Visa Announcement as of June 25, 2018
Company Alpha List no longer required during visa application from July 1, 2018
Visa Announcement as of May 29, 2018
Visa Application through Designated Travel Agency from July 1, 2018
From July 1, 2018, visa application will be processed through designated travel agencies only due to increased number of Korean visa applicants. Total number of visa applicants increased from 90,000 in the year 2015 to 120,000 by the end of 2016. In the year 2017, total number of visa applicants recorded was around 160,000.
This increase in number of visa applicants caused the applicants to stand in hot weather outside the embassy for hours to wait in line for their turn to apply for respective visas. To avoid such inconvenience, the embassy has designated 35 travel agencies to process temporary visitor’s visa application.
From July 1, 2018, walk-in applicants for temporary visitor’s visa will no longer be accepted. However, the embassy will allow walk-in applicants only for spouses and children of Koreans, holders of visa issuance number, government employees with official business trip, and for those with humanitarian reason to travel to Korea urgently.
Tourist Visa FAQs
After knowing how to get a South Korean tourist visa for Filipinos, you find yourself still confused. You still have lots of questions left unanswered. (Or you know, TLDR. You’re too lazy to read the whole post and comments.) This blog post is for you! I compiled the most frequently asked questions and put them all here. I hope this helps future travelers to South Korea!
Please note that I am not affiliated nor work for the Embassy of South Korea. The following Q&As are only my recommendations. It is always best to contact the South Korean embassy for any clarifications.
This blog post will be periodically updated as needed.
When should I submit my application?
You may submit your application at the Consular Office from Monday to Friday at 8:30-11 am only. The embassy may be closed during South Korean holidays, so please call the embassy or do a quick Google search before going there.
What are the requirements?
Please click the links below to check the requirements needed:
For other classifications, please click this – Visa Requirements.
When should I submit my application?
You may submit your requirements up to 2 months to two weeks before your flight date. It takes 5 days for releasing of visa for first time travelers and 3 days for frequent travelers.
What is considered as a group application?
If you’re more than one person, then it’s a group.
Should everyone from the group application be present when submitting the application and requirements?
No. A representative can submit all the application for the group. Make sure that all the documents are complete and in the same order as the list of requirements.
We are applying as a family, are there additional documents to submit?
Please note that each applicant is treated as one application. So if you’re 3 siblings, each of you should present a copy of a birth certificate. If you’re a married couple, both of you should have a copy of your marriage contract.
- Married Couple – a copy Marriage Contract
- Siblings – a copy Birth Certificate
- Cousins – a copy Birth Certificate of your parents that are siblings
Family Applications comprise of Father, Mother, Children (Siblings).
Filling Out the Application Form
Can I submit a computerized form?
Yes, you can. I recommend it. You cannot submit forms with erasures, so it’s best to hand in your application form with typewritten answers. REMEMBER: All answers must be in ALL CAPS.
Can I submit a handwritten form?
Yes, you can. But make sure that there are no erasures. Use a black ink. Write in ALL CAPS.
Should I write N/A on ‘this’ and ‘that’ part of the form?
Here’s a sample application form and use it as your guide. Pro-tip: If it needs to be checked, check 1 item and do not put N/A on the rest of choices. If it says FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY, it’s off limits. Do not put anything there.
What is ‘1.2 한자성명 漢字姓名’?
This is only applicable for those who have a Chinese name. Please put N/A here.
How about ‘1.7 국가신분증번호 National Identity No.’?
Put N/A here, too.
Section 8.1: Do you have anyone sponsoring you for a visa?
You answer with YES, if you have a Korean national that is sponsoring your travel. Otherwise, the answer is NO.
I have not booked a hotel/place to stay yet, what should I write in field 9.4 and 9.5?
- 9.4 Address in Korea – Just write the name and address of the hotel where you intend to stay at.
- 9.5 Contact in Korea – You may put N/A
What should I put in section 9.8, “Are you traveling to Korea with any family member?”
You should only type in the names of your immediate family member that are coming with you, i.e. your father, mother, siblings, spouse; if you’re traveling with relatives (i.e. cousins, aunts, uncles), you should type in N/A to all the fields.
How much money should I put on ‘10.1 Estimated travel costs in US Dollars?’
My estimate is usually $100/day. This is more than enough for a day, actually. But make sure that your money in the bank reflects this amount. If staying for 5 days, put $500.
