Applying for a South Korea Tourist Visa

by - February 09, 2018

Step 1: Requirements (for employed)

  1. Duly-accomplished application form. Fill the form completely in block letters. No erasures. No blank fields, just write "N/A". This can be handwritten or computerized. Print the form in an A4 sized bond paper. Visa application form download link.
  2. 1 passport sized colored picture. Attach this on your application form. The photo must be taken not more than 6 months. 
  3. Passport. Must be valid for more than 6 months with a least 2 blank pages.
  4. 1 photocopy of passport bio-page (page 2)
  5. * Original and photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD countries for the past 5 years. 
  6. Original Certificate of Employment (COE) (must include applicant's position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)
  7. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB). Your account balance must be greater than the estimated travel expense written in your visa application form.
  8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  9. ITR(Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy)
  10. * Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card 
* If applicable only
Visit Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines site for other types of visas. Link here.

Sort the documents based on the list and you're ready for the next step.

Step 2: Submission

Go to your nearest Consular office.
  • 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines 
  • 12th Floor Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
Visit this link for more details

Applications can only be submitted from Mondays-Fridays (except Philippines and South Korea holidays) from 8:30 - 11 am only and cutoff time is 10:30 am.
Visa processing time in Cebu takes 7 working days.

Visa Application through Designated Travel Agency starting July 1, 2018 
Walk-in applicants for temporary visitor's visa will be no longer accepted at the Korean embassy, McKinley Hill starting July 1, 208. Instead, the visa applications will be processed through designated travel agencies. More details
List of Designated Travel Agencies
Korean Consulate in Cebu still accepts personal visa applications
For Cebuanos and other applicants who would like to submit their visa application in Korean Consulate in Cebu, they still continue to accept personal visa applications. No need to go to an accredited agency. More details

Step 3: Processing

Keep your lines open and constantly check your emails. You can also go to to check the status of your application.
How to check your South Korea visa application status online

Step 4: Releasing

Releasing time is only from 1:30 to  4:00 pm.

Feel free to drop your questions and clarifications on the comment section below.

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