Author: life-china

[How To]: Get Health Insurance in China

You need health insurance. We all do. Bones break, appendixes burst, and scooters crash. Look, you need insurance. It's just the responsible thing to do. Especially when you're an expat. Apart from the obvious, As a foreigner, you're more likely to need to go somewhere the doctors speak English, and that means you're going to probably have to pay for the privilege. There are long-term health concerns associated with living in China, and getting a plan now before you need it is way, way easier than trying to get it back home when you do. ...

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[How To]: Register When You Return to Shanghai

One would think the government knows quite well where we are, with all the apps and QR codes we're scanning whenever we go anywhere... guess not? Anyway, according to this announcement on Shanghai Fabu we now have to register on the suishenban app when traveling back to Shanghai from other provinces. The announcement further explains that, "Such online registration is mandatory even if people are coming from domestic areas without COVID-19 infection or it is just a one-day trip outside Shanghai, according to the government". From the sounds of it, it doesn't seem like there is anyone...

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[How To]: Register When You Return To Shanghai

One would think the government knows quite well where we are, with all those apps and qr codes we have to scan all the time. Anyway, according to this announcement on Shine we now have to register when traveling back to Shanghai from other provinces. The announcement further explains that "Such online registration is mandatory even if people are coming from domestic areas without COVID-19 infection or it is just a one-day trip outside Shanghai, according to the government". From the sound of it, there's no one checking if you've filled out the form, but you might be held...

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[How To]: Get a Divorce in Shanghai

Sometimes things just fall apart. Hey. It happens. The last thing you want is a messy, painful bureaucratic nightmare that'll follow you around for months or years. In the interest of minimizing stress, we reached out to Susanna, head of the international family law lawyer team at Shanghai V&T Law Firm, a Shanghai-based legal firm that deals with, among other things, expat divorces. Let's get cracking. [Disclaimer: This article is intended as a primer and a guide, not set legal advice. Can't stress this enough, if you show up at a Chinese court with this article as legal...

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Test & Vaccine History No Longer Required for Overseas Arrivals

The General Administration of Customs announced on Thursday that China is removing requirements for overseas arrivals to report previous nucleic acid test results, infection status and vaccination dates, as reported by Global Times. The new rule will come into effect on August 31. As shown in the picture below, previously foreign nationals coming to China had to declare whether they have been infected with COVID-19 in the past and whether they have had a COVID-19 vaccine. Screengrab via The General Administration of Customs WeChat. Now, those coming to China will only need to declare whether they have tested positive during...

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