Tourist Visa for South Korea Application Requirements in the Philippines

tourist visa south korea requirements philippinesThe requirements on how to get a tourist visa to travel South Korea if you’re a Filipino or in the Philippines are shared in this page. How much is the processing fee? How long will the visa be released? Good news is that South Korea had simplified the requirements to attract more tourists visiting SK. Also the 59-day or less tourist visa has no charge (meaning it’s free). There are also visa exemptions. Continue reading to know more.

Take note that this post is about tourist visa only, some requirements may be different for fiancé visa, student visa, working or immigrant visa, seaman and many more. There are separate pages for them. Some travel agencies also assist in processing but you need to comply with all the rules and requirements.

Primary Requirements:

Requirements in applying for South Korean tourist visa for Filipinos

  • Tourist Visa Application form – this can be downloaded online from the Embassy of SK official website or just get it personally at the embassy. You must properly fill it out and sign it.
  • 1 passport sized colored photo
  • Passport plus photocopy of the first page – make sure your passport is valid for more than 6 months
  • (optional) Photocopy and original previous or valid visas to US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand or Korea

Download Tourist visa for South Korea Application Form here

Those are the primary requirements. If your status is employed, self-employed, student or someone who was invited by a Korean friend or relative, there are additional documents required. Check them below.

Additional Requirements:

South Korean Tourist Visa Requirements for Employed Individuals

  • Employment Certificate (Original)
  • Personal Bank certificate (Original)
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) photocopy or Form 2316 from the previous year
  • ACR or ICR (if you are a foreigner resident in the Philippines)


The embassy announced that starting March 1, 2015, the following requirements are strictly needed:

  1. Certificate of Employment

– must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), e-mail address.

  1. Bank Certificate

– must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)

  1. Bank Statement

– original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months

  1. Income Tax Return copy

– with personal tin number

All documents must be issued within 3 months on the date of application.

Requirements if Businessman or Self-employed

  • Business Registration from SEC or DTI and Mayor’s Permit
  • Personal Bank Certificate (original)
  • ITR (photocopy)
  • ACR or ICR (if you are a foreigner resident in the Philippines)

If personally invited to Korea by a friend, relative or a company in Korea:

The applicant is requested to submit original Invitation Letter and passport copy of the Korean national who invited him. If invited by a Korean company, submit original Invitation Letter and photocopy of the said company’s Business Permit.

Tourist visa Requirements for Students in the Philippines

If you are still a student and you will travel and visit South Korea for tourism purposes, you are required to pass the following documents aside from the primary requirements mentioned previously:

  • School certificate (original)
  • School ID (photocopy)
  • Birth Certificate (photocopy)
  • Copy of parent’s passport first page
  • Parent’s Bank certificate (original)
  • Parent’s Employment certificate (original)
  • ITR (photocopy)

South Korean Tourist Visa Fees

59 days or less stay in Korea – Gratis or Free!

60 – 90 days stay in Korea – P1,500

Tourist Visa Processing Procedure at the Embassy of South Korea Philippines

No need for an appointment because processing is a first-come-first-serve basis. File the application at the Embassy Consular Office (Address listed below) from 9-11 am only, Monday- Friday. First timers must present their application at Windows 1 and 2. Frequent travelers or those who have confirmation of visa issuance already should go to Window 3.

122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634 Philippines
Tel. No. (02) 8569210 (consular section)

Fax No. (02) 8569024
E-mail: or (Consular Section)

Upon entering the embassy, you’ll need to get a gate pass and sign on their log sheet. There’s a specific and separate log for first time travelers and frequent travelers. Just sign where you belong. Then you’ll need to get another number from the reception, again you should know your category – first time traveler or frequent traveler. This number will be used when you approach the right Window. Wait for your number to be called. When you’re called, smile and greet the Consul/officer courteously and present your documents. The consul will check them and receive them. If no more questions have been asked and needed, be happy and pray. But that’s not an assurance though that you’ll be approved. You will be given a claim stub containing the date when you need to return to the embassy. That’s your judgment day. (smiling here) You need to return on that date to pick up and claim your passport and visa if approved. In case you cannot attend on that scheduled date, tell the Consul.

Depending on the Consul’s decision, processing of visa takes about 5 working days for first timers and 3 working days for frequent travelers. Releasing of visa is only from 2-4pm. Interview may be required before the result or issuance of visa depending on the Consul’s decision.

  • Single Entry visa or short term visa for tourists is also called C-3.
  • Double Entry C-3 visa is issued for those who plan to visit SK twice within 6 months thus this kind of visa has a validity of 6 months.
  • Multiple Entry visa have certain requirements for qualification. Should you wish to know more or apply one, just go to the SK Embassy.

Tips in applying for a tourist visa for South Korea

To have a smooth visa application and approval, make sure your requirements are all complete, signed and dusted before you apply. Also it’s convenient and helpful if you prepare extra photocopies so you can use them when you apply to other countries. Make sure your personal information are all consistent and that they tally with each other. Double check the info you have put in the application form and other documents like your complete name, address, birthdate, family info, TIN, passport number and the like. Also follow the procedures discussed above.

Tourist Visa Exemptions South Korea

  • If you have Philippines Official and Diplomatic passport
  • If transiting only to SK and going to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and with confirmed onward ticket to those 3rd countries.
  • If going to Jeju Island only, you can stay there visa-free dor 30 days. There’s no direct fight though from the Philippines to Jeju. You can do this by going through a 3rd country in transit like Hong Kong or Japan.
  • If you’ve been to Korea for 4 times within the past two years with C2 or C3 visa or if you’ve been to Korea for more than 10 times (wow)

Share you tourist visa application experience with us by commenting below. God bless!


  1. maria says

    @aires if you are obly going to visit Jeju Island, it’s free. Take a direct flight going to Jeju, there’s a flight going to Jeju with connecting flight in Hongkong. Manila-Hongkong-Jeju but still be praised because the Korean immigration might ask you some questions.

  2. John says

    Hi! I just graduated last May 2015. And I’m currently reviewing for the upcoming CE board exam this November. Ask ko lang po kung ano po ung requirements po para sa akin? I’m confused, kasi hindi na ako student and hindi pa ako employed. Hope you can answer me. Thank you! 😉

  3. Angelique Bangcaya says

    Hi po. If my COR does not state the email address of our HR Manager, will it affect may visa application? Thanks

  4. ana tiongson says

    Hi po I would like to ask some questions regarding Korean Visa.
    I`m Ana Tiongson, Registered Pharmacist.

    I`m working po as a Regulatory Pharmacist. My Salary is P21,000 net of tax.
    but sa ITR ko po dinideclare lang ng company is Minimum Wage so. P8,500/month lang po ako. Annual ITR- P102,000.

    Ang plano ko po sana gawin is ideclare sa COE ko yung Salary:
    For Example;
    Salary: 8,500
    Transpo Allowance: 6,500
    Food Allowance: 6,000
    para po maging P21,000.

    Nagwoworry lang po ako kasi baka madeny ako.
    Tama po ba yang ggwin ko?

  5. Kathy says

    Hi I am married to a UK Citizen, we have a son, I am a Housewife and live here in Philippines. Me and my husband are planning to Visit in SK early next year Is it possible for me to obtain a tourist Visa?

    Will really appreciate your reply..
    thanks so much:)

  6. cha says

    hi ms fhel..we already booked a flyt po to SK on january 2016. This will be our honeymoon as we were getting married this year december. Employed po ako so mkkpgsubmit po ako ng mga requirements pero ang question ko po is pano po ung fiance ko.. seaman po kasi xa then by oct po ang uwi nya so it means unemployed na po xa kasi nkabakasyon po xa..wala dn po xa ITR since d po sila nagbbyad ng tax..ano po maiiadvice nyo sa amin para po sa pede namen submit for his requirements? thank you po..

    • Fehl says

      Pwedi padin naman sya mag-apply. Submit his seaman’s book and current contract to prove na naghihintay nalang sya ng work but of course the decision will be from the embassy. Good luck!

  7. Android says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I just want to ask kung totoo bang pwde mag-appeal sa Korean Embassy once they refused your application? Nabasa ko kasi sa ibang forum at thread na meron mga umaapila.. May ticket na kasi kami, since promo, sayang naman kung mababalewala.

    We’re denied kasi yesterday. Complete naman po ang docs namin, valid passport, COE, ITR, Bank Cert. (Incl Bank Statement and Passbook), we also went to Japan last April 2015.. The reason of denial is that we “failed to prove the purpose of entry.” :(

  8. Kenne John says

    Hi Ms. Fehl
    I have few questions because i will be going to korean embassy this tuesday.

    First Question:
    I travelled already before in SK last august 2014 and i got C3 that time. and on tuesday i will be applying again for C3 to go SK this june for 2nd time. . Is it mean that im a frequent traveller who can take the advantage of having 3 working days only to get the visa?

    Second Question:
    With regards to the new added requirements, when my mom asks to her bank a bank certificate and a bank statement, they only gave one paper and the paper they gave to my mom.. its all there. the account type, balance, everything is there. will the embassy accept that even its a 2 requirements in one paper?

    Third Question:
    Will i still be needing the photocopy of my mom’s passport because when i checked to the website of korean embassy there is no indicated photocopy of parent’s passport there. Just asking only because what my concern is that my mom and i are too far from each other and we just meet just yesterday for the requirements but without that photocopy of passport.

    Thank you very much ms. fehl for your quick responses. I will be needing the answers because i already have a ticket and my flight will be on june. I want to get my visa asap. Thanks Hoping for your quick response. thanks ms. fehl. you’ve been very helpful for all people here since then. :) ^^

    • Fehl says

      Hi. Sorry for late reply here. I’ve been to Cebu and was away from my computer.
      1. Frequent Travellers, according to Korean Embassy, are those who have visited Korea more than twice within 4 years.
      2. I think the bank statement is the latest bank statement (debits and credits) for the last 3 months. Bank Certificate is a certified copy of the account (account type, account opening, balance and 6 months ADB)
      3. I suggest to still bring a extra copies always

  9. Tin Tin says

    Hi Ms. Fhel,

    I found your blog very helpful and i thank you for all your input. You might gonna help me since Korean Embassy doesn’t response in my email. My husband and i are planning to have a vacation on July this year, actually we do have our ticket already. My documents are already complete, but i don’t know what should an ofw will be presenting in applying a tourist visa? He’s working in New Zealand. I appreciate your help. Thank you so much!

  10. Grace says

    Just found out your site really reliable and helpful for Filipinos who are applying for Visa. Like ko lang po sana hingi advise regarding what visa to apply nag pla-plan po kc kame ng mga friends ko mag tour this year in Korea and medyo alanganin po ako sa mga requirements since ang work ko as of now is homebased which is naka based po sa US and wala pong TAX na naibabawas sa salary namin. So in this case if ever na kuha po ako ng TOURIST VISA for employees wala po akong ITR na maippkita.. meron nmn po kaming family business but hndi po nakapangalan to me ung business. My other friends advised me na try po ung Tourist Visa for students since may kakilala daw po siyang staff from school na pede nmin hingian ng school certificate :) hmm ano po kayang magandang applyan for Touris Visa?

    • Fehl says

      I suggest you apply as Self Employed (freelancer) coz you are not a student. The embassy might still request for tax return because you are a self employed professional. Maybe you want to register yourself sa BIR first para ok kana and just submit sa embassy a copy of registration proving kakastart mo lang as SE-Professional.

  11. Hannah Dy says

    Hi! Mag aapply po kami ng friend ko ng visa for SK. May additional requirements po ba siyang kailangan ipasa kasi po minor pa po siya and ang kasama naming matanda sa trip ay ang mom ko. Pati po hindi pa po siya nakakapag enroll because sa UP po ay july pa ang enrollment eh ngayong june po kami kukuha ng visa. Ako naman po ay nakapagenroll na sa UST pero wala pa po kaming ID. Ano pong dapat naming isubmit kung ganun? Thank you po

  12. EJ Sanchez says

    Good day, Ms. Fehl,

    Ask lang po if required pa po b visa to South Korea if you are a US green card holder/ permanent resident in the US? I am still holding my Philippine passport. Please help. thanks po.

    EJ Sanchez

    • Fehl says

      If you’re already a US citizen and you’re using US Passport, you can visit South Korea without a visa for 90 days or less

  13. Trey says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Ano po mga requirements kung senior citizens na mag asawa po ang mag aaply for visa? May invitation na po sila from korea, ano pa po ang dadalhin na ibang papers?

    Thanks po.

  14. BMAL says


    Is there any chance for a housewife to get a VISA to Korea with no employment, and business but has a sponsor to shoulder expenses for the whole stay?

    Sponsors are her children and relatives in the Philippines.


