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

[UPDATE]: As of writing, Filipinos are already allowed visa-free travel to South Korea via Jeju Island, and Yangyang International Airport for group tourists. Processing for all types of visa including Korean tourist visa will also resume. The Korean embassy also launched an Online Visa Appointment System last 14 Sep 2022. Visit the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines for the latest travel updates to South Korea.

Before anything else, do you already know that Korean visa applications may be processed through accredited travel agencies or direct to the Korean Embassy via a scheduled online visa appointment? See this updated list of accredited travel agencies for South Korea.

If you are applying for a South Korean visa without ITR (Income Tax Return), let me share with you some tips based on my personal experience.

Also, starting Dec 2020, you should already use the new South Korea visa application form.

Tip #1: Write your Korean visa cover letter

First things first. Compose a convincing and professional cover letter, especially when applying for a Korean visa with no ITR (like my case). The Korean visa cover letter should express your intent to travel to South Korea and explain why you are applying for a South Korea visa without ITR. Here is a Korean visa sample cover letter to guide you in writing your own.

My sample letter of explanation for no ITR Korean visa

[Date of Application]

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines
122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines

Dear Sir / Madam:

I am writing this letter to express my interest to travel to South Korea and explain why I do not have an Income Tax Return (ITR) as part of my South Korea visa requirements.

I understand that an ITR will show my strong social and economic ties to the Philippines, and that I will return home exactly on my scheduled return date. Unfortunately, for now, I do not have an ITR for my South Korea visa application because… [write your reasons]

In addition, my passport also shows that I have already travelled to… [indicate your travel history: destinations, travel dates, and travel buddies]

I would love to see and experience South Korea myself because… [state your personal reasons why you love to travel to South Korea]

You may read my travel stories on my travel blog… [add URLs of personal blogs or platforms where your works are published]

I have attached the following documents to prove my travel capacity:

[list the documents you included in your application]

Hope you find everything in order. Thank you!


[Complete name with signature]

Tip #2: List the Korean visa requirements and gather them

korean visa without itr

Make your own list of South Korea visa requirements and gather all of your documents.

So, how long should it take for you to complete the requirements and apply for your Korean visa? Give it at least two to three months. For example, if you intend to travel in March, during the spring season, your requirements should be ready for submission by January.

Tip #3: Follow my South Korea visa application guide for Filipinos

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Have you gathered all the needed Korean visa documents? You may check out my South Korea visa application guide for  Filipinos for more details and tips of my successful application.

Good luck and have faith! Let us know how your Korean visa turned out by connecting with us on Instagram (@chillandtravelofficial) or Twitter (@chillandtravel).

Disclaimer: While my South Korean visa without ITR was approved, I do not advocate that you apply with incomplete requirements. I still recommend that you strive to complete the requirements set by the Korean Embassy or Korean Consulate in Cebu to avoid complications.


  • Charmaine

    Hi Jan,

    Travel history is not stated as a requirement in applying for a South Korean visa so you can still try your luck. However, building up your travel history could help in increasing your chances of visa approval as this will provide additional proof that you have every intention to go back to your country of origin as seen from your previous travels.

    Hope this helps! And best of luck in your Korean visa application soon! 🙂