KOREAN VISA: How to Apply for South Korean Visa in Manila? @KTOManila

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A Tourist Visa to Korea is generally FREE, but you still have to apply for it. You can get your visa in as short as 3 days or as long as a week.

Here are some tips on how to apply for a South Korea Visa here in Manila.

First, visit the official website of the Korean Embassy and download the application form here: Korean Visa Application Form.

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No need for appointments, but visa application happens every day from 9.00am to 11.00am only.

The Korean Embassy is located at 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634. This is along C5, right after Petron and Jollibee on the road going to McKinley Hill.
You can contact the Korean Embassy at +632 856-9210 local no. 270 or 500. 

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There’s already a long line outside the embassy at around 8.16am. Better line up as early as 7am.

Note: Make sure to check the list of Korean National Holidays because the Embassy is closed during those dates.

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You line up for a queue number. They also check your application form and attachments.

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Make sure you have the complete visa requirements.

Visa Requirements for Employees:

  1. Application Form
  2. 1pc. Passport Size Colored Picture
  3. Passport Original (6 months valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & Copy of Valid Visas and Arrival Stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years.
  6. Employment Certificate Original
  7. Personal Bank Certificate Original
  8. ITR (Income Tax Return) or form 2316 copy

If personally invited by Korean National: Invitation Letter & Copy of Invitor’s Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

Visa Requirements for Businessmen:

  1. Application Form
  2. 1pc. Passport Size Colored Picture
  3. Passport Original (6 months valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & Copy of Valid Visas and Arrival Stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years.
  6. Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy)
  7. Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit (Copy)
  8. Personal Bank Certificate Original
  9. Individual ITR (Income Tax Return) or form 2316 copy

If personally invited by Korean National: Invitation Letter & Copy of Invitor’s Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

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Visa Application Tips:

  • Submit basic requirments only. Booking certificate, plane tickets, etc. are unnecessary
  • Group (corporate, students, etc.) are still subject to individual application based on respective requirements.
  • Keep record of your applications, such as names, passport numbers, date of application, claim slip, control number, and date of release.
  • Remember to write names on the back of claim slip
  • Only visas from OECD countries (except Korea) valid within the last 5 years are considered for expedite processing. Only copies of these visas are needed with original passports.

List of OECD Countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark 
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary
  14. Iceland
  15. Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Japan
  19. Korea
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Mexico
  22. Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Norway
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. Sloval Republic
  28. Slovenia
  29. Spain
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. Turkey
  33. United Kingdom
  34. United States

What this means is if you have a US Visa for example, you can get your South Korea Visa in 3 days. Please make sure to attach a copy of your visa in the application form.

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If you arrive and get your queue number early, you wait until the visa windows open at 9.00am.

While waiting , make sure to:

  • Sign your visa application form & fill out all the fields. Don’t leave anything blank (write “N/A” or “not applicable” where appropriate).
  • Arrange your documents properly: Visa Application Form on top, photocopy of passport & visas issued from other countries, then supporting documents.
  • Remove cover or jacket of your passport
  • Only submit photocopies of your ITR, business permit, employement contract, or any other important personal document.

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Be ready when your queue number is called. 

Windows 1&2

  • First-time travelers (applications without previous travels or valid visas to any OECD members for the past 5 years).
  • Applicants with only 1 entry to Korea
  • Applicants with visa confirmation number from Korea (E6, F1, E7, E9, E2, D6, etc.)
  • Applicants invited by their Korean Family
  • Korean Couples Interview
  • Korean Marriage Visa Application

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If you have a US Visa, you should be in Window #3.

Window 3

  • Applicants with previous travels to any OECD member country for the past 5 years (except Korea)
  • Applicants with valid visa to any OECD member country
  • Applicants who have been to Korea two times within the past 6 years on tourism or business purpose
  • Seafarers (joining vessel)
  • C4 Visa Applicants (Foreigner & Filipino frequent travelers)
  • D9 Visa Applicants without visa confirmation number from Korea (frequent travelers)
  • E2 Visa Applicants without visa confirmation number from Korea

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After submitting your documents, you should get a claim slip like this with a control number.  If you have a visa from any OECD country like the US, you can get your South Korea Visa in 3 working days. Otherwise, it usually takes 5 working days.  

You can pick up your visa at the Embassy from Monday to Friday, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 

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Hats off to the South Korean Embassy in Manila for their very efficient (and FREE) processing of visa applications. 🙂

Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
Telephone : +(632) 856-9210
E-mail : philippines@mofa.go.kr , ph04@mofa.go.kr (Consular Section)
Hours of Operation : Monday~Friday 08.30~5.30pm
Official WebsiteKorean Embassy

Download the application form here: Korean Visa Application Form.

Also check out the Consular Visa Service Website.

Visa Application Processing Time:
3 working days (for those who have visas of OECD member countries)
5 working days (for those who do not have visas of OECD member countries)

Visa Fee:
59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,350.00 

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P.S. Here is a list of accredited Travel Agencies by the Korean Tourism Organization that can help you get a visa and arrange your trip to Korea. 🙂

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 2014 KTO’s Partner Travel Agencies (As of November 28, 2013)


Company Name 

Email Address




Adam’s Express Travel



1015 MH Del Pilar cor. TM Kalaw, Ermita, Manila


 Aerial Travel & Tours



C204 Zen Towers 1111 Natividad A. Lopez St., Ermita Manila


American Express Transnational



G/F Eurovilla 1 Building, 142 Legaspi cor. V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City


Amiable Intertours



Suite 309, Pasda Mansions, 77 Panay Avenue cor. Timog Avenue, Quezon City


Ark Travel Express Inc.