  15. cathy says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    ihave questions hope you can help me with

    Im going to apply for the visa tom. im invited by a school in korea which we had MOU with…. in the form # 35, guarantor, should i put the School or my korean boss who will bw coming with me in Korea?

    And our resort under our company does not have tel no. since telephone company cant put up any connections here. is it okay to just put my boss # in the employment certificate and in the form…?

    Is the copy of the passbook enough? my bank statement will be released on tue pa.i have my bank certificate already.

    please answer po…

  16. Isobelle says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,
    ask ko lang po, anu po ba ang kukunin na visa kung 3days lang po mag stay sa korea???
    I really appreciated your answer.. Thanks & Godbless po

    • Prey says

      Hello po! I recently graduated from college and currently reviewing po for CPA board exam.. Anong requirements po ang kelangan?

  17. JJANG says

    Hello po!!! I just want to ask po if we need to submit a travel clearance? My sister and I are both students. I’m 19 and she’s 16..Or we can secure a travel clearance after getting the result of our visa application? Thank you!!!

  18. Sharmaine says

    Good day ms. fhel,

    my family, four of us, is planning to apply for Korean visa next week.
    we are applying as a family/group. Is it possible if we could just submit 1 original copy of the proof of income together with the other requirements?

    or…Do we need to have 4x original copy of my parent’s bank certificate &bank statements? and complete individually all the requirements even we are going to submit it in one window?

    Thank you in advance :)

  19. L says

    Hello po!!! I just want to ask lang po regarding sa bank statement…since sinabi 3 months, so magpapass po kami ng 3 bank statements? For the month of January, Feb and March po? We’ll lodge our papers na po kasi bukas heheh thanks po!!!

    • Fehl says

      Nope, it’s only 1 bank statement in the last 3 months. :) Just tell the banker you need bank statement for SK Embassy, they usually know already what to give you.

  20. Tony says

    Hi there, quick question with the new requirements from the SK government on Filipinos traveling to SK. would that still affect the C-3 visa? my girlfriend is Filipino and lives in the Philippines. But i am here working in SK. I want to bring her here so that she can come visit, and be a tourist. She is not a student or has a job. Any suggestions?

    Thank you in advanced.

    • Fehl says

      I think it also affects the C-3 visa because the Filipino applying needs to submit some of the requirements mentioned in the new policy. If your gf has no job, request Certificate from BIR indicating she’s not paying taxed or she’s exempted

  21. Che says

    Hi Fehl,

    I’ve been meaning to travel to SK. However, just a month ago, the company that I’ve been working for decided to stop its operations here in the Philippines. I can submit all the required documents (bank statement/certificates included) but since I’m currently in between jobs, I don’t have any COE to provide. What are my options?

  22. Hi, I'm Myrna, says

    Isa po akong OFW sa Kuwait for 6yrs till now, paano po ba makKuha ng working visa for Korea, at magkano po ba ang placement fees. I want to work in Korea. Thanks for the info.

  23. Janeth says

    Hi ms. Fhel .. I will process my visa na po End of this month so .. Since I’m self employed.. Ready na po yung .. BUSINESS PERMIT , BANK STATEMENT , ITR ko .. Meron pa po ba akong kelangan na e-submit aside sa tatlong hawak ko ngayun ? Also I have all the requirements na sa bf ko na mag e-envite sakin sa Korea .. So pretty sure ok na yung mga requirements Nya .. I want to stay there at least 3 months and yung money ko sa bank is almost 200k na po .. Ok nakaya yan ? Please need your advice , Baka may Iba pa akong pwedeng ilagay sa mga requirements ko :) I’m excited to process my visa na kasi .. Hehe ! Thank you have a bless day

  24. Ashley says

    Hi ms. Fehl, is it still okay to apply for a tourist visa as a student though it’s already vacation? Thank you.

      • evangeline simon says

        Hi gud pm pano kung group visa frend and family ano mga kailangan. My 2 matanda pa mag tour lang ng 5 days

  25. mharv says

    Hi Ms.Fehl,
    Need ur advice please…
    My american boyfriend want to traveL SK at sya po ang mag e-sponsor lahat ng expences ko to travel..rightnow He is in america and im here in Taiwan so paano pong proceso gagawin anong mga documents para makakuha kmi ng SK VISA..specially ako dahil sa PH po aq magpaprocess if ever..
    Thank u so much..
    Pls let me know soon..
    GOD bless you

  26. Anne says

    Hi! I’m applying for a student visa this April. I have a concern about my parent’s support documents. My mom is an ofw, and she doesn’t have a bank account here in Manila. But she has a bank in her place of work. Can I submit my personal bank statement & certificate (which is where she sends money) ? Or should I
    include also her bank statement from her bank abroad?

  27. RIB says

    Good evening po. May I ask if I can extend my stay in Korea for one day? I will be going back to the Philippines and we will be transiting at Incheon airport going to Manila flight. For example, I will be arriving in Korea at April 26 and I want to extend my stay until April 27. Do I still need to apply for Korean Visa? and if ever I will going to apply, I am still a student, Do I need to submit the requirements for students you have posted above? Thank You :)

  28. Sheila says

    Hi Ms. Fehl

    I’ll be travelling with some friends in SK for an 8-day visit. I already graduated from college and taking up my master’s degree. But, I am unemployed at the moment. So the nearest qualification for my visa application is for students, is that right?!

    The friends that I’ll be going with are all employed, aside from my parents affidavit of support, should I still ask for one of them to back me up?

    My parents don’t have passports yet, are there any remedies for this? Because I’ve seen from some post that it wasn’t listed on the requirements submitted.

    Thank you.

  29. chona jane quiros says

    Hi Ms. Fehl :)

    Isa po akong home base Online teacher for almost 3 years,ang manager ko po ay isang Korean nationality,at ininvite nya akong mkapunta don at sya ang magbabayad sa lahat ng gagastusin. wala nmn po akong bank account at ITR ano po ba ang dpat gawin?

    Please help me if what to do.Thank you!

  30. eneliezor says

    Hi Ms.Fehl,

    Ask ko lang po panu po if walang ITR. Dito po ako work pinas as freelance Inspector ang contract ko nasa hongkong so dun po nangagaling sahod. parang overseas employee ako, Un lang po problema ko ITR. may coe po ako at bank cert.. Mabibigyan kaya ako ng visa?salamat

    • Fehl says

      You still need ITR coz you are a resident of Phil and you are earning outside the Phil. thus you’re required to file/pay tax

  31. mae says

    I don’t have ITR so i need employment certificate indicating na wala pa akong ITR, can any help me to make employment certificate.

  32. Joan says

    Hi ms.fhel..eto po mga requirements ko..COE but wlng itr kc wla sa min. cert and bank statement..invitation letter from my korean boyfriend..COE of my korean boyfriend..photocopy of his passport and affidavit of fiancial support from my it possible na mgrant ako sa visa?im confused..

    • Fehl says

      I suggest you get a certificate indicating why you have no ITR or why you’re exempted from tax. Then I think all is good

  33. Naify P says

    Hai po ms fehl.:-)
    Ask q lng po. Ang GF q po ih gustong kmuha ng korean tourist visa. Since ang sister nya po ay nsa south korea and nkpag asawa ng koreoano knsal cla d2 sa pinas. Ang Gf q po ih contructual ang work d2 pinas ih dba po min. Wage lng ang contratual so wlang tax. Wla dn po syang back account or cert. So prang unemployed po ang labas nya. So ano po mgndang gawin kc lahat ng gastusin ih shoulder na po ng asawa ng sister nya. So ano po mbisang mga supportive documents pra mkatulong po sa pagkuha ng GF q ng visa po.. thnx po sa help..:-)

    • Fehl says

      I suggest she still get COE and a certificate from the BIR indicating she is exempted from tax coz she’s a minimum wage earner.

      • Rhin says

        HELLO po Miss Fehl ask ko lang po paano po pag walang bank account? OFW po ako sa saudi ngayon plan ko po mag vacation to korea on december … ano po ipe present ko para makakuha ng Visa? e wala po ako bank account .. hoping for your response .salamt

  34. micah says

    Hi, just want to ask, im a graduating student, and im planning to visit my US military boyfriend who will be assigned in seoul south korea this june 2015, im 24 yo. i have my parents COE, ITR, affidavit of suppor and bank account. do you think i still need to get my bf’s invitation letter, military order?? since my parents are the one who will pay for everything naman. and my parents are not willing to show their saving account so they provided me a new one but it only has 100k, do you think i have a big chance to be accepted and granted a visa?

    thanks for reading my comment and help, :)

    • Fehl says

      Yes, since your bf is inviting you, you need invitation letter and his military order, military ID attached too

  35. K says

    HI GUYS!! I would like to THANK YOU MISS FEHL FOR THIS AWESOME BLOG. After reading your blog and end up stressing myself on what, where, how to get the requirements (for almost 2 months) to the point of losing my hope of submitting, and granting a visa. Because of this blog, I was able to find answers! AND VOILA! Last week, My Boyfriend and I decided to submit our application, and after that…WE WERE GRANTED A VISA! *paaaartyyy~* even if we are first time travellers..hihihi So, I wanted to share MY EXPERIENCE~

    Well, I applied for a STUDENT VISA so here are list of requirements I submitted:

    1. Application Form
    2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
    3. Original Passport
    4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
    5. Original School Certificate
    6. Photocopy of my School Assessment (this can also be the White form/Schedule or whichever form that will prove you’re currently enrolled in your school.)
    7. Photocopy of School ID
    8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
    9.Affidavit of Support (in my case, from my boyfriend)
    10.My Bf’s Bank Statement (original Copy)
    11.Parents’ Passport Bio-page (photocopy)
    12.My Dad’s Bank certificate and STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT(from his SSS savings account)
    13.Certificate of Non-filing of Income tax (from BIR) (original copy)
    14.(Original Copy) Certificate of Employment (My dad is a retired employee/senior citizen. I requested this from his past employer—the company where he retired)—-stating the he was an employee there from year 19xx-20xx…

    Requirements for Certificate of Non-filing of Income Tax

    NOTE: ASK the nearest BIR Office for requirements needed for this kind of certification. It’s really awesome if you’ll ask them first, the list below will only guide you on what, who and where to get it. It always depends on the BIR Office that you’ll visit and ask 😉 they’ll also ask the purpose of requesting such certification. :) ALWAYS BE NICE TO THEM because they might interview you hahahaha
    1. A formal letter to the District Head Officer and photocopy it for two (2) copies.
    2. Affidavit, you can get this from the authorized employee in BIR—should be notarized, two copies (1 for father and 1 for mother)—-once signed and notarized photocopy it for two copies each.
    3. Certficate of residency (you can request this at your baranggay hall stating that your parents are residents in the baranggay)—the baranggay may request for an updated cedula of your parents and/or YOUR cedula. Just be prepared for this and also don’t forget your ID because they may or may not require a cedula. In my case, I only presented my ID and my parents’ photocopy of passport as their ID. THERE’S A FEE—It depends on certification fee that your baranggay will ask from you.
    4. IF REQUIREMENTS FROM 1-3 are ready, go back to BIR and present the Affidavit to the cashier and tell thedm you’kk need it for certification and
    5. Buy documentary stamp (I paid Php 130)
    6. SUBMIT IT! and wait for a few minutes and they will give you the certificate. 😀

    *prepare an SSS Static Info of your mom/dad—in case the embassy will ask for it. You can request this at SSS Office. In my case, the consul did not ask for it since my boyfriend will be the one to support me in my travel. You might need this IF your parents will be the one who will financially support you of your travel.
    *In the AFFIDAVIT from BIR, you’ll fill up a particular blank wherein it will state WHERE does your parents get their income to sustain your family’s needs and etc.IF THE INCOME THAT THEY GET IS FROM (let’s say…) someone’s supporting your family aka BREAD WINNER…prepare an Affidavit stating that your family’s bread winner (an ATE/KUYA/TITA/TITO and the like~) been supporting your family and etc. You can also photocopy the latest remittance form or receipts or any proofs that will support the affidavit.
    *IF you have a bread winner like an ATE/KUYA who has stable job, you can request a photocopy of their ITR. prepare an AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT FOR THEM, THEIR BANK CERTIFICATE, BANK STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT, AND CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT
    NOTE: These additional information will not guarantee of granting a visa. These are only supporting documents or infos IN CASE your parents are retired, cannot totally support you for your travel, if you are supported by other person and etc. BECAUSE EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE HAVING A HARD TIME ON GETTING AN ITR, BANK CERTIFICATE AND BANK SOA FROM THEIR PARENTS. THESE ARE ONLY ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENTS. 😉 I hope these would help a lot.

