daniel flores

Travelled to 14 countries / regions

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Lived in HK 2018-2019; visited China again in 2020



Asia > China > Useful Info
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 Useful Info

How to fill out China's Entry and Departure Card

  • All foreigners entering China for any purpose need to fill out the arrival card, and upon leaving need to fill out the departure card. It's really easy to fill out and this is what the card looks like in 2020:User submitted photo of China
  • The card is usually given out by the flight attendants on your flight into China, but there are also stacks of these cards at the customs & immigration line at Chinese airports. If you're taking the high speed train into China from Hong Kong, you'll find these out at the West Kowloon Station in HK (all the immigration lines I've been to in China provide pens to fill these forms with)
  • The card that they hand you on the flights are usually combined arrival and departure card, with the right side being arrival and left side being departure card:User submitted photo of ChinaWhen you enter China you just need to fill out the right side/arrival card portion of the combined card. The left side/departure card is something you keep on you and only fill out when you exit China. You don't have to tear the card yourself, just give the whole thing to the immigration officer and he/she will tear it for you
  • Unlike the cards you get on your flights, the ones you get at the immigration line at Chinese airports or West Kowloon Station are just the arrival card (the right portion of the picture above)
  • You don't need to fill out this card if you're just connecting through China. This means you have an outbound flight within 24 hours out of the same city to somewhere outside of mainland China (HK and Macau are ok) then you don't need to fill out this card. Although double check with your flight attendant on your situation, and it never hurts to fill it out just in case
  • The arrival cards are pretty self-explanatory to fill out:
  • Family/last name
  • Given/first name <- also write your middle names here
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Intended address in China <- you can either write the full address in numbers and alphabet, or you can just write the full name of your hotel if you're staying at a major hotel (for e.g. "Westin Shenzhen Nanshan")
  • Flight Number/Ship Number/Train Number <- your inbound flight, train, or ship number
  • Visa number <- if you're entering China on visa exemption then just put a dash — through it
  • Place of Visa Issuance <- the city where your Chinese visa was issued. Again if you're entering China on visa exemption then just put a dash through it
  • Purpose of your visit <- check one box
  • Signature
  • The departure card is even simpler:
  • Family/name name
  • Given/first name
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Flight number/Ship number/Train number
  • Nationality
  • Signature
  • You just need to fill out the front side of the card. There's nothing on the back to fill out. Also, there also isn't any separate customs forms to fill out for what you're bringing into China. This is the only thing you need to fill out when going into China