Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Visa to China is required for Philippine passport holders

Per usual, this blog post will only deal with requirements for Chinese Tourist Visa Application. For other purposes, please refer to their website.  This is updated March 5, 2016.
chinese visa for philippine passport holders


Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders Requirement:

  • Passport  – Original passport that is valid for at least another 6 months with at least one blank visa page, a photocopy of the passport’s information/photo page and emergency contact page.
  • Visa Application Form – You must submit truthfully completed and signed Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China. Do not leave any field blank. Write N/A if the question does not apply to you.
  • Photo – Affix one color photo on the Application Form. The photo should be recent, front view, white background, in 48mm x 33mm size without head covering. Glue the photo to the appropriate field. Stapled/taped/clipped/detached photos will not be accepted.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Airline Ticket reservation
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Invitation letters from China, if applicable

Got Previous Chinese Visa?

If you’ve had Chinese visa before, you should submit a photocopy of the visa. If the visa is on your old passport, you should also submit the old passport.

chinese visa for philippine passport holders

First Time Chinese Visa Applicant?

Need to provide financial document such as below (only 1)

  • Bank certificate including 6-months bank statement
  • Employment certificate stating salary and length of employment
  • BIR stamped income tax return form
  • For Businessmen, provide business papers and latest ITR.

How to Apply for Chinese Visa?

  • Applicant may submit his/her visa application in person or entrust someone (with authorisation letter) or a travel agency to submit on his or her behalf.
  • No appointment is required.
  • Mail applications will not be accepted.
  • You may be required to go to the Chinese Embassy for an interview if the visa officer deems it necessary.

How much is Chinese Visa and how long does it take?

  • Single Entry 1400 pesos
  • Double Entry 2100
  • 6mo Multiple Entry 2800
  • 1yr Multiple Entry 4200

Regular processing time is 4 working days. For expedited application, additional fee will be collected. Visa payment is made during passport collection. Only cash payment will be accepted.

  • Express service (3-days): +1100 pesos
  • Rush service (2-days): +1700 pesos

Special Administrative Region of China

  • Hong Kong, SAR – Philippine passport holders are allowed entry without visa for a stay of up 14 days.
  • Macau, SAR – Philippine passport holders are allowed to visit for 30 days without the need for visa

Who doesn’t need visas to enter China as tourist?

  • Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan holding ordinary passports may enter China without a visa provided that they come to China for tourism, family visit, business or transit, and intend to stay in China for no more than 15 days.
  • The citizens of the following countries do no require visas to enter China for stay less than 72 hours (in transit, for example) Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, America, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the Uinted Arab Emirates, Qatar
  • Hold connected passenger tickets and are in transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China, will stay for not more than 24 hours in China without leaving the port of entry.

Consular Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China


2nd Floor, the World Center,
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,
Makati City, Metro Manila

Visa Office Hours:

09:00 am to 11:00 am  Monday to Friday

Contact Info:

Inquiry: 0063-2-8482395 ( Work Day 09:00 –11:00, 14:00–16:00 )
Email: phchinaembassy@hotmail.com
Website: http://ph.china-embassy.org/eng/lsfw/visas/

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135 Responses to Chinese Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. Mika 07/14/2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi, Wanderlass!

    Does it mean I don’t need to submit documents other than what’s listed for previous Chinese visa holders if I have an old visa?

    I only need the basic ones? No need for financial and work proof?



  2. Troy 05/17/2016 at 4:29 pm #

    We have just received our China Visa, attached to our Philippine Passport. I have made a comparison, I’ve noticed that my VISA does not bear my photo compared with the VISA received by my Sister & my Mom. Is this okay? Thank you very much. – TROY

  3. Robert 05/14/2016 at 6:10 am #

    Hi Wanderlass!!!

    I am planning to have a trip in beijing this december. You mentioned on this blog that:

    Need to provide financial document such as below (only 1)

    That means i can just choose only one documents to be submitted?

    •Employment certificate stating salary and length of employment

    Is COE already enough right? I dont need to provide other documents like bank account? As long as i have certificate of employment right?

    • Dane Martin 05/31/2016 at 8:12 am #

      planning too! and same question regarding “Only 1” financial document, thanks!

  4. J Cuenca 04/22/2016 at 7:16 pm #

    So I went to the embassy of China to process my visa. I was invited by a friend to do some gigs and host some parties. I was invited to stay for more than 2 months as the span of time for the events to finish is more than a month.


    As I entered I said ni hao! and everyone had puzzled looks in their faces. I mean isn’t Mandarin your language? So I did another greeting in Tagalog but still did not get expected warmth. So during the end of the “interview” I was asked if I have any concerns with regards to my travel to China. I always travel with “Poquito,” my pet iguana so I asked if he needs any special clearances etc. The woman in front of me did not react and we played the staring game for a good five minutes. Then, she said something very unexpected – “my iguana’s name is poquita!” I was thinking, are you serious? I thought she was hitting on me because there were moments when she was being flirtatious. She even asked me if I was going to have a room of my own in China or will be sharing with someone. I knew I shouldn’t have worn my tight-fitting semi transparent cotton shirt!