    PS. From what I have observed the embassy/consul are kinda generous in granting STUDENTS a Visa because of the school documents that they will submit, because it only means that there’s a high chance/possibility that they’ll be back in the PH. BUT it WILL ALSO AND ALWAYS depends on WHO WILL FINANCIALLY SUPPORT OF THEIR TRAVEL IN KOREA. 😀


    • Fehl says

      Yay, I’m so happy your visas got approved. Enjoy your travel to Korea! Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m sure it will help many people here. Cheers!

      • lodie says

        Hi ms. Fehl i and my swedish boyfriend will be going to manila but im employed i just want to asked how much should be the maintaining balance to my bank to be approved for tourist visa..?thanks

    • janeth says

      Hi ..pano pag meron lang akong employment certificate pero wala akong ITR ? Meron akong ITR but sa online shopping business ko .. OK nkaya Yun ? and need paba Yung ID ko sa ko ?

  36. Leila Barias says

    Hi mam. ask ko if possible mapprove
    . I am bank emplyee. I can provide bank cert of 150k-200k, marriage contract, Itr, coec. my prob is my Husband . he will end his contract as an ofw From saudi. I ask him to get a letter explanation re: tax exemption as u suggesteD Since end of contract sia pede nb ung certificate nya ng clearance/cert. of contract? Lumalabas kasi no work n na sya paguwi diba. Punta kami korea paguwi nya. But I already want to book ticket pra mura. What are our chances??? What else pede adtinal reqts?

    • Fehl says

      Try to apply and see how it will go. :) It will be a challenge with your husband since he’s no longer employed then. I don’t suggest submitting Clearance coz it’s not COE unless the embassy requested it. You can maybe submit Affidavit of Support indicating you will support your husband on your travel.

  37. em says

    seen in some article that if you have been to OECD countries like Japan, they will not ask you to submit a bank cert? is it true?

    • Fehl says

      According to their site, “starting May 13, 2014, all Visa applicants with unused tourist Visa to the OECD member countries, will be considered as first time travellers, and thus, should apply at window 1 or window 2.

      Only those who have travelled as tourist to the OECD member countries within 5 years will be exempt from submitting ITR copy and may apply at window 3 (frequent travellers).

      For those who have travelled to Korea, only those who have visited more than twice within 4 years will be considered frequent travellers.

      • jen says

        Hi question can i be considered a frequent traveller ? if i visited 3 OECD country within 5 year.. without submitting any itr

  38. Gel says

    Hi Ms. Fehl! I am applying for my 4th visa to SK this month. And I just went to BPI to get a bank cert and bank statement. Problem is they can give ADB only for the last 3months not 6 months.. They told me it’s their format for bank cert. Will this be okay already? Thank you and God Bless po!

    • Fehl says

      The embassy requires last 3 months record for bank statement but 6 months for bank certificate. I don’t know if that would be accepted but you can try since BPI mentioned it’s their standard/uniform format

  39. dim says

    Hi, if i will travel with my parents and i am still a student, do I still need to have the documents like copy of their bank certificate,etc.?

  40. jen says

    Hi ms.fehl,

    Kumusta po? I just went back from korea po last feb. 19 as a single entry visa, and i need to travel again this march to korea. if i travel once po pwede po bang mag apply ng multiple visa? Bka mg trvel din po ako kc ng april, galing na rin po ako ng japan. kailngan ko po bang ilagay sa application that i am requesting for a multiple visa? Regards po sa document complete po ako, gamit ko pong bank KEB, nag request po ako ng bank certificate indicating ung account type, current balance , at 6 mnths average balance. Ang kso meron po silang sariling format, and ang bnigay po nilang statement of account e yung previous 6 mnths. Ang sbi po nila i coconsider na ng embassy un. Ok lang po kaya un? Walang nka sulat if kelan ako nag open? Pro ung statement of account ung previous 6 mnths .

    Salamat po sa pagbasa at pag tugon.


  41. Bea says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I saw you’re very active in answering your readers’ questions here. So here’s my case:

    I am going to SK with my friend. He is Filipino but is for 7 years now. We will be going to Korea from here. If he wants to apply for a visa here in Manila, he’ll need to submit the requirements the same as those in the Employed category. Our problem is, he will be resigning from his job before going here (he’s 19yrs old). Eh I called the embassy and the lady there said that everyone who’ll apply for a visa needs to have a job. Sobrang labo po ng case namin. And I don’t know kung maiintindihan mo po :(

    Question po,

    Any changes po ba after mabigyan ng visa, kailangan pa sila (embassy) i-notify? Or is it good to go once we have the visa? Ang plano ko po kasi i-apply na po namin yung visa namin, habang may work pa sya dun. At least may maipapasa kaming requirements ngayon.

    And yung Visa Requirement exemption po na “If transiting only to SK and going to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and with confirmed onward ticket to those 3rd countries”, ilang araw po kaya pwede etong mag stay sa Korea? Baka po bawal mag overnight? Kasi po kung sobrang komplikado nung magiging requirements nya, balak ko nalang po padiretsuhin sya umuwi na ulit ng Canada after namin mag SK :(

    Super TIA.

    • Fehl says

      SK is very strict with tourist visa as a matter of fact they now require strict requirements starting March 1, 2015:

      1. Certificate of Employment

      – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), e-mail address.

      2. Bank Certificate

      – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)

      3. Bank Statement

      – original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months

      4. Income Tax Return copy

      – with personal tin number

  42. Janeth says

    Hello po ms. Fhel .. Yung American boyfriend ko na mag sponsor sakin .. Pupunta sya dito sa Phil’s para tulungan akong mag apply ng visa .. Do I still need his invitation letter , or wla na yun ? Then meron po na kayung example ng invitation letter ? Please po . Need answer kasi first week sa April mag pa-process Naako ng visa :)

  43. Genaro says

    hi miss fhel..i’ve been from Japan for a 2wks tour and planning to visit SK next month for a 5day tour also.,I just read in mofa/kr requirements for tourist that if you have OECD visa you’ll be exempt from submitting itr. and also they are asking now bank statement plus the bank certificate. How true is this Mam?.. Thanks and God bless. I have a little business by the way.

    • Fehl says

      Yes, starting March 1, 2015 there you need to comply with their specific requirements. I will post the update today in the article above.

  44. sapphire says

    My family is planning to visit korea next year. If we apply for the tourist visa, do we need to bring our kids during the application of the visa?
    thaNk you

  45. cathy says

    hi ms. fhel…thanks for giving advises/tips to those who wants to get korean visa.
    ask ko lang, my aunties are planning to visit SK on a group tour and they already have plane ticket and accommodation. Three of them are plain housewife, and their expenses will be shouldered by their other sister who has her own business. Do you think they can still get visa? Will affidavit of support, birth certificate (to establish their relationships) and my tita’s business permit, registration and bank certificate will suffice?

    They usually travel as a group and have been to vietnam and HK together.

  46. kara says

    good pm ms fehl. may bago po reqt sa sk embassy. just saw the news fr abscbn. and wen i check d embassy’s website, meron pla sa “visa announcement” page na new reqt including bank statement for 3 mos.
    sa tuesday na sana ako mag pass reqts. should i go on kht wala bank statement? most kc ng money is dedeposit ko lng s mon. show money lng tlga. so kung bank statement baka ma question ung biglang paglaki ng money? need advice po!

  47. Joan says

    Hello ms fehl..ask ko lang po im employed po but almost 3 months plng so i dont have itr..and now my korean fiance want me to visit in his place..what documents i need to get approved ?i had invitation letter and my fiance certificate of employment..and he will provide all my i still need bank certificate?pls help me.

    • lizel says

      hi joan,
      as far as I know you still need to show your bank certificate(yun isang brother ko na nainvite ko he only have 15k in his bank pero na grant visa nya) yun isang brother ko na ini ininvite ko lately they are asking his bank certificate kaya pinag open ko sya ng bank kaso doon sa bank sabi nila they don’t issue bank cert.not unless 6months matured un account kasi yun din daw ang hinahanap sa pag aapply ng visa(di ko alam kun new policy nanaman un!) dapat daw 6months existing account daw yun bank certificate kaya we’re still waiting to matured his bank account. = (

  48. angel says

    hi!ask q lng if mag apply aq ng tourist visa meron b clang mininum for the bank certific8?ska ano po ba yung mga example ng questions s embassy?

  49. iane says

    hi fehl ..
    ask q lng po pg ininvite k ng korean frnd .. anu2 ung mga requirements n need ? .. need p dn po b ng itr ‘ employment cert. and personal bank acct.? .. or original copy of invitation and a copy of passport lang ?..

    • Fehl says

      If you’re employed, yes you still need ITR and COE. Please see the list of requirements in the article above. God bless!

  50. kara says

    Ms. Fehl, sorry for being makulit. But I really need your advice :( Thanks!

    My bf n i are planning to go 2 korea. since he is a freelance photographer, he doesnt have itr n coe. only bank docs. question ko is, on your opinion, what will be better, a. ilagay nmn na ako mag sponsor s trip nya ( im currently employed) or b. magpasa sya ng sya ung mag shoulder ng trip nya kht bank cert lng meron sya?
    btw, do u think 100k is enough n nka deposit s acct ko assuming im sponsoring r trip? 5 days ang mggng stay nmn.

    • Fehl says

      Hi. I think it would be better if you’ll sponsor him because he’s currently unemployed. 6-figure I think is ok and enough.

      • Kara says

        Hi Ms. Fehl thanks for your reply. Do I still need to make an Affidavit of Support?
        Also, will it be an advantage if we will show we already have roundtrip ticket & hotel accommodation?


        • Fehl says

          You need affidavit of support if someone is sponsoring your trip and accommodation for you. Don’t buy tickets yet because those are not really requierments

      • FATZ says

        Greetings from Pandora Travel and Tours!
        We are newly registered company and first to have a client going in SK for 10 days and a quite confusing for us…She has her Italian resident and just got her vacation here in the Philippines. We read all the requirements for her to comply for the visa. Since she has no bank account here (Philippines), but has the means to show she is capable to finance her tour, what are the other requirements she must to submit for granting a tourist visa?
        Please advise.


        Pandora Travel and Tours

  51. kara says

    hi po. my bf n i are planning to go 2 korea. since he is a freelance photographer, he doesnt have itr n coe. only bank docs. question ko is, on your opinion, what will be better, a. ilagay nmn na ako mag sponsor s trip nya ( im currently employed) or b. magpasa sya ng sya ung mag shoulder ng trip nya kht bank cert lng meron sya?
    btw, do u think 100k is enough n nka deposit s acct ko assuming im sponsoring r trip? 5 days ang mggng stay nmn.

  52. syrenne says

    Hi Ms, Fehl,

    Your blog is really helpful. I applied for out tourist visa last week and I got it yesterday. We were approved. Thank you for making this page. God bless.

  53. nick~ says

    Hi Ms. Fehl!

    Me and my sister are planning to go to Korea this April. so we have to get a korean visa na.
    we’re both student. i have a question for the parent’s financial support documents.
    Our father is a OFW in the middle-east. they don’t have ITR because OFW’s don’t have tax,right.
    he has the COE na,but is it okay if the bank cert. is issued sa begging ng month?
    and how about sa ITR,ano pwede ipalit sa ITR since OFW’s don’t have one.

    thank you! :)

    • Fehl says

      Since your dad has no ITR, he can make Affidavit stating he is not paying taxes per UAE law. Have the Affidavit notarized. That would help. :)

  54. Ma-an says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    My brother and I are planning to go to SK for 5 days. My brother is not employed and I am working. Should I give my affidavit of support? We went to Beijing last year. What are the other documents he have to submit? Can I submit our documents together? Thanks

    • Fehl says

      Try that but if he’s unemployed, they might still look for financial capacity and close ties like COE from job and ITR

  55. alliah says

    Hi Miss Fhel.
    I do like to ask if there is exemption for applying a visa? I already have my confirmed ticket going to USA and I did have my US Visa .Transit lang poh and we just decide to stay for 4 days in Seoul Korea. As what I read poh kc there is Transit Ano poh the best na gagawin ko. I hope you can help me find answer in my question .Thank you so much God bless :).

    • Fehl says

      Visa exemption applies to:

      -If using Philippine Official and Diplomatic Passport.

      -If transiting only and going to the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, or New Zealand. But must not stay beyond 30 days and with confirmed onward ticket to the 3rd country.

      -If the individual has been to Korea for four (4) times within the past two years with a C2 or C3 visa. Or has been to Korea for more than ten (10) times already.

      -If Nationality is among the list of those exempted from securing a visa.

  56. Sammy says

    Good day Ms. Fehl!
    This blog is simply awesome. I have read comments here na somehow pareho sa situation ko. I am a student.
    *APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA that the only problem is the PARENT’S DOCUMENTS (ITR, BANK CERT & ETC.) because my father is a retired employee and just started his pension. My mom is a housewife.

