If you’re traveling to China for business, there are some important travel requirements you should be aware of. We listed 5 important tips for you to make your upcoming business trip to China a little bit easier. 1 – Passport & Visa Whether you’re traveling from the US, Europe or another continent, you should check your passport first. It must be valid for at least six months after your arrival in China. Besides that, all business travelers must apply for a visa. 2 – Registration If you arrived in China, visitors must register with the police within 24 hours of their arrival. You don’t have to go to a police station; you can register at the hotel. Keep in mind to do this within the 24 hours, otherwise, it can result in fines or even worse, you have to leave the country. 3 – Etiquette You’d better delve into the etiquette of China since its culture is totally different when comparing it to Western countries. A few tips:
- Be prepared to meet up several times to achieve your objectives. They prefer to establish a strong relationship before closing a deal.
- Don’t be late for your appointment. Being late is a serious offense in the Chinese business culture.
- Exchanging business cards is common practice, so make sure to bring plenty.
- Handshakes are common but wait for your Chinese counterpart to initiate the gesture.
- We all know China has an air quality problem, so bring a pollution mask with you.
- We can’t imagine doing business without a phone, tablet or notebook anymore.
- Do not forget to pack your universal adapter that can handle China’s 220 Volt/50Hz. Travel with a first-aid kit, it can be hard finding health products in China.
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