How to submit your requirements:
- As you arrive at the embassy, please sign your name on the record book. When it is time to enter the embassy, a guard will call out the names in order.
- If you’re applying as a family or as group, one representative can submit all the requirements.
- Remove any folder, passport holders, paper clips on your documents.
- Make sure that the your documents are arranged as it is listed above. Additional documents should be at the back.
- The guard inside the embassy will check your documents and you will be given a number.
- Wait for your number to be called. Your number will be reflected above the window, so you know where to go once called.
- Make sure that you quickly walk to the window. If you’re too slow, the next number will be called.
- The lady at the window will give you a stub with the date on when you can claim the passport. Keep it safe.
Do OFWs need to submit an ITR?
No, but you need to apply for a “CERTIFICATE OF NON-FILING OF INCOME TAX RETURN“. Make sure that at BIR, you are tagged as an OFW.
According to the embassy, as long as you can submit a COE, you may skip submitting an ITR or certificate of non-filing.
Can a representative submit my requirements to the South Korean embassy in the Philippines while I am here in ______ country? (This case is when the OFW is still working abroad and will go home to the Philippines before the trip.)
Yes. Just make sure that all your requirements are complete.
I am running an online business and I do not have an ITR. What other documents should I submit?
If you are a business owner, may it be an online business, you should register your online business and pay your taxes.
I am a freelancer and I do not have an ITR. What other documents should I submit?
A freelancer should also pay for taxes, so please file your taxes at BIR. If you’re newly registered, you should be able to use a certificate
Can I get a Korean visa if I am unemployed?
This is a tricky question. The embassy would tell you, “No work, no visa.” That’s true in most cases, but if you’re married and your spouse is employed and is traveling with you, and can clearly support your travel, then by all means, apply for a visa. Having a Korean sponsor does not guarantee a visa. It’s a case to case basis.
Another scenario: You and your fiance are traveling together. Your fiance is employed and you are not. You may have your fiance as your sponsor for the trip, and you can submit his/her documents along with yours. A personal message was sent to me and confirmed that they were both granted a visa.
I just graduated and will be traveling to South Korea as a graduation present from my parents, what requirements should I submit?
Since you’re already a graduate, assuming that your travel period is not 6-months to 1-year after, you should be able to submit your school diploma as proof that you just graduated. This should serve as the School Certificate.
I am doing post-graduate studies, what should my requirements be?
Just follow the student’s requirements and get a certification from the school that you are getting your post-graduate studies.
My parents are not traveling with me, are there other documents that I need to present?
If not travelling together with parents, attach photocopy of passport or valid ID of parents.
For Working Students
My parents are senior citizens, so my brother is sponsoring my trip. However, I am also a working-student. What requirements should I submit?
According to the embassy, you may submit requirements as a student and attach your personal bank documents. You may also include your sibling’s documents who is funding your trip, but this is subject for approval. As for your senior citizen parent, submit their Senior ID and their personal bank documents.
For Minimum Wage Earners
I am a minimum wage earner and we are not required to pay taxes. What documents should we present to the embassy?
My recommendation is to prepare a cover letter stating the reason why you are unable to provide an ITR. Please submit documents to support your claim, such as recent payslips, a confirmation from your HR that no taxes are being paid, and similar documents to prove your claim.
How much money should I have in the bank?
There is no exact amount that the embassy requires. In my opinion, you should have enough money to support the days of your stay in South Korea. You can set $100 X days of stay. If you’re staying for 5 days, then 5 x 100 = $500.
What is the average daily balance required by the South Korean embassy?
There’s no required ADB, but my advice is to have movement in your account, i.e. deposits/withdrawals.
Can I use my salary/payroll bank account?
Yes, you can use your payroll bank account.
How latest should be my bank documents?
In my experience, we submitted 1-month old bank documents.
What are the requirements for a child who is not yet a student?
It is the same as a student’s requirements, except there’s no School Certificate, and no School ID. You just need to add a Copy of an NSO Birth Certificate.
Can I apply for a visa if my bank account is less than 6-months old?
Ideally, it is best to have a 6-months old bank account, but yes, you can apply for a visa, as long as you can provide 3-months bank statement. It does not mean that you’re guaranteed a visa approval.
I just started my employment on my new job, do I have to submit an ITR?
The embassy will see in your COE that you’re newly employed, so you may skip providing an ITR. But just in case, bring a copy of your latest ITR.
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