    In the end I went to China with my Poquito and slept in a room I shared with the embassy girl and her Poquita. Happy days for me and Poquito! Bao Jong!

    • jeraci 06/17/2016 at 11:37 am #

      Bket po ko nadenied sa immig sa airport terminal 3 na makalabas ng bansa papuntang Beijing kumpleto na po ako may visa and tickets na round trip . kaya lng nahold po ako kse kelangan daw kamag anak sa China para makapunta dun e sbe ko nman kaibigan ko ung naginvite sken na magbakasyon run for a month pro binigyan nya LNG ako ng form at kumpletuhin ko daw yun tpos tsaka daw ako makakabalik .

      • september 06/26/2016 at 1:09 am #

        hi, i’m planning to travel to China this August. nag worry ako ng mabasa ko yung nangyari sa ‘yo because i don’t have relative in China. i don’t even have a friend in China para magbigay ng invitation. i just want to visit the place. naka-alis ka ba? or relative/s in China is one of their requirements? kung wala – hindi ka talaga makaka-alis ng Philippines?

        one more thing, ask ko na lang kung direct flight ka sa China? i’m planning to book Mla-Hkg then train to China.

        thank you.

  5. Imrich183 04/18/2016 at 11:06 am #

    hi i dont have a job so i dont have an itr or coe . can i just bring my bank certificate? i have a substantial savings . is there any chance for me to get approved?

  6. sherry 01/26/2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Hello! I am going to Hong Kong this April 11-15, 2016. I was wondering if you could suggest a travel agency who accepts Shenzhen Visa applications or Shenzhen tour package for solo back packpackers like me because I would like to explore as well nearby cities like Macau and Mainland China (Shenzhen).

    I hope I can also find travel buddies here that are interested to go to Shenzhen. Maybe we could team up so we can apply for a China group visa.

    Thanks :)

    • MsSan Andrade 01/30/2016 at 7:39 am #

      I APPLIED a visa for China in HK.but ot was denied. Filipinos.cant do it in HK anymore. I hope to travel.to shenzhen,too and so I got back jere in manila and applied aagin but was denied.I was really sad . I want to apply.for another visa but they said it is impossible until 6months later.

      • Sherry 01/31/2016 at 9:56 am #

        Hello po, napansin ko madali lang naman mag apply ng Shenzhen basta po China group visa ang aapplyan thru an agency and they require minimum of two. I really want to visit Shenzhen kahit Day tour lang and see Window of the World Theme Park! If you like po, I am going this April. We can apply together for group visa. For the sake of approval! hehe If it’s not possible for a solo visa, let’s go for a group visa! :)

        • Venylyn uy 04/06/2016 at 9:19 pm #

          Hello sherry are you here right now in hongkong. I am applying visa tommorrow to go to shenzhen. Maybe we can be together.

        • Abikels 05/10/2016 at 9:06 pm #

          Hi! Natuloy ka mag Shenzhen? Saang agency ka nagpa process ng group china visa? Thank u

  7. Divine 01/07/2016 at 7:38 am #

    Hi. I have all the documents except the ITR. Would it be an issue or still I need to submit it? First time applicant here. I got denied during my first application last year but after that, I’ve been to more than 6 countries and been to Europe twice (Schengen visa)
    Do you think there is a higher chance of approval? Should I go through a travel agency to make sure that I won’t fail this time? I need to fly to Shanghai before January 20. Thanks in Advance for your thoughts.

    • Aj 02/18/2016 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Divine,

      I just want to ask, when you get denied do they put a sticker or stamp on your passport that you were denied a visa?

      • LeiLa 07/01/2016 at 10:50 am #

        No, they will just return your passport. They are not even allowed to tell you the reason.

  8. Domingo gutarra 12/01/2015 at 7:19 am #

    i am a PHILIPPINES PASSPORT HOLDER , i am traveling from peru to canada to the philippiness MANILA , with stop over in beijing for 4 hours JUST TO CHANGE FLIGHTS, DO I NEED A TRANSIT VISA. FOR 4 HOURS WAITING?

  9. towingury 10/26/2015 at 11:37 am #

    I’m planning to go to Shenzhen as a tourist. i am currently in Thailand. Is there a visa I need to pay for? Or can I just fly there and get a visa in the airport?

  10. Tyron 10/26/2015 at 11:34 am #

    Hi im from cebu and a shooting incident happened in cebu bet consulate and now we are advice to get chinese visa in manila since we dont have much time to apply here in philippines can we get chinese visa in hongkong instead? Thank you

    • wanderlass 10/28/2015 at 10:50 am #

      I don’t know this for sure, but my bet would be no.

  11. Jasmine 10/19/2015 at 7:42 am #

    I’m a dual citizen, US and Philippines. Which passport should I use to get a visa? Which one is safer but also can save me money to apply?

    • wanderlass 10/21/2015 at 12:43 am #

      You probably have better chance with US passport? I’m not sure what the requirements for US Citizen though.

