Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to China. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Western-style clinics are available in major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, but may not be available in smaller centres. Care in these clinics can be expensive.

Bottled water is widely available, and travellers should avoid drinking tap water. Check that the seal on the bottle is intact prior to purchase. Boiling water may not remove contaminants, such as heavy metals, from tap water.

For more information on travelling in China, please consult Smartraveller and its section on China.