KOREA VISA: How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa 2019 (for Filipinos)

KOREA VISA: How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa 2019 (for Filipinos)

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Beginning 1 July 2018, applications for Korea tourist visas will need to be coursed through a designated travel agency. The requirements are essentially the same but applications can’t be coursed through the Korea Embassy anymore. This new policy and procedure was implemented due to the large spike in tourist visa applications from the Philippines.

A friend of ours applied for a tourist visa a few months ago. She got to the Korea embassy early, around 5AM or so, but was shocked to find a long line of applicants already there. Apparently, people line up as early as 2AM! Crazy! There were so many people ahead of her that she couldn’t even get in that day.

To make it easier and more convenient for everyone, the Korea Embassy has designated 35 travel agencies throughout the country where you can file your application. It’s now the same process as applying for a visa to Japan. Here’s what you need to do to apply.

Step 1: COMPLETE BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Here are the documents that all applicants need to file.

  1. A completed handwritten visa application form. Don’t leave anything blank. Just put N/A if not applicable. You can download it HERE.
  2. One (1) 35 mm x 45 mm colored passport photo against a plain white background. Paste it on application form.
  3. Philippine passport. Must have at least 6 months remaining validity. Submit without jacket or cover.
  4. Photocopy of passport bio page (page 2).
  5. If available, original and photocopy of valid visa(s) and arrival stamps to OECD member countries within the last 5 years. Valid visas to OECD member countries will greatly increase your chances of getting approved so be sure to submit these if you have them. CLICK HERE for a list of OECD member countries.

Step 2: PROVIDE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Depending on your employment status, these are the additional documents that you’ll need to provide.

A. FOR EMPLOYEES

  1. Original certificate of employment to be printed on your company’s official letterhead. It must contain your position at the company, date hired, salary, office address, HR landline number (cellphone number is not allowed), and HR e-mail address.*
  2. Original personal bank certificate. It must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB).
  3. Original or certified true copy of bank statements / passbook for the last three (3) months.
  4. Photocopy of income tax return (ITR Form 2316). Frequent travelers who have traveled as tourists to OECD member countries within the last 5 years are exempt from submitting an ITR.
  5. Copy of PRC or IBP card (if applicable).
  6. If invited by a Korean national, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of your invitor’s passport or ID card.
  7. If invited by a company in Korea, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of the Korean company’s business permit.

*If you’re a freelancer and can’t provide a COE, then you’ll be asked to submit some form of proof like pictures or screenshots of your work, letters from clients, etc. Basically you need to prove to the embassy that you are earning a living and won’t be going to Korea to look for work.

B. FOR BUSINESSMEN

  1. Photocopy of business registration from SEC or DTI. SEC Registration must include pages with names of stockholders.
  2. Photocopy of business or mayor’s permit.
  3. Original personal bank certificate. It must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB).
  4. Original or certified true copy of bank statements / passbook for the last three (3) months.
  5. Photocopy of income tax return (ITR Form 2316) with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank. Frequent travelers who have traveled as tourists to OECD member countries within the last 5 years are exempt from submitting an ITR.
  6. Copy of PRC or IBP card (if applicable).
  7. If invited by a Korean national, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of your invitor’s passport or ID card.
  8. If invited by a company in Korea, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of the Korean company’s business permit.

C. FOR HOUSEWIVES (OR HOUSEHUSBANDS)

  1. If spouse is employed, spouse’s original certificate of employment printed on company’s official letterhead. It must contain spouse’s position at the company, date hired, salary, office address, HR landline number (cell-phone number is not allowed), and HR e-mail address. If spouse is self-employed, photocopies of his/her business registration from SEC or DTI as well as their business or mayor’s permit.
  2. Original personal or spouse’s bank certificate. It must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB).
  3. Original or certified true copy of personal or spouse’s bank statements / passbook for the last three (3) months.
  4. Photocopy of spouse’s income tax return (ITR Form 2316). Frequent travelers who have traveled as tourists to OECD member countries within the last 5 years are exempt from submitting an ITR.
  5. Photocopy of NSO-issued marriage certificate.
  6. If invited by a Korean national, you must also provide an invitation letter and copy of your invitor’s passport or ID card.
  7. If invited by a company in Korea, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of the Korean company’s business permit.