  12. G 10/04/2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi! I’m going to ShenZhen this coming October 13-16 ,and I just learned that they no longer offer Visa on Arrival for Filipinos. My first time back in 07 in ShenZhen they still allow it. Anyway, I already have a previous chinese visa. I just want to know, the 2 days processing, does it mean, if I apply Monday, I get it on Tuesday? Assuming there will be no additional documents required? And what are the odds of being rejected for the visa? I don’t mind paying the additional cost for rush processing but I just want to be sure if I got that timeline right? The regular processing is 4 working days, with the release of the passport with or without visa on the 4th day. I’m just not sure about the 2 days processing (or what they call rush).

  13. marcela braga 10/03/2015 at 9:04 am #

    Hi wanderlass
    Im so sorry but i cant read all the information to this page so maybe i will just gonna ask here and hoping for an answer. Im planning to have a vacation this november to china together with my chinese boyfriend who is currently working here in the philippines. I just wanna ask if visiting china for 1 week or less still need a chinese visa? And in case i should get a chinese visa do i need to go to chinese embassy personally? And i dont have any bank accounts cause im still currently just working as a volunteer nurse so he will provide me all expenses and plane ticket. So what should i do?im sorry if i have too many questions. Just hoping for a response. Thanks in advance

    • Blaire 06/27/2016 at 10:20 pm #

      I am also have Chinese fiancee he still here Philippines working he want me to go china but i dont have i dont have any back account

  14. Eva 09/18/2015 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Wanderlust

    Thanks for the great info about applying a visa for China..I’m a Filipina have an Austrian boyfriend for more than a year. He is working in HK and planning to celebrate together the Chinese New Year in Shenzhen China he got already a reservation in the hotel under his name. So now how can I apply a visa?Can i use his name in hotel reservation?Do i still need to provide his bank account or mine?How long it will take to get a visa?I was only given 5 months to work for my visa. I will highly appreciate your reply Ms Wanderlust. Thank you :-)

    • wanderlass 09/18/2015 at 10:24 am #

      If this is the first time you are applying for Chinese visa then you need to provide all the document listed on my blog. These info are taken from the Chinese embassy page. The visa with complete req’t takes only 4 days. If you just go to HKG, you will not need visa at all.

      • Kris 10/05/2015 at 10:42 am #

        Hi Wanderlass, This is a very helpful and well-written blog. I was wondering if you might know the answer of might have experienced this before, I have noticed that the emergency contact page needs to be filled out.

        Question: We are travelling as a complete family for a vacation and our dad’s name is the one appearing in our emergency page. Have you experienced the same situation where the emergency contact is your companion?

  15. melo021892 08/10/2015 at 10:51 am #


  16. dianica san andres 07/26/2015 at 3:23 pm #

    hi,i want to get a business visa to china.. am i going to get an agent for that or i can just go to china embassy to apply..

  17. pong 07/14/2015 at 5:19 pm #

    hi wanderlass how to obtain 1 or 2 months (or more) Chinese visa in HK? possible ba yun kahit na tourist lang ako sa HK?

  18. Jeff 06/07/2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi! I’m a post grad student and planning to go backpacking sa China sa sembreak. I don’t have ITR or certificate of employment. Pero I have bank account naman which I think has enough money. Do you think it’s okay if bank certificate lang ang ibigay kong proof of financial capacity? Thanks.

    • buttercup 01/27/2016 at 1:24 pm #

      You can write a letter of explanation why you wont be able to provide an ITR. You may also attach a certificate of studentship as proof that you are doing post grad studies. These may increase your chances of getting a visa.

  19. charmainedistor 02/27/2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Hi! I’m part of the UPLB delegation for a conference in China (in Peking University to be exact) this April and I was wondering if this situation can apply:
    I’m still working on my passport appointment which is in March 20, 2015 and the conference would be in April 9, 2015. Since it’s a conference, the organizers will be giving invitation letters and they already need the passport numbers asap. Do you think it’s possible to ask the DFA people for the passport number while it is still on process so that I can manage to process the invitation letter and the visa? Reply would be much appreciated :)

  20. Nestor Ramirez 02/24/2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Hello and Good day,
    I’m a Filipino citizen and have an employment offer in China.
    Can I easily obtain a work visa/permit and what are the major requirements do I have to provide?
    Can you also update me for the visa status in China for a Filipino like me who wish to work there,because I heard some rumors that as of now Filipino’s are ban to go to China? Is it correct or not?
    Can you please advise..
    Appreciated for your quick response..

    Thank you very much.

    • Sophia 06/26/2015 at 1:31 am #

      Hi, Nestor! Were you able to get to China?

  21. Charlie 02/20/2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi there. I was just wondering. Do they really require NBI Clearance for first timers even if they’re applying for a business visa? It wasn’t stated in the embassy’s website tho.. thanks!

  22. carlito 01/26/2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Hello there wanderlass I’m planning to go to Hong Kong for a vacation my question is should I need to get a tourist visa for that or not. And China embassy are the same with Hong Kong embassy or not? Because I don’t really know where should I send those requirement that needed. Hopefully you can help. Thanks!