    I have read it here too na kailangan ng AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT signed by Boyfriend and notarized. I have a question here, dun sa affidavit ang ilalagay ba dun ay “BOYFRIEND” or “FIANCE”?
    *Is it necessary for me to have a copy of his COE and ITR even if we will be applying visa together?
    *I understand na kailangan ko ng copy ng Bank certificate niya nabasa ko na kasi dito ehh :)*

    I think I have enough money in my bank for 5 days stay (80k)?, can I use it since my parents doesn’t have any bank account?

    Can we also show the return tickets and confirmation of reservation in the Hotel that we will be staying in?

    • Fehl says

      Hi, just submit requirements for student. You don’t need COE and ITR. The embassy will be confused if you submit requirements not applicable for students unless they requested them. Put BF coz fiance is another thing :) Roundtrip tickets and hotel accomm. are not really required

  57. Gel says

    Hi Ms. Fehl!

    This blog is really helpful! I have questions too, hope you could help me. I have completed some requirements for Student Visa. the only that I don’t have is the ITR of my parents and their Bank Certificate I already requested a Certificate of non-fiing of Income Tax. My trip to Korea will be supported by my boyfriend financially, so he made an Affidavit of Support. So here are my questions:

    1) Can I use my bank certificate since my parents doesn’t have any bank account?
    2) the source of my money in my bank account is from my sister abroad who are financially helping me—-Should I also use the remittance receipt?
    3) Can I use my sister’s (the one who is working in Manila) ITR? and provide an Affidavit (stating that she’s been supporting me financially)—– as a supporting document?
    4) By the way, I am a working student, I do have a TIN ID but I still don’t have ITR since I just started last November, but I can request to my employer to write a letter or affidavit the reason why I still don’t have an ITR, my employer is also willing to make one.
    5) Which is better? to apply as a student visa or employee visa?

    Hope you could help me! thanks!

    • Fehl says

      Hi since you’re a student, you can show your sister as your financial support. Apply as student coz you are still one. It is a strong tie that you’re coming back. :)

  58. angel says

    Good evening miss Fehl! I worked in korea before, then nagtry ako to get a tourist visa last sept. ang mali ko di ko na attach ung dati kung passport, unforetunately i was denied and the reason was they were looking for more ties of you going back to the Philippines :[. Pero nagtry ako tourist visa sa japan na approved naman the day na madenied ako sa korean embassy, now i already travelled to japan and i have an EOCD visa. Ask ko lang po kung pwede pa ung business permit and mayors permit kung 2014 pa, kasi by March pa ulit ako makakapagpasa sa korean embassy, kakabayad ko lang kasi last august nag file kasi ko ng temporary closure sa business ko. Di ko pa narerenew ung permit ko, iconsider kaya nila yon? baka kasi madenied ako for the 2nd time eventhough Im considered as a frequent traveller. Thank you!

    • Fehl says

      You need to show docs for your business. They require the latest year registration. Since, wala ka, I’m afraid you’ll get denied again

  59. jen says

    Hello po ms. Fehl, i have a question po ulit. i submitted my complete documents po last wednesday, the consul accepted it and chineck nya lang ng isang beses, then gave me the releasing date next wk. Wala po siya ni isang tanong, is that an indication na approved po ako? salamat po ulit.

  60. Bernadette says

    Hello po! I’m a student and my mom is an OFW so she can’t get her bank certificate since she personally have to get it from the bank, can I submit her Car registration instead of bank certificate? Thank you so much! :)

  61. ja says

    Hi po..just want to ask…im planning ti go in SK..andun ung sister ko na Ofw..ako mgfifinance ng travel ko..pero dun aq mgstay sa haus nila n provided ng amo nia…do i still need invitation letter stating n dun aq mstay…at wat p po need ko?
    Do i need to declare dat?

    • Fehl says

      It’s not among the primary requirements for tourist visa for employed individuals. I think you may need the invitation letter at the immigration (airport) coz you need to provide there where you will stay.

  62. Anj Estrada (천사) (@uhnjzhiee) says

    Hi Ms. Fehl! :)

    this blog is really helpful as some of my queries about the requirements for korean visa application are somehow answered. I am a graduating student, and my boyfriend gave me a trip ticket to korea as a graduation gift. My super problem right now is that, my Dad have no ITR, and I read here on your blog that the required documents, as much as possible must be updated. My dad is a retired teacher since 2005 (9 yrs ago) and since then he is unemployed therefore, he is tax-exempt, now, last November 2014, my father just turned 60 y/o meaning he is a senior citizen already. He also declared me and my mom as his beneficiaries. My mom is a housewife (tax-exempt too). So, I am asking for your opinion, if I could use my father’s monthly pension documets and etc…(SSS) instead of ITR? I don’t have any problem with his COE because we already requested it. The bank certificate, can we use his bank statement na pinaghuhulugan ng SSS (PNB) or should we open another account?

    I have another option with this problem, by using my boyfriend’s documents as he is financially stable and capable naman. I would need an Affidavit of support from him stating that he will be the one to support me financially during our stay in korea. Another thing, I would like to know what is SSS Static Info, lagi ko kasing nababasa sa mga nirereplyan mo ehh, Does my boyfriend need it too?

    Ms. Fehl, what should I do now? should I use my Dad’s pension documents or should I use my boyfriend’s documents?

    It will really help me a lot if you could answer me.
    Thanks! God Bless you! :)


    • Fehl says

      Hi. Requirements for students are the following:

      1. Application Form
      2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be 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 only)
      6. Original School Certificate
      7. Photocopy of School ID
      8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of an applicant
      9. Parent’s Financial Support Document (COE, Bank Cert, ITR)

      I think you can use your dad’s pension SOA (statement of Account) instead of ITR since he’s already retired. You can also request bank certificate of the account he uses for his pension. Yes, prepare Affidavit of Support from your BF in case they request it too. SSS info is only an option when the embassy requests it.

      • Anj Estrada (천사) (@uhnjzhiee) says

        Thank you so much Ms. Fehl!! :)) Next month na ako magaapply ng visa~ wish me luck! God Bless you! :)

  63. Jan says

    Hi Fehl!

    Thank you for answering everone’s concerns.

    I just had my visa requirements for SK submitted this day (through an agency). It was complete. Itr, coe, letter of leave approval, bank cert etc.
    It was accepted by the consul however he had a comment that I dont have a guarantor and I am a first time traveller. Im also travelling solo.
    My claim date will be next week, Jan 27.

    What are the chances of getting my application approved? Thank you.

  64. ria says

    hi ms.fhel,

    maybe you can help my friend.she is married to a japanese and been 3yrs n pblik blik sya s japan no work.and she is here in the philippines for almost 1 yr. unemployed din po sya dito s pinas? is she need tohave ITR? she is planning to visit this coming feb by her own .i am gladly thankful if you response quickly po.thank you godbless

  65. jen says

    Hi po ms. Fel, Greetings in Christ.

    i have plan to visit in korea this feb, galing na po ako ng japan as a tourist within the last 5 yrs. Complete po ung documents ko except sa mayor’s permit under renewal po kc it will take 3wks bago ma release. Ok lang po ba ung dti at last yr business permit? Married na rin po pala ako sa korean nsa pinas po sya, kso di pa po ako nkaka pag cfo, thats why ang ibang documents ko single pa including passport, is it ok po to put married? If my documents is still single, or just put single? may nso na po kmi ng marriage certificate ni hubby kso di pa na register sa korea ok lang po ba i present?The purpose of visit is vacation or tavel leisure for 5 days, and ako po mg support sa sarili ko, ok lang po ba un ang ilagay?

    Maraming salamat po sa tugon ninyo,

    Godbless po.

    • Fehl says

      You must apply following the status on your docs and passport. Know first your real status right now and complete the legality of your status. Then update your docs (passport, IDs etc) to follow your status. It’s always best to be consistent to avoid major problems.

  66. analiza ignacio says

    hi,maam gudeve,pwdi mgtnung?my kpted po aqo andun xa korea nainvite na po aqo 2 bses na tpus ngayun ung mama ko nmn ung ininvite nya kc d dw pwdi dalawa xa isa lng nag invite paanu po ba aqo mkakuha nang visa maam?or pwdi nya po ba aqo mainvite ngaun khit andun pa mother qo,?slmat

  67. margie says

    Hi Ms Fehl,

    Great day!

    My family and I (4pax) was invited by a friend (OFW) to SK and we’ll be staying at her place this April.
    Will an invitation letter from my OFW friend help us with the application for tourist visa? Any possible additional requirement from my friend that may help us with the application?

    My other concern is my brother who is not technically employed as he is helping my mom with our store.
    He does not have ITR but I will be financing his travel. Will a financial support letter from me would help?
    We plan to go and apply for the visa together will it bear any impact?
    Lastly, it is not our first family out of country trip but it is their first visa application and my second korea visa application. If this can be documented can it help his visa application?

    Appreciate your advise.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Fehl says

      Yes, invitation letter will help the application and it is needed if you will stay at your friend in Korea. As for your brother, show affidavit of support if you will support all throughout your Korean trip. Visa approval will still come from the consul :) Good luck!

  68. jennifer laboran says

    Hi ms.fhel,
    Good day. .i need your precious help. .i have a korean boyfriend and he invited me to go to his place in south korea. .in chongju-si. .i want to apply a tourist visa. .i’m planning to stay there for 2weeks or 14 days. .since i haven’t tried applying any visa. .i am very confused of what to do and where to go..i am from cebu. .i am currently working but for 3months now and only minimum wage .less than 10k is my salary so i am excempted on tax. .but i have my tin #. .but my korean bf will be the one to shoulder everthing. .since i am from cebu s it possible for me to apply a visa here.?what are other requirements. .?and also i just got my passport last dec.28,2014, ,but it was issued nobember 6,2014, ,,my boyfriend wants me to be there next month. .would be so kind to help me. .please i badly need your advice. .i will be expecting it. .kindly send your reply on my email. .
    .thank u so much for any help that u may offer..
    God bless and more power. .hope to hear from u very soon. .

    Very sincerely yours,

    • jennifer laboran says

      . .sorry for the mispelled words. Thank you for having a kind and gifted heart. .keep up good work. .god bless and more power. .

  69. Mary Rigel says

    My husband is a seaman & literally been around the world.Specifically he had a SK VISA 2 years ago when he stayed there to wait for the ship construction to be done @ Hyundai Shipyard.We are planning to have a family vacation on Oct. SK.How do we apply for a VISA because my husband is still here?

  70. Atasha says

    hi Ms. fehl,

    I have several questions regarding tourist visa requirement. Me and my friend are OFW here in KSA, we’re planning to visit SK upon the end of our contract on December. It’s stated that ITR is one of the primary requirement, OFW are exempted from tax. Are we still required to submit this or is there any alternative aside from ITR?, We’ll be using the COE which will be released by our prsesent employer, will the embassy honor this even if we end our service in our company??

    thanks :-)

    • Fehl says

      Have an official letter from your employer stating about your Tax exemption in the country you’re working. That could help. God bless!

    • Mary says

      Hi Atasha!

      we have the same status at the moment (nurse in KSA, contract will end next year then will apply for a Korean visa). I’m actually searching for this info for a long time across the internet but I cannot find answers. please update me once your found answers to your questions. I’ll check on this blog from time to time. Thanks! 😀

  71. Brown says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    May question lang ako if you have any idea about sa application requirements ng widowed and unemployed. Wala kasi sa website ng embassy so it would greatly help us if someone could answer me. I will be the one kasi to cover my mom’s expenses. I already prepared all the possible requirements for her like affidavit of support, marriage contract, death cert of my father, my birth cert., and our joint bank statement. Kaso I was able to get one copy lang ng COE ko, I am not sure kung pwede ba na one copy lang since we are going to apply together.

    Would appreciate an answer po. Thank you!

    • Fehl says

      All embassies require strong ties like employment. I think providing the docs you mentioned can help already and if your mom has land titles, existing pension document, that could help too

      • Brown says

        Thank you for your response po. I was able to submit her visa application together with my copy of birth cert, affidavit of support, and bank statement. Hopefully they will grant her the visa. hehe

  72. rai says

    hi ms fehl,

    plan ko po kumuha ng tourist visa paguwi ko sa pinas galing d2 sa saudi, pero wala po akong bank account sa pinas, at coe lang mapapakita ko sa kanila pero babalik din naman ako d2 sa saudi after 2 months vcation sa pinas, ano2 pa po bang documents pwede ipakita sa kanila….