D. FOR STUDENTS / MINORS

  1. Original school certificate.
  2. Photocopy of school ID.
  3. Photocopy of NSO-issued birth certificate.
  4. Parents’ supporting financial documents:
  • If parents are employed, original certificate of employment. It must contain their position at the company, date hired, salary, office address, HR landline number (cell-phone number is not allowed), and HR e-mail address. If parents are self-employed, photocopies of their business registration from SEC or DTI as well as their business or mayor’s permit.
  • Parent’s original bank certificate. It must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB).
  • Parent’s original or certified true copy of bank statements / passbook for the last three (3) months.
  • Photocopy of parent’s income tax return (ITR Form 2316). Frequent travelers who have traveled as tourists to OECD member countries within the last 5 years are exempt from submitting an ITR.
  • Photocopy of parents’ NSO-issued marriage certificate.
  1. If invited by a Korean national, you must also provide an invitation letter and copy of your invitor’s passport or ID card.
  2. If invited by a company in Korea, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of the Korean company’s business permit.

E. FOR RETIREES

  1. Photocopy of senior citizen ID.
  2. Original personal bank certificate. It must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB). If bank certificate is under another family member’s name, then proof of relationship must be submitted. (ie photocopy of marriage contract for spouse, birth certificate for child, etc.)
  3. Original or certified true copy of bank statements / passbook for the last three (3) months. If bank account is under another family member’s name, then proof of relationship must be submitted. (ie photocopy of marriage contract for spouse, birth certificate for child, etc.)
  4. If invited by a Korean national, you must also provide an invitation letter and copy of your invitor’s passport or ID card.
  5. If invited by a company in Korea, you must also provide an invitation letter and photocopy of the Korean company’s business permit.

Step 3: SUMBIT YOUR APPLICATION TO A DESIGNATED TRAVEL AGENCY

Once you’ve compiled all the requirements, you can file your application with an officially designated travel agency. Listed below are the 35 travel agencies accredited by the Korean Embassy. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order below along with their branch locations. Just look for the one most convenient for you and click on the link for their contact details.

  1. Aboex Travel and Tours (Mandaluyong)
  2. Adventure International Tours (Makati, Cebu)
  3. Ark Travel Express Inc. (Makati)
  4. Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc. (Makati, Cubao, Cebu, Boracay, Bohol)
  5. Budget Travel and Tours Inc. (Alabang, Manila)
  6. Casto Travel Philippines Inc. (Makati)
  7. City Travel & Tours Corporation (Makati, Angeles)
  8. Come On Phils. Golf and Travel Agency Inc. (Ermita)
  9. Constellation Travels, Inc. (Makati, Iloilo)
  10. First United Travel Inc. (Makati, Bulacan, Cebu)
  11. Getaway Tours International Inc. (Manila, Sucat, General Trias, Dasmariñas)
  12. Grand Hope Travel, Inc. (Cebu, Bohol)
  13. Hanatour Manila Inc. (Pasay, Boracay, Cebu)
  14. H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp (BGC, Cebu)
  15. Hankookceb Corp. (Cebu)
  16. Horizon Travel & Tours, Inc. (Binondo, Ermita)
  17. International Journeys Inc. (Manila)
  18. Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc. (Pasay)
  19. JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp. (BGC, Pasay, Quezon City, Cebu)
  20. KP Joeun Consultancy Inc. (Pasig)
  21. Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc. (Manila, Makati, San Fernando)
  22. Marsman Drysdale Travel Inc. (Makati)
  23. MNK Travel & Tours Corp. (Pasig)
  24. North Star International Travel, Inc. (Makati)
  25. Pan Pacific Travel Corporation (Binondo, Ermita, Makati, Cebu)
  26. Party-on Travel and Tour Community, Inc. (Ortigas)
  27. Rajah Travel Corporation (Makati, Manila)
  28. Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc. (Makati, Ermita, Santa Cruz, Angeles, Boracay, Cebu, Davao)
  29. Reli Tours and Travel Company (Makati, Pasay, Binondo, Las Pinas, Mandaluyong)
  30. Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc. (Makati, Manila)
  31. Swire Travel Phils, Inc. (Makati, Alabang, Clark, Subic)
  32. The Baron Travel Corporation (Makati, Cebu)
  33. Travel Pros (Megamall, SM Aura, Fairview, North Edsa, BGC, Quezon)
  34. Travelservices, Inc. (Makati, Cebu, Laguna)
  35. Uni-Orient Travel, Inc. (Makati, Binondo, Ortigas, Cebu)