    • wanderlass 01/27/2015 at 1:21 pm #

      hkg pinoy can stay 14 days no visa needed

      • rowena 02/03/2015 at 7:05 am #

        hi we are planning to visit china and still we have to apply for our visa.frm reading the requirements…can we use our business reg i.e dti as we dont have itr..my husband has his tin but no ID..upon reading their requirements “or” emplied as any one of the specified req..we dont havw 100k yet but we can provide it but our plan visit is on the next month of this year..we have thia ffg requirements on hand..
        passport due on 2018
        id passport size
        business reg-DTI
        credit cards
        invitation letter from guangzhou..a company who will be having an exhibit with the exhibit ticket.
        ..would it be possible that we can acquire china visa without ITR..please your reply will be a great help

  23. Anne 01/08/2015 at 11:33 pm #

    Hi guys, I will try my luck to apply for a chinese travel visa to Beijing but I’m really nervous that I may not be granted or the chances of me getting denied is quite high. I will be there to accompany a friend who is currently studying there for chinese new year, she already sent me the invitation letter, her id & passport. I already have bookings for hotel & roundtrip ticket even airline insurance. I already have SOA of my time deposit in bank and credit card statements even my COE but thing is I’m just a Nurse Reliever.. my salary isnt indicated in my COE and we dont really have payslips.. My bank account doesnt have much amounting to at least 100K if 100K is needed to get approval. Should I even bother, will I even get approved? Thank you.

    • Ching 11/21/2015 at 8:08 pm #


      I just want to know if u were able to get a visa? Kasi same case with me, i dont have that much in my bank account.

  24. Ybeth Bonifacio 12/04/2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Hello Guys, what’s the best way po para makakuha ng chinese visa and magstay sa shenzhen for 1 week? Andun yung mother ko pero ang dami kasi hinihingi pag invitation letter pa eh. So anyone na may maipapayo?????

  25. kring 11/27/2014 at 3:49 am #

    Hi Ms. Wanderlass!

    I already previously had a china visa and planning to apply for a new one as a tourist again. But I also wanted to bring my less than 1year old baby with me when I go there. Is her passport the only thing required to the embassy and her birth certificate for her to be granted a visa as well?

    Thank you so much!

    • wanderlass 11/29/2014 at 12:13 pm #

      yes, she needs to have her own application form.

      • kring 11/29/2014 at 12:30 pm #

        what about her requirements? i am her mother, what are the requirements for her that i need to submit? thanks!

      • Cc 01/09/2015 at 5:43 pm #

        Hi Ms. Wanderlass.. I hope I can have your contct # so I can ask assistance from you. I went embassy and submitted my requirements then ask me to come back jan.06, 2015 I thought i will have my visa but they said it was denied. I can apply 3 days after? Pls help me. I have all requiremnts but since it is my first time also first flight.. Its hard for me

        • danna 01/16/2015 at 11:53 pm #

          Hi, did they say why you were denied?

        • Ella 02/27/2015 at 4:24 pm #

          Ms. Wanderlass,

          Do you know how soon one can try after being denied?

  26. ted igcas 11/25/2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Hi wanderlass. Is it possible to convert a tourist visa L to Z working visa? I’m trying to avoid any issues with poea. Last time I applied for exit clearance, they required documents like notarized copy of contract, letter from the dfa etc which my employer cannot provide. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot.

  27. Stephanie 11/20/2014 at 2:39 am #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    Yours is the only post that I can find regarding Chinese visas for Filipino citizens. I would like to pose a question to all others on this thread:

    I am a Filipino citizen working in Brazil. I will begin the process of procuring my Chinese work visa soon. Unfortunately, all my supporting documents need to be validated in the country of origin. I will therefore need to have my NBI clearance and college diploma authenticated, authorised, validated (whatever it is with a ribbon on it) by both the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese consulate in Manila. These will then have to be taken to the Chinese embassy here in Brazil and included in my visa application as I am applying for my work visa from Brazil.

    So my question is this: Are there any REPUTABLE visa services in Manila (like A Briggs in the U.S.) that can help perform the legwork while I am in Brazil? I will be in Manila for 10 days in December, but I really don’t want to spend my precious vacation time getting frustrated with bureaucratic procedures.

    Any help or advice will be much appreciated!

  28. Lex 02/12/2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi. Would you know if an NBI Clearance is still a requirement for first time tourist visa application? Thanks in advance.

    • unni 04/14/2014 at 1:24 am #

      is an NBI clearance required for a Visa F? i’m a first time applicant for a chinese visa btw but I traveled tons of different countries…

  29. Porsh 01/24/2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi all, i have just been denied with chinese tourist visa. I have all the requiremnts for non-first time. But still i was denied. I guess they really are very strict nowadays. :( i will try through an agent if i can get one. Sayang un tiket e.

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:50 am #

      that’s surprising. i didn’t think they were very strict. my friends were able to get them last minute. as in the day they fly out.

      • Rose 11/03/2014 at 1:31 pm #

        Hi!!i am rose from cebu.i have a russian boyfriend who is living in shanghai china for almost 3 years now.he wanted me to visit there for just two weeks.
        Now my question is,do i still need to aply a visit visa? Hope to hear it from you..thanks!

      • Cc 01/09/2015 at 5:51 pm #

        What are the rquirements they passed?

    • khrise 03/01/2014 at 3:02 am #

      seriously?i had 2 previous tourist visas issued then i reapplied fora third one naapprove naman..as long as bumabalik ka nmn daw ok di nila dinedeny eh.. bakit ka kaya nadeny?

