Monday, 27 May 2013

Getting a Tourist Visa - South Korea

Philippine passport holders are required to secure a tourist or visitor's visa at the South Korean consular office. Although, Jeju Island in South Korea is a visa-free destination.

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

Contact Nos:
+63 2 856 9210
+63 2 856 9008 (fax)

philippines (consular section)

Office Hours:
8:30AM to 5:30PM Mondays-Fridays

The following are the general requirements:
  • Completely filled out application form which is also available at the Embassy.
  • One passport sized colored picture
  • Passport with 6 months validity and a photocopy of 1st page
  • Existing valid visas to US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, or Korea and a photocopy of it (there's a separate window for applicable applicants)
  • ACRs/ICRs for NRAs/RAs
  • Air tickets and hotel bookings are not required but can be attached
      For employees:
  • Certificate of Employment (COE), original
  • Bank Certificate (I suggest with at least Php50,000.00 balance), original
  • Income Tax Return (ITR), photocopy
  • Invitation letter and passport copy if invited by a Korean citizen
      For students:
  • School Certificate, original
  • School ID, photocopy
  • NSO Birth Certificate, photocopy
  • Parent's passport copy
  • Parent's Bank Cert, original
  • Parent's COE, original
  • Parent's ITR, photocopy
  • Affidavit of Support from Parent(s)
Gratis or no visa fee for Filipinos up to 59 days of sojourn while it costs Php1,350.00 if staying beyond up to 90 days. American passport holders' visa fee at Php2,025.00 and Php1,350.00 for other nationals in the Philippines.

Application and submission of documents (9-11AM only, Mondays to Fridays) can be done by  a representative without further providing of any authorization letter or that sort but a personal appearance may be required upon visa claiming (2-4PM only). Those with previous or valid visa to US, Canada, Australia, Japan, NZ, or Korea queue on Window 3, the rest at Windows 1 & 2.

Exemptions apply to these countries and passport types.

There's not much scrutiny as long as your documents are complete and consistent thus, no way that that visa won't be at hand after 3-5 working days.

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