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Risk Ratings  

    LOW TRAVEL RISK for China
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

Risk Summary

Normal travel is possible to most parts of China. Foreign business travellers face few major security issues when travelling in the country. Petty crime, particularly in crowded areas such as markets and train stations, and confidence tricksters, ranging from basic tourist scams to more elaborate commercial fraud, are the main risks to travellers. Violent crime against foreigners is rare, but not unheard of.

The authorities require activists to apply for permits before holding demonstrations. Nonetheless, demonstrations with or without official permits occur regularly. Protests mainly relate to land disputes, forced relocations, environmental and labour issues (unpaid salaries and poor working conditions) and local officials' alleged corruption or abuse of power. All protests should be avoided as a routine security precaution.

China's complex business environment can have security implications in some circumstances, for example, when restructuring, downsizing or starting operations. Foreign-invested companies and foreign travellers engaged in business with them are not immune to falling victim to China's complex corporate business regulations.

Other travel risks include natural disasters. China is primarily affected by seasonal typhoons, earthquakes and floods. Driving standards in the main cities are generally adequate, but deteriorate significantly as one moves away from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities and into more rural areas.

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is occasionally affected by social unrest due to ethnic tensions between the local ethnic-Uighur population and ethnic-Han Chinese. Such tensions have also resulted in low-level bombings and knife attacks carried out by Uighur militants, though the majority of such incidents are concentrated in the south-western prefectures of Xinjiang. While travel to Xinjiang can continue, members should be locally hosted and should ensure they have a comprehensive journey management plans in place.

The information above is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For China
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioTo protect themselves from polio, it is
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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