  73. gene says

    Hi ms fel! I applied for a tourist visa in sk last May this year.Its my first time and sadly i was refused. The reason stated in a piece of paper attached on my passport was failed to prove the purpose of entry to korea.I was so confused for being denied the visa since i’ve submitted all the required docs. I have a small business and submitted bankcert,itr and mayors permit along with other docs. Can u pls enligthen me what seems really the reason of my visa denial? Thanks.

      • Ashley says

        Hi ms.fehl. I’m a filipino student and wants to travel in Korea. My boyfriend’s family and friends want me to visit there. But the problem is, my parents don’t have any bank certificate etc etc. I hope you could give me an advice on what to do. It will really be a big help. Thank you so much.

        • Fehl says

          Hi. Apply as a Student. You need:

          1. Application Form
          2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
          3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          5. Original School Certificate
          6. Photocopy of School ID
          7. Photocopy / Original of NSO Birth Certificate
          8. Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport

          You need to provide proof of financial support whoever who will support your travel and accommodation, pocket money etc. If that’s your Korean friend, submit Letter of Financial Support and Accommodation

          • ashley says

            Thank you Ms. Fehl
            It really helps me a lot. I was so worried before. I’ll start fixing my papers soon. Thank you again.

  74. Aiden says

    Hello miss fehl,

    I just want to ask, my aunt wants me to have a tour with her in SK as my my graduation gift, but I still don’t have a job and my parents don’t have enough money in there bank account that could prove that we are financially capable to travel in SK but the thing is my aunt who will travel with me to SK is the one who will pay for all the expense of my travel what document, aside from my parent’s bank cert., could I send to prove that it is my aunt who will pay for my trip instead of my parents?

  75. Regine says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I’m planning to visit Korea, I’m a minor student and all my requirements are complete, let’s say I have a personal invitation from Korea Tourism Organization, and my passport will be released on January or February but I checked Korean embassy’s website and saw their new policy on passport validity; it says

    “Please be informed that all visa applicants’ passport should be at least 6 months valid when applying for Korean Visa, effective on 2014.11.03. ”

    And lastly, what if the invitation is from a Korean friend, she’s around 18 and is also a student, is there any requirement to support her validity? Thanks and God bless :)

    • Fehl says

      Hi Regine. I suggest you apply when your passport is already released because passport is one of the primary requirements. All travel overseas requires a strict at least 6 months validity. I think you have nothing to worry when you have your new passport already since you have all the requirements for your tourist visa application for students and your Korean friend is 18 already, your friend needs to send you invitation letter and a copy of her passport.

  76. Kenne John says

    Hi ms. Fehl. What i mean to ask is:

    1. This is my 2nd time to apply for visa coz i planned to go korea again on january 2015 for 2nd time. My first time to go in korea is last august and my first visa i got last august is expired already coz its only 59 days. Ang question ko po.. para po ba makakuha ulet ako ng 2nd visa… mag papasa ba ulet ako ng requirements na katulad nung sinubmit ko nung kumuha ako ng 1st visa nung august? O hindi na magpapasa? kasi nasa kanila parin naman ung documents na pinasa ko nung una ako kumuha ng visa. Thanks. Reply asap please thanks

  77. Kenne John says

    Goodevening! Hi ms. Beautiful Fehl! :) Anyway thank you so much for the help! It was a success! I went to korea August 20. I got my visa August 18. Its because of you! 갑사합니다 ㅋㅋ

    Anyway Ms. Fehl, i will have my 2nd trip to korea on January 2015. The visa i got last august was expired already. And im planning to get free visa again. Will i still need to submit the required documents again? the previous required documents i submit last august for my first visa, hindi ba pwede un nalang ? Frequent traveller ba ang tawag saken? I need an answer Asap! Thanks very much for understanding! :) ill wait for the answer

    • Fehl says

      Hi Kenne. You need to submit the following if you want to apply for frequent travelers visa. It will be advisable for you if you travel to Korea often.

      * For Employees(frequent travellers)

      1.Application Form
      2.1pc. Passport size colored picture
      3.Passport Original(6Mons. Valid)
      4.Copy of Passport First Page
      5.Original & Copy of valid visa s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years
      6.Employment Certificate Original
      7.Personal Bank Certificate Original

      * For Businessman(frequent travellers)

      1.Application Form
      2.1pc. Passport size colored picture
      3.Passport Original(6Mons. Valid)
      4.Copy of Passport First Page
      5.Original & Copy of valid visa s 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

  78. nilda dunglao says

    Just a quick question… I have a Philippine passport & employed. If I plan to visit Korea just for 3-4 days do I need to get a visa?

  79. John says

    Hello Ms. Fehl, I was just hoping you could help me with my concern.

    First off, I know the complete requirements for applying a tourist visa in Korea (employed).

    So here goes, I got hired kasi December 2013. So basically wala pa talaga akong ITR as of today. Most likely it’ll be given to me sa January 2015 pa. yun lang talaga ang kulang ko, the rest of the requirements, I can provide. pero ang korea trip ko kasi is Jan 22-26 2015. do u think I would be granted with the visa if I’m only lacking ITR/BIR Form 2316? coz i called Korean Embassy and they told me it will depend daw with the officer who would verify the docs, a very safe answer. but i want to know if may possiblity ba n ma grant ako :)

    • Fehl says

      Yes, there’s a possibility you’ll get approved. If your employment certificate and other docs are satisfactory. I suggest you also submit SSS Static Info to prove your employment record as well in addition to the other requirements

  80. Cheeney says

    Good Day po. Regarding about the visa, what would be the requirements if ang employer mo here in PH will shoulder your trip? your response will be a great help po. Thanks :)

    • Fehl says

      That would be other type of visa. This thread is about tourist visa. Yours will be working visa or business visa since employer or business is involved

  81. Katrina says

    Hi! Ask ko lang po. If invited po from a relative in SKorea? Kailangan pa po ba ng show money for a tourist visa. And Im still 17 palang po. Paano po yun? Thankyou so much

  82. ARMEL PURINO says

    HI GOOD DAY I my wife and two kids ages 14 and 12 are planning to tour SK by April 2015 wve been to singapore and hongkong what are the visa requirements for family visiting korea. thanks

  83. louie mendoza says

    hi felh,,,, im a seaman and my wife is working in sk right now,,,, were married but our passport is all single only…. can i say i just want to visit my girlfriend there? as a tourist visa… tnx and more power

  84. maricar says

    Hi ask ko lang if its okay not to bring the minor on tourist visa application. I am applying tourist visa for me and my daughter. Kagagaling lang namin but ndi na natanggap application due to time constraint. Babalik ako tomorrow. Sabe ni guard pwede nman daw kahit hindi na dalhin si minor. I just want a confirmation thank you. Kawawa kasi si baby byahe pa kami from olongapo.

  85. dodong says

    Hi, di ko masyado maintindihan ung transit tourist. i’m a us green card holder. balak namin mag bakasyon sa pinas at pumunta ng korea. kailangan ko pa ba ng tourist visa? balik kami ng pinas after ng korea, dahil flight namin is us-manila, manila-us. counted kaya un as transit?

  86. Lucille Perez says

    Hi… nka twice n ko balik sa embassy dahila wala ako itr ng parents ko. Dahil senior citizen na at wala pla syang tin#. Binigyan me ng bir ng certification. Ok n ba un. Pls help nmn thank you.

    • Fehl says

      Decision will still come from the embassy. Regarding the ITR, since they retired na, I think the certificates from BIR would support that too

  87. JR says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    My friends and I are travelling to Seoul in March 2015. We’re all employed and regular employees to our respective companies. One of my friends has a relative (Filipino) in SK who works there. Can we all use same invitation letter since his relative will accommodate us when we visit SK? We plan to stay 9 days there but can we just indicate on our application form maybe 4 or 5 days only? Because I believe your show money depends on how long you stay in SK. We don’t know how much money will be sufficient for 9 days to have our visa approved. If you don’t mind, can you provide an estimation you think would be acceptable to have on our bank account?

    Looking forward to your response. Thanks and have a good day! :-)


    • Fehl says

      Yup, you can use same invitation letter but the info on the invitation must be true. Indicate all honest and consistent info or else you will be denied. You’re all employed, COE and ITR must be your focus not the bank account statement :)

  88. San says


    Is there a high probability that i willl be granted a tourist visa if I dont have ITR. I have a business pero July this year lang nag start ang business ko and ITR is only applied and issued annually. I have my DTI and other licenses and even the Bank Certificate. Also I’ve been to Korea once.


    • Fehl says

      I think you’ll get approved if they know the reasons why you have no ITR at the moment and you show them documents proving your reasons (ie: BIR registration)

  89. Chris says

    Hello. I was able to book a promo flight to SK for August next year for me and my 2 college kids. I’d like to ask what if I dont have an ITR? I am a recent widow and my husband left enough to support me and my kids, and I have an online job for a US company for 7 years now but I dont file any ITR. Will the bank certificate and employment certificate be enough proof that I can support myself and my kids? Thanks!

  90. hazel says

    Hi! I really think that your post is really useful. I just have some queries though. I am currently employed, an LGU casual employee in particular. But I have no bank cert, my bf and I are planning to have a joint bank acct can I possibly use that? Thanks…

  91. henry f. mamucod says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I’m a government employee and I have a diplomat passport which I previously used when I attended a conference in Denmark. You mentioned that having a Philippine Diplomat Passport makes you exempted for securing tourist visa. Im planning to visit South Korea this December (personal tour). Do I still need to apply for a tourist visa?

    Thank you very much and advance Merry Christmas!

  92. Anna says

    I just wanna ask i lived in Australia for almost 8 years and I’m back to manila. I dont have job yet here in Manila but i want to travel to korea. I dont have bank account here coz in still with Australian bank account, ect. What should i do? Can my boyfriend write a letter that he will shoulder our korean trip?

  93. elizabeth de vera says

    hi po ask ko lang po possible na ma approve yung tourist visa namin ng anak if my husband work in korea e9 yung visa envited kami ng church of korea pinadala rin ng husband ko ang mga document nya i hope you reply i soon as possible

  94. issang v says

    Good day te fel, ask ko lang po kung, may possible na ma approve yung visa ko kung ang mga requirement ko n ipapasa eh ito lang po
    bank certificate
    COE pero walang itr
    Certificate of land title (owned)
    Tourist visa po for xmass vacation dis coming december 2014
    Walang invitation letter o kelangan pa po yun??? I have friend po kc na koreano dun.. Dun ako s kanila mag spend ng xmass vacation.. Salamat po te fel..

  95. pat says

    Hi ms. Fel. Ask ko lang po pano po pag walang maprovide na diploma or tor and unemployed po, pero ang gagastos po ay relative ko. Kasama din po sa trip yung relative na yun. Ano po ang dapat gawin? At mga chances na maapprove ang application. Bale po, 15 po kami na ppnta ng SK. At issponsor po ako ng tita ko.

  96. Suzy31 says

    H! Ms. Fehl,

    Ask q lang if Ok ung docs q. I have ITR(2013), COE (contractual for 3years), Bank Cert. (80k)?

    And then ask q lang din if pwede ba magpunta sa embassy for our application isang representative from our group since we lived here in Mindanao? Thank u po.

  97. ceejhay says

    hi po. i would like to know if may validity po ba yung bank certificate and COE?? paano po if i got it issued last month.. valid pa rin po ba yun this month?? thanks

  98. Yeng S says

    Good day! This is a wonderful article and thread that contains a lot of valuable information. I am a third yr law student and my husband is working as an OFW in korea. We have a 4yr old child and we are planning to visit him in Korea this summer.

    My question is do I apply as a student or as a housewife? And what are the requirements for a minor child since I plan to bring our son too?

    I would really appreciate your reply miss Fehl. Thank you in advance and God bless you.

  99. andrew says

    Hi Miss Fehl.

    me and my Gf want to go SK Im just hired last Sept 1,2014 i have a COE but project base only we have a ticket jan 14 to 18,2014 travel date
    im girl friend have a stable job and no prblem for money what would u suggest to me to aprove my visa
    tnx a lot..

    • Fehl says

      Just bring the documents required (see above article). If you were only hired recently, have a letter from your company explaining about your ITR

  100. kaye says

    Hello Ms. Fehl, I’m a housewife po my husband is working in Korea OFW, my Korean friend would like to invite me and willing to submit all needed requirements. I do teach online and my company is Korean but I dont have ITR and COE can be provided not sure if its acceptable…any advice po? plan to visit feb 18-20 for holiday vacay

    • Fehl says

      Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipino Housewife

      1. Application Form
      2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
      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, and Korean Visas will not be counted)
      6. Husband’s Original Certificate of Employment (with contact number/s & address of company and date of issue)
      7. Husband’s Original Personal Bank Certificate (NOT Bank Statement)
      8. Husband’s Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
      9. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

      •If personally invited by Korean : Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport
      •If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

      • kaye says

        is it bank certificate in korea IBK or here in the Philippines? if have all the documents do you think ma grant ang visa q po kht hosuewife lng aq?