    • Annabelle 06/26/2015 at 12:41 am #

      your second time tourist visa application?when was your last visa granted ?what were all the documents you presented?

  30. Yani 10/30/2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Same things with me and my friend. I mean, i have more than 100k for the last 6mons but they keep on insisting that i follow the format. It’s ridiculous considering the bank cert from my bank is system generated. urgh! BTW, what did you do?

    • lira 11/02/2012 at 1:00 pm #

      hi! we provided a scanned copy of the Letter of Invitation from our travel agent and we were given pink slip already w/c indicated date of pick-up (nov 06) but to our surprise – we received a call from the embassy wednesday informing that our visa was denied. Its a long holiday so will know what went wrong monday pa….btw, were leaving nov 08 so im loosing hope already :(

    • rogel 11/02/2012 at 1:23 pm #

      may i know what’s the best thing to do coz i am scheduled also to travel to beijing on february next year for 5 days vacation. i’ve heard even if you have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in china but still there is a chance that your visa application will be denied.thanks

    • china traveller 11/02/2012 at 10:22 pm #

      Better use Panda travel and Pan Pacific travel. These are the pros in handling china visa application.

      • cian 03/22/2013 at 12:57 am #

        Good day Ms. Wanderlass,
        I aM Filipino citizen.. i am going to visit my (Irish) boy friend who works as a teacher in china on May..
        I have previous Visa F and Z, im planning to take Visa L.. should i need bank statement as well if i already had previous visa?or its only for first timer…? pls help me to know more what i need..
        our son will travel with me in Suzhou china.. too.
        i need to know all the details what i need…
        looking forward to hear from you..

      • Gels 04/19/2016 at 8:11 pm #

        Hi , i just wanna asked ifi can get a tourist visa for 1 month without a bank account , because my chinese friend want me to go there and he provide all my expenses and tickets and my hotel reservation . but the problem is i am only a first timer . is it still possible for me to get a visa or not ?

  31. lira 10/26/2012 at 11:28 am #

    hi miamuj! we are in the same shoes….we are already leaving 1st week of november but sadly we might just give up this trip unless we can provide an ORIGINAL Letter of Invitation from an Authorized Travel Agent for them to waived the bank requirements. Try contacting ChinaTour.Net they are very accommodating.

  32. miamuj 10/23/2012 at 9:38 pm #

    It’s frustrating if your bank does not conform to their required format even if all the other compliant information is there. I am currently a frustrated BPI account holder who can’t get a China Visa because of the bank certificate format.

  33. Oscar G. Gualberto 10/20/2012 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Ms. Wanderlass,

    May we seek your best advice regarding our planned trip to Shenzhen early this November?

    We are planning to visit a supplier in Shenzhen. Actually, its Huawei.. an Information and Technology company.

    We will be four to five persons traveling to Shenzhen and this will be our first time to be there.

    Our concerns, which we hope you could help us with, are as follows:

    1. Will it be easy to find a 4-5 bedroom Apartment/Apartelle in Shenzhen that is affordable – say around 30-40 USD a day?. We are trying to avoid staying in hotels since we plan to stay there for 5 days and we will be traveling on limited budget.

    2. Is the transport system in Shenzhen, specifically taxi service, conveniently available in Shenzhen area? I am 52 with a heart condition that may not allow me to go long distance walking as I heard from friends that long walks in Shenzhen district is an ordinary thing. Can you help me out with this one?

    3. How about cheap dining in Shenzhen?

    4. Are there areas or districts in Shenzhen where presence of Filipino population abounds?

    In a nutshell, may I ask for some tips on how we could survive our first time visit to Shenzhen.

    Thanks very much and more power.

    Very truly yours,

    Oscar G. Gualberto
    Alangilan, Batangas City

  34. Randell Aranza 10/18/2012 at 1:31 pm #


    Wanderlass, Philippine Passport holders are no longer granted a 5-day Shenzhen visa at Lo Wu border based on reports starting December 2011. Please be advised that there are numerous posts online that might be confusing. This information is from first-hand accounts of Filipinos trying to cross the border. It is possible to cross, though, if you’re in a group package tour. Personally, it would be better if you get a full Chinese visa, at almost the same cost..

    • wanderlass 10/18/2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks for the info. I’ll put it up to avoid confusion. It’s been a while since I was in China. I hope to travel China extensively soon.

  35. ivy lima 09/27/2012 at 12:38 pm #

    good day… is there a way to check my china visa application?? as they are so strict about the bank statement,.. i already gave them my 2 bank statement and bank certificate.. and untill now they havent return yet my passport if im not mistaken its been 3 weeks or more..

  36. chris 09/13/2012 at 8:33 am #

    Hi there! Is there anyone here tried to apply for China visa lately or after July 17, 2012 using different or multiple bank accounts for the bank certificate requirment stating adb and the current balance? I heard that these days, a lot has been denied from china visa because of bank certificate and adb requirement issues. I am now a bit worried as I am planning to travel to china to attend business and trade shows for 4days and sight seeing for another 4days. I can provide all the requirements aside from that bank certificate with an adb of atleast 100k for over 6months. My peso savings account has been opened since march 2011 and has only 64k adb but my bank balance since a month ago is higher than 100k so i am thinking if i can include in the bank certificate my dollar savings account, which has been opened since july 2011, but still the adb is lower than 100k when convert to peso. The ADB is only $2100 and my bank balance is more than 100k (when convert to peso). Do you think I be approved?

