China travel checklist

Tickets, money, passport! Your essential China to-do list and packing list.

Before you go

A checklist of the most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to China:

Use the quick links below to navigate the China travel guide or download the travel checklist.

To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? It must have at least six months' validity.
  • Visa: Have you secured your Chinese visa?
  • Vaccinations: Have you checked which shots you may need?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?
  • Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Subscribe to the latest Smartraveller updates for safety information on your destination.
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in China?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
  • Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around China, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
  • Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps, or the CHOICE China travel guide onto your mobile?
  • Medication: If you're travelling with prescription medication, do you have the original prescriptions and a letter of explanation from your doctor?

To pack

Tip: You can bring medication into China as long as it's a "reasonable amount for personal use". No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names), what they're for and dosage instructions.