The travel agency you file with will charge you a fee to process your application. This varies from agency to agency but expect to pay between PHP 500-1,500 to file your application. Be sure to contact the travel agency first before proceeding to their office to confirm rates.

Step 4: PRAY THAT YOUR VISA GETS APPROVED

Once you’ve submitted your application, there’s little else to do but wait and pray for the best. The processing time for frequent travelers (with OECD visas) is 3 business days, and 5 business days for first-time travelers.

That’s about it! For a smooth application process, be sure to provide all necessary documents and check the embassy’s WEBSITE for news and updates.

Good luck and I hope your application gets approved!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

How much do I need to have in my bank account to be granted a visa?
There’s no official amount. People have said at least PHP 50,000 but there’s no confirmation on this. People have mentioned that they’ve been approved with less. Some have been rejected with more. Your application is contingent on many factors so there’s no amount that can guarantee approval. As long as your application doesn’t raise any red flags and you have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your stay, then you should have a good chance of getting approved.

Do I need to have confirmed flight and hotel bookings?
No, you don’t. Confirmed flight and hotel bookings are not required. On the application form, you can just put down the contact details of the hotel you intend to stay at. It doesn’t have to be a finalized booking. You can always change after you’ve been granted a visa.

I heard about the BDO / BPI promo. Could you tell me more about it?
Until 31 December 2019, BDO Gold and Elite cardholders can apply for multiple entry visas to Korea. The same goes for BPI Gold credit card, BPI Platinum credit card, and Gold BPI Express Teller debit cardholders as well. Check the following links for full details: BDO / BPI.

If I get rejected, how soon can I apply again?
After six (6) months.

Do I need a visa to Jeju Island?
No, Philippine passport holders can visit Jeju Island visa-free for up to thirty (30) days.

Disclaimer

I’m not an expert on South Korea tourist visas. Like you, I’m just a traveler. I’ll try to help as much as I can but please understand that my knowledge is finite and limited to my experience only. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements listed above were valid at the time of my application. Please be sure to check the embassy’s WEBSITE for updates. If you need answers to any pressing issues, then it’s best that you call the embassy directly.

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There are 108 comments for this article
  1. michael at 12:54 pm

    what if its not my parents who`s sponsoring my travel to korea is it ok? im in a legal age already. .

  2. Jesska at 2:26 pm

    Hello! what is PRC or IBP card? Thank you!

  3. JB Macatulad at 10:05 am

    Hi Michael, I think it all depends on the rest of your documents. Are you a recent graduate? Are you unemployed? All of this will play a factor in the embassy’s decision. Best of luck.

  4. Dianne at 9:40 pm

    Hi! Does the ITR (BIR Form 2316) need to be stamped (received) by BIR? Thanks!

  5. JB Macatulad at 8:19 am

    Hi Dianne, mine was. I’m not sure if it’s a requirement though. Best to contact the embassy directly to be sure.

