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)

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: philippines@mofat.go.kr or ph04@mofat.go.kr (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!

Comments

  1. 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

        Thanks!

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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

  8. 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,

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

  12. 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?

  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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!

  17. 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 :)

  18. 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 :)

  19. 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

  20. 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:)

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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)

  29. ehra says

    Hello.. Pwede kaya ako mag.apply ng visa without itr and bank.guarantee? Yung friend ko po na korean ang mag.sh.shoulder 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..

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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…

  34. 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.. :(

  35. Rhoda Laya says

    Hi,
    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
    Rhoda

    • 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.

  36. elle29 says

    Hello,

    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.

        Regards,

        Elle

  37. 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.=)

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