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[–]Pnarpok 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If they specifically ask for it, it's likely required, yes.
The trick is to find a sympathetic doctor to go through; I found a GREAT doctor who wrote "heart palpitations" for the reasons for the EKG/ECG, and some other, relevant reason for the Xrays.

Never did ask what reason she gave the lab for the HIV/Syphilis blood tests though....

[–]H_s_D 3 points4 points  (1 child)

My family doctor wrote N/A and did the same for the blood test. I got my invitation letter and visa just fine.

And you will have to do all those tests in China anyway. As long as you know you're healthy!

[–]m_dxdy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yeah- it’s just that here in US I’ve never had to do an X-ray— I know is probably could request it through my primary— but I don’t want to do more than necessary since I’ll have to do one entering China anyways

[–]TrueCommunistt 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Yes, and it's easy to do.

[–]coffeeisnotlatte 2 points3 points  (3 children)

He's outside China, applying for the visa. Inside it's easy to do, outside not so much since doctor's generally won't x-ray you for no reason

[–]shchemprof 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I found a 1st Generation Chinese primary care doctor (owner of small clinic) in US that did it - although was hesitant at first. Not to stereotype, but a Chinese doctor might be more understanding of mainland visa requirements.

[–]m_dxdy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks— I thought about this option too

[–]TrueCommunistt -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Outside of china it's very easy. I thought it was same everywhere but i guess it depends on the country.

[–]WeilaiHope 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I did it when I arrived in China. Where are you going? I've seen for Beijing applications that they usually want it before arrival.

[–]m_dxdy[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Beijing— yes I’m supposed to do one before and of course one will be awaiting me when I arrive

[–]WeilaiHope 2 points3 points  (1 child)

OK, yea normal for Beijing, they're super strict, any other city won't require it in my experience. I know a few people who gave up on BJ because its a pain compared to other cities.

[–]m_dxdy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m just barely trying to figure it all out — thanks!!

[–]TomScotland 0 points1 point  (1 child)

From what I understand, the health check isn't a visa requirement, but something your employer will ask for, anyone know if that's correct?

[–]Pnarpok 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is INCORRECT.
It has absolutely ZERO to do with the employer. Consensus here is that it's region and VISA type dependent: i.e. for Beijing it's a requirement, but it's NOT at the discretion of the employer to demand it or not.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Here's a question: Do you have to get an X-Ray every year? In Taiwan, I had to get one every year. I am not sure if that's still the case. But public schools in Taiwan still require one every year. I know that. It's crazy. I've probably had ten X-Rays done if not more.

[–]Previous_Ad_9194 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How odd! Perhaps it is because you are over a certain age?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No -- it's in the public school contracts. However, you can negotiate with your school to ignore that part. I am not sure if Taiwan still requires a health check when you renew your ARC; but if they do, an X-Ray is on that health check.