Duquesne University School of Law

Study Abroad - China - Travel Information

Passport/Visa  

  • In order to obtain a visa to enter the People's Republic of China (PRC), you must have a passport valid for a minimum of six months before the date you enter the PRC. If you do not have a passport, you should apply for one immediately.
  • A visa is required for entry into the PRC. Duquesne University will provide proper instructions for all enrolled students to apply for a visa from one of several PRC Consulate General offices in the U.S.

Currency & Exchange Rate

  • The exchange rate between the Chinese currency RMB and the U.S. Dollar is approximately U.S. $1.00 = RMB 6.7 Yuans.   You may also access the Universal Currency Converter site for additional information on currency rates.
  • Chinese currency is now available in U.S. Banks and at international airports, including Beijing International Airport.  It is also available at the hotel.  U.S. Traveler's checks are acceptable in China.  Visa, Master Card and American Express are accepted in major hotels and big department stores.
  • Businesses accept cash, traveler's checks and credit cards for payment. 
  • ATMs are virtually everywhere. Banking is a big business in China. They provide instructions in English and accept international cards which are part of a major network such as Interac, Cirrus, Plus, Visa and MasterCard. The maximum withdraw is partly dictated by your own bank and is generally about 2500RMB. You will also find ATMs in hotel lobbies and department stores. Of course your own bank will probably charge you a fee but it is a small price to pay for the convenience of not having to carry a lot of cash. You cannot usually use a "foreign" debit card to make a purchase in a store.

Travel Alerts:

It is important for students to familiarize themselves with current travel conditions before traveling. For up-to-date travel information, students should always check the United States Department of State web site, which provides up-to-date travel information and warnings at the following address:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html

Travel Warnings:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

International Travel Safety Information for Students:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/safety/safety_2836.html