  6. DOLLY D MENDOZA at 12:47 pm

    PRC- Professional Regulation Commission
    IBP- Integrated Business Planning

  7. Antonio Jr Banday at 8:53 am

    Hi Good morning

    My Name is Antonio Jr Banday, I am a permanent resident of Australia but I am still a holder of Philippine Passport. We are planning to visit South Korea this December 2018. I am currently in Melbourne, How can I apply for a tourist visa?

    Thanks

    Antonio

  8. bryan at 9:06 am

    Hi. if the person applying for a visa is unemployed, is there a chance for the visa to be approved?

  9. JB Macatulad at 9:30 am

    Hi Antonio, it may be best for you to apply through your local Korea embassy as your requirements may be different.

  10. JB Macatulad at 9:31 am

    Hi Bryan, mahirap to be honest. Unless there’s some irrefutable way you can prove na babalik ka sa Pilipinas.

  11. CAM at 10:24 am

    IBP – INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES

  12. Malory at 12:22 pm

    Hi! I just want to ask. I have one South Korea visa on my old passport and another one on my new passport. Can I submit both or yung sa new passport ko lang? And I also have a US visa pero expired na last July. Is it still okay to provide the embassy a copy of the visa kahit expired na? Thank you!

  13. JB Macatulad at 3:49 pm

    Hi Malory, yes I would. It helps with your application to show previous travel experience. Good luck!

  14. G at 10:22 am

    Hi, would you know what would be the latest that i can apply for a visa? Is it still okay even if i’ll be travelling next month?

  15. JB Macatulad at 1:19 am

    Hi G, yes you can still apply now. The sooner the better cause your trip is already next month. Good luck!

  16. Ji at 3:55 pm

    Hi! Im a college student and i want to apply kr visa soon but i want to use the money i earned from my part time job. Will it be possible?

  17. JB Macatulad at 4:22 pm

    Hi Ji, not sure what you’re asking exactly, but I don’t see why not. As long as you can provide all the requirements then you should be fine. Good luck!

  18. weng at 7:07 am

    were are planning to visit korea me and my Husband were both employed, do we need to submit both CEO and other documents as stated in their requirements as employee?

  19. mario at 10:41 pm

    do you still need a korean visa if you’re just visiting the country for a week as a tourist?

  20. JB Macatulad at 1:22 pm

    Hi Weng, I would. It can only help. Personally, I submit statements from 3 banks whenever I apply for a visa to help shore up my application. Hope that helps and good luck.

  21. Carmel at 1:14 am

    Hello po,

    We completed our requirements last sept. 2018. And na recerive ng agency ang docs last sept 19. Pero nagkaprob ang papers ng kasama ko( regarding wrong spelling ng name nya sa ITR). Nag decide kmi na ma una nlng ako mag submit. By monday sept 24 ipapadala sa embassy. Okay lng po ba na nka date lahat ng docs ko sept 17 At 24 pa nasubmit sa embassy?

  22. JB Macatulad at 9:55 pm

    Hi Carmel, I think so. You can call the agency to confirm. They’ll tell you kung magiging problem yun. Good luck.

  23. bagets at 6:43 pm

    Hi Admin,

    What if you can provide all required documents except ITR because you’re an OFW, will it be possible? If not, what other options is available? Thanks.

  24. JB Macatulad at 12:23 pm

    Hi Bagets, it’s probably best to apply at your local Korea embassy since your requirements may be different. Based on what other people have said, you probably won’t need to submit an ITR. Good luck.

  25. Din at 11:47 am

    Hello! I’ll be travelling with my brother and his wife this coming November. Tanong ko lang po sana if dun sa section na “Are you travelling to Korea with any family member?, do I need to write the name of my sister-in-law? Mdyo confuse po kasi ako dun sa stement nla na “Definition of a Family Member – your spouse, father, mother, children, brothers and sisters”.

    Reply

  26. paula at 9:21 pm

    Hello, my sister works in an online teaching job based in China. Her employer sent her COE via email. Do we need to have it signed?

