Before moving to China, you should take the time to talk to your doctor. Not only might a health certificate be required for a long-term residence permit: it’s also important to know which health risks might await you. Moreover, the right insurance policy is a prerequisite for a successful stay.
If you are looking forward to living in China for a while, health issues might not even be on your mind. Of course, we hope that your time abroad will be free of any kind of trouble whatsoever. However, as always, the old saying applies: proper planning does prevent many a problem later on. For this reason, it’s essential to read up on health and insurance in China. First of all, you should talk to your family doctor about required and recommended immunizations. In order to get booster shots for your standard vaccinations, you might also need to be vaccinated for a variety of illnesses. Moreover, you should make sure to pack a personal travel health kit and get a medical check-up before you leave. Also discuss common health risks in China with your physician. These include insect-borne diseases like malaria or dengue fever, avian influenza (aka "bird flu"), and especially ailments caused by air pollution.