Lower Ground Unit 3, 4 & 14 Alfaro Place, 146 LP. Levisite St., Salcedo Village, Makati City


Far Eastern Travel (FETA)



2/F De Leon Building, 1151 M.H. Del Pilar cor. Nuestra Sra. De Guia, Ermita, Manila City


Golden Eagle Travel & Tours



129 Timog Ave. Quezon City


Golden Sky Travel & Tours



Unit 225-226 Manila Executive Regency, J Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila City


Island Resort Club Tours (IRC)



GF 704 Pablo Ocampo St. Malate, Manila


Mulan Travel



525 Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila City


Pan Pcific Travel Corporation



353 E.T. Yuchengco St. Binondo Manila


Pioneer Tours Corporation



290 Dasmariñas St. Binondo Manila


Rajah Travel Corporation


523-8801 lo 8104

G/FF GLC Bldg. A. Mabini cor. TM Kalaw Sts. Ermita, Manila


Rakso Air Travel & Tours



3/F Rico Bldg., 112 Aguirre St. legaspi Village, Makati City


Skynet Travel Corporation



G/F & 2F TSE & Sons Bldg. 1743 A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila


Travel Plus International, Inc.



Unit G-04 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, 1415 Adriatico St. Ermita, Manila












Company Name 

Email Address




Global Access Travel & Tours



469-B Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City












Company Name 

Email Address




Leisure Travel and Tours



J.D. Palma Building, Apitong St., Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City


Grand Hope Travel



Lower Ground Level, SM City-Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City


Cebu Fortune



Machay Buildina 30 Gorordo Avenue. Cebu City 


184 thoughts on “KOREAN VISA: How to Apply for South Korean Visa in Manila? @KTOManila

  1. Hi, if you are just aiming to get a tourist visa what to bring? as what you have listed here, it is just for employees and businessmen

  2. Hi Anton! Thank you for the info. When do I need to apply for the visa if I’m leaving in April 2014? Can we already apply this month? Thanks.

  3. Not sure, better ask them directly. I'm sure you can and inform them of your travel dates. They should adjust the validity to cover the dates.

  4. Hi po~ apply po ko tourist visa (employment) going to korea my concern
    Is about invitation letter.ok lang po ba na wala? I’ll stay there 6days together with my korean bf dito xa nkatira sa cebu together with me.anong kailangan kung papers po? Instead of invitation kasi nandito xa sa cebu using student visa and punta lng kami for a short trip.ok lang ba wla ng invitation letter? Pls reply po thank u..

  5. I am a student. may parents do not have any bank accounts(ofw) but I do have an account and that’s where they remit money they send to us, would they accept bank certificate under my name and prove they’re the one who funds it, i’l submit copies of proof of their remittances transferred to my account. would they accept it?

  6. hi! im applying for visa with my husband and baby. since im a housewife, all my requirements is from my husband who is a businessman. my question is, if were all traveling together, do we need another 2 set of copies of requirements for me and my baby? like 3 sets of bank certificate, dti, business reg, itr, etc? or just the copy of my husband is enough since were traveling together. thanks! just making sure =)

  7. They don’t have it in their website re Retired / Senior Citizens who wants to travel as tourists. What are their requirements if they don’t fall in the employee or businessmen category?

  8. Hi- My daughter applied for a tourist visa last week but since she resigned from her job last January 15, 2014, we employed her in our family business and issued her a COE. She has an invitation from a friend working in Korea. What’s her chanes to be granted a visa?

  9. Hi, tanong ko lang po sana kung pwede ko gamitin ang apelyido ko sa passport ko kahit kasal na po kame ng asawa ko? Yun po kasi nakalagay sa passport ko at hindi apelyido nya. Slmat po

  10. Good day po…ask ko lng po F1 visa holder po ako and gusto ko po sana iinvite anak ko n pinanganak dto 8yrs.ago then enroll ko sya s 3rd grade elementary po dto khit local school lng…would it be possible po kc dto nman sya pinanganak??pls.help me po..tia

  11. Hi Sir/Ma’amm
    hi,Im seeking for help please,do you know how to obtain a police clearance in South Korea as a requirement for my coming interview for K1 visa at USEMBASSY, I worked in Korea for 1 year and 6 months and since I live here in Davao I dont know how to get in touch with korean embassy.Is there any online application site for this?
    Pls.help me…

  12. Hello po.. ask ko lang po if ok lang po ba sa embassy na ganito ung nilagay na address sa bank certificate ko
    122 Upper Mckinley Rd. Mckinley Town Center
    Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
    Manila, Philippines”
    ok lang po ba yan? tatanggapin po kaya nila yan? haaaay 🙁
    please reply. Thanks! 🙂

  13. my kids will be going with us on our trip, do they have to be there at the visa center to apply personally with us? kids ages are 11 and 6. thanks 🙂

  14. Hi i want to go to korea as a tourist do i nid to personnaly proces my visa or can i possibly employ an accredited agency to process the visa for me kc dito pa ako probinsya malayo kung punta pa ako paramag apply. 1st visa application ko ito sana. My husband currently work there as an eps worker

  15. What is the best option po mag-aply ng visa group or individual kz po 3 po kmi
    magta-travel worry po nmin is bka may deny po na isa sa amin kz parang
    may nbasa po aq na if group usually may isa na deny.tnx po.

  16. Hi ask ko lang, my boss is a South Korean national and he visit Philippines once a month lang, he is asking how to process/what are the requirements, etc for the application of Working Visa, kc he might stayed here for a month in the future..
    please help me regarding this and other details that I nee to know..
    Thanks in advance..

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  18. gud pm… just wanna ask po ulit ano pong diploma ung need nila if ever maghanap cla? highschool or college? 🙂 pls reply.

