I'm wondering if I have to declare my personal, used iPhone 6 when entering China as a tourist. Will they make me pay tax on it because it is an expensive phone?

  • This is a duplicate of this question.
    – alx9r
    Feb 14, 2015 at 15:33
  • @alx9r – no it is not, this is country specific. China has very particular customs laws. Thank you.
    – ThatGuy77
    Feb 14, 2015 at 19:31
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    Sure. Every country has specific laws. That's why that other question has a different answer for each country/customs area.
    – alx9r
    Feb 14, 2015 at 19:53
  • Except it doesn't cover China...
    – Mark Mayo
    Feb 15, 2015 at 0:56
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    Yep. The question is a duplicate, the answer not.
    – alx9r
    Feb 15, 2015 at 1:04

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According to travelchinaguide.com that is not necessary:

Question: I’m traveling to China with my Iphone, Ipad, and MacBook. Do I need to declare them and pay the tax when I enter China?

Answer: You do not need to declare and pay the tax for your personal items, such as smart phone, tablet PC, laptop, and digital camera, if within reasonable quantity (one for each). However, if you are taking another brand new phone or laptop with the outer packing and instruction book as a gift for your friend in China, you should declare the new one and pay the tax.


According to my personal experience you don't have to declare it as long as it's not new item. I entered China with my IPhone, Samsung tablet, and Dell Laptop. No problem.

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