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Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China


Updated: 2018-08-21

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Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China

(Adopted at the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People's Congress on June 30, 2012)


Chapter I General Provisions

Chapter II Exit and Entry of Chinese Citizens

Chapter III Entry and Exit of Foreigners

   Section 1 Visa

   Section 2 Entry and Exit

Chapter IV Stay and Residence of Foreigners

   Section 1 Stay and Residence

   Section 2 Permanent Residence

Chapter V Border Inspection of Transport Vehicles Exiting/Entering

Chapter VI Investigation and Repatriation

Chapter VII Legal Liabilities

Chapter VIII Supplementary Provisions

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 In order to regulate exit/entry administration, safeguard the sovereignty, security and social order of the People's Republic of China, and promote foreign exchanges and opening to the outside world, this Law is hereby formulated.

Article 2 This Law is applicable to the administration of exit and entry of Chinese citizens, entry and exit of foreigners, stay and residence of foreigners in China, and the exit/entry border inspection of transport vehicles.

Article 3 The State protects Chinese citizens' legitimate rights and interests of exiting and entering the country.

The legitimate rights and interests of foreigners in China shall be protected by laws. Foreigners in China shall abide by the Chinese laws, and shall not endanger China's national security, harm public interests and disrupt social and public order.

Article 4 The Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall, within the scope of their respective responsibilities, be responsible for administering exit/entry affairs.

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