|Requirements for China Visa Application|
（As of 15 Mach 2023）
The latest visa application requirements of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Cebu are as follows:
1. Application Procedures
①Online application at https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn Confirmation page and full form (8 pages in total) must be printed with signature on the confirmation page and item 9 of the form.
②Submission: Documents shall be submitted to the Consulate General in full and at the appointment. Applicants will be requested to have their fingerprints collected
2. Documents required
Basic requirements for VISA Application
① Visa Application Form and the confirmation page. Appointment confirmation page.（Print on A4 size paper）
② Passport – Original passport that is valid for at least another 6 months with at least one blank visa page, and a photocopy of the passport's information/photo page. All the previous old passports are required to be submitted.
③ One ID photo that is: in color, taken within the last 6 months, in full-face view directly facing the camera, in front of a plain white or off-white background, sized 48mm x 33mm.
④ Photocopy of all previous Chinese visas
⑤ Non-Filipino Nationals – Please submit proof of legal stay or residence status in the Philippines. You must also submit a photocopy of the Philippine visa and immigration entry stamp on your passport. (Temporary visitors to the Philippines should apply for Chinese visas from the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the countries in which they live.)
⑥ Additional documents required as follows according to visa categories:
Visa categories and documents required
Individuals under the age of 18 must provide a birth certificate and be accompanied by a guardian.
*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.
2) Information on the planned visit: purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.
3) Information on the inviting entity or individual: name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual.
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);
(Note: If children, students, housewives, etc. are unable to provide Bank Certificate of Deposit Balance and BIR-stamped Income Tax Return Form, they can provide Bank Certificate of Deposit Balance and BIR-stamped Income Tax Return Form of their parents or spouses, and please also provide proof of relationship.)
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.
1) Regular processing time is 4 working days
2) Express service (third working day release): an additional fee of 1100 pesos per visa will be charged.
3) Rush service (second working day release): an additional fee of 1700 pesos per visa will be charged.
Attention: During the review process, Consular Officials may find that there are doubts about the application materials that require further verification, which may result in an extension of the processing time, even if you have applied for express or rush services and paid the fees.
For some types of visas, express or rush service is not available. Please apply in advance.
1) The application materials must be authentic and complete. The Consulate General will verify the authenticity of the applicant's materials through various channels. Those who forge or incomplete materials will be rejected and will affect future applications.
2) Please be polite during on-site processing. Any language or behavior that offends the staff of the Consulate General may result in visa rejection and affect future applications.
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) Please pay the prescribed fees at the bank. Applicants who overpay will be held responsible by themselves. Regardless of whether your visa is obtained or not, the visa application fee must be paid.
5) According to the relevant Chinese law and regulation, the consular officer is not required to give reasons for refusing the issuance of a visa.
6) Please check the visa after obtaining it. Should there be any discrepancy, contact the Visa Office immediately.
5. Contact us
Address of the Consular Section: 25th Floor, Mandarin Plaza Hotel, Archbishop Reyes Avenue Corner Escario Street, Cebu City.
Tel: 032-5051035 ( 9AM-11AM&3PM-5PM, Monday to Friday)