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China Visa Application for Philippine Citizens

Updated November 20, 2012

If you are a Filipino Citizen and you are planning to go to China this year, then I suggest that you gather all the requirements for the Visa as early as possible.

All Filipino Citizens are required to get a visa before they enter China. and unlike South Korea where getting a tourist visa is gratis or free, for China, you need to pay P1400.00.

You can apply for your Chinese Visa at least 1-2 weeks before your departure date, and you can apply as early as 1-2 months before your departure.

HERE ARE THE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS:

  1.  Applicant’s passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity left before expiration. Do not leave any field bank, write “NA”only if the question does not apply to you.
  2. A truly and completely filled application form affixed with one passport-size or 2×2 colored photo, with white background, full-face front view, and no hat.  Photo must be glued on the application form. Stapled pictures will not be accepted. Scanned photos will also not be accepted.  U.S. passport holders must submit two application forms with two photos.
  3. Photocopy of the front (passport details page) and the back (emergency contact page) of your passport
  4. An invitation letter issued by Authorized Travel Agency, or from other travel agencies or individuals. Otherwise, you must provide a copy of return ticket and hotel reservation.
  5. If visiting Tibet, please contact a travel agency to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region in advance

IF NO INVITATION LETTER:

  1.  A copy of the round-trip plane ticket
  2. 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
  3.   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.

RE: INVITATION LETTER/ AUTHORIZED TRAVEL AGENCY

According to Pinoy Exchange Members, the authorized travel agency in China that they had contracted are as follows:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 1ST TIME APPLICANTS

For first time applicants to China (Philippine passport holders, 18 years old and above), they are required to provide the following:

  •  original NBI clearance valid for travel abroad (the green one)   According to the new requirements os of July 2012, NBI Clearance is no longer necessary
  • The emergency contact information page in the applicant’s passport should be filled out and photocopied.
  • original bank certificate with receipt/debit memo or original passbook, updated within the month that you are applying ONLY If you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency.
  • detailed bank statement for a period of 6 months. This is a relatively new requirement, as stated by Ms. Karen Yang, as seen in the comment box below. original bank receipt are required. ONLY If you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in China
  • If visiting PRC for the first time, BIR-Stamped income tax return form ONLY if you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in China.

The bank certificate, as for the contribution of Ms. Karen Yang and Basya in the comments box below and from the requirements posted in the bulletin board. They stated that your bank certificate should conform to the following:

  1. You should have a bank account with opening date 6 months prior the application date, and it should be written in your bank certificate.
  2. You should present a bank certificate with a deposit of at least P100,000.00 ond an ADB of P100,000.00. and an ADB of P100,000 for the past 6 months. So, the ADB should not be lower than P100,000 for the past 6 months.
  3. issuing bank should be a Commercial Bank.Certificates from thrift banks, savings and loan banks  are not allowed. They are strict with this. My friend was refused application since their bank is a loan and savings bank.Regardless of the bank, the Bank Certificate should have the following information: (these requirements are in the Embassy’s bulletin board):

    •  Original copy printed on the bank’s letterhead.
    •  Account Name
    •  Account Number
    •  Account Opening date- account should be active for at least 18o days prior to applying the visa
    •  Type of Account– (savings or current account only; time/term deposits, mutual funds, insurance and any other type of investments are not accepted)
    • Current Balance of
    • Average daily balance for the past 6 monthsof at least P100,000 per applicant. (The “past 6 months” should be indicated; Ave Daily Balance/YTD will not be accepted). They are so strict about this!
    • With checkwrite
    • All Details in English Language
    • The official receipt/debit memo/Certification of waived fee must be stapled.
  4. Aside from bank certificate, they added another requirement: detailed bank statement or passbook for a period of 6 months with original bank receipt. The bank statement is a totally different document from a bank certificate and likewise cannot be substituted for a bank certificate. Both documents MUST be submitted
  • Present the original passbook or bank statements. (Should  include transactions for the past 180 days prior to applying for visa
  • Photocopy of just one page with the latest transactions. There is no need to photocopy all the pages.
  • The bank name, account name, and account number should exactly match the details in the bank certificate
  • Ending balance should be at least P100,000 per applicant (age 18 and above) This should be updated within the past 30 days; any amount less than P100,000 will not be accepted
  • Average Daily Balance for every month within the past 6 months/180 days should be at least P100,000 per applicant
  • All details in English Language

IF TRIP IS SPONSORED provide the ff:

A. If a company will sponsor the trip,

  • provide the company’s bank certificate,
  •  sponsorship letter from the company
  • company’s business registration.