  19. ok lang po kaya college certificate i pass ko? kse nawala po college diploma ko 🙁 ummm college certificate or high school diploma? pls help po 🙂

  20. bagong aplay lang po yung dti ko..franchise po kc bussiness ko..po pero n denied n po me last year…pwede n po b meng kumuha ng tourist visa khit wala png one month yung dti ko po.. at
    unemployed rin po ako..please help po..

  21. hi po..
    ask ko po..,my boss will go to korea possibly next month, they will bring the yaya.. what will be the visa type for filipina yaya? she traveled with the employer last feb in australia..
    Hope to hear back from u soon..
    thanks very much..

  22. hi!
    I would like to ask what are the requirements for applying a visa for a baby who is less than 2 years? Both parents have korean visa already.
    Thank you!

  23. Hi po. Ask ko lang po kung ok lang po kaya sa embassy na hnd ko makuha ung passport ko dun sa day na nakalagay sa claim slip? March 10 po kc releasing date. Pwd po kaya march 11 ko kunin? Pls reply. Tnx 🙂

  24. I am a pensioner and my pension is tax free. I don’t have ITR as supporting document. Is this ok?I am afrequent traveller and my last teavel was last year at the UK.

  25. Hello. Sorry to ask you this but would like to know if going to the embassy is easy/ accessible, I am planning on commuting lang kasi. Dami po bang cab in the area? Thanks in advance.

  26. Question on the application form where it says Accompanying Family – do I indicate my sister and cousin who will be going on the tour with me? Or ung cousin ko lang since kami ang sabay na aalis from Manila? Thanks for ur time.

  27. hello… this is very informative. thanks a lot. but what if i don’t have that OECD certificate as mentioned here? is it necessary po? i have a previous korean visa. will really appreciate your respond po.

  28. Hi! my girlfriend and i were planning to apply for Korean tourist visa this month, I have my requirements like bank certificate, business permit, Mayor’s Permit. My questions are; ok lang ba kung 5 months pa lang nag run yung business ko which is autoparts and accessories? kailangan ba matagal na nag run yung business? or okay lang basta i present ko lang those required documents? Your reply will be super helpful! thanks in advance!:)

  29. Ask ko if meron poh bang format dapat ung invitation letter?may kelangan po bang naka authenticate poh? Nagpasa poh kc me kanina ng requirements den nagbayad ako ng 1800 kc more than 59 days ung kinuha kong visa is tourist since invited ako ng husband ng sis ko which is the korean national…pinapabalikmnalang ako sa releasing, nagwowory ako if maaaprove ba or madidisapproved..tnx..need ur opinion about this…Godbless

  30. Gud eve po ask ko lang po sana kng dun sa guarantor is asawa ko pero asa busan south korea xia ngaun eps worker xia..ok lang kaya xia gwn ko guarantor?

  31. Askk ko lang po kng husband ko ggwn ko guarantor nid pba ng letter nia..coe..and personal bank certificate nia..wala dn po kc xia itr or bir 2316 kc ofw xia eh exempted xia sa tax n need pa ng coe nia?

  32. Hello Sir.
    After looking at your website, I cant wait to visit the embassy. By the way, I just renewed my passport last january. My previous travels is in my old passport. Will they require the original old passport or just the copy of the old passport is enough?
    Hope you can answer my query. Thank you sir.

  33. Hi, i noticed the white slip states that the date indicates the return date of the passport- with or without approved visa. Do you have an idea on how many of these returned passports were denied a visa? Thanks

  34. Hi! I lost my previous passport, which contained visas from one of the OECD countries and a Korean visa. But I was able to photocopy those. Can I still process my visa in Window 3, and can I just submit those without the original passport?

  35. I will attend the 2014 World Conference for Public Administration on June. Fresh graduate lang po ako and mag-stay lang po ako dun for 4 days. Ano po yung mga requirements to get a visa? Your response is highly appreciated. Thanks.

  36. Hello po. I will attend a World Conference on June sa South Korea. I’m a fresh graduate po,just want asked if ano po yung mga requirements for applying a visa. Thank you po 🙂

  37. Hello, ask ko lng po about invitation letter authenticated, if I have this paper hindi ko nba kailangan ng mga ibang requirements like bank account and itr though my invitation letter naman ako? Thanks

  38. Hi! I’m a student, and will be traveling with my sister in korea. If I’m also going to use her financial documents, do we need to submit two sets? Or is a copy enough? Do I even need to submit if we’re applying together? And last one, do I need to submit an affidavit of support to back up the documents? Thanks!

  39. hi will a copy of my payslip be okay as an exchange for the bank certificate? I do have a US visa though.

  40. Hello po! ask ko lng po kung anu po pwdng gwin ung Bf ko po kc may sister n nka pg asawa ng korean pinadalahan po sya ng letter of invitation kso kulng po sya ng COE at ITR anu po b dpt gwin???

  41. Hi! I just wanna ask if I still need to fill up the potential entry date, number of days and the address in korea in the application form? I do have my flight already but is it necessary to put? Really need to know this because Im a bit confused. Thank you so much.

  42. Hi just wanna ask kung sno ung mga requirements if you will invite your sister im merraid to a korean and also already a citizen of korea what are the possible requirements and how long she can stay in the country your thank you smd your responce will help me a lot

  43. Hi Sir..
    my family is planning to go to Korea by December and my group of friends are planning to go there by early next year..
    what should i do?should i apply for the single entry for the 2 different trips or should i apply for the frequent traveler one??
    Thank you!

  44. Hi there sir,
    me and my cousin have booked for a trip to korea come august and we would like to consult with you on some concerns.
    1st – my cousin just resigned this april 30 2014 from his company which he served for more than a year. His certificate of employment or employment certificate will be released 2 months after or by june. He has an itr(current/latest) and financial capability. how will this affect our visa application.
    2nd – i am employed on our family business, how will having a certificate of employment signed by my parents affect our application. thank you very much for your time on my inquiry.

