Entry requirements (visa/passport)
You must have a valid passport to enter China, with a validity date at least six months beyond the end of your intended period of stay. It's also advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you, and to store a photo of the personal identification and Chinese visa pages of your passport on your phone.
You are legally required to carry your passport at all times when travelling in China and, if living in China, your residency card.
If you lose your passport while in China, you will need to obtain an emergency passport from the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing and then apply for an exit visa before you can leave China. This is a lengthy bureaucratic process which can delay your exit from China for up to two weeks.
Irish citizens need a visa to visit China. To obtain a visa, you should contact the Chinese Embassy in Dublin at chinaemb email@example.com well in advance of your planned visit. Please ensure that you have the correct visa before travelling to China and that you leave the country before your visa expires. If you wish to extend your visa or apply to change your visa while in China you must contact the local Public Service Bureau. Violations of Chinese immigration laws can result in severe penalties, including arrest, imprisonment, fine and deportation.
It is now possible for Irish citizens to visit China for a short period (no more than 144 hours) using various visa-free transit schemes in certain Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. However, the Embassy is aware of cases where Irish citizens were denied visa-free transit access to China despite complying with all published requirements. The Embassy would recommend that citizens continue to seek a visa in advance of all visits to China.
If you plan to work in China and bring your family with you, you may need to submit authenticated birth and marriage certificates with their residence applications. You may also be required to have other documentation authenticated. The Irish Embassy can't authenticate documents; only the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin can authenticate your certificates, and for them to be legally valid in China they should then be legalised by the Chinese Embassy in Dublin. We recommend that you check these requirements with your employer before you travel.
If you need to extend or apply for a new visa while you're in China, you must apply through the local Public Security Bureau. Be aware that visa extensions cannot exceed the term of the original visa so travellers issued with a 30 day visa can only apply for an extension of 30 days once. The Irish Embassy in China cannot advise on visa requirements or processes, and cannot influence or speed up the process of issuing or converting your Chinese visa.
Chinese authorities may place an exit ban on an individual to prevent them from leaving the country. An exit ban may be placed on an individual in connection to an investigation into the individual, their family or an employer, and in criminal and civil matters, including business disputes. It is not always evident that you are the subject of an exit ban until you try to leave the country. If you are unable to leave the country because of an exit ban, please contact the Embassy or Consulate General immediately and seek legal advice.
Foreigners must register with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival in China. If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, they will carry out this procedure on your behalf. If you are staying with friends or family, you must register personally.
Travellers must keep their passport and visa page with them at all times. It is advisable to make a copy of your passport and visa page and keep it in a safe place while travelling.
Leave a copy of your passport (and travel, insurance, and visa documents) with family or friends at home. You may wish to consider sending scanned copies of these documents to your personal email account for ease of access.
You must have a valid passport to enter China, with a validity date at least six months beyond the end of your intended period of stay. It's also advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you, and to store a photo of the personal identification and Chinese visa pages of your passport on your phone or email account.
Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
To enter Hong Kong you must possess a passport that is valid for at least one month beyond the date of your intended stay, adequate funds to cover your stay and evidence of onward/return transportation. Many neighbouring areas require that your passport is valid for at least six months before they will allow you to enter, so if you plan on regional travel beyond Hong Kong, make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to enter such areas. You do not need a visa for tourist visits of up to 90 days.
Many areas in China can experience high levels of air pollution. We advise all Irish visitors and residents to monitor the updates and advisories from the Air Quality Health Index.
Travel to Tibet is restricted and is only possible if you have a travel permit. Within China, you can apply to the Foreign Affairs Office of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. If you're applying from abroad, consult your local Chinese Embassy or your travel agent.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for China.
Avian Flu/Influenza A(H7N9)
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has advised that there has been a steep increase in human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) recorded in 2017 in China. The number of cases is already higher than the previous waves of the illness recorded in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
As a precaution, you should avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has up to date information on their website: www.who.int/
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:02:05 BST