Regulations for passengers carrying food on flights to the UK
It is illegal to bring any meat or agricultural products from countries outside of Europe into the UK
This restriction also applies to other foods, including fish, shellfish, eggs, and honey, as well as some plants and vegetables.
The purpose of such import restrictions is to protect the livestock and agricultural industries in the UK from foreign pests and diseases, as well as for the protection and health of passengers.
If you take the above items into UK, you may face significant delays, criminal prosecution, fines and penalties.
Before beginning your travel to the UK, please visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/ilsegmentali/default.htm for details of relevant regulations.
Suggestions for international travel.
Passengers on international flights are advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours before takeoff. This will ensure adequate time to check in at the airline counter and complete exit formalities including customs, identity certification, health inspection, etc.
During check-in, passengers shall hand their air tickets, passports, visas, yellow books (International Certificate of Vaccination) and other travel documents to the check-in agent and fill in Departure Card. After document verification, the passenger’s luggage will be weighed. All bags, including hand luggage, should be weighed on the platform scale at the counter. The agent will take possession of the check-in luggage and give the other bags back to the passengers; the attendants will write the number and weight of the bags on the plane tickets, attach the luggage tags to each piece of check-in luggage, and hand the luggage receipts and tickets to passengers. The check-in process is then complete.
Once the check-in process is complete, the agent will return the passports, tickets, visas, and yellow books to the passengers. They will also provide the passengers with departure cards, customs declaration forms and boarding passes required to complete all exit and customs formalities. The departure card and customs declaration form will be retained by customs officials. The officials will verify and return the boarding passes to the passenger as the passenger enters the departure hall. After carry-on luggage is screened and the departure card is handed to the customs officer, the passenger can exit the security area. Additionally, passengers may be given a seating card. The airline may assign the seats in advance or passengers will be permitted to choose their seats. Passengers should present this card when boarding the plane.
For further clarification, the procedures for group travel are described as follows:
- The tour leader from the travel agency briefly introduces the departure procedures to passengers;
- The tour leader pays the airport tax for all tourists; or each tourist pays the airport tax individually.
- Pass through the red channel with passports and airport tax receipts in hand. All check-in luggage must pass the security check;
- Carry out the boarding and check-in procedures; remove the necessary flight coupon in advance (do not damage other part of ticket); and keep the luggage tag after completing check-in formalities.
- Pass the health check; and present yellow books;
- Alphabetize passenger documents; and enter the border inspection area in the proper order. Long-term resident can go through other channels; those who are exiting or are in transit, must fill out the departure card.
- The tour leader submits, in duplicate, a list of names of the outbound passengers to border security officers for inspection. Customs officers will retain one copy and the other will be handed back to the tour leader after receiving the border inspection seal. The name list kept by tour leader will be used for inspection when entering a country.
- Pass security check; wait for and then board the plane.
Things not allowed to be carried on return flights to China
During the Spring Festival, a greater number of travelers tend to return to China carrying a significant number of items. Everyday, there are questionable items intercepted during inspection of carry-on luggage of passengers returning to China.
It is understood that items banned for entry include animal and plant pathogens, destructive and other (including biologicals) pests; animal carcasses and specimens; soil; fruits, eggplants, peppers and tomatoes; live animals as well as seminal fluid, embryos and other genetic material; eggs, hides, fur, coffin bones, horns, and meat (raw meat, sausage, ham, salt meat and etc.); animal aquatic products, dairy products, animal blood and its products. There are also items that passengers are allowed to carry but need to declare for quarantine. These include planted, cut and dried flowers; samples, exhibits, specimens of vegetation; dried fruit, dried vegetable, salted and preserved, and frozen vegetables; seeds, seedlings, and other propagating materials and tobacco (requiring approval from quarantine inspection before the entry); cereal grains and beans that are not for breeding; products of bamboo, rattan, willow and straw; cats, dogs and other pets (quarantine and vaccination certificates are required).
Due to the lack of understanding of relevant information and regulations, conflicts may occur between returning passengers and quarantine inspectors. Some passengers don’t take the process seriously. They think that carrying guava, pomelo, rambutan, or other foreign fruits as presents for their family is not a big deal. They don’t fully realize that even a tiny careless act may cause trouble or possibly disaster.