    • Annabelle 06/26/2015 at 12:17 am #

      my bank balance account around 65K and was granted (tourist visa)

      • Ybeth Bonifacio 11/16/2015 at 1:48 pm #

        Hello annabelle do you have a facebook account?gusto ko lang kasi sana magtanong kung ano mga requirements na bngay mo. Im planning to travel with my kid and partner. Thanks! Hope you’ll reply.

  37. marj 09/02/2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi, just want to know kung ito yung updated na requirements at visa application fee.

    thank you.

  38. rogel bien 08/24/2012 at 6:05 pm #

    additional question, if personal appearance is not required, where should i submit all the required documents? what is the best thing to do? is it better to apply directly in the chinesse embassy or better to apply in a travel agency?

  39. rogel bien 08/24/2012 at 5:49 pm #

    just want to ask, is it also required to provide a copy of nbi clearance for a filipino child whose age is 6 yrs old? thanks.

  40. weena 07/24/2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    I am going to apply for a chinese visa for the 2nd time now. What will be the requirements i need to submit? First time was a success. Just wanna know the requirements i need since ive already been to china. thanks!

  41. lavender07 07/24/2012 at 8:22 pm #

    hello everyone!

    plan po namin ng mother ko na pumunta ng hongkong april next year. from hongkong, balak ko sana pumunta sa mainland china kasi nandun na rin lang, sayang naman kung babalikan pa di ba. wala kami friend sa hongkong or china. kung kukuha kami ng visa, isa sa requirement yung letter of invitation. eh kung wala naman kami kakilala don, does it mean hindi maa-approve ang visa namin? :(


    • krishna 08/15/2012 at 9:18 pm #

      hello sis, you can still obtain a china visa without other requirements but it would be having to trust agents who will process your visas. you only need to give your passports and IDs and thats it, they can give you back your passport within 5 days or 10days… but 1 thing though..the price is high

      • ryan lao 12/10/2014 at 12:06 pm #

        hi krishna, im interest in your post can you give me the contact# or info where i can process my visa applicantion thanks..

      • Cherry 01/06/2015 at 12:36 pm #

        Hi.. What agency is that? And its safe? Thanks

  42. sooshenki 07/17/2012 at 10:47 am #

    hi ms. wanderlass, thanks for your site very helpful talaga:)marami akong nakuha na sagot sa mga tanong ko at salamat din sa mga nagpopost ng comments and advises:) promise ko kasi sa self ko na pag na approve po ung visa ko i-share ko rin ang aking nalalaman at karanasan:)ung destination ko po ay czech republic so sa czech embasy po ako nag apply at visiting for a friend po ung inaplayan ko at 3 months po un.. July 10, 2012 po ung schedule ng appointment ko for interview… ung mga papers na pinasa ko ay: ung forms at 3 pages po un at nka paste na po ung pix(passport size), passport, invitation letter at affidavit of support galing po sa nag invite sau, travel insurance, ung plane ticket, certificate of employment,if nkapunta na po ung nag invite sau ng pilipinas photo copy po ng passport nya with the stamp ng arrival nya dito sa pilipinas at saka mga id’s nya, nag submit din po ako ng photocopy ng mga id’s ko at photocopy ng passport ko. If meron na po ng invitation letter at affidavit of support hindi na po kailangan ng bank statement mo kasi ung nag invite sau sya na po ung magsshoulder lahat ng expenses mo.At ung mga tanong po sa akin: anu po ung purpose ko sa pagpunta ng czech republic ( sagot: visiting a friend), anu ung relation ko sa nag invite sa akin( sagot: his my friend), anu ung work nya at work ko, ilang days ako mag stay sa czech( sagot:90days)cant you finish your visit earlier? why do you want to stay so long.. ( sagot: theres alot to see in czech republic & i cant do it all in a hurry and also 3mos is not that long… anu ung name ng airways na kinuha ko, where will you stay in the czech republic?, when do you plan to travel?, is this your first visit to czech republic?, when did last see your sponsor and when did your sponsor last visit phils.?, what is my job profile?, can you tell me your sponsor contact details? and can you tell something about czech republic… ito po lahat ung tinanong sa akin… after my interview nag bayad po ako ng P3180.00 processing fee at binigyan po ako ng resibo at note na balikan ko ung passport ko sa July 17, 2012… at pagkuha ko po ng passport ko meron na pong visa stamp na approve na po ako at binalik po ung invitation letter ko po na original un po kasi ipapakita pag dumating na po ako ng czech republic. Be confident and honest lang po at importante din po ung suot at kunting make.up lang po para presntable po tingnan at higit sa lahat ung prayers po talaga. Ito lang po ang ma-ishare ko sana ma approve din po ung visa sa lahat po nag-aaply. godbless!

  43. Ken 07/02/2012 at 6:10 am #

    Hi !

    Useful site. Thanx.