  45. Hi there Sir, i would like to request for your assistance regarding our plan. me and my cousin are booked come august and would like to ask some things prior to our visa application.
    my cousin just recently resigned last april of 2014 and his certificate of employment or employment certificate will be release 2 months after or on june. how will it affect our application.
    Also i plan to augment his finances to help him, is there a required bank deposit period prior to securing a bank certificate? and lastly i am employed at our family business, how will my certificate of employment signed by my parents affect our application.
    thank you so very much for your time in my inquiry and more power.

  46. hi,I am a Filipino citizen holding carta soggoirno (Italian green card), and i want to visit south Korea for a couple of days (max of 6days) with my cousin & friend who’s staying in the Philippines.
    what are the requirements? i’m planning to go on august 2014 when i visit Philippines for my yearly vacation.
    if i’m going to process my visa in the Philippines , am i required to personally appear in the embassy? ( i only have 25 days vacation in Philippines ) how long would it take for the visa to be released ?
    And lastly i’ll shoulder all the expenses of our tour/trip what requirement do i need to prepare if they don’t have a personal bank certificate (i also don’t have a personal bank account in the Philippines or any philippine documents besides my philippine pass port)? i’m planning to buy a plane ticket for us this early (earlier from the travel date) & i want to be sure if we would be granted a visa to visit Korea.
    Can i apply visa even though i’m not yet in the Philippines.. What i meant is, can i pass some requirements with only a photo copy of my passport then i’ll bring the original copy of it in the embassy when i arrive in the Philippines ( for the visa to be attach in it)
    hope to get a response from you…
    thank you=

  47. Hi I am filipino who want to travel to korea as a tourist I’m not working for now because I’m overseas employed.and now here in philippine to rest by next year to going .why we can’t travel to korea if not employed even I have money and also I spent my ticket, tour, and hotel still cannot .I hope u can answer I can’t take some answer for this one ..

  48. I have a transit visa, still valid till this year. I had one recent trip to Japan via transit visa. Is it enough for me for me to qualify for the window 3?

  49. Hi,
    The single entry visa is oby valid for 3 months or 90 days.
    If i am planning to go to korea on feb.2015 does that mean i can only apply for a visa on november? 3 months before feb?

  50. Hello po! May plano p kmi ng pinsan ko n punta ng korea xa po ay manggaling sa belgium at ako nmn po at d2 sten s pilipinas, panu po kya aq makkakuha ng visa, mag stay lng po kmi dun ng 10-15 days lng, my husband is there in gwangju, bbisitahin lng nmin xa ng pinsan ko… Anu po kya ang mga requirements ko… Mabbigyan po kya aq ng visa?

  51. hellow po ask ko po magaaply po kame ng visa ive been to UK for 4 years ill be bringing my daughter with me she is 2 years old will she be under my application no separate requirements? since she is a dependent but she will have her own visa application form? thank you

  52. Hi.
    I have previous travel to an oecd country. I will be going to korea on september but my companions have no previous travel to any oecd country yet. But i will apply for their visa can I submit their application to window 3 along with mine?

  53. Hi, I want to inquire about the requirements for VISA employment? Do we need to have invitations from Korean clients? Where should i apply for it and how mush will it cost? Thanks.

  54. Hi! I have a multiple entry Korean Visa valid for 1 year until Feb 2015, but I just renewed my passport for a trip to Korea this coming August. Will the visa in my old passport suffice, I just have to bring the passport with me or do I have to have my new passport stamped/apply for a new visa?
    Your reply will be highly appreciated! 🙂

  55. Hi anton, good day! may i seek your advice regarding sk visa app.
    im currently employed at our family business and i am treated as an employee and thus have to prepare a COE, and even my support documents like my payslips and itr are signed by my mother, the general manager. our business is registered under her name.
    may i ask how will this affect my visa application. i have my bank cert at around 100K and i have sought this path to visa app instead of the businessman procedure since the business is not in my name. thanks in advance.

  56. Good day! my gf and i are getting married this August and we want to spend our honeymoon in Korea. Since ga-graduate na din sya this march2015, advance grad gift na din to for her. Were planning to go to to Korea this November because its her sem break. We have a business na kaming dalawa nakapangalan at nag manage. My question is, what are the best documents that we have to pass to the embassy?
    a. separate Business certificates newly registered from DTI (were business partners), separate Bank certificates, her school ID and school certificate, 2 sets of photocopy of contract of conditional sale of property named after us (we bought a property last yr. payable within 5 yrs).
    b. separate Affidavit of support from my sister who’s in Kuwait and her sister who’s in Dubai, COE of our sisters, Bank certificate of our sisters, 2 sets of photocopy of contract of conditional sale of property named after us (we bought a property last yr. payable within 5 yrs).
    I hope you will not get too confused with my questions! Thank you in advance!

  57. Hi Miguel,
    Best to have a Bank Certificate to show you have money to support your travel. Also, tell them your story and you want to have your honeymoon in Korea.
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  58. A pleasant day…
    I worked in S. Korea from June 2008-April 2013..then renewed contract with the same employer afterwards. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish my last contract. My mother was hospitalized and I had to come home. I was only given three weeks vacation but I wasn’t able to go back on the designated date. My mother’s condition was critical.. I was advised by my previous employer to HRD Korea office at Ortigas to surrender my alien card, just take the EPS-KLT exam and wait. I took the exam recently. Fortunately, I passed. My only concern now is, with what happened, is it a ground for denial of visa/being banned from entering Korea (blacklisted)? I hope not…
    Thank you for you time….

