FAQs

What vaccinations will I need for my trip to China?

       This depends on what vaccinations you already have and what country you are coming from. We suggest that you consult a travel doctor from your country before...

       This depends on what vaccinations you already have and what country you are coming from. We suggest that you consult a travel doctor from your country before you arrive. (NOTE: Check early because some vaccinations may require as much as two months before arrival to China).

Do I need an HIV test?

       Anyone coming to China to teach is required to have a full medical examination in order to meet the guidelines for working in China. This includes test resul...

       Anyone coming to China to teach is required to have a full medical examination in order to meet the guidelines for working in China. This includes test results recorded on an "official" Chinese health form, chest x-ray, ECG, blood tests, Hepatitis and Syphilis test, and HIV/AIDS test. If the medical is done in the home country, all original results must be brought into China and presented to the host institution. These complete your file for the Public Security Bureau, allowing you to receive a Residency Permit. If the medical is not done in the home country, it must be performed in China after arrival at the host institution. Without a medical exam, a person cannot live and work in China. The medical form should be stamped with an official physician, clinic, or hospital stamp.

What about sick leave and pay, maternity leave and pay?

       A foreign teacher is allowed up to 30 sick leave days with the verification of a doctor. In some cases, if the illness is lengthy, the teacher receives a pro...

       A foreign teacher is allowed up to 30 sick leave days with the verification of a doctor. In some cases, if the illness is lengthy, the teacher receives a pro-rated salary for that time. The institution has the right to terminate employment if a teacher is not able to resume a normal working schedule after 30 days of sick leave. If a teacher is diagnosed with an illness that cannot be cured within a short period of time, arrangements are made to return that teacher to their home nation as soon as possible.

       Institutions provide medical services to the teacher up to approximately 1,000 Yuan RMB ($120 USD) during a contracted period of time. In some cases, an institution will pay only 80% of medical expenses. Medical care is normally sought at the institution’s clinic or designated hospital. If a teacher wishes to go elsewhere, they must bear the medical costs themselves. There are no provisions for maternity pay.  The same medical information holds as for illness.

What about accident, health and hospital insurance?

       Foreign teachers should bring any long-term medications with them, since many western medicines are not available in China. Supplies should be sufficient to ...

       Foreign teachers should bring any long-term medications with them, since many western medicines are not available in China. Supplies should be sufficient to cover the length of stay, plus one month. A person cannot count on renewing a prescription in China. However, it is a good idea to have a copy of the original prescription with your documents, so that people will know what medications you are taking and for what conditions, in case of emergency.

       It is highly recommended that anyone traveling to China carry their own health insurance from their home nation. In China, insurance cards are not recognized and the treated person must pay for everything in cash, get receipts, and then take up reimbursement questions with their insurance company.

       It is wise to bring an extra pair of glasses and/or contact lenses when coming to China. It is recommended that the person also bring the glasses/contact lens prescription and specifications for replacement purposes, if necessary.

Do I need a physical exam?

       Anyone coming to China to teach is required to have a full medical examination in order to meet the guidelines for working in China. This includes test resul...

       Anyone coming to China to teach is required to have a full medical examination in order to meet the guidelines for working in China. This includes test results recorded on an "official" Chinese health form, chest x-ray, ECG, blood tests, Hepatitis and Syphilis test, and HIV/AIDS test. If the medical exam is done in your home country, all original results must be brought to China and presented to the host institution. These complete your file for the Public Security Bureau, allowing you to receive a Residency Permit. If the medical exam is not done in your home country, it must be performed in China upon arrival at the host institution. Without a medical exam, a person cannot live and work in China. The medical form should be stamped with an official physician, clinic, or hospital stamp.

       A teacher should be current with vaccinations and any other injections deemed necessary to international travel as advised by the physician. Unless teaching for a period of time in the extreme southern part of China, people do not need to worry about malaria or other tropical diseases. It is wise to have a vaccination certificate (WHO) listing your inoculations and dates of injections in case they are needed for any reason.

Can I have another part time job or teach at my spare time to earn extra income?

       It depends on the requirements of your institution. As long as you fulfill your contracted teaching hours and responsibilities, most schools will allow you t...

       It depends on the requirements of your institution. As long as you fulfill your contracted teaching hours and responsibilities, most schools will allow you to earn some extra money through another job or more teaching in your spare time. You have to obtain the permission of your school when you intend to work a part-time job.