Visa to China is required for Philippine passport holders
This is an update of a post I wrote in 2011; applying for visa to China. I’ve been to China a few times before but since I was doing a Visa Application Series in 2011 in preparation for my RTW, I thought I’d document this too.
I’m going back to China again, this time to Fujian, my parents’ province. We’re going to Xiamen, the capital city of Fujian, where my father went to school.
Anyway, prices have changed since then and some SAR are no longer applicable. So here is an update.
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
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
Chinese Tourist Visa Document Requirements:
- Applicant’s passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity left before expiration.
- A completely filled application form affixed with 2- 2×2 colored photo. Photo must have white background, facing front, no hat. Photo must be glued to the application form (not stapled). Scanned photo will not be accepted.
- A copy of the round-trip plane ticket or flight booking.
- 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.
- The emergency contact information page in the applicant’s passport should be filled out and photocopied
- Previously used China visa in old or new passport. (Only visa stickers will be accepted. Those with stamped visas must submit additional documents for first time China visa applicants.)
For first time applicants to China, the following additional documents are needed:
- original NBI clearance valid for travel abroad
- original bank certificate with receipt or original passbook, updated within the month that you are applying
- If a company will sponsor the trip, provide the company’s bank certificate, sponsorship letter from the company and the company’s business registration.
- If an individual will sponsor the trip, provide his bank certificate, sponsorship and invitation letter, copy of sponsor’s valid residence visa and passport information page or Chinese national ID.
- for employed persons, also provide an employment certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID and latest ITR
- for students, provide school ID
- for businessmen, provide business registration of company, TIN ID and latest ITR
- Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old.
How much is Chinese Visa and how long does it take?
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Consular Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Address: The World Center, 330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:00 am
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