Police Sweep Shekou in Expat Registration Check

By Matthew Bossons, October 28, 2016

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Police officers were making the rounds in Shenzhen again last night, checking foreign passports and registration papers between 9-10pm, according to a story by Shekou Daily.

Based on photos circulating on WeChat, the operation took place in Shekou around the Boathouse in Coastal Rose Garden 2, with officers making their way towards Peninsula. Police were supposedly accepting copies and photos of police registration, reported Shekou Daily.

While police registration may seem like a bit of a hassle, it is the law in China and expats are strongly encouraged to visit their local police station and get registered. Below are the necessary documents you need to bring with you (both originals and copies):

  • Your passport/ other international documents

  • Your visa/ permits to stay

  • Rental contract

  • Additional documents may be required for some individuals

If you’re not inclined to believe that registering is important, take the US Embassy’s word for it: "Whether you are traveling to or living in China, you must register with the police within 24 hours of your arrival in the country. Even foreigners with residence permits are required to register after each re-entry. If you are staying in a hotel, the staff will automatically register you. However, if you are staying in a private home with family or friends, you should take your passport to the local police station to register. Failure to do so could result in fines and detention." 

[Image via Shekou Daily]

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