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Fly to South Korea in 4 Easy Steps: How to Get your Korean Tourist Visa

August 8, 2019
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South Korea is such a prime tourist destination for travellers all over the world, most especially the Philippines.
The sad part? Filipinos need to get their Korean Tourist Visa processed before they can visit the country.
Processing a visa isn’t always the easiest and there’s no fit-for-all criteria to getting it approved. But no
worries! I’ll be here to help you get through the toughest leg of your South Korean journey: the Visa Processing!
*dun dun dunnn*


STEP 1: Complete all your requirements

Basic Requirements

  • Philippine Passport, valid for 6 months prior to your travel date
  • A photocopy of the bio page on your passport
  • A completed handwritten Visa Application Form that you can download here
  • Original and photocopy of your old passports and OECD Visa/s, if applicable. This is only
    necessary if you have traveled abroad and to OECD member countries. You can find a list of OECD Member Countries
    here.

Additional Requirements for Employees

  • Original Certificate of Employment, printed with your company letterhead
  • Original personal Bank Certificate with 6 months average balance (ADB)
  • Original or certified true copy of your Bank Statement or Passbook
  • Photocopy of Income Tax Return (ITR Form 2316)
  • Copy of PRC or IBP card (if applicable)
  • If invited by a Korean national or company, an Invitation letter and a photocopy of your
    Inviter’s Passport or ID card/Company Business Permit

Additional Requirements for Business Owners

  • Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI
  • Photocopy of Business or Mayor’s Permit.
  • Original personal Bank Certificate with 6 months average balance (ADB)
  • Original or certified true copy of your Bank Statement or Passbook
  • Photocopy of Income Tax Return (ITR Form 2316)
  • Copy of PRC or IBP card (if applicable)
  • If invited by a Korean national or company, an Invitation letter and a photocopy of your
    Inviter’s Passport or ID card/Company Business Permit

Additional Requirements for Students and Minors

  • Original School Certificate
  • Photocopy of School ID
  • Photocopy of NSO-issued Birth Certificate
  • Parent’s supporting Financial Details
  • If invited by a Korean national or company, an Invitation letter and a photocopy of your
    Inviter’s Passport or ID card/Company Business Permit

Here’s a downloadable checklist for your basic South Korean Visa Requirements.

You can save it on your phone and use it as a wallpaper so you’re reminded everyday about what else you need to prepare.
Post it on your IG stories so your friends and followers can keep you accountable as well!

 

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STEP 2: Find the nearest designated travel agency

As of 2018, you can no longer process your visa application through the Korean embassy. Don’t worry because this is good
news! South Korea has been such a prime tourist destination that the lines to the Korean embassy have been exhaustingly
long. To solve this, the Embassy has designated several travel agencies all over the country where you can course your
visa through. So now, you won’t have to wait in line before dawn even breaks just to get into the embassy! Here’s a
complete list of all the designated travel agencies in alphabetical order, along with their locations.

A-G

Aboex Travel and Tours

Unit 14 Upper Ground Globe Tower Plaza 1 Pioneer St., Cor. Madison St. Mandaluyong

Adventure International

G/F 3rd & 4th Floor Eurovilla 2, Rufino St. Legaspi Village Makati City

ARK Travel Express, Inc.

146 Alfaro Place, L.P Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati City

Blue Horizons Travel and Tours, Inc.

23 Floor Pacific Star Bldg. Makati Avenue Cor, Sen Gil Puyat, Makati City

Budget Travel and Tours, Inc.

Suite 3, Metropolitan Tower, Mabini St. Malate Manila

Unit 4018 3/F Alabang Town Center Alabang Muntinlupa City

Casto Travel Philippines, Inc.

2/Flr Tuscan Bldg., 114 VA Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

City Travel and Tours, Inc.

Cityland 10 Tower 1, H.V Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Unit 201, 2F Diamond Spring Hotel Bldg. Mc Arthur Highway, Balibago Angeles City

Come on Phils. Golf and Travel Agency, Inc.

U-PXA 03A Hobbies of Asia 8, Diosdado Macapagal, Pasay City

Constellation Travels, Inc.

5th Floor, Merry Land Plaza 1157 Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City

Iloilo Branch – G/F Door 2, Manfred’s Building, 22 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City

First United Travel, Inc.

Garden Level Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

Unit 118, The QC Pavillon Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City

2/Floor, Abary Square Bldg. 1773 Ano St. corner F. Vergel De Dios St. Poblacion, Baliuag Bulacan

BLDG. 896 Rizal Highway Corner Manila Avenue, Subic Bay Freefort Zone

Getaway Tours International, Inc.

San Andres St. near corner Adriatico St. Malate, Manila

Grand Hope Travel, Inc.

Lower Ground Level, SM City – NRA, Cebu City

(Skip to Step 3)

H-N

H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp.

2/F Serendra Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

14F Picadilly Star Building, 4th Avenue corner 27th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Hanatour Manila, Inc.

2/F Damon Bldg., Macapagal Avenue, 1011 Pasay, Metro Manila

Hankookceb Corp.

Trans Asia Building Room 301 Cor. MJ Cuenco Ave, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City

Unit 201 Buma Building Metropolitan Ave., San Antonio Makati City

Horizon Travel and Tours, Inc.

490 Potenciana Mansion Sta Monica St., Ermita Manila

International Journeys, Inc.

Unit 2 Third Floor Altra Center 1663 Jorge Bocobo Street Malate, Manila

Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.

Unit 109-P, G/F Five Ecom Center, Pacific Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.

