for all eventualities, leaving you to travel with peace-of-mind.
Pollution: Risk To Asthma, Bronchial and Sinus Conditions
High levels of air pollution can occur in China and may aggravate the travellers or expatriates bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected.
Take care when attending events involving large crowds. Thirty six people died on New Year’s Eve in 2014 following a stampede at the New Year celebrations held in the Bund area of Shanghai.
Foreign nationals over the age of 16 must carry their passport at all times.
You must register your place of residence with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival.
Police have the power to detain you or prevent you from leaving China if you are suspected of a crime; have outstanding court action against you, or are involved in any kind of business dispute. This is called a travel ban. There are severe penalties in China for drugs-related offences including the death penalty.
Take particular care if you’re travelling in Tibet. Don’t attempt to travel to Tibet without the appropriate permits. Tibetan Autonomous Region, or Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures in neighbouring Provinces can be closed to foreigners without any notice.