  59. Hi, Anton!
    My sister and I are planning to go to Korea on october for a 4-day vacation. I’ve been browsing through the Korean Embassy website as well as a number of blogs but it’s unclear to me what the requirements are if you are unemployed, a fresh grad (thus non-student), and is applying for a tourist visa. If it matters, I am a U.S. green card holder and is well-travelled. In terms of finances, my Dad will be shouldering our expenses. I am worried because I’ve read in some posts that unemployed applicants get automatically denied although some say otherwise. Do you have any idea on what the requirements are in my case? Hope you can help me out!

  60. Hi Anne,
    You need to show evidence that you can support your travel to Korea with any possible documentation that you can. Evidence of source of funds, bank account, credit card, previous travels, etc.
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  61. HI ANTON..
    can u advice me what the best to get a visa?..i have some friend got multiple visa in korea for 30days stay only.. she didnt work in korea, but her friend have company want to hire her to employee to there company..
    what is the best way she make working visa?.. her multiple visa will be expired on nov.2014.. she was looking some one can help her to have an working visa in korea..means legaly work to that company..
    thank u:

  62. Hi Anton,
    I have a single entry Korean Visa valid until Aug 26 2014, but I just renewed my passport for a trip to Korea this coming August 2014. Will the visa in my old passport valid, Can i still use my visa on my old passport. What do have to bring at the time of my travel.
    Your reply will be highly appreciated! 🙂

  63. hi Sir
    Good Afternoon!
    we will be traveling to SK on OCT this year. here’s my question. one of my companion recently resigned from work to concentrate on her CPA review and business which is operating for 2 months only. she has all the documents except for ITR. would this be a problem in getting a korean visa? thank you.

  64. Hello Anton,
    I am a US citizen that would like to bring a cousin who is a Philippine citizen to S. Korea for a trip that will be no longer than 5 days. I would be the one purchasing tickets and have sufficient funds to show. Since I am the one financing the trip, would my financial documents need to be submitted in addition to hers in order for an approval for a tourist visa? I am unsure if she can furnish documents demonstrating adequate funds.

  65. Hello Sir Anton,
    I am working here in Singapore and planning to apply for a tourist visa together with my husband and kids ages 5 & 6 who are currently in Philippines. I can’t find the requirements for children. And since I am working in Singapore so I don’t an ITR in Philippines, what will be the options. I have traveled to UK twice one in 2012 and 2013, so do I still required to submit a bank certificate and my bank acct in here in Singapore also. Do you also happen to know if I just apply here in SG would they allow my husband and children’s application also.
    Thank you and hoping to hear from you.

  66. Hi Sir Anton,
    I am going to Korean with my friend this dec 2014. My friend is currently in Qatar. Can she get a korean visa there? even our flight is manila to seoul.
    Other concerns:
    What will I indicate in National Identification Number?
    How will i write the dates? Sample 12 dec 14? or 12/12/14 or 12/12/2014?
    For the address in Korean, we are still on the process of choosing a motel. Can we indicate “undecided”?
    do i need to indicate a guarantor? Im currently working and I will be the one shouldering my expenses there.
    Hoping for your reply.
    Thank you.
    – Ken

  67. Your friend needs to get a visa from Qatar. You need to have a booking in Korea when you apply for your visa.  You should show proof of your financial capacity for the trip.

  68. hi anton,
    ask ko lang kung ang korea ay still allowing entry to the country without a visa if ako ay frequent traveller na dun, and allowed to enter without a visa since 2011( because i visited korea more than 10 times in the past). my last visit to korea was early 2013 without any prior visa. i am planning again to visit korea next month.
    thank you.

  69. Hi sir anton, i just resigned from my job and is currently unemployed. I want to visit korea for a week. I have a bank statement but no COE, can i still get a visa? And i have an invitation from a korean. Thank you in advance for your response.

  70. Good day, hi i wish to travel to korea for about 3 days, i been to Uk and got a shzengen visa as well 2 years ago and went home. from the requirements of getting tourist visa i learnt that for those who have a valid visa or have been to any OECD country for past 5 years are only required to submit COE or bussiness docs…. My querry is..if ive got a COE does it mean that im not required to submit ITR? Though sufficient funds is not a problem for me. Since im working As a FAMILY CAREGIVER for my 89 years old grandmother with salary. Please help me with my queries..thank you very much..god bless! Sincerely: jo

  71. Pls help,,i want to go korea,,even 15days just vacation,,my bank account is okay,,the problem is im not working since year 2012,and i dont have business here,my friend korean invite me there he can give me invitation letter how to do,,plz reply tnx

  72. Hello. I am going to apply for tourist visa,my friend invites me to go in her place and she will be my sponsor and will shoulder all the accommodation,etc.during my trip. My concern is that i dont have an ITR requirement,is it ok if i cannot produce an ITR? But i have the personal bank certificate with me that will show evidence that i can support my travel to Korea. Thank you very much

  73. ood day! My daughter Rhode is going to South Korea with some students for culture exchange purposes on November 4,2014 to November 10.2014. She have been traveled to Norway last April 14,2014 and stay with me and my husband until June 20,2014 under Schengen visa. I wonder since I and my husband live here in Norway does she need to provide a bank statement account from us? It is my husband (stepdad )who is sponsoring her expenses for her travel to Korea.Best Regards Raquel Lorentsen ( Norway )

  74. Hi Anton!
    I will be travelling to S. Korea this coming December, and have applied to single entry visa. i just heard the news that the visa is rejected. I read on the internet that I will have to wait for 3 months before re-apply it, can I re-apply it before 3 months? as my flight is on 30th December, so i have to re-apply for it before my departure date
    Thank you so much and hoping to hear from you.