  27. JB Macatulad at 9:55 am

    Hi Paula, I’m sorry but I don’t know. I imagine it helps but I don’t know if it’s required. Best to contact the embassy directly to be sure. Good luck!

  28. Irene at 1:01 pm

    do i still need to submit my bank account balance if im being invited by someone from Korea?

  29. JB Macatulad at 9:02 pm

    Hi Irene, yes I’m pretty sure you do. You might want to call the agency you intend to file your application with to be sure. Good luck.

  30. Yeng at 7:04 am

    Hi, I will travel to korea with my family how much is the funding amount do I need to put? I will shoulder all the expenses of my family.

  31. JB Macatulad at 6:02 pm

    Hi Yeng, hard to say because it varies. It depends on how many travelers there are and how long you’ll be staying. You basically need to be able to prove to the embassy that you can support yourself for the duration of your trip. I know you’re probably looking for a ballpark estimate but that unfortunately doesn’t exist in this case. Hope that helps and good luck.

  32. Nadine at 2:00 am

    Hi! I just want to ask. I work for our family business of pharmacy franchises handling the hiring of employees and sa operations na rin. Will it be okay if yung COE ko signed by my mother since sa kanya nakapangalan yung pharmacies? Or would that be questionable?

  33. JB Macatulad at 8:45 am

    Hi Nadine, I’m sorry but I don’t know. But if you work for your family business, then it makes sense that a relative could sign your COE. If you’re worried about that, then maybe have it signed by someone else in authority? In any case, good luck.

  34. Mike at 2:01 pm

    Hello… my girlfriend is a korean and she wants me to spend time there. She can give me an invitation letter. I wanna ask.. can she be my guarantor? And is it possible to stay there upto 59 days as the information says even though i don’t have a lot of money in the bank? Thanks in advance..

  35. JB Macatulad at 9:15 am

    Hi Mike, I’m not sure to be honest. Best to contact the travel agency you intend to file your application with to be sure. Good luck.

  36. Molly at 9:19 pm

    Hi, pano po if walang ItR? I work as an online freelancer.

  37. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:59 am

    Hi Molly, to be honest, mahirap makakuha ng visa without an ITR as you’ll need to prove financial means to the embassy. If you could submit other financial documents like property titles, etc, then that would help. Basically kelangan mo maprove sa embassy na there are things tying you to the Philippines at hindi ka maghahanap ng trabaho sa Korea. Hope that helps and good luck.

  38. Mhae at 9:35 am

    Hi,I am a greencard resident already here in US,plan ko magvacation this April sa pinas then go to Korea anu mga requirements ang mga need ko isubmit parA sa applicaton for visa since dito na ako sa states nakatira.thank you po

  39. Hazel at 6:43 pm

    Hi, regarding po sa BPI Gold credit Card holders at supplementary holders, may 3 yrs multiple visa po na promo.

    Ask ko lang po, nag applicable din po ba ang promo sa mga OFW kung BPI credit card holder ka at sa Pilipinas ka na embasy mag a apply instead of sa Qatar?

    Thanks

  40. Kim at 8:18 pm

    Hi,
    Pano po pag single parent then OFW eh minor pa po ako. Wala pong ITR at bank account pero i have a bank account naman po then invite po ko nong ninang kong nakapangasawa ng korean at dun po ako pinanganak sa korea. May chance po kaya na ma approved once na nag apply ako ng kr visa?

  41. JB & Renée Macatulad at 3:27 pm

    Sorry Kim, pero hindi ko alam. Parang special case yung sa iyo. Please contact the Korea embassy na lang directly. Mas matutulungan ka nila. Good luck.

  42. Jenny at 12:46 pm

    I was invited by my friend(VIP) who has a good position in Korea…
    Im unemployed but i have a bank account .. Do i need to submit an ITR??? Will be be staying only 5days pls help me what to do

  43. JB & Renée Macatulad at 12:59 am

    Hi Jenny, I believe you still do. As far as I know, the only time you’re exempt from submitting an ITR is if you’ve travelled as a tourist to any OECD member country within the last 5 years. You can confirm their requirements HERE. Best to consult with the travel agency you intend to file your application with. Good luck.

