Medical Checks for China

State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China requires foreigners who come to work in China to have a physical examination. If you have family members coming along, they need…

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State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China requires foreigners who come to work in China to have a physical examination. If you have family members coming along, they need physical examinations as well. The copy of the medical is one of the essential documents for applying for Work Permit. Without Work Permit, foreigners can’t apply for Z visa (work visa). Here’s a brief rundown of what you may be required to provide to the authorities and what to expect after arrival in China as far as medical checks are concerned.

Pre-Departure Medical Check


In order to obtain the ‘Z’ visa, some schools may require you to complete the following ‘physical examination record form’ whilst still in your home country.


There are two ways to finish your medical examination. It depends on where you live and if there’s any official hospital in your area. By “official”, it means ” Chinese Embassy recommended hospitals”.


a. Please consult China embassy in your area to get recommended hospitals to do the physical examination. The only difference between this a and b is that you do not need to redo the medical check again after you arrive China, because it has already has the official stamp from the Chinese Embassy. Please see the following example:


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b. If there isn’t one, please take the form attached (Physical Examination Record for Foreigner) and go to a legally registered hospitals in your country. We also recommend going to see your Doctor/ GP to ask them to complete the form as fully as possible.  A Doctor should be able to complete the majority of the form from your records without having to perform additional tests. In our experience, the form can be completed as follows and will be accepted by most provincial visa offices in China:


• The first page should be relatively easy for your doctor to complete;

•  On the second page, in the top box, a comment such as ‘normal’ is sufficient;

•  In the chest x-ray and ECG boxes, we suggest you do it. if it is too expensive in your country, you can ask your doctor to write ” normal”, but you need to do the examination anyway when you arrive China;

• The final box should include a comment stating that you are fit;

•  Ask your doctor to then sign the form with a stamp from your doctors’ surgery/ medical centre/ hospital

• You will also be required to attach a recent passport photo stamped by the doctor or issuing authority


To date, the above has been successful with our candidates… however please note that should this less detailed form not be accepted and the full medical examination required, it is likely that you will need a full medical check from a private clinic, which can cost anywhere from £200/ $300.  Some schools will cover the costs of this private examination, other schools will not.


Remember that often you will be required to gain a further medical checkup once you arrive in China if you do this way.


Please email  for further inquiry.

In-China Medical Check


Once in China, if you have travelled on a Z working visa or are in the process of applying for one, you will be required to have an in-country medical check. This will always take place within the first 30 days of arrival in China; sometimes employers prefer to get it out of the way quickly, so be prepared to potentially have it in your first or second week!


It is a relatively simple procedure, that depending on the number of people being processed, will take between 30-60 minutes start to finish. Multiple people will be ‘processed’ simultaneously, and it is very efficient. It’s absolutely nothing to be concerned about!


Before your medical check it is important to you remember to:


•  Skip breakfast the morning of the medical check

•  Continue to take any prescribed medication and take it with you to the exam so any Doctors are aware

•  Dress sensibly and comfortably. As X-rays will be conducted it’s not a good idea to wear a skirt or dress.


The Medical is carried out on behalf of the The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Security. They will be checking for the following throughout your Medical Check: Influenza, Poliomyelitis, Malaria, Dengue fever, Relapsing fever, Epidemic typhus HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis B, Plague, Cholera, Yellow fever and other infectious diseases required for disclosure by the State Council.


Entry and residence will be denied for those testing positive or showing condition of any of the above in addition to: Severe Psychosis, Infectious Tuberculosis disease and any other physical or mental conditions, deemed to be a threat to China’s health and safety standards.


You’ll usually be required to go to different rooms for the following examinations:

•  Blood test with sterile needles and gloves

•  Urine Test

•  Ultrasound

•  ECG

•  Blood pressure check

•  Pulse regularity check

•  Stethoscope check for breathing regularity

•  X-Rays (usually of the torso)

•  Vision test

•  Height and Weight check

•  The follow-up Health Certificate will usually take a couple of working days to process following your check. All being well, your employer will register this with the authorities.


For privacy protection, please email for completed examples of Medical form.




Medical check for Visa application is only valid for 6 months. If it expires, you have to do it again for visa application purpose. This information regarding the medical check is purely a guide, and only for reference; policies of the Chinese Embassy regularly change.



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