      • Ria says

        Hi po what if ang asawa po ay japanese and nag stay po Sa pinas ng almost 1 yr. tpos unemployed po ako do I need to have ITR .? I’m planning to visit Korea this year po by nxt month.what are the requirements do I need to provide.? 3 yrs po ako pblik blik ng pinas at japan Pero not working..hope you can helps me.thanks need your reply ASAP will help my friend if you reply me ASAP .thank u

        • Fehl says

          Follow the requirements for Spouse and since you visited Japan, it’s an OECD country. Submit the following:

          Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipino Housewife

          1. Application Form
          2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
          3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          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
          6. Husband’s Original Certificate of Employment (with contact number/s & address of company and date of issue)
          7. Husband’s Original Personal Bank Certificate (NOT Bank Statement)
          8. Husband’s Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
          9. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

          • Ria says

            Gud am po.what if wala po hawak ng ITR ,bank cert ng asawa,employment cert ng asawa kse the usual po Hindi daw pinphwak s knya ang mga important papers o personal n gmit ng asawa Nya…?MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE GLING NSO LNG S PINAS ANG MERON SYA THEN WLANG ITR YUNG PINAY KSE WLANG WORK OK LNG B N PASSPORT, BANK CERT,Marriage certificate from NSO LNG Meron ok npo b yun as requirements or khit tin number lang khit wlang ITR? What do you think po.slmat ..I hope you can give us advice

  101. myra says


    My sister, friends, and I will be going to SK this November. But my sister only does buy and sell of clothings/goods. And she could only provide her bank certification (no COE, no ITR). What can you advise?


  102. Miehl says


    I need your help too. I will apply for tourist visa. I am a student. Both of my parents is not employed.

    What other alternative documents na pwed ?

    • Miehl says

      Ms Fhel,

      Hi! I need your help. I will apply for a tourist visa. I am currently enrolled in a review center and short term school. Im not employed but I earned money on my online work as a freelance independent contractor. I already have a certificate of earnings via online from the website, 3 bank certificate from different bank, school certificate, and other requirements. The problem is I dont have an ITR to provide as I am working as a freelance online. Also, my father dont have it yet bcoz he was just hired weeks ago. I am applying as a student. I’ll go in Korea for a tour by december with my friends.

      Is that fine? what advice you can give to get my visa be approvd?


  103. edlen says

    Hi Ms.Fehl,goodafternoon…ask kulng po kung ano need na requirements going to korea.Im still a student and dont have COE and ITR its okey po ba if i used my Bf documents as he is the one who support me financially.pwede po ba makahingi ng help sa inyo..maraming salamat po.

    • Fehl says

      1. Application Form
      2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
      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, and Korean Visas will not be counted)
      6. Original School Certificate
      7. Photocopy of School ID
      8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of an applicant
      9. Parents’ Financial Support Document
      – Original Certificate of Employment (or DTI or Sec and Mayor’s Permit)
      – Original Bank Certificate
      – Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316

      •If personally invited by Korean : Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport

      • edlen says

        Ms.Fehl nakalimutan ko po pala sabihin,what if po walang any document ang parents ko pwede ko po ba gamitin documents ng Bf ko as sya naman po nag support sakin financially.pero meron po ako bank account.ano po pwede gawin.

  104. syrenne says

    Hi. Can anyone help me please. I am planning to visit SK next year and will be staying for 5 days. I will be traveling with my boyfriend but he still don’t have his ITR since he just started working this month. What will I do if he don”t have his ITR?

      • syrenne says

        ms. fehl, my time limit po ba ang validity ng bank certificate? what if po makakuha agad ako ng bank certificate, then is it still valid if mag apply ako ng tourist visa sa embassy after two weeks? another one po, do embassy made a call to the banks to confirm the amount of money indicated in bank certificate?

        Thank you for your assistance.

  105. john says

    Hi tanong ko lang po plan ko kumuha ng visa kapatid ko na nasa qatar ang magiging sponsor ko. Meron siyang CoE at Bank certificate wala lang itr kasi walang tax sa qatar. Pano po yun? Tsaka kailangan din padala original na copy?

  106. Maan Santos says

    hello po, I’m planning to apply for a visa with my mom and 14 y/o brother, my mom doesn’t work pwede na ba sya madamay sa requirements ko?

  107. alvaro says

    HI MS FEL,


  108. Amateros says


    May I ask if in case the application is as a family should we need to produce original of certificate of employment, school certificate (for kids) for each of our papers?


  109. pol says

    hi, stumbled upon your blog. you see, i just got back to the philippines about 4.5 months ago(was a US immigrant) and i’ve been working online for 5 yrs already for a foreign company that is not taxed/not registered in the philippines, thus me having no ITR. (and i’ve been here for 4.5 months only so no ITR, really) do you think i’ll be granted a korean visa? i’m a bit worried because i’ve no ITR and my work is so flexible that i can work anywhere as long as i have my laptop. planning to visit korea on december for sightseeting sana. thanks

    • Fehl says

      I think it would help your application if you show them your past documents when you were in the US because they will surely ask about your job and your source of funds

  110. jellyn says

    Hello. te fel is there a required specific amount of slary nid for applying a tourist visa because my slary is below minimum wage and it will appear on my itr. my sister is permanent resident of korea thank u po:)

  111. Krissa t says

    hi te fel, ask lang po kung pede na yung requirement na
    Bank certificate 100k+
    Invitation letter from korean
    Certificate of land title
    Walang itr at coe..
    Stay only for 5 days
    Para manood lang ng incheon asian games bago matapos sa october4

    Salamats po

  112. Irene says

    Hi po, I am working now in Qatar, and im planning to go korea as tourist. I would be grateful if you can give me more information ms. fel… thanks po

  113. jenelou says

    I am a contract worker here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My ticket will stop over in Korea arriving 6:25 a.m. and connecting flight @ 8:35 p.m. the same day going to Philippines. Do I need to get visa if I will go out? thank you.

  114. Pia says

    Hi fehl, ive been a frequent traveller 3years ago and that time i was employed and got a previous visa stamps as well from uk and france before. I know its hard to apply for a tourist visa esp. If your unemployed, but except from my personal savings acct.,what if my travel will be sponsor by my relatives from japan or abroad what will be the requirements needed? Thanks

  115. Enna Lee says

    Hi Ms. Fel,

    Would like to ask for your advice. I’m planning to get a Tourist Visa to visit South Korea this year. I’m currently employed in one of the Resort in Cebu. In regards with the requirements for Employed Applicants, the bank that I’m using right now is the one provided by the company I’m working with. Will it be okay? Or do I really need to provide another personal bank account? And If so, any specific amount to show? By the way I will be travelling with my friend and this will be an all expense trip by our Korean Friend. She’s the one who invited us also.

    Hope to hear a reply soonest :)


    • Fehl says

      I think that is OK as long as you have the complete requirements like ITR and Certificate of Employment, invitation from your Korean Friend, his current job and status, those would help the visa visa application

  116. Drei says

    Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Do you think it’ll be fine if the contact number on the COE is an overseas number? Coz my sister is working in the Philippines but their HR is located in Australia, that’s why.

    And for the “Address and phone number in Korea” part on the application form, is it ok if we’ll just write “undecided”?? coz we currently haven’t booked/reserved a place on a hotel/guesthouse in Korea.

    • Fehl says

      I think it’s OK, what is important is she’s employed. If you have no booking yet, put there “hotel booking to follow” instead of undecided coz that sounds doubtful


    hello, me and my wife are planning to visit south korea this coming december 25, 2014 to jan 2, 2015. what month can we apply for a tourist visa? since me and my wife will be travelling together as we usually do every year end, can we face the consul together during the interview or will we be called separately when we apply for a tourist visa? we’ve been to most of asia like malaysia, singapore, thailand, hong kong, macau and japan.

  118. zhandz says

    hi miss fehl ttnung ko lng gsto ko sna mag tourist sa korea paanu kaya asawa ko working in korea ngyon gsto ko pmunta dun pwde ba ko mag apply tourist visa kht la ko invitation anu ba kailangan ko mga req.pls..send ur answer in my email add.thank u so much…

  119. stephanie says

    Hi Fehl…I’m currently working home based. I can request for COE but the problem is with the ITR. That’s the only requirement I can’t provide..any idea or supporting documents that I need? Is non filing ITR cert ok? Please help :(

  120. bhadz says

    Hello. I am an OFW here in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I am planning to visit Korea next year with my Girlfriend on our annual leave. Regarding the requirement, what are the things we need to prepare since we are OFWs? We don’t even have ITR. Thanks

  121. abhie says

    Hello Ate Fel! Thanks for the very useful info above. I just want to ask lang po. I have a concern about my korean visa application cos I don’t have ITR yet. I am a fresh graduate last 2013, and just got employed January this year so technically wala pa talaga ako nun. But I have COE and bank statement for sure. How likely po kaya yung visa approval ko? And what other documents can I submit as an alternative? :) Thank you.

    • Fehl says

      You can request a formal written letter from your employer stating the reason why you have no ITR yet (mention you are already working for 8 months in that company). That could help :) But the final decision will be from the consul/embassy

  122. Krissa says

    Hello te’fel ask lang pwede naba bank certificate at invitation letter lang ng korean.. Wlang itr at cert of employment???

  123. prianne says

    elow…all my requirements were already complete but i have a doubt about my Bank Certificate since i have only 55k deposited on it…it is enough to convince the embassy that I can fund my 5-day stay in Korea?

    • Fehl says

      If you’re alone and you have no one in Korea who will help you, yes that amount of money could be not enough for 5 days.

  124. phoebe says

    Hi mam. Government employee po ako since 2010 pero exemptd po kmi s BIR kc job order lang po ako. Ngaun po kaaupdate ko lng po ung BIR ko last day at sinabing hnd ako mbi2gyn ng ITR. Un nlng po kulang s requiremnts ko. Any advice po? My invitation letter po aq galing s company ng fren q, xadno gbstos ng lahat. Pls reply mam. Nid to go in sept.thnx mam

    • Fehl says

      Show your Certificate of Employment and a formal letter from your employer/manager with company seal explaining about your job order and ITR exemption. I think that would help. Don’t forget to submit the invitation letter too

      • cliff says

        hi ms. fehl. i am also a job order employee of the local government and i have no ITR. we’re planning to go to SK together with my gf and siblings. we doesn’t have any invitation letter. but were sure that we can support our stay there, my dad is a seaman and he will sponsor our trip. please advise me on how can i get SK visa. thank you much!

        • Fehl says

          The embassy is so strict. If you’re employed, submit Certificate of Employment with the company seal and authorized signatory. If you don’t have ITR, perhaps you can have a written letter from your Local Government Head stating you are bonafide employee and a decent person. Since your dad is sponsoring you, it’s helpful he write a formal letter too indicating his sponsorship in your trip. There is no guarantee though your visa will be approved. Good luck and I hope you return here and tell us if you got it :)

  125. Kenne John says

    Hi Ms. Fehl.
    I have Complete Requirements Documents already for Tourist Visa For Students. And I am planning to pass all those documents tomorrow (August 4). I just worry about my mom’s documents that I will pass. Her Bank Certificate/Statement is july1 to july31 only. Then her ITR is not updated. Then her original updated DTI business permit lost so I just have here the photocopy of that lost DTI business permit. But I also have here her ORIGINAL DTI Business permit but its not updated. Is it okay? Will the consul accept it? Actually I did a wrong turn. I booked a ticket already on august 13 because my korean friends gave me a wrong info that I can go korea for free without visa kasi 5days lang naman ako. But its not true. The problem also is I booked a ticket. So if I pass tomorrow.. I still have chance to get visa before my flight. 5working days

  126. aquinor says

    Hi there fehl good day! Ms fehl may i seek you advice pala if it would be alright for my pinsan to prepare (aside from the standard documents)his COE from our company(1month palang) + 2013 ITR(previous company) + his own Bank Cert + visa app form(with me as sponsor) + the affidavit of support& guarantee(i am the sponsor) + my own financials(my ITR+bank cert)? I am not sure as to the documents that ill help him to prepare. yung pinsan ko was just hired last mid of june pero may trabaho siya ng 2013 and nagresign ng april. Again thank you in advance for your time on my inquiry=)

  127. Gel says

    Hi Ms. Fehl! I’ve been to Korea once as a tourist and I am wondering if I am eligible to apply for a multiple-entry visa? Tnx! More Power!

