Moving to China

Understand the rules and regulations that might affect your move to China, and read essential information to help plan your relocation...

Legal requirements to visit or stay in China might depend on your nationality, reason for entry, intended duration of stay and even income. This section outlines the residency requirements and registration procedures, and provides information about the different visas available when moving to China. It also aims to arm prospective expats with essential information about the country to help them plan their move.

So, if you need to know more about China’s economy, society and culture to help inform your decision to move, you’ll find key details here, along with an overview of the country’s geography, history and climate.

Bringing pets? Animals also need to have their papers in order! Find out about the documents and medical checks needed to import pet dogs, cats and other animals to China.

In this section you'll also find a useful relocation checklist to help plan your move, plus details on voting in home country elections while you are living in China, and advice for tying up your affairs when the time comes to move on and leave China.

For more information on any of these topics, simply browse the sections listed in the menu on the left.