B. If an individual will sponsor the trip,

  • provide his bank certificate,
  •  sponsorship and invitation letter,
  • copy of sponsor’s valid residence visa (if sponsor is a Chinese national/resident)
  • passport information page of the person sponsoring or if Chineseor Chinese national ID.

FOR EMPLOYEES:

  • employment certificate,
  • company ID
  • SSS ID and contributions,
  • TIN ID and latest ITR, BTW, if applicants have invitation letter from an Authorized Travel Agency, both income tax return form and bank statement are not required.

FOR STUDENTS:

  •  provide school ID
  • Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old
  •  sponsorship letter
  • bank statement and bank certificate of sponsor, not necessary if there is an invitation letter provided by an authorized travel agency.

FOR BUSINESSMEN:

  • provide business registration of company
  •  TIN ID
  • latest ITR, unless there is an invitation letter provided by an authorized travel agency

Below are the documents I passed during my application (April 2011):

FOR EMPLOYEES:

For my Mom and Dad (first time applicants)
1. Application Form (with 2×2 picture (ears should be seen in the picture) and white background, pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of IDs (employee ID, Tin ID, GSIS ID)
6. Employment Certificate
7. ITR ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Statement of Assets and Liabilities (optional)
9. BPI Bank Certificate with Debit Memo
10. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
11. Round Trip airticket
12. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
13. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency contracted

FOR STUDENTS:
I submitted the following for myself: (Take Note I’m a Student)
1. Application Form (with passport size picture and white background, (ears should be seen in the picture) pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of student ID (I submitted a cert. of enrolment but it was just returned to me)
6. Birth Certificate
7. Photocopy of ITR of parents ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Photocopy of Statement of Assets and Liabilities of Parents
9. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
10. Round Trip airticket
11. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
12. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency contracted
13. Photocopy of Bank Certificate of parents with Debit Memo

And to make sure… bring a copy of Affidavit of Support

FOR UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS

I submitted the following for my brother who just passed the Nursing Board exam:
1. Application Form (with passport size picture and white background, pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of ID (Philippine Nursing Association Member card and Tin ID)
6. Birth Certificate
7. Photocopy of ITR of parents ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Photocopy of Statement of Assets and Liabilities of Parents
9. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
10. Round Trip airticket
11. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
12. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency
13. Photocopy of Bank Certificate of Parents with debit memo

Tips in getting the visa:
1. Make sure that all requirements are intact, don’t go there if your requirements are not complete. It will only be a waste of time.
2. Arrive very early in the morning. I arrived 7:05 and I ended up at around 11:45 am. I’m the 90th person in the line already. The employees in the consul are quick in screening applications however what makes it to take so much time are the travel agencies who have a lot of applications to submit. These travel agencies arrive very early in the morning, so be earlier so that you will save up the hassle of waiting and being irritated by the travel agencies.
3. Bring with you anything that can entertain you. Cellphones are not allowed to be used inside the area, once you get caught you will be brought outside by the security guard
4. Eat your meal before going or bring food with you since it will take so much time and you don’t want to be hungry
5. Pray that you will be filing at counter no. 1. The guy there is so handsome! haha! And he don’t ask a lot of questions unlike 2 and 3. He didn’t even ask me a question, he just returned to me my cert. of enrollment– Update! The cutie guy is not working there anymore! 😦
6. Again, Go early so that you will not be cut by the 1 hour lunch break which is 12-1pm.
7. Before going to the counter, check your requirements and arrange it from the most important to the least important.

FYI: As far as I know, once your application was filed, then it will be 90% sure that you will be getting your visa.

The hardest part in getting this visa is getting all the requirements needed but after submitting this, there will be no problem at all.  Hope this will help those who will apply for Chinese visa in the future.

I uploaded a copy of the new application form. To get a copy of the new application form, click here. It can be edited and you can type there your entries. 🙂 And please print it in an A4 paper (back to back) preferably or short bond paper.

You can also get a reputable travel agency to apply for you (but take note, those 16-21 year old people should still be in the Consulate for their personal appearance). But I suggest you go there, it is quite an experience! 🙂

Here is one of the well-known agency that I encountered when I was filing my visa application, I saw them with a lot of application forms being filed in the counter.

