- Reviewed: 28 February 2018, 16:15 NZDT
- Still current at: 17 October 2018
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Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to the potential for violent civil unrest.
Exercise normal safety and security precautions
Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in China.View Larger Map Close/Open map
China has low crime rates generally, however petty theft targeting foreigners such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft of passports, laptops and cellphones occurs. You should take appropriate steps to ensure that your belongings are secure, particularly on public transport, in popular tourist locations and shopping districts.
Demonstrations occur from time to time and there has been civil unrest in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions that has sometimes led to violence. Unauthorised public gatherings may be dispersed by force. New Zealanders in China are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
There have been a number of instances of violent unrest in this region in recent years, including in the cities of Urumqi and Kashgar. Explosions and clashes with security forces resulted in a large number of deaths. Future incidents of violent unrest are possible and curfews and restrictions on movement may be imposed with little warning.
Tibet Autonomous Region
Travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) by foreigners requires a permit and participation in an organised tour. Entry conditions for foreigners are subject to change by the local authorities at short notice. Even if they already have been granted a travel permit, New Zealanders intending to travel to the TAR should check with their travel agent for updates before departure.
New Zealanders should be wary of scams targeting tourists when travelling in China. Common scams involve a tourist being invited for a massage, tea tasting or to a café or bar for a variety of reasons including to practice English. The tourist is then pressured to pay an exorbitant bill which may be accompanied with threats of violence, assault and credit card skimming.
General travel advice
Visa restrictions are strictly enforced in China, If you require a full visa you must obtain this prior to travel. Transit visas (issued on arrival) are available for some short visits, however, strict conditions apply, including the need to remain within a specified area and to provide evidence of onward travel to a third destination within a specified time limit. Visa and other entry and exit conditions can change at short notice, New Zealanders should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of China for up-to-date information.
New Zealanders travelling or living in China should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in China are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China
New Zealand Consulate-General Chengdu, China
Street Address Unit 02, 33F Yanlord Landmark Office Building, No. 1 Section 2, Renmin South Road 610016, Chengdu, Sichuan Telephone +86 28 6132 6672 Fax +86 28 8591 6551 Email email@example.com Hours Mon-Fri 0830-1200, 1300-1700 hrs
New Zealand Consulate-General Guangzhou, China
Street Address Suite 3006, TaiKoo Hui Tower 1, 385 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510620 Telephone +86 20 8931 9600 Fax +86 20 8931 9610 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs
New Zealand Consulate-General Shanghai, China
Street Address 2801-2802A & 2806B-2810, Corporate Avenue 5, 150 Hu Bin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200021 Telephone +86 21 5407 5858 Fax +86 21 5407 5068 Email email@example.com Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1200, 1300 - 1700 hrs
See our regional advice for North Asia