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CBMDA's international relocation programme assists our UK/EU members with all the information required to become a medical or dental expat and continue your professional career in China. We will also give our members immigration advice as well as the relevant information needed for your family, including employment opportunities for your spouse, international schools for your children. 



UK/EU-trained and licensed doctors can work in China on invitation by a China-based clinic or hospital, and will be allowed into the country on a Z Visa, or ‘work visa’. However, opening your own clinics without Chinese help is a trickier matter. As with all Z Visas, the duration of the working visa can’t be extended, but the doctor can renew it for another year towards the end of its duration.


There are three main steps that every foreign-trained doctor needs to practice clinically in China, once you have been given a job offer by a Chinese company, your company may take care of some or all of these for you. These rules also apply to doctors trained in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.


  1. Take a foreign doctor examination in China, with both written and oral tests. Enquire at your local Public Health Bureau for the designated place to register and take the exam (see the bottom of the article for a list of first-tier-city bureau addresses); they are usually held in local medical colleges.

  2. Apply for a work permit, using the documents mentioned on this page.

  3. Apply for the Permit for Foreign Doctors Practicing Medicine Short-time in China at the Medical Administration Division of your local Public Health Bureau.


Documents needed to take the exam:


  • Application form for Foreign Doctors Practicing Medicine Short-time, in both Chinese and English.

  • Degrees, diplomas or certificates, notarised in China.

  • Foreign Medical License, notarised in China.

  • Health certificates provided by designated hospitals in China (check with local Public Health Bureau for information).

  • Resume.

  • Recommendations from two Chinese doctors, both with at least secondary senior physician title, within the same speciality. Attach photocopies of certificates confirming the Chinese doctors’ ranks in the Chinese medical establishment.

  • If someone is registering the foreign doctor on his or her behalf, that person should carry a paper stating this, with the doctor’s signature. A photocopy or fax will not do.

  • Two recent passport photos.

  • A photocopy of the license of the medical agency or agencies that is/are giving the invitation and job offer to the foreign doctor.


Normally the test is held twice a year, in February and August, though this may change depending on the province. The test results should be delivered after 30 days.


Documents needed to apply for the Permit for Foreign Doctors Practising Medicine Short-time in China


  • Application Form for Foreign Doctors Practicing Medicine Short-time in both Chinese and English.

  • Degrees, diplomas or certificates, notarised in China.

  • Foreign Medical License, notarised in China.

  • Health certificates provided by designated hospitals in China (check with local Public Health Bureau for information).

  • Two recent passport photos.

  • Qualification report for the Foreign Doctor Examination.

  • Valid work permit.

  • Photocopy of the license of the medical agency or agencies that is/are giving the invitation and job offer to the foreign doctor.


*All the documents in English or other languages must be translated by registered translation companies.

Public Health Bureau addresses





Beijing Municipality Health Bureau, Zhonghuan Building, 70 Zaolin Qianjie, Xuanwu district


Contact: 010-8397-0601,

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm




Bureau of Health of Guangzhou Municipality, 182 Dongfeng Xi Lu, Guangzhou 


Contact: 020-8108-1186

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-12 noon; 2 pm-5 pm, 




Shanghai Municipality Commission of Health and Family Planning, Building 4, 300 Shibocun Lu, Shanghai 


Contact: 021-6289-7000, 021-2311-1111

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-11:30 am; 1:30 pm-5:30 pm




Health and Family Planning Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Compound 21, Tianbei Yi Lu, Luohu district, Shenzhen 


Contact: 0755-2553-1460, 0755-2553-1462 ,

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm

UK/EU Medical and Dental Candidates


CBMDA's international relocation programme would assist our UK/EU members with all the information required to become a medical or dental expat and continue your professional career in China. We will also give our members immigration advice as well as relevant information needed for your family, including other employment opportunities for your spouse, international schools for your children. 


CBMDA Referral Scheme Candidates  

Study and Work Placement in International Hospitals

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics

Beijing, China

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU, Chinese: 和睦家医院) was the first international standard hospital established in China. It opened in 1997 as a joint venture between Chindex International, Inc. and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Beijing United Family was the first foreign-invested hospital to operate in China. In 2009, the hospital had 50 beds and sees over 2,500 patients every week with its 17 departments and services.

The hospital has imported equipment and modern facilities, and has the capability to diagnose and treat medical problems ranging from minor ailments to severe illness. Their 24-hour emergency and intensive care services are among the most advanced in Beijing.

