2022 Korea Visa Guide for Filipinos

Updated: Jun 21

Important Updates:

  • May-19: Starting June 1, Embassy announces resumption of Korea tourist visa

  • June-21: Stricter enforcement of old passports and photocopies of entry stamps


Quick Facts:

  • Application procedure :

  • Apply in person (walk-in at the Korean Embassy) or

  • Apply through any travel agency

  • Please be informed that once the application through the designated travel agencies resumes, walk-in applications will no longer be accepted.

  • Visa applicants must observe proper conduct and decorum during the visa application process.

  • Application time : Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Processing period : minimum 5 working days

  • Processing period may be extended beyond 5 working days and a daily visa application limit may be set depending on the volume of visa applications received.

  • Visa Fee:

  • Gratis: if applied directly at the embassy, 59 days below

  • through International Journeys: PHP 700

  • COVID - Entry Information

  • All passengers must present a negative PCR certificate (issued within 48 hours)..

  • or negative RAT certificate (issued within 24 hours)

  • online vaccination registration is required via Q-CODE.



Document Requirements

*Note that some information in this guide are based on our visa processing experience prior to 2020. We will continually update this document as soon as new information becomes available.

All applicants are required to submit the below 5 documents.


1. Korea Visa Application Form,

  • form must be printed on A4 size paper

  • form must be type-written and hand-signed.

  • make sure you are using this updated 2020 version.

  • Click here to download the 2020 updated Application Form

  • All areas that have no answer or is not applicable, please put "N/A" in the space. The embassy will not accept forms with blanks.

2. One piece of Passport size colored picture with white background

3. Original Passport valid for at least 6 months

4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page

5. Original Old Passport (if available and up to one only) that have stamps to OECD countries for the last 5 years.

  • Photocopy all the used visas and the entry immigration stamps in both the new and old passports. All copies must be in A4 sized paper.

NOTE: If travelling as family, Original PSA documents proving relationship is required.


FOR EMPLOYEES

1. Original Certificate of Employment

Including applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, company

header, HR landline number and e-mail address

2. Original Bank Certificate

indicating the account type, balance, account opening date, Average Daily Balance

3. Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last 3 months

4. Income Tax Return (photocopy) or Form 2316

5. Photocopy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable


FOR BUSINESSMEN

1. Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI

2. Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit

3. Income Tax Return (photocopy) or Form 2316

4. Original Bank Certificate

indicate account type, balance, account opening date, Average Daily Balance

5. Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last 3 months


FOR STUDENTS

1. Original School Certificate from the Registrar’s Office

2. Photocopy of School ID

3. Original PSA Birth Certificate 

4. Notarized Affidavit of Support

5. Parent’s Financial Documents as an Employee or Businessman (see above)

6. Parent's Original PSA Marriage Certificate

  • If parents already have a valid visa, attach photocopy of parents' valid visa.

  • If not traveling with parents, attach photocopy of passport or valid government ID of parents.

FOR HOUSEWIVES

1. Photocopy of Marriage Contract; if not available submit an affidavit

2. Financial Documents of Spouse as an Employee or Businessman

3. Notarized Affidavit of Support, if not applying together with spouse


FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

1. Photocopy of Senior Citizen’s ID

2. Original Bank Certificate

indicate account type, balance, account opening date, Average Daily Balance

3. Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last 3 months


What if I am invited?

Invited by a Korean Resident :  Invitation Letter & Copy of inviter’s Passport or ID Card Invited by a Company in Korea : Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit​ (authentication not required)




Where to submit?


Temporary visa receiving office

International Journeys is currently renovating a new dedicated visa office to serve you better. Temporarily we can receive your visas at our below interim address

Unit 715 Pacific Century Tower 1472 Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Philippines

Contact numbers: 

Landline: (02)-79802022 FB Messenger: m.me/ijtravel


How much is the Korea Visa processing fee?

Gratis: if applied directly at the embassy, 59 days below

PHP 700: through International Journeys


How do I pay for my visa application?

Pay in our office or deposit to any of the following:

Account name: International Journeys Inc. BDO: 00290-004-8598 Security Bank: 0686-0288-09001

Send copy of deposit slip to visa@ijourneys.com.ph for us to verify your payment.

How do I claim my passport?

You can pick-up your passport in our office or have it sent back via courier or any real-time delivery service. Check with our Visa Officer if your passport is ready for pick-up.



Frequently Asked Questions:


What if I lost my old passport? If you lost your passport and you cannot submit a photocopy of arrival stamps, you may write a Letter of Explanation addressed to the consul stating the reason why you cannot submit the old passport.


Address all letters to: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines

122 Upper McKinley Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

I don’t have an ITR, I haven’t visited any OECD countries?

You can submit a notarized affidavit of non-filing of ITR or Income Tax Return. How much money should I have in my bank?

There is no official answer regarding this. Simply speaking you need to have more than enough money to pay for your trip. We generally recommend having at least php 60,000 in your bank if you are traveling for 5 days to South Korea. Your ITR and Bank Statements should be able to support this amount in your bank.


How do I submit my application? Submit personally or send it via courier.

How soon should I apply for South Korea visa? Single-entry visa is valid only 3 months from the date of issue. We encourage you to apply within 3 months before your trip. Can I appeal if my visa is denied?  The Korean Embassy does not accept appeal for refused visa. When can I re-apply if my visa is denied? You may re-apply after 6 months from the date of denial.


Can I use digitally signed documents? This is on a case-to-case basis. We had situations where a digital signature was accepted and there are instances where it was returned. For simplicity please make sure all documents to be submitted are hand-signed.

Important reminders before your submit your application

  • Attach a letter of explanation for documents that cannot be submitted

  • Family should apply at the same time and provide proof of relationship: These must be original PSA documents.

  • Apply for visa prior to purchasing your airline tickets and travel services since visa issuance is subject for approval of the consul in charge.

  • Applying through a designated travel agent does not guarantee the issuance of visa.

  • Inform your HR Officer/Contractor/Bank that someone will call or email from the Korean Embassy to validate the documents you provided.


 

Useful links & Downloads

International Journeys summarized the above Korean visa application guide and no part may be copied or reproduced without prior written consent.


Visa Conditions:

  • Visa approval is not guaranteed and is still under the final discretion of the consul.

  • Processing time indicated is based on average application time. It is not guaranteed and may be delayed if additional documents are required by the embassy.

  • Do not purchase your tickets before your visas are issued and approved. International Journeys will not be liable for any unused travel products in the case of visa denial or if the release of visa has been delayed.

  • International Journeys will not accept visa application with departure date scheduled within 3 weeks from the date of submission.

  • Any request for early release and pulling out/cancellation of application is not permitted once the documents are submitted to the Korean Embassy.

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