  75. Hi,
    I am now on my review for IELTS. I’m not locally employed. I am a freelance contractor. I got my income through online works.
    I don’t have an ITR though I can get a COE from my employer abroad. I have a bank statement, savings and checking account, UITF certificate.
    Someone told me to apply as a student. But my parents arent employed.
    What other documents, I need to provide?

  76. Hi po!
    Tanong ko lang po gsto ko po mag tourist sa korea
    Residrnce po aq sa united kingdom pero nationality
    Ko po is filipino pa dn plano ko po umwi sa pinas
    Next yr at gsto ko pmnta sa korea for 7-10days
    Anu po ba mga kelngan ko document salmat.

  77. hi! my family will be applying for visa, me, my husband and two kids ages 15 and 11. i’m a housewife and unemployed, all my requirements is from my husband who is a businessman. my question is, if were all traveling together, do we need another 3 set of copies of requirements for me and my 2 kids? like 4 sets of bank certificate, dti, business reg, itr, etc? or just the copy of my husband is enough since were traveling together. And also, is there a need for my kids to go to the embassy for a personal appearance when applying for korean visa? thank you very much.

  78. I owe you a lot because of your blog i got my visa few days ago..Thank You
    now my hotel and ticket is booked for 10 days touring around Korea..Any tips how to get around?
    I would appreciate it.

  79. Im not working,so i dont have itr and coe,but i have bank cert,im planning to visit korea,,cuz i have korean friend,,and he invite me to go korea,,do i have a chance to get visa??plz reply cuz i need help

  80. Hello Sir,
    I have a military friend based in South Korea who invited me for a week’s visit. He will be the one to cover my expenses. Do I still need to present both our bank certificates and a copy of his passport too? Could it be possible to get a visa even if I plan to go there this December?
    Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you so much.

  81. Hi, thank you for posting this, it was very helpful. We were at the embassy this morning, I’d just like to add that if you’re currently unemployed and travelling with a family member (who is to fund your stay), you will need to submit a copy of your birth certificate. For newly graduates, instead of the birth certificate you will need to present a copy of your diploma. I hope this helps, too! Thanks again!

  82. Hello Sir Anton,
    My husband is managing a cooperative where we are members. He does not have ITR but can produce certificate of employment.Will it be a problem?
    The family will be travelling to Korea this December. Only me and my husband have US visas. Will our visas be released sooner? Both daughters are still students.
    Can i submit the application form on behalf of the family?
    Thank you and looking forward to your response.

  83. Hello Anton
    Just want to ask if i still need to get a visa when my stay in Korea is only 1 week?
    Pls advice.

  84. Hi!
    Just want to ask if it’s necessary to have an employer and bank account if i want to apply for a working visa in south korea? I’m planning to work there but don’t have these requirements. However i already have the other requirements. I have a friend who’s already working in there, she says she would help me find a job when i get there.
    thank you for your response.
    God Bless 🙂

  85. Good day sir, I want to apply for south korea, am a student studying in philippines here and I just want to go for tourist visit to south korea during my break, I got an acr card already here in the philippines and am a citizen of nigeria, what are the requirement I will need to process the visa, thanks sir.

  86. HI SIR

  87. Hi my bf just send me an invitation and im going to korean embassy this mon is there any possibilities that they gonna denai my application though my bf already send me all the requirments needed?thabkz aira here

  88. Hi can u help sir. My husband is a korean but unfortunately we already have an anulled marriege .but we we have a child ah boy when i go back here in the phil.together with my korean child my korean visa also expired .now im planning to go back in korea becoz my child is already over stayed here in the phil.but how can i go back in korea without any visa and only my child has.pls help me what should i do or can i still go back to korea with my korean child .pls help .

  89. Hi poh im cagayan de oro. And im planning to go to korea this coming february. Can i hire travel agency to process my tourist visa? Is it 100% sure that my application be granted and not denied? All my requirements are complete already. Plz help me. Thanx poh

  90. Hi Anton,
    I have been scouring the internet for information and I have also inquired a couple of travel agencies regarding my query. I have all the necessary requirements except for the business/mayor’s permit since I am a freelancer. Would that matter or do you think it would be alright to submit without it? I have VISAs to other OECD countries which I have travelled to in the past 5 years though.
    Do you know anyone who has had the same problem and how they were able to do it?
    Thanks so much!

  91. Hi!
    Sorry to bother you but do you know if it’s possible to apply for a visa if I don’t have an ITR? I have been employed just recently but have no ITR yet. Also, I have been traveling a lot around asia although I haven’t really been to OECD member countries- would that matter? My father is planning to sponsor my trip to Korea as a birthday present but I am kind of doubting I could get a visa because of my ITR dilemma.
    Hoping to hear from you!

  92. Hello po asko ko lang po kasi mgtourist po ako sa korea,wla po akong kmag anak don what pero gusto ko kasi mkarating don parampuntahan yung lugar na npapanuod ko sa mga favorite korean aand tyempre yung mga food anD mkita yung ganda ng korea ano po ba mga kelangan ko and ano po yung mga process ko? Thanks for help godbless!