China-Japan Friendship Hospital

Beijing, China


The China-Japan Friendship Hospital (Chinese: 中日友好医院) was established through the cooperation of the Chinese and Japanese governments during the 1980s. The hospital has been directly affiliated with China's Ministry of Health since its first day of operation, October 23, 1984. The hospital is located on East Yinghuayuan Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing. The hospital covers 9.7 hectares, with floorspace of facilities measuring 180,000 square meters. Within the hospital, there are 1,500 beds, 58 departments, as well as a clinical research and education center. The hospital has intensive care and treatment of severe diseases as a primary focus and integrative eastern-western medicinal therapy as an additional area of expertise. The hospital often attends to the health care of senior officials from over 100 countries and regions

Peking Union Medical College Hospital

Beijing, China

Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) is a Class A tertiary comprehensive hospital committed to delivering state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative scientific research and rigorous medical education. It is designated by the National Health and Family Planning Commission as one of the national referral centers offering diagnostic and therapeutic care of complex and rare disorders, as well as one of the earliest Chinese hospitals offering medical care to senior leaders and foreign patients. PUMCH enjoys high reputation for its full range of disciplines, cutting-edge technologies and outstanding specialities. From 2009 to 2015, PUMCH has consecutively topped the “Best Hospital Ranking in China”, which was published by the Hospital Management Institute, Fudan University.

OASIS International Hospital

Beijing, China



OASIS International Hospital (Chinese name: 北京明德医院, Pinyin: Běijīng Míngdé Yīyuàn) is a full service private hospital in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. OASIS opened in February, 2012. OASIS International Hospital offers a full range of medical treatment, imaging, and laboratory work, designed to meet international standards of care. The hospital is located north of Beijing’s 798 Art District in a 15,000m² facility with 60 inpatient beds and 24/7 emergency care. Its staff are multilingual and its doctors are internationally trained. Languages spoken by doctors include: English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Korean, and Persian. The hospital has direct billing with most major international insurance providers.

Clifford Hospital

Guangzhou,  China 

Founded in 2001, Clifford Hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China is the first hospital in China accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and it has been awarded China's Level A Tertiary Hospital. Clifford Hospital covers an area of 90,000 square meters and has the capacity of 600 inpatients. It serves 3,000 outpatients per day. Currently, a new inpatient building is under construction.The total number of inpatients beds will increase to 2,100 while the outpatient clinical visits is anticipated to increase to 12,000 once the building is complete. The hospital accepts both Chinese patients and patients from foreign countries, such as the US, Canada, Malaysia, India and the Philippines. It has more than 40 clinical units.

Peking University International Hospital

Beijing, China


Peking University International Hospital (Chinese: 北大国际医院; pinyin: běidàguójìyīyuàn) is a non-profit hospital affiliated with Peking University. It is a combination of medicare, teaching and research to be in line with the international practices, that provides medical services for patients covered by Beijing social medical insurance, commercial insurance, public medicare and foreign insurances. The overall investment for the hospital is 3.2 billion,[clarification needed] with a building area of 310,000 square metres (3,300,000 sq ft). It is currently under construction starting from March 2010, and will become the largest single medical building in Asia. The hospital is located in the Zhongguancun Life Science Park. The investment was made by Beijing International Hospital Group. Qide Han, the vice chairperson of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China, Chief Office of Beijing University Health Science Center, will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the board.

St. Michael Hospital

Shanghai, China


St. Michael Hospital is an International Hospital located in Changning district (Gubei area) serving a large community of expatriates and locals since 2007. We are staffed by internationally trained and experienced healthcare specialists and are fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities. In 2009, St. Michael Hospital became part of the Asia Pacific Medical (APM) Group, a leading medical service provider founded in 1995 by 35 American physicians and surgeons. APM Group has further enabled St. Michael Hospital to build partnerships with medical providers both in China and around the world.

New Century International Hospital for Children

Beijing, China 

Beijing New Century International Hospital for Children (Chinese: 北京新世纪国际儿童医院), NCICH is a private, joint-venture, institution affiliated with the Beijing Children's Hospital at Beijing, next to the east gate of the Beijing Children's Hospital. The International Children's Hospital features services specifically designed for children and youth. In addition to full daily clinics in all of the major specialty areas, there are also focused programs in pediatric eye care and pediatric dentistry. This hospital has around 104 beds, including 95 beds for children and 9 beds for newborns. It has over 8,500 square meters building area, 7/24 emergency service, covered by many international and national insurance companies.

