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All foreign visitors are required to exit China before the expiry of their visa or passport. When leaving, you will be required to present your departure card, passport, visa, and other travel documents. Go through the green channel if you have nothing to declare, and head to the red channel and fill in the declaration form if you have goods to declare. After the security check, you will have finished the exit procedures.

 Persons Who Are Not Allowed to Exit
1. Persons who are holding invalid, forged, altered travel documents or travel documents in the name of another will not be allowed to exit and will be punished in accordance with the law.
2. The defendants of criminal cases or criminal suspects that are accused by public security bureau, people’s procuratorate, or people’s court, are not allowed to exit.
3. Persons who are involved in an unsettled civil case or any activities that violate Chinese laws and have not been concluded.

 Articles That Are May Not Be Taken From China
1. All weapons, simulated weapons, ammunition and explosive articles.
2. Fake currency and negotiable securities.
3. Manuscripts, printed items, film, photographs, CDs, recordings, movies, or computer memory mediums that related to the state secrets of China.
4. Deadly poison of all kinds.
5. Opium, morphine, heroin, marihuana and other addictive drugs and psychotropic substance.
6. Valuable cultural relics and other relics prohibited for exportation.
7. Endangered and rare animals and plants (including their specimens), their seeds and reproductive materials.

 Items That Are Need to be Declared when Exiting 
1. Ordinary cultural relics; gold, silver, and other valuable metals.
2. RMB in excess of 20,000, or foreign currency that exceeds USD 5,000 in value.
3. Trade samples and advertising items.
Note: you also need to provide the declaration form you filled in when entering China (if any).

 A Warm Reminder 
You will be required to fill in an Arrival Card when you enter China, to which a departure card is attached. Please retain the departure card with your passport, failure to do so may delay you departure from China.

Those who fail to abide by China’s exit regulations shall be liable to a penalty of CNY 1,000 to CNY 10,000, between 3 to 10 days detention, ordered to leave China within a specified time, or deportation. Those whose actions are serious enough to constitute a crime shall be prosecuted according to law. Any violation of the exit regulation will be recorded by the Chinese Immigration Department and your passport will also be endorsed. This action may result in failure to obtain a further Chinese visa in the future. 

The Chinese immigration department will give warnings to those who overstay in China; for those whose actions are serious will be punished a penalty of CNY 500 per day and not exceeding CNY 10,000 in total or detention of 5 to 15 days. The foreigners who have been expelled from China are not allowed to enter China in the following 10 years from the day they leave China.

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