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My Korean Visa Application Approved! 5 Steps for Filipinos

[UPDATE]: As of writing, Filipinos are still NOT allowed to travel to South Korea for tourism purposes. The embassy only receives visa applications for diplomatic, official, and humanitarian reasons. Get the latest Korea travel updates from the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines.

Previously, I applied for my South Korea visa at the embassy myself, but now you should know that all Korean visa applications must be lodged through one of the accredited travel agencies. Even so, let me share with you the simple steps to apply for a Korean visa for Filipinos.

Also read: My South Korean Visa without ITR — Here’s How I Successfully Did It!

Steps to apply for a Korean visa for Filipinos

Step 1: Gather your Korean visa requirements

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South Korea visa requirements vary depending on your type of visa. Check the Korean Embassy in Manila or Korean Consulate in Cebu to know your Korean visa requirements. I applied for a Korean visa for employees.

Korean visa requirements for employees:

  1. Korean visa application form (this is the new form starting 2 Jan 2020)
  2. 1 piece of Passport size coloured picture (inform the studio that it’s for a South Korea visa, and they already know the photo size. Paste your photo on your application form.)
  3. Original Passport (valid for more than 6 months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (if applicable; Korean Visas will not be counted)
  6. Original Certificate of Employment (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number, e-mail address)
  7. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
  9. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 (Checked by BIR with stamp)
  10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

If personally invited by a Korean

  • Invitation Letter
  • Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card (authentication not required)

If invited by a company in Korea

  • Invitation Letter
  • Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required)

Step 2: Fill out the Korean visa application form

Print out the new Korean visa application form in an A4 size bond paper.

Korean Visa Application Form Page 1

Tips in filling out your Korean visa application form:


  1. Write your information carefully. Avoid erasures at all cost. Do note that you should write in BLOCK LETTERS, meaning ALL CAPS. Put N/A for fields that are not applicable to you.

  2. If your handwriting sucks, you can download the .docx format of the Korean visa application form. Type all the information and print it. It’s neat and will save you more time than writing.

  3. If you to conserve paper, you can print on both sides of the paper but the sequence of pages should be correct. Eg. Page 1 (front), Page 2 (back) and so on.

Important fields to need to take note of

1.7 국가신분증번호 National Identity No. 

Put N/A because Filipinos don’t have this yet.

9.8. 동반입국 가족 유무 기재 Are you travelling to Korea with any family member?

Family Members only include your spouse, father, mother, children, brothers and sisters. Your de facto partners, boyfriend or girlfriend, and friends are NOT family members, so don’t put them on the list even though you’re travelling with them.

10.2 경비지불자 Who will pay for your travel-related expenses?

a) 성명/회사(단체)명 Name of Person/Company(Institute)

If you are funding your travel, write you name. If not, provide the name of the person/s or institute who will fund you.

b) 관계 Relationship to you

Self or your relationship to the person/s or institute funding you.

c) 지원내용 Type of Support

If you are paying for yourself, write “financial support” or  write which part of your trip will be funded (eg. flights, hotels, tours, etc.).

Step 3: Submit your Korean visa requirements

Put all your documents in a secure envelope or folder and submit them to any of the accredited travel agencies in the Philippines.

South Korea visa fees

  • 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
  • 60 to 90 days stay in Korea — ₱2,000

Handling fees could vary depending on your travel agency. RELI Tours & Travel, for instance, charges ₱700 to process your South Korea visa application.

Step 4: Wait for your South Korea visa

After submitting all your Korean visa requirements, you just have to wait for it.

New South Korea processing time this 2020

The South Korean Embassy announced that by the end of Feb 2020, the current visa processing period of 25 to 27 days will be reduced to 10 to 15 days.

Step 5: Claim your Philippine passport

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You just have to trust and wait for the verdict. Your travel agency will usually contact you via text when your passport (with or without a South Korea visa) will be ready for pick up. If, unfortunately, you get denied, you can re-apply only after 6 months.

All the best in your Korean visa application. Let us know how it goes!

Disclaimer: Although I was granted a single-entry South Korea visa, this doesn’t mean that I’m already a Korean visa expert. I still encourage you to ask the Korean Embassy in the Philippines or the Korean Consulate in Cebu for your specific questions and concerns.