    Now to the question. How much do the agencies in Manil normally charge for helping out with the China tourist visa ??

    I know the fees for the Chinese visa and All, But i really would like to know more or less what the agencies charge.

    I am currently in Manila myself i could probably help my girlfriend out myself, As i apllied for visas all over the world for years already. But sometimes it is nice to get help locally and save time. But is it worth i mean.

    Looking forward to answers from nice people in here !

    Regards, Ken

    • Tel 07/22/2012 at 10:27 pm #


      Just to confirm, is it opened 6 months prior to travel or average daily of 100k for 6 months?

      thank you

  44. Heidi 06/18/2012 at 6:19 am #

    Hi, i want to go to Beijing but i wish to know how much money should i have in the bank for the bank cert?


    • wanderlass 06/21/2012 at 12:20 pm #

      maybe a 100,000 pesos?

    • purpleaddict18 07/19/2012 at 4:48 pm #

      For those who are applying for a Chinese visa, required na yung 100,000 sa bank account and should be opened 6 months before the date of travel to China. Per person. Just implemented last July 16, 2012. Wala pang feedback from those who applied after July 17, 2012..

  45. Kay 06/04/2012 at 8:04 am #

    Hi! I Have a friend who invited me to come to china. He’s an English man and work in china for 7 years now. He is willing to submit all the necessary documents needed for me to apply for a tourist visa, including the round-trip plane ticket. I am unemployed right now and I don’t have any Digitized Government IDs. I don’t even have TIN and latest ITR. My question is, would I be able to get a tourist visa when I only have New Passport, NBI, Postal ID and Birth certificate. Plus the documents from my friend/sponsor? Thank you.

    • wanderlass 06/04/2012 at 8:34 am #

      u won’t know until u try.

    • Tex 06/17/2012 at 3:45 am #

      Hi Kay, if Wanderlass doesn’t mind I’ll try to answer some questions here. I’m a foreigner living in China, married to a Filipina and have gone through the China visa process and helped many friends. If you have all the necessary documentation from your friend (His Invite Letter, His Bank Documentation, Copy of his passport and residence permit/visa) and your passport, NBI Clearance and photos. You will get your visa. That isn’t the problem. Recently, many Filipinas get the visa to China but now can not get out of the Philippines. He can travel with you but even this is no guarantee you can leave. It is best if he gets the letter of support certified by the Philippine Embassy in China or Hong Kong. This is from experience. Good Luck!

      • wanderlass 06/21/2012 at 12:21 pm #

        thanks for the reply.

      • Kay 06/21/2012 at 3:28 pm #

        Thank you so much Tex and Wanderlass!

      • annie 12/11/2014 at 11:33 am #

        Tex may i ask how long was approved for the visa?? and what kind of visa did the wife get with a foreign husband working in china??

  46. Ann 05/14/2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Shenzhen Economic Zone – Special visa can be secured at the border of Hong Kong for HK$ 100. It takes about 5 minutes and valid for 5 days. This is not valid to other part of mainland China.

    —is this valid for Philippine passport holders? do you know what is the process and what are the requirements?

    • wanderlass 05/14/2012 at 10:16 pm #

      yes. you’ll pass thru it before they let u out of the train/airport.

      • Jim 06/17/2012 at 3:25 am #

        I recently checked at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen border and Philippine Citizens CANNOT get a Shenzhen Visa, they must have a Chinese Visa to enter China.

  47. Jasmine 04/20/2012 at 12:32 pm #

    very informative blog, xie xie ni! May I ask, for NBI application saan advisable mag-apply sa Manila?

    • abby 05/05/2012 at 10:49 am #

      you go to robinson’s otis or mandaluyong city hall. there are times na hindi masyadong toxic but i think in mandaluyong, you have to go there really early, as in really early. from what i’ve heard, they only give 500 numbers/stubs per day.

  48. kimoy 03/04/2012 at 8:45 pm #

    thanks i got it

  49. Marra 02/23/2012 at 3:50 pm #

    hi.. for first time applicants , do i have to submit ALL of these? or ok lang na any of the following documents?

    3. for employed persons, also provide an employment certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID and latest ITR

  50. joy philippines 02/17/2012 at 11:03 am #

    my bf invite me to have a tour in china for one week and his french,, i ask a travel agent to get my china tourist visa,, i submit all the req, already but i am unemployed,,
    they ask also the bank c.passport,visa,copy of his salary and picture of us being together,, do u thnk i can get my visa?

  51. brad 01/18/2012 at 7:26 am #

    Im an australian here in the philippines,my girlfriend is filipina, there always the possibility of visa refusal,there goes money for round trip ticket and hotel reservation.To my understanding one cant hop on a plane without a return ticket to almost anywhere in the world, why china has the ridiculous rule is beyond any reasonable thought.My girlfriend is a teacher, once she applies for 2 months leave she can then cancel it, so visa refusal would leave her 2 months unemployed.Ive seen many posts of visa refusals, china does not have to state why it was refused..

    • wanderlass 01/18/2012 at 10:13 am #

      same with Japan when my sister was refused twice-no reason. And also US visa is a mystery to many Filipinos.