  44. JS at 7:30 am

    Hi! I was granted a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years and wanted to bring my family to Korea soon. I’m the breadwinner of my family. My mom is a housewife and my stepfather is currently unemployed. My siblings are both still in high school. I can provide the embassy lots of documents (bank certificates with high YTD ADBs, mutual fund/UITF/stock certificates, vehicle OR/CR, land title, etc.) that can prove that I can finance this trip. May chance kaya na ma-approve sila? Thanks! 🙂

  45. JB & Renée Macatulad at 5:40 pm

    Hi Jom, I think so! As long as you can provide ample financial documents, then I don’t see why not. The travel agency you file with can better advise you on that. Good luck and we hope you and your family get to enjoy Korea soon!

  46. Krisfabe at 12:59 am

    Hi..im planning to go in korea also..thanks for your tip..maybe you have an idea..is its possible im here in saudi arabia then all the document that i submit to the travel agency is only photo copy.

  47. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:18 am

    Hi Krisfabe, I’m sorry but this post is for Filipinos applying from the Philippines only. Please consult with your local embassy as the requirements may be different.

  48. Ally at 2:47 pm

    Hi! My mom is planning to visit Korea this summer. She is planning to stay for the whole summer (more or less 2 mos) to accompany my cousin who is a Korean citizen and both parents are staying in Korea. She already visited Korea and stayed for a month there way back 2009. What are your tips to get her visa approved for the duration she intends to stay?

  49. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:03 pm

    Hi Ally, best to consult with the travel agency your mom intends to file with. They’re better equipped to advise you on this. Good luck.

  50. Fritzie at 6:02 pm

    Regarding the bank statement and bank certificate, we don’t have individual accounts of my husband but have one joint account and each of our payroll accounts. Which of it can we use as what was indicated in the requirements?

  51. Carol at 9:27 pm

    Hello! I will apply for a Korean visa next month and would like to ask if the ITR/2316 should have BIR stamp, or signed by our Finance Head and me will suffice. TIA and more power to your blog.

  52. Dub at 11:26 am

    Hi. i am planning to apply for a Korean visa this year but I’m worried i might get denied because i have yet to travel overseas, I’m a first timer. Do you have advice or tips for me to be able to have my application get approved? thanks

  53. Narz at 2:36 pm

    Hi, I am planning to apply in April during my R&R, I am an OFW and have BPI gold credit card. I am currently working with an American Company. Could I include my wife and our son (22 yrs old) and our daughter (21 yrs old) in my application form? What will be the requirements for them?

    Thank you so much for your blog. It is very informative and helpful.

    More power!

    NN

  54. JB & Renée Macatulad at 10:39 pm

    Hi Dub, as long as you submit all the requirements then you should have a good chance of getting approved. You just need to prove to the embassy that you have a job here in the Philippines and enough money to support yourself during your trip. Hope that helps and good luck!

  55. JB & Renée Macatulad at 10:40 pm

    Hi Narz, are you living in the Philippines? If not, then it’s probably best to apply from where you reside as your requirements may be different. Good luck with the application!

  56. Nikko at 3:41 pm

    Hello there. I have a one question how can we hand written the Application form? What kind of format do i use?

  57. JB & Renée Macatulad at 4:44 pm

    Hi Nikko, not sure what you mean. The application form needs to be filled out by hand as per the form’s instructions: “You must write in block letters either in English or Korean.”

  58. Nikko at 10:10 am

    What is the meaning of Step 5 you say? The OECD im the firsf timer who applied for a tourist visa ang i have done with all requirements except the step 5

  59. Julius Daep at 8:30 pm

    We’re travelling to Seoul in July 2019, can I apply for visa as early as this month so i’d know if my mom would be approved first before purchasing the tickets?

