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Visa for China ~ Mainland Only ~ APPLICABLE from January 1, 2019

No Visa is required if you belong to any of the following categories;

1. According to bilateral agreements between China and foreign countries, citizens of some countries who meet requirements set out in the bilateral agreements may enter China without a visa. You may read for details the List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption Between China and Foreign Countries.

The Philippine Diplomatic or Official passport holders are exempted from visa requirement for temporary visits to China for a period not exceeding 30 days (Note: The Philippine Official passport is issued to members of the Philippine government for use on official business).

2. Hold connected passenger tickets and are in transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China, will stay for not more than 24 hours in China without leaving the port of entry.

3. Citizens of the following 51 countries, who hold valid passports with confirmed onward tickets and seats on international flights and transit through to a third country or region, can apply to stay in the transit city without a visa for 72 hours via the following airports: PEK, PVG, SHA, CAN, CTU, CKG, SHE, DLC, XIY, HGH, KWL, KMG, XMN, WUH, TSN, HRB, TAO, CSX. (For more information, please check the website of the transit airport).

Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Montenegro, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

4. Citizens of the countries having diplomatic relations with China holding ordinary passports and on a tour to Hong Kong or Macao, and participating in group tours to the Zhu Jiang River (Pearl River) Delta Area for a stay of less than 6 days organized by the travel services registered in Hong Kong or Macao, shall not need to apply for a visa. The Zhu Jiang River (Pearl River) Delta Area refers to the following cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and Huizhou.

5. Citizens of the following 59 countries holding ordinary passports can enjoy visa-free entry to Hainan Province through its ports opened to outside and are entitled to stay in Hainan Province for 30 days, on condition that they book their tour through local travel agencies: Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan,  Indonesia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Monaco, Belarus. The visa-free policy guide can be found on the following website: http://en.explorehainan.com/en/index/wjb.shtml

6. Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan holding ordinary passports may enter China without a visa provided that they come to China for tourism, family visit, business or transit, and intend to stay in China for no more than 15 days. However, the following personnel of these three countries must apply for a visa in advance if: a) They are holders of ordinary passports, and come to China for tourism, family visit or business, and intend to stay in China for more than 15 days; b) They are holders of ordinary passports, and come to China for study, employment, permanent residence or on a news reporting mission.

7. A holder of a valid APEC Business Travel Card.

8. A holder of a valid Residence Permit for Foreigner in the People’s Republic of China issued by the Public Security organs in China.
9. A holder of a valid Permanent Residence Card for Aliens of the People’s Republic of China.

* Those who enjoy visa exemption to China as mentioned above are required to apply for Z, X1, Q1, S1, D, J1 visa accordingly before they enter China. If they go to China for work, study, family reunion, long term family visit, permanent residence or as a resident foreign journalist.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 an emergency contact page.  The previous old passport, if available, is required to be submitted; if the old passport is lost, or the applicant never holds a passport before, please make a clear statement in item 3.7 of the Visa Application Form.

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 – Please provide 2 color photos and affix one of the photos on the Application Form. The photo should be recent(within 6 months), front view, white background, in 48mm x 33mm size without head covering. (Specific photo requirements, please click here. )  Stapled/taped/clipped/detached photos will not be accepted. 2xC.
Crew Visa
Guarantee letters issued by foreign airlines or shipping companies, or invitation letters issued by the relevant organizations in China.

D.
Permanent Residence Visa
The original and copy of Confirmation Form of Alien Permanent Residence Status in China issued by the Ministry of Public Security.

F
Visitor Visa for academic, cultural, scientific and another non-commercial activity visit.
Invitation letters issued by Chinese organizations or individuals.
*Those who visit China for commercial entertainment performance or shows, should apply for Z visa.

G
Transit Visa
A confirm connected passenger tickets for transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China.

J1
Journalist Visa for resident foreign journalists in China.
Visa notifications issued by the Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and official letters from the applicant’s employer.

J2
Journalist Visa for foreign journalists who visit China for temporary news coverage.
Visa notifications issued by the Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry or other competent Chinese authorities and official letters from the applicant’s employer.
L
Tourist Visa
Travel itinerary and reservation of round-trip airline ticket and hotel, or Invitation Letter* (please see the remarks below) from China and the photocopy of the inviter’s Chinese ID / Passport with Chinese Residence Permit.