  93. Let me share my experience,nag apply ako ng visa may 2014,actually 8 kaming magkakaibigan.aattend kami ng wedding ng korean friend namin,kinakabahan ako kasi 1st time kong mag apply ng visa nakalabas na ako pero hongkong lang nov 2013,so inayos ko ng mabuti req. ko i have 300k sa bank statement (checking account) hindi kasi ako employed so business pinasa ko,mayors permit and dti and itr.itr ko 160k lang income for the whole year! Lahat sila na approve ako lang ang hindi.naiyak ako kasi ako lang maiiwan and masasayang ung ticket and hotel namin 50k! Masasayang kasi di naren tutuloy bf ko since di ako na approve.so sabi ng mga friends namin mag appeal ako.wala namang appeal sa korean embassy.pero nga kami umalis.kinausap ko yung koreana and asking for another chance,kasi sayang ticket ko and sinabi ko kasama ko bf ko,tinanong nya approved ba bf ko sabi ko oo,so binigyan nya ako ng option hiningi nya docs ng bf ko to be my sponsor and gagawa ng affidavit na sagot ako ng bf ko,sa madaling salita hinanap nya yung docs ng bf ko na record sa knila nakita nya yung bank statement.may 1m na time deposit sya sa bpi pero hindi paren sila na convince,sabi ng koreana magdala pa kami ng lahat ng pwedeng magpatunay na kaya ako sponsoran ng bf ko.sobrang nadedepress na ako kasi 5days lang hinihingi ko.so sa madaling salita dinala ng bf ko ang ari arian nya like company papers na sya pag mamay ari.5passbook kasi di sila satisfied sa 1m.sabi ni koreana pinarangka nya kami pakita na daw lahat as in! and properties papers actually medyo na hassle for us kasi nakita na nila lahat lahat ng ari arian ng bf ko.anyway pagkasilip sa passbook! Kung ano yung may laman ng savings ng bf ko!wala pa 1min print nila visa sa harap ko! Tapos kinancel nila yung denied sa passport ko 🙂 sobrang saya lang! Single entry 59 days binigay nila sakin.so ngayon nag apply uli ako same documents nung nadeny ako,inexpect ko denied nanaman ako pero nagulat ako kasi multiple entry ang binigay nila sakin!!!

  94. Hellow po..next week po dating ng invitation ko..need ko pa ba kuha visa jan khit 1 week tour lng aq sa korea?

  95. hi there,
    there is a requirement wherein i have to provide the Original & Copy of Valid Visas and Arrival Stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years. how will it be ? the original visa is pasted on the passport. does this mean i have to peel off the visa and have it photocopied? many thanks for your time.

  96. hello , what is the requirements for TOURIST VISA ? and yung boyfriend ko na mag sponsor sakin pupunta sya dito sa philippines to help me apply the visa , do i still need invitation letter from him ? i’m un employed po but i have own small business like online shopping through fb lang po , pwede ko ba yang ilagay sa occupation ko ? please help me i need more information about this ..

  97. hello anton,
    i am going to seoul be september 23, 2015
    can i already apply for a visa as early as july 2015?
    laurence c. dizon frm baguio city
    thanks fot your prompt reply

  98. Hi. I’d like to ask if you have already a ticket, is it a higher chance of getting your visa approved? And my concern on the bank certificate, is it need to be a credit card or it can be a debit card as well and does it need to have a balance of more than 10k? We are planning to visit this May. Hoping for your reply. Thank you

  99. Hi sir/mam,
    Good day i just want to ask if i still need to get a visa going to korea and an invitation letter to our friend? I have a u.s visa and my family are traveling with me they are u.s citizen holding a u.s pasport.we would love to travel on may.
    pls advice! Thank you!
    Respectfuly yours,

  100. Hi ! Do u know anything about transit visa to Korea? Do I need to apply for it? I’m traveling to Uzbekistan and have 12 hours stop over in Seoul..

  101. hi ask ko lang po pag husband and wife ba apply visa need pa ng wife ko present itr nya or ok na yun sa akin e xerox nlang nya like sa bank cert.nmin dhil joint acct nman….tnx hope u reply tnx

  102. Hi sir. Just wanna ask if the new policy of korea now is no visa requires between july 6-sept30? Thank u

  103. hi hello im brandy .. i just want to know if i can still go back korea …i’ve been working there for 3 years without working visa. and now after 4 years i planned to come back and visit there with my swedish boyfriend… do i still have a chance to come and visit korea in just a week with my boyfriend? i hope u can help me answer this question thank you Godbless and more Power.

  104. hello sir/mam gusto ko pong itanong im albert lizardo from alabang,na lost po kc ang passport ko last 2007,nakapunta po kasi ak ng U.S,noong 2006.wala poakong copy ng visa kfrom U.S,saan pokaya pwedeng mag request non.at may bank account po ako kaso wala po akong business,pwede po ba kahit walang business,mag tourist?

  105. hi can you please answer my concern,i have a fiance who is working in korea as a D-9 visa and we have a 6 months old baby and he wAnts us to go there and stay there with him,what kind of visa do i need to get for me and for my baby?and what are the requirements im just a plain housewife no business or what.he is just sending me money,and by the way i’ve been in Korea also as an entertainer.do you think we can get a multi entry visa with my baby?

  106. help po, i have a question regarding application form, so Application form must be type written or hand written? If ever type written then what must be side of the words? like 11 or 12… thank you 🙂

  107. hi po . ask ko lang po sana kung pwd po ako mag apply ng tourist visa kse ung sister ko iinvite nya ko para mag alaga ng anak nya eh ung may COE po ako kso last april pa yung work ko na endo na po ako i have itr and bank acc. kaso ung itr ko po is walang tin number kse di po kmi kinakaltasan ng tax pwd parin po ba ko mag apply thanks po sa mag reresponse FGod bless !

  108. hi guys pleas help me. I have British boyfriend that work in Korea. I’ve been Korea before Nov 5 2013 -Sep 27 2015 i have E6 visa before. I want to go back to Korea as a tourist this coming Chinese New year or stay with him for 1 month Feb 5 he was willing to give what i needs. I have also bank account but just already last Oct. I don’t have any work now. so I really don’t know where i’m gonna start and i really don’t know what is the requirements. Its is possible to have a vacation even if just came back home. I really love Korea very much. Hope Somebody helps me Thanks.

