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Bringing your pet to China

Chinese Tiger, Bringing your pet to China

According to the regulations of Customs and Animal/Plant Quarantine Administration of the People's Republic of China, travelers (working in China for more than 6 months) wishing to bring pets to China should follow the steps below:

1. Obtain a pet vaccination certificate which is valid for one year, as well as a pet health certificate, which should be issued by the Animal Quarantine Agency in your country. The above certificates should be notarized by the local notary agency and legalized by your Foreign Ministry before they are legalized by the Chinese Embassy in your country.

2. The pet will be separated from the owner and put under quarantine of a professional agency designated by the Border Animal Quarantine Administration (referred BAQA hereafter) for about 30 days. The BAQA has all the rights to issue the certificate if the pet is healthy or discard it in its own way if the pet is not physically qualified.

3. The pet owner shall pay all the necessary expenses on the pet for its food, attendance, management, etc. during the quarantine.

For more information, please check with the relevant Chinese Customs or Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus.

Going back home

Please be aware that when you repatriate you have to follow a similar set of procedures! The cost of brining out a cat or dog could easily set you back USD 10.000,- or more according to expatriates going back in 2010. Be aware that China is in the Rabies Zone, which is why export is far more difficult.


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Chinese Visa Types

China Visa Types

Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory . The Chinese visa authorities may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service or Ordinary Visa to a foreigner according to the identity and purpose of visit of the applicant and their passport type.

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China Marriage Law

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Chapter One General Principles

Article 1 This Law lays the basic principles for marriage and family relations.
Article 2 A marriage system based on freedom, monogamy and equality between man and woman shall be implemented.
The lawful rights and interests of women, children and old people shall be protected.
Birth control shall be practiced.
Article 3 Marriage arranged by any third party, mercenary marriage and any interference in the freedom of marriage shall be prohibited. Any exaction of money or property by means of marriage shall be prohibited.
Bigamy shall be prohibited. No one who has a spouse may cohabit with any other person.
Familial violence shall be prohibited.
Maltreatment or desertion of any family member shall be prohibited.
Article 4 Husband and wife shall be truthful to and respect each other. Family members shall respect the old, take good care of the underage, and help each other so as to maintain an equal, harmonious and cultured matrimonial and familial relationship.

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Who owns what if you're married to a Chinese?

Chinese Marriage Law, Common Property Stipulations

The common property refers to the property acquired and owned by the wife and the husband through the duration of marriage. The duration of marriage starts from the date of marriage to the date either party dies or the date of divorce.

1. What is common property under China Marriage Law?

The common property refers to the property acquired and owned by the wife and the husband through the duration of marriage. The duration of marriage starts from the date of marriage to the date either party dies or the date of divorce. Except as otherwise agreed, all and any property acquired in the duration of marriage shall be deemed as common property. Such agreement for exception refers to agreement such as prenuptial agreement.

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New Law addressing foreign drivers in China

New law for foreign drivers in China

The Ministry of Public Security introduced a new law on January 1. 2009 requiring all foreign drivers to be under the same jurisdiction as Chinese drivers.

This means that the Chinese authorities will have the right to detain and imprison foreigners suspected of being responsible for the accident until the case is closed. This is also in accordance with Chinese laws which prohibit foreigners to leave the country while you are involved in criminal or civil cases.

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