|Visas For P. R. China|
1) 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. The previous old passport, if available, is required to be submitted.
2) Visa Application Form – Please submit truthfully completed and signed Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China. Please type the answer in capital English letters in the space provided. Do not leave any field blank. Type N/A if the item does not apply. Application form of minors must be signed by their parents or legal guardians.
3) Photo: Passport size (48mmx33mm), recent photo, front view, colored with white background, 2 pieces (attach one photo on the application form and clip the other photo on the upper left corner of the form). (Specific photo requirements, please click here.)
*Remarks of the Invitation Letter
The above mentioned invitation letter must contain the following information:
1) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.
The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.
The proofs of kinship refers to marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Chinese Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship.
1) First Time Chinese Visa Applicant – Please provide the following additional documents:
A) Bank Certificate of Deposit Balance (including the past 6 months bank statement) and the receipt for payment of this certificate;
B) BIR-stamped Income Tax Return Form;
C) Certificate of Employment (detailing the salary and the length of employment);
D) Business Registration Certificate (if you are the owner);
E) Professional ID/Student ID (if applicable);
F) Other relevant documents proving the applicant's economic condition/ employment/study, or supporting the applicant's travel to China, or explaining the travel purpose (if applicable);
2) Previous Chinese Visa – If you had obtained a Chinese visa before, you should submit a photocopy of the visa, and if the visa is on your old passport, you should also submit the old passport.
3) Non-Filipino Nationals – Please submit proof of residence permit, employment or study in the Philippines. Temporary visitors to the Philippines should apply for Chinese visas from the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the countries in which they live, unless the applicant can provide proof of employment/study or other occupational status and the visa officer will make the final decision on a case-by-case basis. You must also submit a photocopy of the Philippine visa/immigration entry stamp on your passport.
4) Certificate of Name Change – If the name in the new passport is different from that in the original one, the official document (birth certificate/marriage contract) issued by authorities for name change must be submitted.
5) Original Chinese Passport – First-time applicant whose former nationality was Chinese, or who was born in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), need to submit the original Chinese passport and a photocopy of the passport's information/photo page, and extension page (if applicable). You do not need to submit income tax return form and bank statement.
6) Visit Tibet – You may join a tourist group organized by Authorized Travel Agency. If you plan to visit Tibet individually, you may contact the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region (Tel: 0086-891-6834313; Fax: 0086-891-6834632) in advance and provide a Visa Notification issued by it.
7) Applicants applying for special tour to China (hiking, cycling, horse-riding, hot air balloon, or other expeditions) should provide an original of Invitation Letter for Tourist issued by Authorized Travel Agency.
Authorized Travel Agency refers to:
a) Tourism administration bureau of Chinese province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government.
b) CITS Group Corporation, CITS Head Office, CTS Head Office, CYTS, etc.
8) Seafarers from the Philippine shipping companies to join vessels in ports in China and stay in China for less than 10 days, should submit Letter of Guarantee from employers, and the original and copy of Seafarer's Registration Certificate, and should apply for "G" visa. Those who would stay in China for more than 10 days should also submit invitation letters from China, and should apply for "M" visa.
9) American passport holders may apply 10 years multiple entries L/M/Q2/S2 Visa, or 5 years multiple entries X1 Visa, only if his/her passport is valid over 1 year from the date of application.
1) An applicant may submit his or her visa application in person or entrust someone (immediate family member/household staff/co-worker) or a travel agency to submit on his or her behalf.
2) No appointment is required.
3) Mail applications will not be accepted.
Visa Fee (Unit: Peso) and Processing Time
1) Regular processing time is 4 working days. (for example, apply on Monday and pick up on Thursday.)
2) Rush processing is currently suspended until further notice.
3) Deposit payment to Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company
4) Present and surrender deposit slip and claim stub upon claiming passport and visa.
1)The Cebu Chinese Consulate will only accept applicants holding Philippine Passport. Foreign passport holders should apply their visa at the Chinese Embassy in Manila.
2) The application materials must be authentic and complete. Forged and incomplete applications will be denied.
3)The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.
4) According to the relevant Chinese law and regulation, the consular officer is not required to give reasons for refusing the issuance of a visa.
5) Please check the visa after obtaining it. Should there be any discrepancy, contact the Visa Office immediately.
**Meaning of terms of Chinese Visa:
The number of entries specified in the visa means the number of times that the visa holder may enter China within the validity period of the entry specified in the visa;
The validity period of the entry specified in the visa means the valid period of time during which the visa holder may enter China. Unless otherwise specified by the issuing authority, a visa is valid from the date of issuance until Beijing time 24:00 on the expiring day;
The duration of stay specified in the visa means the period of time during which the visa holder is allowed to stay in China after each entry. It begins from the next day of entry.