  52. Kim 11/25/2011 at 2:30 am #

    We were just at the border at Lo Wu station in HK yesterday and to our gross disappointment, they no longer issue visas for Shenzhen to PH passport holders at the border. After almost an hour on the MTR, we only got yelled at by the a-holes at the visa processing office on the 2nd floor. Since they’re not at all tourist-friendly, all that idiot could say, no, scream in his broken English through the window was “No Visa!” after taking one glance at our passports. Apparently, the procedure for securing their stupid visa for us lowly Pinoys has changed and it’s not posted ANYWHERE. We ended up wasting 2 hours and HKD 70 for the train ride back and forth. Screw Shenzhen!

    • wanderlass 11/25/2011 at 3:45 am #

      THank you for the information and update!

  53. Eva C 11/10/2011 at 9:45 am #

    Hi, I find your site very informative. Can you recommend a travel agent for China visa? thanks so much for your help.

    • wanderlass 11/11/2011 at 4:18 pm #

      there are plenty of travel agencies all over manila

  54. Mylene 11/05/2011 at 9:40 am #

    but my travel agent said that my papers is on the hand of Chinese ambassador for screening already. so it means that i passed? Looking forward for your reply soon.

  55. Mylene 11/05/2011 at 9:34 am #

    Good Day! it is possible that i can have my china visa this week? coz i have declared only 44,000 pesos in my 1 bank account and 10,000 pesos in my other bank account.thanks!

  56. angela 10/14/2011 at 10:40 pm #

    50,000 pesos and above.. you should really visit and check the bulletin board at the chinese embassy in makati..

  57. maligalig 10/14/2011 at 12:46 am #

    we will visit beijing this feb 2012 anyone knows how much amount should i have on my bank account when applying for a visa?

  58. Ron Sulit 08/28/2011 at 9:01 am #

    (Hotel reservation / invitation letter with a copy of the inviter’s valid chinese residence visa and passport information page of inviter’s or Chinese national identity card.)

    Do I have both the hotel resevation and invitation letter or one of the two is enough?

  59. angela 05/24/2011 at 2:30 am #

    i want to ask..how much money should at least be in your bank account?

    • wanderlass 05/24/2011 at 9:32 am #

      There is no guideline on this but I would think that you should have more than 50euro X number of days. You just need to prove that you have enough to support yourself in Europe.

      • angela 05/24/2011 at 6:10 pm #

        ummm.. its not in europe.. in china.. ><

        • wanderlass 05/25/2011 at 7:23 am #

          oh sorry.. I suppose about 50$ x # of days

  60. Andrea Joyce 05/09/2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi! Would you suggest getting a VISA from the embassy directly or to have a travel agency get it for you? Thanks!

    • wanderlass 05/09/2011 at 6:34 pm #

      It’s so painless to use a travel agent. :)

      • Andrea Joyce 05/09/2011 at 7:54 pm #

        But it’s more expensive. Is it worth it? =) Thanks!

        • wanderlass 05/10/2011 at 7:54 am #

          pondering on your question “is it worth it?”… well, you’re the only person who could answer that! how much are you worth per hour? is it worth it to take a (or half) day off from work to file for the application? perhaps the 500 or 1000 pesos agency fee is cheaper? ;-) If the visa doesn’t require personal appearance, i use travel agent… such as Chinese, S.Korea, Taiwan…

          • Andrea Joyce 05/10/2011 at 10:32 pm #

            I see.. i get your point.. i have one more question though, is it possible for me to get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong (after my 30-days stay in China expires)

          • wanderlass 05/11/2011 at 11:53 am #

            i’ve no idea about this =)

    • Annabelle 06/26/2015 at 12:30 am #

      embassy directly

  61. angela 04/30/2011 at 1:11 am #

    hi… i just read here that “no need for personal appearance in getting china visa”? its my first time to get a china visa.. how will the process will be? do i need to just mail it?

    • wanderlass 04/30/2011 at 11:51 pm #

      you’ve to submit it at the embassy

  62. DANILO ZULAYBAR 04/28/2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I have to visit Shanghai for business trip to our customer.
    Im a filipino holding philippine passport residing at Saudi Arabia. What do i need to get a visa to china.
    Our customer already issued an invitation for me to go to China. Waht are the documents needed to get a visa.

    • wanderlass 04/28/2011 at 6:26 pm #

      hey Danilo, are you a little bit kidding? this post is all about the requirement needed.

  63. Mordechai 04/28/2011 at 9:28 am #

    hi,can you help me with a question? i am british and i want to marry my filipino girlfriend in china, i see she needs a sponsor and they will want to see my bank certificate,i think this means my bank account, if this is correct,how much money must i have in my account and is there a time requirement that it be there? thankyou for your help. she is 25

  64. pinoy boy journals 03/23/2011 at 9:20 pm #

    yes, very informative. there’s always a plan to go back to China. Good thing i have been issued a visa before with the sticker so i don’t need an NBI clearance. Hassle to get pa. Thanks!

  65. Marky 03/23/2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Thanks, this is really helpful I plan to visit Beijing if not this year, early 2012 :)

    • wanderlass 03/23/2011 at 11:12 pm #

      Welcome Marky! Happy to be of use.=)

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