Tuesday, August 26, 2008

No Lithium Battery allowed in Check-in Luggage

With China opening up to the world and hosting of the Olympics, visiting China these days involves going through more stringent measures. The latest being the ban on lithium batteries in check-in luggage. This came into effect last week - the copy of directive I received is dated Aug 21, 2008.

If you intend to visit China or if you are a frequent traveller to China, this information is for you.

To ensure flight security, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a new regulation which takes effect immediately.

1. No lithium battery products in passenger's check-in luggage.

2. Passengers allowed to carry onboard consumer electronics and appliance installed with lithium battery for personal usage, including watch, calculator, camera, video camera, laptop, mobile phone, etc. Each passenger can bring no more than two pieces backup battery with proper packing and short-cut protection.

Whatever the immigration requirements (partly for the sake of security), China is still a country to do business in and visit for leisure. At least when I am there, I know it is a place where it is safe and hopefully free of undesirable elements.


  1. China is not really very safe. Well at least not as safe as Singapore. Ha, ha, ha...! ;D

    But China is certainly much more fun and exciting and beautiful than boring and puny Singapore.

  2. MB, I agree about Singapore being safer but China being more fun and exciting and beautiful. LOL!

  3. Anonymous2:30 PM

    I don't know about this..but pretty soon, they are gonna ban almost every other thing we carry on board. As it is now, I already feel the hassle boarding a flight but then again flight safety cannot be compromised.

  4. MBL, this new ruling is not that bad as you are still allowed to carry with you two extra batteries. They just do not allow them in the check-in luggage.

    Yeah, flying involves a lot of hassle these days. Like the cliche goes...Better be safe than sorry.

  5. Professional photographers probably need more than 2 pieces of backup batteries (-_-")

  6. KS, LOL! then being professional photographers, they will probably have to do some shopping in China.

  7. Anonymous5:58 PM

    As us human feel less secure, more restrictions are being applied. Gone were the convenience and peace of mind when traveling.

    Thanks for the info, good to know as I'm traveling to China end of Oct.

  8. CC, what a paradox, isn't it that progress brings with it restrictions. We definitely are not getting anywhere near "borderless".

    Goody!! Someone's going on a holiday to China! Enjoy!