Once tiny foreign pests like citrus and Mediterranean fruit flies for example enter a country, they may cause vegetation like Solanaceae to become incapable of bearing fruit. This condition is extremely hard to reverse. Another example is the rotten fruit that people generally abandon after arrival. If the larvae inside the fruit come into contact with soil in an environment with suitable temperature, and humidity, there may be a disastrous impact causing significant economic losses to China.
Six notices for passengers on international flights
TNowadays, with increasing living standards and the expansion of opportunity, many more people have the opportunity to go abroad. Therefore, for the convenience and ease of passengers we are providing some general knowledge about traveling on an international flight. And here are six tips for passengers on international flights:
- Ⅰ.Seat reservations
assengers can reserve seats in advance directly from the airline or from a travel agent. The prices quoted by each airline for the same segment may be quite different, so it’s best for passengers to obtain quotes from several airlines, if possible. Passengers who have reserved seats on international or domestic flights shall complete the booking procedures before the sales deadline specified by the airline. If the passenger fails to purchase his/her ticket(s), the seat(s) he/she has reserved will be cancelled. For passengers with reserved seats on international or domestic continuing or returning flights scheduled to depart more than 72 hours after arrival, he/she shall re-verify the reserved seat no later than 72 hours before take-off, or the seat reservation will be cancelled automatically.
- Ⅱ. Child tickets
Tickets for children older than 2 and younger than 12 are charged 67% of adult ticket price and will be assigned a seat on the plane. Tickets for infants younger than 2 are charged 10% of adult ticket price and are not provided an assigned seat.
- Ⅲ. Airport fee
Every international passenger exiting China at a Chinese international airport will be charged a 90 RMB airport construction fee. Such fees will not be charged for passengers with diplomatic passports, passengers staying in China for less than 24 hours and children under the age of 12.
- Ⅳ. Free luggage weight limits
40kg for each passenger in first-class; 30kg for each passenger in business-class; 20kg for each passenger in economy-class.
- Ⅴ. Carry-on items
Besides the luggage allowed free of charge, each passenger can also carry the following items on board: a woman’s handbag, a coat or raincoat, a traveling blanket, an umbrella, a small amount of reading material, a small camera, a small telescope, baby food, a baby cradle, a collapsible wheelchair, a walking stick or artificial limb for the convenience of a passenger
- Ⅵ. Items not allowed to be transported in luggage
Combustible, explosive, corrosive, poisonous, radioactive, polymerizable, magnetized or any other dangerous items or materials are not permitted in checked or carry-on luggage. Passengers must not carry any items that are forbidden for exit, entry, or transit, as well as other items restricted for transport by relevant laws, government orders and regulations of the People's Republic of China and any other destination countries during transport. Weapons, edge tools, and lethal weapons are not allowed to be carried on board. Money, jewelry, gold and silver articles, tickets, securities, or other valuable item are not allowed in checked luggage.
What is the most economic way to carry foreign currency for traveling abroad?
At present, provisions on the control of foreign currency exchange in China are: by presenting a passport and visa, any person who goes abroad on private travel for the purpose of leisure, business, and visiting relatives, can exchange 2,000 USD, or its equivalent in other currencies according to the state-established exchange rate at the Bank of China prior to leaving the country. Students studying abroad at his/her own expense are also permitted to exchange money for documented tuition fees and living expenses in addition to the standard 2,000 dollar amount allowed before each exit. Depending on applicable regulations, any person who goes abroad on official business can exchange a certain amount of foreign currency according to the number of days spent abroad and the distance traveled.
If the duration of travel is short, the passenger can due to the relatively small amount of foreign currency required, carry cash. If foreign currency required reasonably exceeds the 2,000 USD, limit, the bank can issue a holding certificate at a cost of 5 Yuan. If going abroad to visit relatives, you can apply for a bill of exchange to bring with you since your travel locale is relatively fixed and your travel period is relatively long. This will allow the traveler to carry only a small amount of cash. The bank charges a fee of 2 RMB plus 0.1% the value of the exchange amount to issue the bill of exchange. After reaching the final destination, the bill of exchange can be used to obtain cash at a local bank. No additional bank fees will be charged for cash withdrawals or transfers while abroad.
If the amount of currency to be exchanged is large, it is recommended to use traveler’s checks in addition to carrying a small amount of cash. The traveler’s checks can be used both to make purchases and to obtain cash while abroad. They are convenient for making purchases abroad and no additional fees will be charged. If a traveler’s check is exchanged for cash, 3% of the cash value will be charged. Traveler’s checks are convenient, practical, secure, and can be registered if lost. Therefore, they are commonly used for international travel.