2022 Korea Visa Guide for Filipinos

Updated: Dec 2

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

  • August-30: Only 10 slots daily are given to us designated travel agents. We may not be able to receive your documents as we are experiencing a backlog. Our next available submission date would be September 13 onwards.

  • September-1: Starting September 3, negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results are no longer required. However, PCR tests are still required to be taken within the day or next day of arrival.

  • September-13: The Embassy requires an Online Appointment, exclusive for applicants and Accredited Travel Agents, before going to the site. Walk-in applicants are no longer accepted starting September 15.

  • September-30: RT-PCR test upon arrival is no longer required effective October 1, 2022.


NOTE:

Backlog in visas,


We are on a temporary halt in assisting applications for Korean visa. More than 100 visas are still in the backlog. Our next probable opening for applications will be by 2nd week of January.


Please be advised before sending your documents to us.


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. Please allocate up to one month for visa processing time because of slot limitations.

Visa Fee:

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

  • Through International Journeys: PHP 1,000

COVID - Entry Information

  • 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 following documents:

1. Korea Visa Application Form

  • Make sure you are using this updated 2020 version. We already made this PDF file fillable for your convenience :)

  • Form must be type-written and hand-signed

  • Form must be printed on A4 size paper

  • Kindly fill-in all information. 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.

  • Erasures and correction tapes are not allowed

  • Make sure that all contact details are active

2. One (1) 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 size paper

6. If traveling as family, Original PSA documents proving relationship is required

7. Authorization Letter

  • Kindly send a message in our FB Messenger for fillable PDF file :)

  • Form must be type-written and hand-signed


FOR EMPLOYEES

8. Original Certificate of Employment

  • Including applicant's position, date hired, compensation, office address, company header, HR landline number, and e-mail address

9. Original Bank Certificate

  • Indicating the account type, balance, account opening date, Average Daily Balance

10. Original or Certified True Copy of Bank Statement for the last 3 months

11. Income Tax Return (photocopy) or Form 2316

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

FOR BUSINESSMEN

FOR SELF-EMPLOYED/FREELANCERS

FOR STUDENTS

FOR HOUSEWIVES

FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

FOR INVITEES




Where To Submit?


Visa Receiving Office

International Journeys Visa Office

886 Z-Square Mall, Banawe Street, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Numbers: 

Visa Officer - Keildy: 09176225254

Landline: (02)-798 02022 FB Messenger: m.me/ijtravel


How much is the Korea Visa processing fee?

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

PHP 1,000: 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 3 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 you 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 & Downloadable Forms


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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