M
Commercial Business Visa
Invitation Letter* (please see the remarks below) issued by the commercial business partner in China
*Those who visit China for technical support, R&D, the management or consulting, etc., unless for any business activity regarding winning projects, or technical support or training for machinery equipment imported to China, or for any business activity for subsidiaries, branches or representative offices in China and will stay in China for less than 90 days, should apply for Z visa.
*Those who visit China for film production (including advertisement and documentary), fashion shows (including car model, plane advertisement, etc.), should apply for Z visa.
*Coaches, athletes who visit China for a trial for the purpose to be hired, should apply for Z visa.

Q1
Family Reunion Visa for family members of Chinese Nationals or family members of foreign nationals with Chinese Permanent Resident Permit to stay in China for more than 180 days.
Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID copy or Chinese Permanent Resident Permit, and original and copy of proofs of kinship.

Q2
Family Visitor Visa for family members of Chinese Nationals or family members of foreign nationals with Chinese Permanent Resident Permits to stay in China for less than 180 days.
Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID or Chinese Permanent Resident Permit.
R
Professional Talent Visa
Visa notices issued by competent organizations in China.
S1
a) Dependent Visa for family members of foreign nationals who work, study in China to stay in China for more than 180 days.
b) Visitor Visa for personal affairs to stay in China for more than 180 days.
a) Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal passport, Residence Permit for Aliens, and original and copy of proofs of kinship.
b) Documents supporting the purpose of visit.

S2
a) Family Visitor Visa for family members of foreign nationals who work, study in China to stay in China for less than 180 days.
b) Visitor visa for personal affairs to stay in China for less than 180 days.
a) Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal passport, Residence Permit for Aliens, and copy of proofs of kinship.
b) Documents supporting the purpose of visit.
X1
Study Visa for studying in China for more than 180 days.
The original and copy of Visa Application for Study in China Form JW-201 or Form JW-202.

X2
Study Visa for studying in China for less than 180 days.
The original and copy of Admission Notice from China.

Z
Work Visa
A work visa is also required if you belong to the following categories:
* Those who visit China for technical support, R&D, the management or consulting, etc., unless for any business activity regarding winning projects, or technical support or training for machinery equipment imported to China, or for any business activity for subsidiaries, branches or representative offices in China and will stay in China for less than 90 days.
* Those who visit China for film production (including advertisement and documentary), fashion shows (including car model, plane advertisement, etc.).
*Those who visit China for commercial entertainment performance or shows.
* Coaches, athletes who visit China for a trial for the purpose to be hired.
The original and copy of Employment Permit for Foreigner / Foreign Expert Permit / Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit (a copy is acceptable)/ Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Office/ Approval for Commercial Performance.
* Commercial entertainment performance or shows for less than 90 days: The original and copy of Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P. R. China and Approval for performance issued by a competent Cultural Department/Bureau.
* Another short-term working for less than 90 days: The original and copy of Employment Permit for Foreigner and Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P. R. China issued by a competent Department/Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security in China.1) The application materials must be authentic and complete. Forged and incomplete applications will be denied.
2) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay, and a number of entries in light of the specific conditions of the applicant.
3) According to the relevant Chinese law and regulation, the consular officer is not required to give reasons for refusing the issuance of a visa.
4) Please check the visa after obtaining it. Should there be any discrepancy, contact the Visa Office immediately. 4The 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 an 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. Content 5Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China.pdf
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NOTE; Prices above are from Legends Express Travel/LEx. ~ Terms & Conditions Apply

1) The regular processing time is 14 working days. (for example, apply on Monday and pick up on Thursday.)

2) Express service (third working day release): an additional fee of P1100 pesos per visa will be charged.

3) Rush service (second working day release): an additional fee of P1700 pesos per visa will be charged.

4) Express and Rush service is NOT available to the First time Chinese visa applicant/ X1, X2 and Z visa applicant, please apply in advance.

5) Pay visa fees when collecting the passport.

6) Only cash payment is accepted.

7) Processing times may change, these are a guide only, please submit an application as soon as possible.

8) Please allow 2 days delivery/checking application data by Travel Agent, as China Embassy processing times commence when China Embassy receives correct documentation and form Travel Agents

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