  60. Angel at 6:23 am

    Thanks for sharing. I just want to ask since this question is not too asked by a lot of people online.

    I’ll be applying this March for SK visa, and most likely I’ll apply for an express processing bec I’ll be joining a friend to Seoul for three days by Apr1-3. The problem is that, I’ll be reopening a closed bank account and I’ll be using that as my source of financial proof. So, technically, it would look like I put a huge amount of money there instantly.

    Will it raise their eyebrows? Or should I ask my friend to “sponsor” me while also submitting my own financial records?

    I want to know your thoughts!

  61. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:26 am

    Sorry Angel, but I have no idea. You can try asking the travel agency you intend to file with. They may have some experience with that.

  62. jessica at 8:24 pm

    hi.. we are currently working in thailand and we processed our visa here with my friends. we were shocked to pay 1,360 baht for the processing of visa but for our friends who processed it earlier in february 2019 did not pay for their single entry visa. how much is the processing of single entry visa in the philippines as of now march 2019?

  63. JB & Renée Macatulad at 9:39 am

    Hi Jessica, it used to be free but now that it’s coursed through an agency, it should cost anywhere between PHP 500-1,500, depending on the agency.

  64. 2nd# Mellomida at 10:21 am

    Korea should imitate Israel who showed their gratitude to Philippines by allowing Filipinos to visit their country visa-free. Putting up so many stringent requirements just to visit their country only shows Korea’s ungrateful attitude when they knew some Filipinos died fighting with them in their hour of crises.

  65. janelle at 7:21 pm

    Hello! I and my best friend were invited by our Korean boss to travel to South Korea as our bonus. Can you advise us what is the best letter should we present together with other documents for our VISA application, is it Invitation from the company we’re working for or invitation by our boss who will present herself as our friend who will sponsor our stay and flight ticket? Thank you!

  66. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:28 am

    Hi Janelle, I’d submit both if possible. I’d write a cover letter too explaining what you just said, that you were invited to Korea by your boss as a bonus. Always best to be as honest as possible. Good luck.

  67. Dixie at 7:19 pm

    Hi an agency told me that the application form must be filled out electronically and printed out then signed. Is this true?

  68. JB & Renée Macatulad at 7:22 pm

    Hi Dixie, not sure if they’ve changed the guidelines lately but if you download the application form from the Korea Embassy website, it still says this: “You must write in block letters either in English or Korean.”

  69. Princess at 5:47 pm

    My partner and i are planning to go to korea this year with our baby but we are not married. Can my partner sponsor me? Can i send his financial docs instead? Im a full time mom right now. I gave up my job 4yrs ago. Is there any possibility that i can get approved?

  70. JB & Renée Macatulad at 8:27 am

    Hi Princess, I’m sorry but I don’t know. Personally, I’d submit a cover letter explaining to the embassy exactly what my situation is. It always helps to be as honest as possible and hope for the best. Good luck.

  71. Denden at 1:10 pm

    Hi Im planing to apply for korea I already have the COE but it was not indicated my salary only my postion and how many yrs in the company and also I only have 2316 but I dont have the BIR stamp. But i already travel to 4 countries in asia is it possible my application will be approved?

  72. Krizzy at 10:01 am

    Hi,

    Should the NSO birth/marriage certificate be issued within one year? Just like with Japan visa applications?

  73. Argie Lyn at 9:17 pm

    Hello Ma’am Jessica..What are the requirements needed to apply SK tourist Visa in Thailand?

  74. Grace at 1:47 am

    Hi,gusto ko Lang Po itanong sir,what if married ka to Korean guy po then may anak kayo,he wanted us to travel as tourist with my 1 year old son soon,becoz first timer Po ako,Hindi ko Po sure Kung anong Po proseso ng pag apply ng Korean visa na kasama ko Po anak ko SA travel?thank you in advance.