  128. Rica says

    I already pass the invitation letter ,military order and I’d of my uncle and I already submit also my school certificate because I am a fresh graduate just to visit my family in Korea ..all of my parents document like BANK CERT ,EMPLOYMENT CERT AND ITR are in the embassy today ! I need answer please if it possible that my visa will approved thanks :)

      • Rica says

        Thank you but instead of diploma I submit only my the certificate of graduation because the rules of our school 1year after the graduation we can get a diploma

  129. Rica says

    Hello I am applying for tourist visa and today we already submit all the requirements that embassy needs …I’m just wondering if it is possible that my visa was approved? I have my sponsor my active military uncle stay in Korea right now ..please I need help if it possible that they will approved my visa ? Thanks

  130. Joel says

    Hi Fehl,

    I’m currently working in Singapore for more than 3 yrs now. We are planning to visit South Korea early next year. My wife is a plain Housewife means no ITR and without Bank Certificate, we are going with our daughter also. My plan is to apply the Visa in the Philippines during my vacation, what are the other requirement I need to provide since I’m OFW and I dont have ITR. Thank you.

      • joel says

        Hi Fels,

        Thanks for the advice. May I know the process and requirements on the Famil Visa Application? :)

        • Fehl says

          There is no specific family visa like other embassies offer. What i can advise is let you apply as employed individual, your wife as a wife and your child to submit the requirements for current student

  131. ryan says

    Hi fehl, 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.

    • Fehl says

      If you have ITR and COE, I think that’s not a problem. Pass SSS Employee Static Info, that would also support your proof of employment.

      • ryan says

        Fehl thank you very much for your advice. Fehl may i also ask for your advice because i have a cousin who was employed 2013 and resigned last april 2014. he has itr(from previous company 2013)and bank cert. our company hired him this july 2014 and will issue coe, although since he is also unemployed, is it possible for me or my mother to sponsor him on our application?how can we improve our chance of getting a visa. thanks fehl.=)

  132. elle29 says


    Im working as a full time networker and i only have 150k in my bank accnt. If i apply a tourist visa in SK,is there any possibility i can get a visa there? O kelangan p ng certificate ng networking company n pinagwoworkan q as a member?

    Pls help…tnx

    • ehra says

      Kailangan nila.. Kasi ang pinaka.important sakanila is yung may itr, certificate of employment and bank certificate mo.. :)

      • elle29 says

        Pano kung hindi aq makakuha …ive been to Australia in 2010 got a multiple entry for 1 year..I stayed there for more than 3 months..then ive been to Vanuatu island for almost 4 months, Singapore 4 times then in Bali Indonesia 3 times..I just recently came back from my 10 days holiday in Bali.



  133. Rhoda Laya says

    I’m Rhoda Laya, Filipino. I’m staying at Macau at present waiting for my working visa in hongkong. My employer (to be), is going to South Korea on August 6-10 for a Stamp Exhibition and he wants me to go with him to the said exhibition. Questions are:
    I there any possibility I can get a visa to South Korea? Any one can help me. .thanks for the help in advance..Looking forward to it

    • Fehl says

      You need a tourist visa to South Korea. There is always a possibility of getting approved or getting refused a visa. Just complete your requirements and you will be approved without hassle.

  134. kat says

    Hi, im not a student or employee at this time. Gus2 q po magtour sa korea, ano po kaya ang pde qng mga ipasa na requirements? Thanks sna po masagot asap.

    • Fehl says

      It’s very hard to get visa approval if the applicant has no regular job at present coz they require financial capacity and proof you’ll return to the Philippines. If you can show them that, then you can be approved

      • ehra says

        Yes! That’s true.. Ako nga may invitation letter na, itr at bank guarantee ng mag.i.sponsor saakin..hindi nila tinanggap application ko then nung second time pumunta na mismo yung nag.s.sponsor saakin still hindi parin tinanggap yung application ko.. :(

  135. cherry says

    hello, some questions i need an answer.wat if i have invitation letter? invitation letter should be notarized in korea? what are the requirements for the invitation letter i need to submit?
    and last2 years ngwork ako sa uae tax free. ung current work ko nmn po kakastsrt ko lng last jan 16 so wala pa itr n pf maibgy sakin. wla po ako mpresent n itr from last year but i have my previous job n my itr aq last 2012 pa. pwede po b un ang isubmit ko?

    i do appreciate for your response po. maraming salamt…

  136. trish says

    I am a student and i have my mom’s ITR and COE, but she is in indonesia now. Can i just submit my personal bank cert? I have 330k in my bank. Pls reply. Thank you

    • Fehl says

      If you are the account holder, yes you can submit your latest bank certificate to support your visa application.

      • Jubelle says

        Dito po ako ngwowork sa Saudi Arabia as medical technologist, nabasa ko po na kailangan ng ITR, pano po ako mkka avail non ndi po ako employed sa Pinas?

  137. Issa says

    Im a freelancer therefore I have a problem: I dont have a certificate of employment. I have all the other requirements though. Will I still be able to get a visa? I already booked my hotel and airline ticket.

    • Fehl says

      Perhaps you can provide source of income or document proving you earn some money from your freelance jobs. Bank Statements will help too

  138. ella says

    student palang din Ako at yung daddy ng anak ko na nag wowork sa korea ang nag papaaral sakin may chance b na makakuha ako ng tourist visa para mpuntahan ko sya??? plzzz i need your help

  139. ehra says

    Hello.. Pwede kaya ako mag.apply ng visa without itr and bank.guarantee? Yung friend ko po na korean ang ng lahat.. Wala po akong work.. I have an invitation letter, it, bank guarantee niya lang.. Makakatulong po kaya yun para ma.approved visa ko? I was planning to have a vacation for 10days only.. Your reply is highly appreciated.. Thank you mam..

      • ivy kim says

        hi ms.fehl i just want to ask something.. im here in korea already and i have baby too..kasal na q sa papel and ikakasal palang kmi sa simbahan ngayung april 26 2015 gusto ko po sana iinvite mama q para makadalo sa kasal nmin ng asawa q.. anu anu ba ang requirements para mkpunta po sya sa korea.. thank you..

        • Fehl says

          Application Form
          1piece of Passport size colored picture
          Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          Original Bank Certificate of an applicant
          Invitation Letter
          Photocopy of Inviter’s Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          Photocopy of Inviter’s ID (Front & Back)
          Photocopy of Filipino’s Passport
          Photocopy of Filipino’s NSO Marriage Certificate

  140. Cha says

    Hi. I plan to go to SK this December can I apply for a visa earlier? Like this coming august Will the free visa still be valid by then?

    • Fehl says

      It’s always better if you apply for a visa 3 months before your travel date so you know the result and you can prepare for your travel or anything else needed and requested. South Korea Embassy will let you know the result of your visa application in 5 working days (if first timer applicant)

  141. Erika Wilson says

    Hi Fehl ,

    My husband and I are planning to visit SK next year. I am a Philippine passport holder, whilst my partner holds an Australian one. We are living in Australia and I have received my permanent residency visa just recently. I was wondering if you have any idea on to what i should do given the above situation. I’m aware that my husband doesn’t need to apply or lodge a tourist visa as he’s an Australian citizen. But for me, I am only a permanent resident here not yet to have my citizenship until 3 to 4 more years. Do you think i should still follow the same procedure like how you guys did? I would assume so. :)

    Thanks heaps!

  142. Erin says

    Hello, Ms. Fel, just want to know kids(5 yrs od) will travel together with their Tita and Tito ( Tita n Tito are American citizen), but the kids are Filipino citizen, will the kids needs tourist visa?

    • Fehl says

      All Filipinos need a visa to visit South Korea. If they’re minor and will not travel with parents, they need more documents like DSWD clearance etc.

  143. lhen says

    Hello.. how if this kind of situation, me and my sister and her friend are applying for tourist visa and we have only one korean citizen sponsor, for the three of us. is this okay? Or is this questionable in korean embassy? Because our sponsor is asking he didn’t know also..

    • Fehl says

      I think it’s allowed as long as the Korean sponsor can really afford your needs and capable of supporting your stay. Prove it at the embassy by submitting documents of his/her financial capacity and status, also prove that the 3 of you are going back to the Philippines again. If you have jobs right now, that would help

  144. Jade says

    Hi! I am a recent graduate and do not have a job yet, I want to visit South Korea but When I went to the embassy, they said “no work no visa”! I have a Filipino passport btw, and just wondering how can I apply for a visa now??? I don’t think I can still apply for a student visa and definitely cannot apply for an employee visa! What can I do???

    • Fehl says

      If you will just tour and travel South Korea, you must apply for Tourist Visa. You must have all the necessary requirements. It would help if you’re currently working and can prove you can support yourself in your travel

  145. Saji says

    Hello there!

    Great post by the way. I have a question too. I’m a filipino u.s greencard holder, my fiance and I want to spend some time in SK on feb2015. She’s a filipino, self-employed but don’t have any documents to back it up. Can I sponsor her trip to SK? The trip will only for two (2) weeks max. Do I need to submit a letter of sponsorship for her? What kind of documents do you think be best to increase the chances for tourist visa?

    Thanks in advance!

  146. jerome says

    I’ve been in korea for 10 years. Umuwi lng po ako for settle down last 2009.Applicable po ba sa akin kung sakali gusto ko pong magtour sa korea? wla po ba magiging aberya? Maraming salamat po!

    • Fehl says

      Yeah of course. Make sure you have all necessary papers. Your records from Korea back in the days will help too

  147. ryan says

    Hi there Fehl, 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 from his current work and his certificate of employment or employment certificate will be release 2 months after or on june 2014. 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.

    • Fehl says

      Hi Ryan. I suggest you don’t book flights unless your visas are approved. You have to prepare all requirements / documents before you apply your visa to avoid refusal or being denied. It would be better and you’ll get more chance if your cousin is employed. If he resigned, the Certificate of Employment won’t have no value anymore. It will be valuable if he’s applying for a job. But since he’s applying for visa, he needs to show proofs that’s he’s stable and he’s returning back to the Phil. It’s easy to get Bank Certificate and they are usually signed and issued same day you apply for it except in the case when the authorized signatory is absent. Just tell your purpose is for visa application in SK embassy.

      • ryan says

        Thank u so much fehl. In terms of finances I will assist him and provide him funds for his bank cert. He also has an itr from last year. Will that suffice for him? Thank u again so much

  148. Dhinne says

    I’m done to complate all my requirements for student visa,
    Thank u for some information regarding on that miss fhel,
    Godbless you always:)

      • Janeth says

        Hello po ms fhel, I’m Janeth , I have a military boyfriend po sa South Korea he’s originally from USA .. So gusto ko po sanang kumuha nang tourist visa for 59 days lang .. But I’m not employed po , not a student also .. Ano ba ang Pwede Kung gawin or anu pa ba ang Ibang mga requirements except sa invatation letter ng boyfriend ko ? Please ms. Fhel help me

        • Fehl says

          Submit also photocopy of Inviter’s Military ID (Front & Back) and photocopy of Military Order, Affidavit of Support from him

          • Janeth says

            SalaMat po sa reply ms. Fhel .. I have more questions pa po, may kunti po akong pinag kaka kitaan like I’m selling stuff online through fb po.. Pwede ko bang ilagay yan sa occupation ko ? And needed PABA nila ang information ng parent ko ? Like .. Nso , id etc, ?

  149. mitch says

    hi, just want to ask, a korean company (the owner himself) would like to invite me to sk.. they will be the one to shoulder all the expenses, like house, plane tickets and the money.. although i am currently employed, i can present my itr, coe, but the problem lis i do not have a bank account.. do you think i will still be denied kahit yung company na mismo ang magsupport? they want me to process the tourist visa then dun nlng iconvert for working visa., they wil also provide the invitation sponsor letter… thank you

    • Marifel Dungo says

      The requirements for that kind of visa are different from a tourist visa. If you are requested by an employer, the requirements like your educational background, job background and certificates will be the most basis other than a bank account

      • chingching says

        Hi Miss fel, can I ask your email address? I really want to ask some questions.

        Meron po ba dito na na-grant and tourist visa without ITR? please help po

      • Vienna Marie says

        Hi mam. Is it ok that my ng on Korea will apply at my visa there in Korea then he will just send it to me here Philippines? Then I will just confirm it at the embassy .

  150. Arizha says

    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 :)

  151. Arizha says

    gud pm… just wanna ask po ulit ano pong diploma ung need nila if ever maghanap cla? highschool or college? :) college grad po ako kaso nawala diploma ko..:( high school diploma at college certifiate lang ung meron ako.. pls reply :)

  152. mich says

    Hi! i would like to ask. i have a korean boyfriend and his parents are inviting me to visit their place and i have problem on employment cert. and ITR because I am a freelance worker. I have the bank account that could prove i am capable of going there plus my boyfriend’s parents will be the one spending my travel in korea. How could i possibly get a visa without those 2 important requirements?? or there will be no way for me to visit there?? Thank you!

