Given the current political tension between the Philippines and China, many people are worried about getting a Chinese Visa. I was too. But if there is one thing I have proven, the tension has no significant impact on the ease of getting clearance to enter China. Getting a visa is relatively easy...and fast. All you it takes is 4 days and a few requirements.
All that you need to know on how to acquire a Chinese Visa could be found in the embassy website.
Given the long list of requirements though, many of my readers and Facebook friends still ask me what needs to be submitted.
Well, It was my first time ever to go to China and twas also my first to apply for any visa.
Here's all that I submitted and I got approved!
CHINA VISA REQUIREMENTS for Filipino First Timers
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.
4. Travel itinerary
NOTE: As the title implies, this is for Filipino First Time Tourists to China, if you are a special case, read complete instructions >>>here
Frequently ASKED Questions:
How much money in the bank is needed?
Many forums will tell you that at least 100,000 php in your account is safe. I would like to tell you though that the Joint Account I submitted for me and my wife is a little short of 200,000php but we still got approved!
Is a Bank Certificate of Deposit really necessary?
YES. You need to prove that you have money to cover your stay in China.
Do you need to submit all the requirements stated above?
Yes. You need to understand that the reason why they ask those requirements is because you need to prove to the Chinese government that they should trust you entry into the country. If you are sincere about visiting China, I see no reason why you will submit incomplete requirements. If you want to be approved, I suggest you complete all the requirements.
How much is the Visa Fee and How many days is the processing time.
Single Entry = 1,400 pesos (non-refundable) , double =2,100 pesos
and it takes 4 days to process.
Do I book hotels and flights even if I am not sure there is no guarantee I will get approved?
Yes. Because if you don't, there is even lesser chance you will get approved. It's really a gamble.
Do you have more questions?
Feel free to write them in the comment section below or simply call the Chinese Embassy in Manila with the contact details below.
2nd & 3rd Floor, The World Center,
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,Makati City,
Republic of the Philippines.
Inquiry: 0063-2-8482395 ( Work Day 09:00 - 11:00 ,14:00-16:00)