Uniorient:
Phone no. (632) 2433333, (632) 2433888 (26 trunklines)
E-mail: unotra@tri-isys.com

And after waiting. I got my visa. Yey!

My approved China Visa 🙂

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MY CHINA TRIP SUCH AS ITINERARY, COSTS AND PLACES TO VISIT,

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Shaanxi Nanfang Hotel: Okay Hotel for the Budget-Minded Traveler

The hotel allowed us to have an early check-in, which is very nice of them, we checked-in by 10am. The rooms are nicely decorated, simple yet comfortable.

The windows are huge; the hotel rooms are clean, so we had no problem at all.

Stuff for Sale in the Hotel

There are a lot of items which can be found on the desk and on the sink but almost everything is for sale, so watch out for those things which has a price tag on them, they also have complimentary toiletries so don’t be fooled of getting those that have tags on them… the free items are those usually with the hotel logos.

The location is nice, easily accessible to the bell tower. So it is really in the city center

I'm trying to figure out what the food is....

As for the breakfast, if you are Chinese then the breakfast is good for you but if you are not, if it is not complimentary then ditch it…. the breakfast is a typical chinese buffet, (no bread even except for the Chinese bread (the one which is color white)… they don;t even serve noodles! for me, the taste is not good but maybe for Chinese people it would be satisfactory (I just observed on how they go back and forth to the buffet table)

As for the staff, they are quite helpful but only few knows english which is quite frustrating… however, our stay end up pretty well, this is not really a big deal for our group since we have a Chinese speaking guide with us.

Overall, our stay is good since we just used the hotel as a sleeping place….I will recommend it if you have a tour guide or group when coming to Xian, since the location is quite good, but if you are coming to Xian alone and wanted to go touring, it will be harder for you to communicate with the frontdesk staff (I’m just assuming that you don’t know any Chinese)…. but if you know Chinese pretty well, this place is really recommended for you and you can save money too!

This review is originally from my tripadvisor account but what I did is to add another commentary and pictures.

May 2011: Seoul: Meteor Youth Organization

Meteor Youth organization or sometimes called as Meteor teens is an organization composed of various student volunteers. Their main tasks is to accommodate visitors or tourists in Seoul. They provide tour around the city for free. They can also provide homestay accommodation upon request.

logo of Meteor Youth

I found the Meteor teens website in the internet when I was searching for volunteer tour guides in Seoul. I was suprised that there are a lot of people booking their tours with them. So, I decided to try it.

Even though in their website it states that the tour guides are responsible for their own food and ticket fee, which means that everything is free… I told my friends that as a sign of gratitude, we should give back to our tour guide by paying for their entrance tickets and buying food for them.

Although the meteor teens didn’t reply to our message promptly, they still contacted us on the third day of our trip… Our tour guide/friend was Dakyo Chung. She is very friendly and helpful…She made our stay much more interesting. we learned a lot from her. It is good to get a tour guide (free or not) since having one will save you a lot of time and brain cells (first, because it will lessen the time from stopping and looking at your map, and second, it will help you not to get lost) Moreover,  when you come home you will have another friend in Facebook!

The delay in their reply was deeply explained to us by Kyo, she said that it was really hard to get a volunteer guide during that time since our travel date are in the midst of their midterm exams. I really understand the Meteor teens and I’m still glad that I booked my holiday with them.

Anyway, to book your tour, you can visit their website here. You can fill up the form in that page and you should wait for their reply. You should book your tour at least 2 weeks before your arrival date, so that they will have enough time to find you a guide.

Kyo, our tour guide is really friendly and can speak English very well… I adore you Kyo! See you soon! And I thank Meteor Youth for having such a good cause… it really helps! Mabuhay ang Meteor Youth!

Kyo: Our Friend… we miss you!!!

  
CLICK HERE TO SEE MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, LIKE ITINERARY, TIPS, VISA APPLICATION ETC.

Backlog: MAY 2011 Seoul, South Korea –> the beginning (ticket booking and visa application)

I really wanna go to South Korea because I wanna see the Korean teledramas or movie filming sites. I think, I know what you are thinking….. (corny ba?)  I’m a self-proclaimed  Korean TV series addict! I don’t know…but there is really something to it which makes me cry, laugh and feel relaxed at the same time… anyway, this addiction toned down a bit when I went to grad school..

It was January 24 when Cebu Pacific had an International Sale. It included all Asian Countries. Well, that was a shocker for me during that time because my family usually hire a travel agent to book our travels. That is why I don’t have any idea about airline sales. Anyway, now that I knew about them, our travel agent lost another customer (sorry Ms. Jen!) I’m now the travel agent of my family and my friends.