  153. Jam Lee says

    Hi, I am going to United States for a business trip and before returning to Manila, I am planning to make a side trip to Korea (3 days). I understand that I don’t need a visa if I’m transiting to Korea and going to US however I would like to verify if I’m also exempted to get a visa when I’m coming from US and transiting to Korea then return flight is Manila. Please advise. Thank you :)

  154. Sweets cuerdo says

    Hi! I would just like to ask, how much should be in the bank acct? And is it each individual… Thank you… Your reapond is highly appreciated…

  155. heebummer says

    hi! my friend and i wish to visit korea for a week. but the thing is..wala po name ITR. we’re both self employed kasi po may small family business po kame. pero po may bank account.. pde po ba jun kahit wlang iTR?

    • lizel says

      Why dont u try to visit jeju instead?there is no visa need in visiting jeju and u dont need to apply for visa just buy a ticket at China eastern airline but u will have a stop over at shanghai and end up here in beautiful island of jeju^^

  156. erl412 says

    Hi. I’m self-employed, working online, but I haven’t updated my ITR. My last employment was in 2010. Can I still apply for tourist visa?

  157. PRock says

    Hi im planning to go to SK w/ my family. it it possible to apply for a visa w/o an actual appearance? im planning to have my parents bring my documents w/ them while they’re applying at the embassy. Is that possible? thanks a lot!

  158. Dhinne says

    Hi miss fehl,good day,
    How to apply fiancé visa for Korea?
    What should I do first?
    That is the requirements for fiancée visa?
    Waiting for ur reply.

    Thanks god bless u,

    • Marifel Dungo says

      This article is for tourist visa only. Some requirements may add for fiance visa. Will publish a separate post about that in the coming days. Thanks and Happy New Year!

      • Dhinne says

        Ok,so thank u so much and I’m waiting for about fiancée visa miss fehl,
        Thank u for the reply and happy new year too god bless:)

      • Dhinne says

        Hello miss fehl ,
        I want to visit korea, but I am a student,and my boyfriend shoulder all my financial support,
        But I don’t have ITR from my parents, what should i do?

  159. Jie says

    Hi good day! im currently employed for 7 years in BPO i can provide all documents that they need for tourist visa. I’ll ask i have friend and he has no job right now and i want him to join in korea what is the best way for him to go in korea?

  160. Dhinne says

    Hi miss fehl,good day,
    How to apply fiancé visa for Korea?
    What should I do first?
    Waiting for ur reply.

    Thanks god bless u,

  161. Marites Pineda says

    Ask q lng po pano kuha ng visa s Ireland kc andun ang kapatid q and she doesn’t know how she can help me to get visa, tnx

  162. Glenn says

    Hi there! Ask ko lang, how about those na may mga relatives sa Korea (ex. Tatay or Nanay, or both parents, or probably siblings) na nagtatrabaho dun? Would they be able to act as “sponsors” for tourist visa application? If yes, ano pong requirements? Thanks! :)

    • lizel says

      Kaming pong mga married s korean nagpapadala lang po kami ng invitation letter na naka translate sa korean at english saka un pong family census at marriage contract namin pinapadala po namin sa family na iniinvite namin for parents nga po wala na silang kailangan iprovide na ITR o kahit bank certificate at naeextend pa po visa nila for 4yrs.dito^^

  163. domenic says

    what to do if both parents doesn’t have a passport
    I’m a college student
    me and my friend wants to travel to SK for a vacation of 1week
    what document should we prepair instead?
    thank you

    • Marifel Dungo says

      If you will travel with your parents, they need passport too and visa. You must start to get passport then apply for visa

      • Geraldine c. Tabanao says

        Hi,hello fehl,
        I just want to know if pwedi ba ako mgvisit in Korea within 1month without visa?


          • Dhinne says

            Well thank u for the reply miss fehl,,,
            May I know about the requirement?
            My boyfriend invite me to visit in Korea,so may I know about that mam? What should I do first?

        • lizel says

          Yes u can visit Korea without applying visa for only 1 month in beautiful Island of Jeju but sad to say there is no direct flight in manila to jeju but u can try to China eastern airline there is a flight from manila to jeju but there is 1stop over in shanghai the time consumed are similar and the cost is also not too much my brother just visit me here in jeju for only 6k in peso roundtrip na po un!hope it could help!^^

  164. jean says

    Ask q lng po kz nid ng COE..balak kz nmin magtravel ng friend q after ng end of contract nmin d2 sa Taiwan. Pde b ung COE na ibbgay sa amin bago umuwi ang ipsa ? And also the ITR required po b tlaga un ? kz wala po kmi maibigay.

  165. rogel bien says

    Hi, just want to know if both parents passport and employment certificate are needed for their children in applying the tourist visa? How much is the amount in the bank certificate for each applicant? Thanks

  166. says

    Hi, regarding for the requirement of student, i dont have any documents for my parents, like Itr, bank certificate etc… I am student, and my foreigner bf support me financially,, Ive been travel to thailand twice with my bf, so now we plan to go to korea.. what should I do? I mean what is the best way for myrequirements, i have everything except at my parents, can I just say that my bf will shoulder everything then I can show them his copy of requirements like passport, his company id,. Etc..

    • Gel says

      Hi, sandrq! We have the same case. I was wondering if you have tried applying for a student visa already and what happened. Tnx! :)

          • j-dragon says

            hello gel, will you please help me too, because im a student and my parents have no papers too like bank statements and etc. how could i comply with those requirements? i have my bank account named after me but im still a student and my parents were the one that support me. will you please help me with some advise? thanks

          • lhana says

            Hi gel..i have the same problem with the requirements..i was wondering if you could help me with or if you can tell me about wat u did..tnx a lot

          • JeMB says

            Can you tell me about it too?? Please :( I have the same situation .. Thank you .. here’s my email

          • kimso says

            Hi i would like to know what are the requirements needed to apply a tourist visa in korea without the bank certificate and itr of my parents :( please help my boyfriend will shoulder all my expense ..please help !

          • kristel says

            hi ghel me too my fiance supports me and he will be the one to finance our trip to korea..he is a filipino..can you share with me how did you guys made it?? thanks here is my email.. hope to hear from you :)

          • Adee says

            Hi Gel, can you also help me? I have the same situation, what are the requirements you provided instead of your parent’s documents? I would love to hear from you. Thank you! Here is my email btw Thanks!!

          • kristine says

            hey gel, can u help me as well as to what will i prepare because i will get a tourist visa and my boyfriend will support me on my stay? he is a US citizen working in korea.. please email me.. i would appreciate it..

          • Nina melanie ortiz says

            hi..I’m also planning to visit korea on a student visa ..can you kindly email me about the details?I would really appreciate it if you can spend sometime answering this.thanks a lot.

          • Mirah says

            Hi! My requirements are all complete including the my bank cert and my parents (im a student,btw) i just would like to ask if it’s possible to be approved without the ITR? Cause im planning to apply SOON please please help me thank tou!!! God bless!

          • Jean says

            Hi !I have the same problem …both my parents doesn’t have bank accounts with enough funds and ITR. …I’m planning to use my brother’s bank account…are there other paperwork I need to prepare?thanks! I need to be in Korea by December 28 so please I would really appreciate any help from you guys :)

          • Gel says

            Hi! I have been receiving a lot of questions about my visa application to South Korea so I decided to post an answer and I hope this will help you guys same way when this website helped me with my application before. Thanks to Ms, Fehl! :) In my case, I am a student and my British boyfriend is working in Korea. I have been twice to Korea and right now, I am applying for my 3rd tourist visa. So eto po yung mga requirements na pinasa qo:

            Original School Certificate
            Original NSO Birth Certicate
            Class Schedule
            School Assessment
            Photocopy of School ID
            Photocopy of my Passport
            Bank Certificate
            Letter of Invitation from my boyfriend
            Letter of Invitation from his company
            His bank statement

            That’s it! Hope this will help you all! Thanks! God Bless everyone! :)

          • Leigh Mercado says

            Hello!! We have the same case, is it possible po ba nai’ll ask you what you did? Here’s my email address:

            Thank youuuu!

    • says

      It’s not usually announced specifically but you can assess yourself if that amount proves you are financially stable and have the capacity to support yourself financially.

      • mirose says

        Hi Fehl, i am an ofw working in indonesia and i want to visit south korea by november, is it possible to apply a tourist visa here in the south korea embassy in jakarta instead of going back to manila? thanks and regards

          • Shiela Marie says

            Hi fehl.
            Can i ask something? I have boyfriend korean, and his friend invite me and my boyfriend to come at Korea, ikakasal po kc siya and then he sent wedding invitation and copy of passport.
            Ano po mga needs ko to apply tourist visa?
            My parents dont have Itr, Employee certificate.
            And my boyfriend have all! But, he working here at phil help me please what should i do? Thank you!!

  167. says

    Hi Fehl,

    this is a wonderful hub and there is plenty of indispensable information here for all Filipinos who want to visit South Korea. I love this amazing website. Have a sweet day, Fehl. :)

    Cathy XOX

    • says

      Hello their my Thai lady :) Thank you for reading and commenting here. A follower asked about tourist visa for South Korea so I made this post. Have a fantastic day honey. Mwaaaah!

      • Rose says

        Hi Fehl,
        I’m here in Dubai I am also a Filipina.I want also to visit in Korea ,what are the requirements?Please help me..I really appreciate you answer..

        • jessa joy collado says

          Hi ms. Fehl, Im also planning of visiting SK this coming April coz my boyfriend is working at SK and i just wanted to visit him. Im employed here at Philippines but i dont have an ITR. is there a big chance for me to grant a visa? thanks!

          • lizel says

            my brother tried 3x to apply for visa but the no.1 requirements their looking for is his ITR kaya sad to say 3x din syang denied sa guard pa lang daw unang hinahanap agad is ITR tapos pag wla ka daw maipakita they dont ask u to go on line instead go home daw…

      • Cheng says

        hello miss Fehl
        Since I saw this article recently and seen, you could give much an advice and explanations Than to travel agency id been up to.
        I’m running to get a Tourist Visa for Korea/SK most of the requirements are been filed aside from my Bank Statement (at least 40k peso been deposited). is there any possible I could go pursue for this application?
        Which ,I have a friend (Korean)will support all , hotel for accomodation 5 days and plane ticket back and forth, my foods and needs when I get there.
        Is there any possible or any advices ??
        I’m just worried about my bank stated above.
        I’ll looking forward from your reply Miss Fehl. ASAP

      • Maldita says

        Hi ms fehl, i just want to ask if possible to go back to korea for visiting only even though i was working there for (E-6)???…..someone will help me for all the expenses ,like hotel,foods,etc …and also i have monthy regularly….so i want to know that it is possipble to go back?? And wats requirment do i have to submits,? Thanks for the reply…i appriciate it… God bless all :)

      • Ann says

        AnnHello. I just wanted to ask if you are unemployed what are the requirements? I am employed and my parents but my sister and grandma are not. I’m just wondering what are the additional requirements? We are travelling as a whole family. Thank you in advance!

    • jemarie britos says

      hi maam,share ko lng po,since dalaga pa ako nkapunta na ako korea tourist visa.TWICE.and now may asawa na ako iba na applyido ko.tapos yong kapatid ko isang korean citizen..ang now kipagdevorse yong kapatid ko kasi sinaktan sya ng kapatid ng asawa niya..ngtrabaho sya dun semWATEK ng mga gadgets..may POSSIBLE BAh mkainvite yong kapatid namin kahit on going pa yong case niya.ayaw kac pumirma yong asawa niyang korean..if nOT,pede family tourist visa asawa ko ngturo dito SA UNIVERSITY isang professor po.may dalawa kaming anak.gusto namin mgtour sa KOREA dream ng husbad ko..Ano po ba mga kailangan po for FAMILY TOURIST VISA?thank you po.

      • jasmin says

        Hi Ms. Fehl. Im a college student,graduating this April. I want to travel to SK this May but im planning to apply my tourist visa earlier, by March. BTW im also invited by a korean friend. Is this possible? What requirements should I submit? am i required to pass school cert and school ID ? Hope you would give me advice. your answer will be much appreciated. thanks and God bless.

          • Aires says

            Hi,have a good day to u miss fhel,tanong ko po sana lasi self employed po ako,mau business peit ako at bank account,yun nga lang kakaopen ko lang ng business ko at ng bank account ko,i want to travel in jeju island for 2 days,pwede po ba yun?sana po makatulong ang sagot nyo po,thank you and more power miss fhel!

    • lyn says

      Hi fehl, Im here in macau I am also a Filipino. I want also to visit in Korea, what the requirements? Please help me.. I really appreciate you answer….

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