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Korea Visa Guide for Filipinos 2024

Updated: Jul 5

Updates:

  • From Feb 1 2024 to Dec 31 2024, visa applicants who meet the following conditions are exempted in submitting Bank Statement, Bank Certificate, and ITR; replaced with additional document/s depending on condition:

    • Applicant and Immediate Family Members of Elected Politicians

    • Members of the Senate, Members of the Congress, Governors, Provincial Board Members, and Mayors

    • Need to attach additional document: Original Identification Documents (Certificate of Employment/Appointment)

    • Applicant and Immediate Family Members of Government Officials

      • rank higher or equal to Assistant Secretary of the Executive Branch of the Philippine Government, and Brigadier General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police; excluding those in acting duties

    • Need to attach additional document: Original Certificate of Employment

    • Applicant and Immediate Family Members of Professional License Holders

      • valid PRC license / IBP ID holder (physician, dentist, lawyer, judge, prosecutor, certified public accountant, pharmacist, and veterinarian

      • Need to attach additional document: Original Certificate of Employment and Photocopy of PRC/IBP ID


Quick Facts:


Operating Hours:

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

  • Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN


Processing period:

  • Minimum 12-15 working days upon lodging to Korea Visa Application center (KVAC)

  • 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.


Visa Fee:


C-3-9 Tourist

C-3-1 Tourist

C-3-1 Tourist

Assistance fee

PHP 1,000.00

PHP 1,000.00

PHP 1,000.00

KVAC Visa fee

PHP 900.00

PHP 900.00

PHP 900.00

Expedite fee (Optional)

Not Applicable

w/o expedite fee (12-15 days)

PHP 1,000.00 (3-5 days)

Total

PHP 1,900.00

PHP 1,900.00

PHP 2,900.00


Document Requirements All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

For EMPLOYEES

  • Philippine passport (Original)

    • Must be signed

    • Valid for at least 6 months from end of approved duration stay

    • Must contain at least 2 empty pages

    • Remove the passport case before submitting to our office

    • Kindly include scanned copy of Bio page and visa and travel stamps, if applicable.

  • Old Passport (Original)

    • only if with previous visa and travel stamps within the last 5 years.

  • For Foreign passport holder

    • Must submit a copy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) valid at least Three (3) months prior to departure.

  • Two (2) pieces of 35mmX45mm

    • Should be studio quality with no damages or stains

    • Not older than 6 months

    • Headshot should take 70-80% of the photo, against white background.



  • Korea Visa Application Form 

    • Unsure how to fill up? Check our Fill-Up form Guide/Sample 

    • Form must be printed on A4 size paper.

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

    • Complete the details, put 'N/A' if not applicable.

    • If the applicant is minor (12 years old below), originally signed by both parents/guardians.

  • Certificate of Employment (Original)

    • Certificate of Employment (must include applicant’s position, date hired, & salary)

    • LOA - Approved Leave of Absence (must include dates of approved absence and expected date of return) Employment Contract (Optional)

  • Bank Certificate (Original)

    • Must have account type, current balance and opening date. Issued three (3) months prior to departure.

    • Must have an Average daily balance (ADB) indicated.

  • Bank Statement (Original)

    • Must show cash flow from the last three (3) months transaction.

    • Passbook holder - provide a photocopy of three (3) months transaction history along with a Certified True Copy (CTC) from the bank.

  • Latest Income Tax Return ITR 2316 or 1701 (Photocopy)

    • Must have a signature of the applicant & received stamp from the BIR.

    • For applicants who do not have an updated Income Tax Return, please provide an explanation letter addressed to the Embassy.

    • For NO ITR - submit an Original notarized Affidavit of No ITR.

  • Proof of Relationship (Original)

    • PSA Birth Certificate

    • PSA Marriage Certificate, if applicable

  • Professional Licensed holder (Photocopy)

    • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) - If applicable

    • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) - If applicable

  • Data privacy consent form

For BUSINESSMAN

  • Philippine passport (Original)

    • Must be signed

    • Valid for at least 6 months from end of approved duration stay

    • Must contain at least 2 empty pages

    • Remove the passport case before submitting to our office

    • Kindly include scanned copy of Bio page and visa and travel stamps, if applicable.

  • Old Passport (Original)

    • only if with previous visa and travel stamps within the last 5 years.

  • For Foreign passport holder

    • Must submit a copy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) valid at least Three (3) months prior to departure.

  • Two (2) pieces of 35mmX45mm

    • Should be studio quality with no damages or stains

    • Not older than 6 months

  • Korea Visa Application Form 

    • Unsure how to fill up? Check our Fill-Up form Guide/Sample 

    • Form must be printed on A4 size paper.

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

    • Complete the details, put 'N/A' if not applicable.

    • If the applicant is minor (12 years old below), originally signed by both parents/guardians.

  • Proof of Business (Photocopy)

    • DTI/SEC and GIS

    • Mayor's/Business Permit

  • Bank Certificate (Original)

    • Must have account type, current balance and opening date. Issued three (3) months prior to departure.

    • Must have an Average daily balance (ADB) indicated.

  • Bank Statement (Original)

    • Must show cash flow from the last three (3) months transaction.

    • Passbook holder - provide a photocopy of three (3) months transaction history along with a Certified True Copy (CTC) from the bank.

  • Latest Income Tax Return ITR 2316 or 1701 (Photocopy)

    • Must have a signature of the applicant & received stamp from the BIR.

    • For applicants who do not have an updated Income Tax Return, please provide an explanation letter addressed to the Embassy.

    • For NO ITR - submit an Original notarized Affidavit of No ITR.

  • Proof of Relationship (Original)

    • PSA Birth Certificate

    • PSA Marriage Certificate, if applicable

  • Professional Licensed holder (Photocopy)

    • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) - If applicable

    • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) - If applicable

  • Data privacy consent form

For STUDENTS

For SENIOR CITIZEN

If Supported by Company / Company Incentive

If Invited by a Korean Citizen


Where To Submit?


Visa Receiving Office

International Journeys Visa Office

Ground floor Z Square Mall, 886 Banawe Street, Brgy. Manresa, Quezon City, Philippines


Contact Numbers:

Vanessa Grace Saliga 0938 128 5464

How do I pay for my visa application?

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


Account Name: International Journeys Inc.


Banco De Oro (BDO) : 00353-022-7417

Philippine Business Bank (PBB) : 001-00005238-4


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

How do I claim my passport?

Passport Delivery via Ride-Hailing Services: For passports being delivered via Grab, Lalamove, or Joyride, please ensure that the name of the applicant or passport holder is indicated to avoid any inconvenience or wrong delivery. Additionally, kindly inform the officer-in-charge before booking to secure the passport properly and avoid any damage.


Passport Return via LBC Courier: If you wish to have your passport returned to your office via LBC Courier, there will be a minimum charge of PHP 300.00, subject to change depending on the location. Please send the complete address to the visa officer or via email with the subject line: "Complete Information of [Name of Travel Agency]"


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.


 

Downloadable Forms


Useful Links

  1. Korean Embassy in the Philippines Official Announcements


International Journeys summarized the above Korea 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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