Although the travel period is on May (take note I bought the ticket on January 24), I  Without thinking, I booked myself without even asking permission to my Mom! yikes! (take note, I’m still a 20 year old student; though not a minor, I’m still under the wings of my parents… so, I need to ask permission). More so, I booked a ticket without asking someone to accompany me or even invite someone to go with me! Another big yikes!!!! Just thinking of how I will survive in a foreign country—non english speaking one— ALL ALONE! (I can imagine myself lost…without someone to talk to *tears) However, I salute those people who travel alone! I will try it someday! I promise!

Upon knowing what kind of stupidity I did, I immediately contacted few of my friends, luckily, they are as excited as me, so they also booked their ticket!  I booked and paid only P5,300.00 for a roundtrip ticket, our travel date is May 3-7, 2011.

Actually, I already have plans for May the same year…. My family and I will be going to China for our yearly family getaway, (it will be on May 13-18,2011) but when I saw the sale for Incheon, I jumped out of my seat and said “I’m going to Korea!” (This time, I really don’t know how to approach my parents and tell them that I’m also going to Korea the same month that we are going to China! I’m thinking of using the Aegyo Style! haha (Aegyo means to act cute and lovely *with batting lashes and puppy eyes)

Anyway, my parents said YES! I even lied that I have Korean friends waiting for us in Seoul (I know… I’m such a liar)….  But, even though I don’t have a Korean friend whom I met here in School… I met Kyo, a volunteer from an organization in Seoul. Kyo toured as around the city area. Now, she is one of my Korean friends… Actually, she is my first korean friend! I miss you Kyo 🙂

By February, my friends and I were busy gathering the documents for our Korean Visa application. I was really scared because I heard rumors that it’s hard to get this Visa, and the reason for that is because of those Filipinos who became TNTs. Shocking?! No, I guess not! There are a lot of Filipinos who goes abroad getting a tourist visa and working there even their visa already expired. We call them TNTs, other call them Illegal Aliens.  (Anyway, Click here for some Korean visa “horror stories” and some helpful information)

But, Don’t worry, I heard that we are the last batch which were given strict requirements. The Korean Embassy is now lenient on the requirements and of issuing visas. South Korea and other South East Asian countries (including the Philippines), signed a treaty (I guess) which will let them cooperate more and such, so the South Korean government became more lenient about Filipinos and other South East Asian citizens going to their beloved Korea. Anyway, click here to view the requirements.

These are the requirements my friend and I submitted when we applied last February 24.  (This is from my Pinoy Exchange post)

Hi guys! we got our passport today! they granted our request for visa! yey!I submitted the ff: (student)
1. application form (I computerized it, for more added Aegyo! –added)
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of school id
4. Photocopy of passport
5. Certificate of Enrollment
6. Affidavit of Support
7.BIR form 2316 2010 of my parents
8, Certificate of Employment of parents
9. Bank Certificate (BPI)
10. passportI’m a 1st yr law student, 1st time applying for a visa country
places I visited: HK, Singapore, malaysia, Macau
For my friend: she is an employee for more than 6 months in a company, a research analyst, with an income of 15-20k per month, she only visited HK
She passed the ff reqt.
1. application form
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of passport
4.BIR form 2316 2010 
5, Certificate of Employment 
6. Bank Certificate + passbook photocopy (rural bank– if there is no date of opening in your bank certificate, the passbook is accepted as evidence of the date of opening of the acct)
7.passportayan. and we prayed a lot! haha! thank God naapprove naman kami.

nakakaba kasi naman kita mo na may mga nadedeny eh, yun nga sigurong may mga nakaipit na paper denied sila kasi parang bad trip na sila ng nakita nila yung passport. 

Mabait naman yung mga nasa counters eh, pareho koreans yung nasa counter 1 and 2. okay naman sila.

Anyway, through God’s grace, we all got our Visa!  Here is my visa with entry and exit stamps:

By the way, the location of the Embassy of Korea is in Mc Kinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio it is within walking distance to Venice Piazza.

I wanna expound on how to get a Korean Visa but guys, the requirements are not the same when I applied, and as what I said before the SK government became more lenient. Let me give you one of the biggest advice… Don’t go to the embassy if you don’t have all the requirements needed! You will just waste your time!

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HAPPY WANDERING!