SinoUnited Health Clinic

Shanghai, China 

SinoUnited Health was founded in 2004,with the goal of providing specialized rehabilitation and integrated pain management,sports medicine and orthopedics for Shanghai residents and visitors.
Since that time, SinoUnited Health has developed a reputation for world-class medical services. We are committed to provide quality personal services,which deliver high customer satisfaction,and the outcomes that patients need. We focus on reliable diagnosis and proven treatment success which continue our reputation for excellence in the communities that we serve. From December 2015,SinoUnited Health has recruited an international elite medical team with many years of experience in providing services in other prestigious hospitals and medical centers. We always look for further improvements to treatment options and service standards. The clinic has integrated services under one roof to offer family medicine,orthopedics,surgery,rehabilitation,traditional Chinese Medicine and internal medicine including cardiology,gastro-enterology,neurology and endocrinology.

Beijing Amcare Women's & Children's Hospital

Beijing, China


Beijing Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital (“Amcare”) is a leading private hospital group in China that focuses on providing premium obstetrics, gynecology (“OB/GYN”) and pediatrics service to mid- and high-end self-pay clients. In 2015, Amcare successfully opened three new hospitals in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, and doubled its total bed count. With eight hospitals and 300 beds in operation, Amcare has not only solidified its leading position in Beijing, but also added a strong growth engine going forward nationally. In 2016, Amcare Tianjin hospital obtained licensing to provide IVF (“in-vitro fertilization”) services.

Peking University Hospital of Stomatology

Beijing, China


The School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University is a key national college in Stomatology, with an administrative system combining the School of Stomatology, the Hospital of Stomatology and the Stomatoloty Institute. It aims to cultivate high-level stomatological experts, popularize stomatological knowledge and enhance the capacity to prevent and cure stomatological diseases . it has now assumed certain state-level scientific projects for the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health.The School is located in the beautiful high-tech Park of the Zhongguan Village in the western Beijing, occupying an area of 20540 square meters. Equipped with advanced equipments, it provides favorable conditions and environment for its four basic functions in medical treatment, teaching, researches and prevention. There are 820 staff and students in the college, among which 139 are professors or associate professors, 120 lecturers and 79 assistants. The rich teaching staff include stomatological experts renowned home and abroad, 18 in-job doctor tutors and 42 master tutors. 


Beijing, China


Arrail Dental International Group Co. Ltd. operates dental clinics which offer oral health care services. It offers endodontics, general dentistry, implants, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, and periodontics services; and hygienic, toothache treatment, restoration, tooth whitening, and elderly teeth care services. The company also provides online appointment services. Arrail Dental International Group Co. Ltd. was founded in 1998 and is based in Beijing, China. It also has clinics and hospitals in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xi’an, China. Arrail Dental International Group Co. Ltd. is a former subsidiary of GenRx Holdings Limited.


Beijing,  China 


BYBO Group, the original name is iByer Dental Group, founded in 1993, which is headquartered in Beijing, consists of 200 chain dental clinics all over China and over 6000 employees around. BYBO Group is the first group member of Chinese Stomatological Association as well as the group member of Chinese Stomatological Association Hospital Management Committee. There are more than 30 business divisions that are distributed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, He’nan, Hebei, Liaoning, Sichuan, Hubei, Hu’nan, Fujian,Anhui, Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Chongqing, Heilongjiang, Jilin(Province), Yunnan, Guizhou, Hainan, Zhuhai, Dalian, Dongguan, Wenzhou, Jilin (City),Luoyang, covers more than 40 provincial capital and first-tier cities all over China and keeps expanding into major prefecture cities of every province and forming nationwide dental service chains. 

Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Capital Medical University

Bejing, China 


Beijing Stomatological Hospital occupies an area of 23,000 square meters. Its building area covers 28,659 square meters, and deal on average with 2,000 outpatients daily. There are altogether 16 clinical departments (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Orthodontics, Department of Prosthodontics, Department of Endodontics, Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry, Department of VIP Dental Service, Department of Preventive Dentistry, Department of General Dentistry, Dental Emergency, Department of Geriatric Dentistry, etc.) and 6 technical departments (Pharmacy, Radiology, Department of Laboratory Test, Department of Oral Pathology, Denture Laboratory and Department of Medical Equipment). To build on the expertise of this hospital and give it full expression, we have also established several advanced clinical centers, such as the Oral and Maxillofacial Consultation Center, Center for cleft lip and palate, Center for Salivary Disease, Consultation Center of Orthodontics and Oral Implantation Center, to examine and treat more difficult and complicated oral cases.


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