LIST OF CHINESE VISA REQUIREMENTS

1. Original Passports

  • Original copy of your CURRENT passport. Must have at least 6 months validity and at least one blank page.
  • Photocopy of the passport’s bio page and emergency page. These are the page with information and the one with emergency contact details.
  • If you have old passports, you must submit them too.
  • If you don’t have old passports or you have lost your old passports, make sure you state it on Item 3.7 of the application form.

2. Accomplished application form

  • Must be computerized or filled out digitally. Handwritten forms are not accepted.
  • Type in uppercase letters.
  • Don’t leave any field blank. If an item doesn’t apply to you, type N/A.
  • If minor, the form must have signatures of parents or legal guardian.
  • Download the form here. Chinese-Visa-Form-2013.pdf


3. Two (2) recent photographs

  • Photo size: 48mm x 33mm.
  • Must be color photos with white background. Front view. Without head cover.
  • Must be taken within the past 6 months.
  • One of the photos must be pasted on the application form. Stapled, taped or clipped photos are not accepted.

4. Travel itinerary

Make sure your itinerary is consistent with the dates you indicated on the application form.

5.Flight reservations or tickets

Including outward and return flights. Make sure your document has a Passenger Registration Number (or reservation number).

If you have already booked your flights, you can submit the confirmed flight itinerary from the airline.

If you don’t have tickets yet, you might want to consider submitting a flight reservation instead. Flight reservation is something that you can cancel so you won’t end up wasting a lot of money if you are denied a visa.

6. Hotel reservations

Submit hotel reservations under your name. You can reserve a hotel online without any charge. Just choose properties that allow FREE CANCELLATION so you can easily cancel your booking for free in case your application is rejected.

7. Invitation Letter

ONLY IF YOU ARE INVITED BY SOMEONE IN CHINA. OTHERWISE IGNORE THIS PART.

The invitation letter must indicate the following information.

  1. APPLICANT’S INFORMATION. Applicant’s full name, gender and date of birth, and the inviter’s relationship with the applicant.
  2. TRAVEL INFORMATION. Purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, places to visit, and source of funds that you will use to support your trip
  3. INVITER’S INFORMATION. Inviter’s full name (if individual) or company name (if organization), address, contact numbers, official stamp, and signature.

The invitation letter can be a computer printout or a photocopy. However, the visa officer has the right to require the original copy, so it’s best to have it handy.

In addition to the Letter of Invitation, the following must also be submitted:

  1. Photocopy of the inviter’s Chinese ID or passport with Chinese residence permit
  2. Proof of relationship. This maybe birth certificates, marriage certificate, or certificate of kinship issued by the Chinese Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship.

8. If applying for the first time

If this is your first time applying for a Chinese Visa, you need to prove your financial and employment status. Here are the documents you must submit.

  1. Bank certificate with bank statement for the past 6 months and official receipt. Some travel agencies and online sources say that a minimum of P100,000 is required. But the friend that I assisted recently has only P70,000 and her application was approved. It was also her first time applying for a Chinese visa.
  2. Income tax return (ITR). BIR-stamped.
  3. If employed: Certificate of Employment. Must indicate how much salary you receive and how long you have been with the company. Although not listed, a copy of your company ID is also something you can submit.
  4. If self-employed: Business Registration Certificate. It would also help your cause to submit other business registration docs — BIR, SEC, permits.
  5. If professional: PRC ID.
  6. If student: current school ID.

You can also submit other relevant documents that can provide more information about your purpose of travel, finances, source of income, occupation.

9. If you have past Chinese visa

If you have been granted a Chinese visa before, you don’t need to submit the financial and employment documents listed in the previous section.

Instead, submit the following:

  1. Photocopy of your past Chinese visas
  2. Old passports that contain the old Chinese visas

10. Visa Fee