      1. Thanks Ma for your reply..I didn’t over stay. well this is my story. Id run away 6 months before I go home. I connot work anymore. Bec they said the job is singer but it’s not. When I work there I meet my boyfriend. So from the start He always besides me. Hope I can go back there very soon. What do you think? Thanks again

  109. Hi, ticket is not required. Much better if you will not buy your ticket, wait for the result first 🙂

    Bank Certificate plus credit card will be good 🙂

    Korean Embassy did not state any amount needed, as long you can show that you are financially capable to travel and you have strong ties here.


  110. Hi!!
    I have all the supporting documents. The only problem I have is that the beach resort I work for doesnt have any landline since it is located in the province. We only have mobile number as the contact number.

    How am I gonna work this out? Thank you so much! Would really appreciate any reply 🙂

  111. since i didn’t get any reply re: parking space, let me just contribute my own testimony
    1. i suggest you go to embassy as early as 6am, register your name, sometimes they issue id sometimes not
    2. if you have a car, you can park at family mart area parking slots at tuscany compound, inside mckinley hill. free till 10am
    3. you can have breakfast at jollibee-petron c5
    4. make sure to be back by 720 to 730 at the embassy
    5. 7:40 am, head guard will call names based on registered list, proceed inside another door for visa processing.
    6. A screener at the 2nd door will check your papers then issue you a number
    7. windows 1 to 4 shall open at 830am sharp.
    8. Once called, max 5 mins only to finish the application, korean teller wont even speak to you, just check your docs, then give you a claim stub to return after 5 working days, so 6th day from application

    hope this helps, make sure you use check marks not X mark on the application form

  112. good day! I just want to ask:
    I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa this coming May 2016. My problem is i’m unemployed. I just left my job last Feb 2016. my mother is willing to finance my expenses. do you have any idea on how thing will go about my status?

    been to South Korea twice (2012 and 2014)

    Mary Ann

    1. I am sure there are travel agencies that cater services assisting for korean visa. I suggest ask a manila based friend to assist you either to handcarry your requirements to a travel agent or your friend generously helps by virtue of him or her personally goin to korean embassy at c5 mckinley. Non appearance for application is okay

  113. Hi. Just wanna ask if i can get a korean tourist visa even without certificate of employment? Iam an OFW. Thank you.

  114. Hi. Just wanna ask because I have an aunt who sent me an invitation, she’s my mom’s 2nd degree cousin. I have work for 3 months now, but I dont have any personal bank acct yet. But my aunt is willing to sponsor my needs. And I noticed in some blogs that there will be an interview, Im planning to stay for 3 months, what if they’ll ask me, what will happen to my work if I got my Visa approved? please email me at jakosalemfaith@gmail.com

  115. Hi just wanna ask if it would affect my application getting approved if i havent traveled to any other countries internationally? I have only traveled locally 🙁

  116. Ask ko lang po. Possible po ba mapprove ang tourist visa kung nagwwork ang asawa sa korea with e-9 visa holder? His company is willing to give an invitation to me. Can I use that as requirement? I don’t have work so I’m depending on the contract and coe of my husband as requirements. Thank you for answering.

  117. Hello ask ko lng po kung need pa ung nklgay sa application visa form na dinownload ko sa mula sa internet ung 210mm×297mm[백상지 80g/㎡(재활용품)]?need pa po ba ung bigat ng bond paper?

  118. Good morning po sa lahat! Please help po.

    My details:
    30 years old
    Self-employed – BIR registered (business registered under my name)
    No DTI certificate, No Mayor’s Permit
    Occupational Tax paid annually at the Municipal Hall.

    Will apply Korean visa next week.

    Eto po yung documents na issubmit ko:

    – Application form (with attached photo)
    – Original Passport
    – Photocopy of Passport bio-page
    – Copy of Japan Visa
    – Certificate of Registration (BIR)
    – Copy of Occupation Tax Receipt (from the Municipal hall)
    – Bank Certificate
    – Bank Statement

    **Wala po akong DTI certificate dahil niregister ko yung business under my name. Wala din Mayor’s permit pero nagbabayad ako ng Occupational tax yearly (same as PTR for professionals).

    Mayroon na po bang ganito yung case?

    Yung sa list of requirements kasi DTI/Mayor’s permit – yung BIR hindi naka lista. Hindi ko po alam kung tatanggapin to.

    Please advise po.

    Thank you!

  119. It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people for this subject, however,
    you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

  120. Hi pwede po ba ung sa ibang bansa na bank estatement isubmit ko? Dto kc ako ngaun sa uae., uwe lng ako for vacation sa pinas ako manggaling going korea., ok lng kaya ung bank estatement ko dito sa uae ang ipakita ko together with my uae Residence id just to prof na ofw po ako.,

      1. Kaso sa Philippines po ako mg apply ng visa for korea.,. Kc sa Philippines po kc ako manggagaling., wala po kc ako bank account sa pinas., di dn ako mkpg apply ng visa dto sa uae not unless 2years na ko ngsstay dto..kc itinwag ko n sa embassy dto kung pde dto ako mg apply..

  121. Hi, I am working in singapore and will travel to korea, the thing is, my sister (16 years old) wants to go with me but I dont know how can I apply her for visa. What I need to apply her for visa?
    Is she the one who needs to go to embassy or I need to accompany her? Also is there a consistent money in your account for your visa to be granted? If yes, how much it is? Is my sister needs to provide bank statement also? Do I need to book a flight before I go to embassy or it can be after I got visa? Also, if my sister get a visa, will she able to travel alone to go to korea and we will just meet there, or I still need to accompany her as she is a minor? Or is it possible if I will apply her visa to korea then she will come to singapore and from here, go to korea? I hope someone can answer me please. Thank you.

  122. What can i do to claim my visa and passport if i lost my actual claim stub? Is is still possible to claim my visa and passport? Thanks

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