18th flr. RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Cntr., 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

G/F 107 Entertainment Mall, New South Wing SM Mall of Asia, MOA Complex, Pasay City

Unit G3-315B, 3/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

4th Floor Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4, Ayala Mall (Vertis North), Quezon City

Unit 2L 170, J Centre Mall, A.S. Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu City

Unit 5/6, MDCT Building 8th Floor, Block 20, Leyte Loop Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

KP JOEUN Consultancy, Inc.

Retail 9, Goldland Millenia Tower J., Escriva Drive Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.

G/F Unit B2 Imperial Bayfront Tower, 1642 A. Mabini St. Malate, Manila

UGI1 Alfaro Place 146 LP Leviste Street Salcedo Village, Makati City

Unit 2 1010 Alley Building, Consunji Street Brgy. Sto Rosario, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Marsman Drysdale Travel, Inc.

19th Floor Robinsons Summit Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

MNK Travel and Tours Corp

802 One Corp. Center, Julia Vargas Cor., Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

North Star International Travel, Inc.

19F Trident Tower 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

Skip to Step 3

P-U

Pan Pacific Travel Corp.

353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila

G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St., Ermita, Manila

Unit LG-1 Herrera Tower Condominium. #98 V.A. Rufino St. corner Valero St., Salcedo Village Makati City

Diplomat Hotel. Suite No. 6, 90 F. Ramos Street. Cebu City

Party-On Travel and Tour Community, Inc.

Unit C2 17th Flr. Strata 100 Bldg. F. Ortigas Jr. Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Rajah Travel Corp.

3/F 331 Building, 331 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

Rakso Air Travel and Tours, Inc.

3F Rico Bldg. #112, Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

RELI Tours and Travel Company

3rd Floor Dusit Hotel Corner Edsa Pasay Road Makati City

SM Mandaluyong Branch

SM Southmall Las Pinas Branch

Lucky China Town Binondo

Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc.

Suite 504 Alexander House Bldg. Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

Swire Travel Phils. Inc.

6th Floor Country Spacel Bldg. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

The Baron Travel Corp.

3F PCCI Corporate Center 118 L.P. Leviste Street Salcedo Village, Makati City

Travel Pros

5F SM Megamall Bdlg B. Edsa Mandaluyong City

Lower Ground Floor SM City Fairview Quirino Highway GreaterLagro Novaliches Quezon City

Unit 107 Ground Floor The Block SM North Edsa Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City

Basement 1 SM Aura Premiere Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Flight Center 3rd Floor 367A-D Market Market, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

31 A-Square Town Center Dona Tating Poblacion 1, Tiaong, Quezon

Travel Services, Inc.

2F Trinity Insurance Center 7504 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio, Makati City

2nd Flr. J. Alcasid Business Center, Crossing Brgy. 1, Calamba City

4F, Metrobank Plaza Building, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City

Uni-Orient Travel, Inc.

447 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila

Unit 101, Ground Floor, Windsor Tower, 163 Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Unit 2006 East Tektite Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange, Orgias Center, Pasig City

2nd Floor, Capitol Square, N. Escario St., Cebu City


STEP 3: Submit your application

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For your information, a South Korean Tourist Visa is FREE of charge as
long as you are only going to stay 59 days or less. However, the travel agency you file with will charge you a fee
for the application process. This varies from agency to agency but expect to pay between PHP
500-1,500
to file your application. Remember, the embassy may charge around PHP 1,800
for stays ranging from 60-90 days. So, make sure you contact your desired travel agency before proceeding
to their office to confirm rates.

Download your Application Form Here:

KOREA-Application-Form-PDF


STEP 4: Keep your fingers crossed for approval or Check your Status Online!

 

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At this point, all you can do is wait and hope for the best. You can view your status via
the Korean Visa Portal online if you are anxious or can’t wait to see the results!

Click here to go to the site.

Now, all you have to do is wait for your passport, and book your tickets, and to Korea, you go!


 

Some More Helpful Tips to Consider:

 

It’s helpful to visit other visa free countries first before travelling to Korea. Establishing yourself as a
frequent traveler can increase your chances of being approved. If you have already been travelling a lot, and have
visited OECD -member countries like:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

then show them your old passports vith visas from these countries since Korea honors these member countries as exception
for you to submit your ITR. However it doesn’t guarantee approval nor having none does not mean you will also get denied
a Visa 🙂

 

On another note, I’ve noticed that people often rely on an invitation or sponsorship to get their visa approved.
This is a false notion, as well. Having an invitation from a Korean national or company won’t guarantee your
approval and here’s why:

  1. No one and nothing is ever a FOOLPROOF way of getting your visa. Some people with incomplete requirements have
    gotten approved easily, while others who had all the basic and secondary requirements have gotten denied. The
    same goes for an invitation.
  2. Moreover, one of the best ways to get your visa approved is to show DEFINITIVE proof that you will a.) not
    extend your stay for personal or business reasons, b.) not need to seek employment during your stay and c.) that
    you can fund your trip by YOURSELF.
  3. Having an invitation can go one way or the other, but being financially independent will raise the probability
    of your visa being accepted.

So, looking back, getting a visa isn’t really as simple as 4 steps. But they ARE steps that will bring you closer to the
Land of the Morning Calm! Remember, these are just steps and suggestions to increase your probability of being accepted,
and even if you don’t, you can always try again! After 6 months, that is…

Once you’ve got your Korean Tourist Visa, check out these blog posts on where you should go:

Seoul Travel Guide

Daejeon Travel Guide

 

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