  75. Bernard Praferosa at 1:33 am

    Hi my name is bernard praferosa.im permenent residence of canada pero phillippine passport parin ako.plan ko kasi mag bakasyon s south korea.need ko prin ba ng kumuha ng visa?

  76. khaeye atienza at 7:05 am

    Hi, I want to bring my family to korea. but im the one sponsoring their trip. does my mom and dad still need to submit bank certificates or other documents to show their finances even if im the one financing their trip?

  77. MARICHAR ATIENZA at 7:06 am

    same here. im planning to go also. im applying on May sa embassy ng south korea here in toronto.

  78. JB & Renée Macatulad at 3:22 am

    Hi Khaeye, no I don’t think so. But it can’t hurt either. Segurista ako so I’d submit whatever documents I can to shore up my application. 🙂 Good luck!

  79. Ryan James at 7:02 pm

    Hi JB and Renee,

    Fan of your blog and helped us a lot with our overseas holidays.

    I just want to ask for your opinion. I already booked our flights to SK via Airasia and our trip will be a total of 8 days. There’s a section in the visa application form about “Intended period of stay”. Do you think it’s best to put 8 days or baka mas madali ma-approve kung ilagay ko lang 5 days? Makikita ba ng SK Embassy na nagbook na ako ng flights?

    Cheers
    Ryan

  80. Bryan at 8:26 pm

    Hello JB and Rene,

    Coincidentally, I have the same case with Ryan James.

    However, I only indicated 3 days as my intended period of stay. Will there be a problem with that?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Bryan

  81. Kikay at 4:14 pm

    Hello po! First time ko po sanang pupunta sa Korea. I have a korean friend (male) he invited me na mag tour sa korea kahit 1week lang. Ngbasa basa nako ng mga requirements at medyo nagdoubt ako na mag apply kasi wala akong ITR and unemployed ako but i have bank acc at meron akong maliit na store sa harap lang ng bhay namin. Meron po ba kayong pde e advice sakin to get there? And anung travel agency po ang magandang lapitan?. Salamat po sana mapansin nyo po ako.

  82. JB & Renée Macatulad at 6:28 am

    Hi Kikay, sorry for the late reply. Sa totoo lang, mahirap makakuha ng visa kung walang trabaho. Baka kasi isipin nila na hindi ka na babalik. Tawagan mo na lang one of the travel agencies na nakalista dito. Baka mabigyan ka nila ng advice. Good luck.

  83. M at 10:06 pm

    How many months is the visa valid for? How long can you stay in Korea with a first time visa?

  84. Mae at 2:07 pm

    Hi, I’m planning to apply for Korean visa, I have my requirements already however the travel agency told me that I cant apply early for the visa since I am planning to travel November or December 2019. I want sana to apply for the visa as early as June 2019 pero sabi ng travel agency 3 months prior daw ng intended travel date. Is it possible to apply as early as 6 months prior to the travel date? Thanks

  85. JB & Renée Macatulad at 9:36 am

    Hi Mae, no you can’t. The travel agency is right. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your trip. Hope that helps!

  86. Plinx at 10:22 am

    My husband and I are planning to apply for tourist visa… i am a housewife, my husband’s a member of Oecd. WOuld try to apply for one without him.. (curr out of the country) will they still need him around if i apply for a visa?

    Thank you

  87. JB & Renée Macatulad at 6:26 pm

    Hi Plinx, what do you mean by your husband’s a member of OECD? You mean he currently has a valid visa to an OECD-member country?

  88. Shane Santos at 7:50 pm

    Hi there, what if OFW is it same requirement sa Employees? Thanks in advance. God Bless.

  89. JB & Renée Macatulad at 2:09 pm

    Hi Shane, it may be different. You’re probably wondering about the ITR requirement? Best to consult with your local Korea embassy.

  90. danilo o alcaide at 3:11 pm

    hi gud morning,i am ofw here in saudi arabia for 6yrs.and iwant to go to korea for vacation in 1 week. it is nescessary to get ITR but how?

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