Here’s the intimidating part about Philippine citizens trying to go to South Korea: Visa applications. What do you need to get approved? How do you even apply? How long does a visa take to get?
Don’t worry though, in truth this is a very painless and quite an easy process – its fast, its simple, and on top of it all it’s FREE! This guide will show you how to get South Korea visa for Filipinos.
Complete All Basic prerequisites
Often this can be broken down into the list of required documents for Filipinos needing South Korea visa:
- A completed application form with:
- A passport which must remain valid for at the least 6 more months, including a photocopy of said passport.
- A photo sent along (about passport size) of your body and face from the shoulders up.
- Possibly an invitation from where (or who) you are going to stay with. Including proof of that person’s identity.
- Provide Financial Proof that you Can Support the Trip
- For employees
You must provide a Certificate of Employment – this document will contain your name, position of employment, and date of hire. It will also contain the email address(s) and entire land-line number(s) of your employer in question.
As well, you will need to include your Personal Bank Certificate and or bank statements. And a photocopy of most current Income Tax Returns.
If you are SELF-EMPLOYED
In your application you will be required to provide photocopy proof of your Business registration form. As well as a Business permit from the Mayor (or other authority member) and a Personal Bank Certificate.
You will be required to provide the above proofs from your husband, parent/guardian, or other financier. This section includes children, spouses, students, and other non-employed or stay-at-home personnel.
Additional items it might include are:
- Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate
- Parent’s Birth Certificate
- Your own Birth Certificate
- A photocopy of school, or other, ID
Photocopy all OECD Visas (Only if applicable)
These are visas which pertain to any other member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. Countries included in this list can be found at this website. Doing this will expedite the process and cut short the waiting period.
All Documents Must be Submitted to the South Korean Embassy.
These items can be emailed or mailed directly in, or documentation can be taken to the following addresses to be approved.
KOREAN EMBASSY IN MANILA
122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact No.: (63-2) 856-9210 visa local no. 270, 500
KOREAN CONSULATE IN CEBU
12th Floor China bank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
Email Address: email@example.com
Contact No.: (63-32) 231-1516(-9)
BE AWARE! The schedule for application in Manila is Monday-Friday 08:30am-11am. Later dates and times will find the consulate/embassy closed. Arrive early to beat the lines!
Visa fees are free, so long as each stay is shorter than the maximum of 59 allotted days. Most visas are processed within 3 – 5 business days.
Return to Embassy or Check Mail for Release of Your Visa.
If the Korean embassy requires you to return and pick up your visa, the date will be indicated on the form they give or send to you. The schedule to pick up a visa is Monday through Friday from 1:30pm through 4:00pm.