Compare travel insurance for China

From Beijing’s Forbidden City to the Great Wall, and much more in between, China is a vast landscape full of stunning architecture and must-see attractions. So it’s no surprise that the country had 141 million visitors in 2018. Let’s take a look at how to find the right travel insurance ahead of your trip to China.

Patrick Ikhena From the Travel team
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How much is travel insurance for China?

If you’re travelling to China, worldwide travel insurance could cost just £10** for a week or £17*** for annual travel, based on Compare the Market data in June 2019. 

**50% of people could achieve a quote of £10 for worldwide travel insurance for 1 week based on Compare the Market data in June 2019. 
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £16.25 for Worldwide multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.
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What kind of travel insurance might I need for China?

That depends on what you’ll be doing in China. Low-risk sports are typically covered by regular travel insurance. If you’re planning anything more adventurous, you might need: 

  • extreme sports cover for activities such as hiking, zip lining or white water rafting  
  • water sports insurance can offer cover in case you get injured or your valuable sports equipment gets damaged. Make sure you check your policy for details of exactly what’s covered. 

Once you’ve got a policy, keep your insurance provider’s details with you in case you need to contact them while you’re away. If your plans change during your trip, you should speak with your provider to see if you can amend your cover level. 

Do I need a visa to travel to China?

Brits will need to get a visa to enter mainland China – including Hainan Island – but not Hong Kong or Macao. If you’re aged between 14 and 70 (inclusive), you’ll need to apply for a visa in person at a Visa Application Centre. Your passport needs to have at least six months’ validity when you enter China.  

Any other travel tips for China?

Vaccinations Visit your doctor four to eight weeks before your trip. You might be advised to have vaccines such as hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid (these are usually free on the NHS).

Climate: This varies a lot from region to region. In the north-east, which includes Beijing, it’s typically hot and dry between June and August, while the winters are freezing cold.

Time differences: China has only one time zone and is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping In general: Tipping isn’t expected. It’s more customary in Hong Kong, and leaving a tip at the end of a tour is acceptable.

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