Visa to mainland China is required for Philippine passport holders, but it’s not difficult to acquire. They have a list of requirement that when fulfilled, you’ll definitely get your visa. No guessing game. Even during the height of Olympic controversies in 2008, I was able to get visa without problem.
Before I leave for my RTW, our family is going to visit Beijing, first time for everyone. And since we’re applying for visa right now, I thought I’ll include this in my Visa for Pinoy series.
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 one passport-size or 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 applyin
>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?
For Philippine Passport, single entry is Php 1200. The normal processing time is 4 days. Other visa options are (1) Double entry is Php2100, (2) 6-mo multiple entry is Php2,800, (3) 12-mo multiple entry is Php4,200. Personal appearance is not required in applying for Chinese visa.
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
Visa & Passport section:
For the other consular affairs: