China health & safety

Safety and security
Crime against foreigners happens rarely but it does still occur both in the cities, and in the smaller towns.  As in many countries, the major tourist sites can attract thieves so be careful with your passport, cash and possessions.  


Avoid trekking alone in isolated or sparsely populated areas, including those that follow parts of the Great Wall.  If you do intend to do so, it’s best to leave your travel itinerary and anticipated date of return with your accommodation

Medical services
All the larger cities have excellent medical facilities with internationally trained staff.  Communication is no problem as they have English speaking doctors and nurses.

Medical care is more limited in rural areas – medical equipment and medicines are not as extensive as in the larger cities and chances are you may not get English-speaking staff.

A yellow fever vaccination is required if you’re entering China from an endemic country.  Hepatitis A and a B shots are strongly recommended and you should ensure your Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis shots are up to date (get a booster shot if you had these more than 10 years ago).

Other vaccinations are also recommended depending on the duration of your trip and what parts of China you’re visiting.  Typhoid fever, rabies, Japanese encephalitis or Tuberculosis shots could be required.  Check with a doctor before traveling to be sure.

Travel Insurance
Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like on the Great Wall of China or in an alley in Beijing at 3 am.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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