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Korea Visa Guide for Filipinos 2023

Updated: Sep 10

Important Updates:

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

  • July-13, 2023: Starting August 29, 2023, walk-in applicants and designated travel agencies are welcome to process their Korea Visa in the new Korea Visa Application Center

Quick Facts:

Application Procedure:

  • Apply in person (walk-in at the Korea Visa Application Center)

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

Application Time:

  • Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Processing Period:

  • Minimum 7 - 15 working days

  • Processing period may be extended beyond 15 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:

  • Directly in KVAC: PHP 900

  • Through International Journeys: PHP 1,900

  • Non-Filipino Citizen: additional fees may apply

Document Requirements

All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

1. Original Passport / Travel Document

  • Must be signed

  • Valid for at least 6 months prior to departure

  • Must contain at least 2 empty pages

  • Remove the passport case before submitting to our office

2. Two (2) pieces of Visa Photo (35mm x 45mm) colored picture with white background

  • Should be studio quality

  • Must not be damaged or stained

  • In color, facing forward, and non-smiling

3. Korea Visa Application Form

  • Make sure you are using this updated 2023 version. We already made this PDF file fillable for your convenience :)

  • Form must be printed on A4 size paper.

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

  • Do not use a friction pen or erasable pen. Use black ballpen only.

  • If the applicant is minor (under 18 years old), originally signed by both parents/guardians.

  • Kindly complete all details. Put "N/A" if no answer or not applicable.

  • Make sure that all contact details are active.

  • For Page 1, Status of Stay:

  • C-3-9 Tourist

  • C-3-1 Tourist w/ Invitation from Korea

4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-Page

5. Original Old Passport ( ONLY if with previous visa and stamps within the last 5 years )

6. Original PSA Documents

a. PSA Birth Certificate

b. PSA Marriage Certificate, if applicable

7. For Non-Filipino Citizen, submit Photocopy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)

  • Valid at least 3 months prior to departure

8. Letter of Attorney (International Journeys Template)

  • Form must be type-written and hand-signed


9. Original Certificate of Employment

  • Letter from employer stating duties, salary, and complete company details

  • Originally signed by the employer

  • If digitally signed, kindly attach an explanation letter

10. Original Bank Certificate

  • Must be addressed to the Korean Embassy or "for visa application" indicated

  • With Average Daily Balance (ADB) indicated

11. Original or Certified True Copy of Bank Statement

  • Issued within the last 3 months

  • Same account number with the bank certificate issued

12. Latest Income Tax Return or Form 2316/1701

  • Must have signature of applicant and received stamp from BIR

  • If No ITR, submit an Original Affidavit of Non-Filing of ITR

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





Where To Submit?

Visa Receiving Office

International Journeys Visa Office

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

Contact Numbers: 

Visa Officer - Ann: 09176225254

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How much is the Korea Visa processing fee?

PHP 900: directly in KVAC

PHP 1,900: 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: 00353-022-7417 Security Bank: 0686-0288-09001

Send copy of deposit slip to 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

  • 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

Korean Visa Application Form

Korean Embassy in the Philippines Official Announcements

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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