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Korea is very popular among Filipinos not only because of its trending Korean show, skincare products, and K-Pop but also as a tourist destination. This is the reason why many Filipinos are planning to make a trip to Korea.

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The good news is that applying for Korea tourist visa is now more accessible. If you’re an avid fan of Korean stars and want to travel in South Korea, here’s how you can get the tourist visa.

Korea Tourist Visa requirements

  • Download the visa form at the official website of Korea embassy at http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr
  • Prepare 1 pc of passport size colored photo
  • Philippine passport with a validity period of more than 6 months
  • Photocopy of your passport’s bio-page
  • Original bank certificate stating the current balance, type of account, date open, and at least 6 months ADB
  • Certified true copy or original copy of bank statement or passbook
  • Photocopy of BIR form 2316 or income tax return
  • Certificate of employment stating the position of the applicant, date hired, compensation, official email address, complete address, official landline, and date issued
  • Photocopy and original copy of visa with the arrival stamps from OECD member countries visited for the previous 5 years

Present documents that are updated and issued not less than 3 months. The documents should be properly organized. There are additional requirements for different categories.

Self-employed adult applicants

  • Photocopy of business permit, business certification from DTI or SEC
  • Photocopy of BIR Form 2316
  • Authenticated passbook/bank statements for the past three months
  • Photocopy and original visa with arrival stamps of completed travel within the previous 5 years

Korea Tourist Visa Unemployed spouses

  • Original copy of the certificate of employment (spouse)
  • Original bank statement, bank certificate, and passbook (spouse)
  • Photocopy of BIR form 2316 (spouse)
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate issued by PSA
  • Photocopy and original visa with arrival stamps of completed travel within the previous 5 years

Students

  • Photocopy of school identification card
  • Original copy of school certificate
  • Photocopy of birth certificate issued by PSA
  • Supporting financial documents of the parents
  • Original copy and photocopy of visa with arrival stamps of travel made within the past 5 years to OECD member countries.

As soon as all the required documents are completed, you can proceed to the Embassy of Korea to file your visa application. If you’re applying for a trip and stay in Korea for less than 2 months, there’s no processing fee. Otherwise, staying in Korea for about 2 to 3 months you will pay Php1,800 for the processing fee. The processing period is 3 business days for applicants holding OECD-member visa, otherwise, 5 days is the standard processing time.

For more inquiries, you can contact the details below:

Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634

Tel: +632 856-9210 Fax: +632 856-9008

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5: 30 PM

Filing: Mon-Fri, 9-11AM Releasing: Mon-Fri, 2-4PM

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