How to Survive the Health Check
Our guide on this essential visa step
If you're planning to live in Shanghai on a work or travel visa, you'll need to pass the health check to complete the visa process. The place to do this is at the Shanghai International Healthcare Center:
Address: No. 15, Jinbang Road (Hami Road), Shanghai
Chinese name and address:
How to get there: Take line 10 to Shuicheng Road subway station. You can take a taxi from the metro stop; the cost of the taxi should be less than 20 RMB. The tests themselves are relatively straightforward and should take between 40 minutes to 1 hour during non-busy times.
A completed health examination form (your employer or school will usually help provide this form)
A valid passport (with photocopies of the photo page and visa pages)
Four recent 2-inch color photos (these photos can be taken on-site for a fee of around 25 RMB)
Fee: At the time of writing the cost of the health check is 640 RMB (470 RMB for students). You can save money and time by having the results of the health check mailed to you for a small additional fee. Credit cards are not accepted, so be sure to bring enough cash with you.
For work visa: photocopy of business license or registration certificate.
For student visa: photocopy of student ID or admission notice
For accompanying family members: photocopy of family members' business license
When to go:
You need to book a time in advance before going for your health check. Your company or school will usually arrange this for you. If you do need to organise the health check yourself, you can make reservations here.
Try not to eat for at least 5 hours before the health check. Water is OK.
Bring enough cash to cover taxis, fees, and a little extra for photos, mailing fees and just in case there are any extra charges.
What to expect:
The procedure involves depositing your belongings in a safe and changing into a gown and slippers. You'll then be waved from room to room, and will quickly meet a number of doctors with varying levels of friendliness and English ability. Along the way, you'll be tested for height, weight and blood pressure. There is also a vision, blood, and heart test, an X-Ray and a sonogram of the organs.
Bad health? No problem.
If jogging before your morning muesli and 5 portions of fruit a day isn't your thing, don't worry. The health check is more a screening for major diseases and conditions than it is a health test, as this article testifies.