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December 02, 2013

KOREAN VISA: How to Apply for South Korean Visa in Manila? @KTOManila



December 02, 2013

KOREAN VISA: How to Apply for South Korean Visa in Manila? @KTOManila

Check out: KOREA TRAVEL: Filipino First Timer's Guide to Experiencing the Real Korea :)

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A Tourist Visa to Korea is generally FREE, but you still have to apply for it. You can get your visa in as short as 3 days or as long as a week.

Here are some tips on how to apply for a South Korea Visa here in Manila.

First, visit the official website of the Korean Embassy and download the application form here: Korean Visa Application Form.




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No need for appointments, but visa application happens every day from 9.00am to 11.00am only.
The Korean Embassy is located at 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634. This is along C5, right after Petron and Jollibee on the road going to McKinley Hill.
 
You can contact the Korean Embassy at +632 856-9210 local no. 270 or 500. 

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There's already a long line outside the embassy at around 8.16am. Better line up as early as 7am.

Note: Make sure to check the list of Korean National Holidays because the Embassy is closed during those dates.

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You line up for a queue number. They also check your application form and attachments.

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Make sure you have the complete visa requirements.

Visa Requirements for Employees:

  1. Application Form
  2. 1pc. Passport Size Colored Picture
  3. Passport Original (6 months valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & Copy of Valid Visas and Arrival Stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years.
  6. Employment Certificate Original
  7. Personal Bank Certificate Original
  8. ITR (Income Tax Return) or form 2316 copy

If personally invited by Korean National: Invitation Letter & Copy of Invitor's Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

Visa Requirements for Businessmen:

  1. Application Form
  2. 1pc. Passport Size Colored Picture
  3. Passport Original (6 months valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & Copy of Valid Visas 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
  9. Individual ITR (Income Tax Return) or form 2316 copy

If personally invited by Korean National: Invitation Letter & Copy of Invitor's Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

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Visa Application Tips:

  • Submit basic requirments only. Booking certificate, plane tickets, etc. are unnecessary
  • Group (corporate, students, etc.) are still subject to individual application based on respective requirements.
  • Keep record of your applications, such as names, passport numbers, date of application, claim slip, control number, and date of release.
  • Remember to write names on the back of claim slip
  • Only visas from OECD countries (except Korea) valid within the last 5 years are considered for expedite processing. Only copies of these visas are needed with original passports.

List of OECD Countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark 
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary
  14. Iceland
  15. Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Japan
  19. Korea
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Mexico
  22. Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Norway
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. Sloval Republic
  28. Slovenia
  29. Spain
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. Turkey
  33. United Kingdom
  34. United States

What this means is if you have a US Visa for example, you can get your South Korea Visa in 3 days. Please make sure to attach a copy of your visa in the application form.

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If you arrive and get your queue number early, you wait until the visa windows open at 9.00am.

While waiting , make sure to:

  • Sign your visa application form & fill out all the fields. Don't leave anything blank (write "N/A" or "not applicable" where appropriate).
  • Arrange your documents properly: Visa Application Form on top, photocopy of passport & visas issued from other countries, then supporting documents.
  • Remove cover or jacket of your passport
  • Only submit photocopies of your ITR, business permit, employement contract, or any other important personal document.

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Be ready when your queue number is called. 

Windows 1&2

  • First-time travelers (applications without previous travels or valid visas to any OECD members for the past 5 years).
  • Applicants with only 1 entry to Korea
  • Applicants with visa confirmation number from Korea (E6, F1, E7, E9, E2, D6, etc.)
  • Applicants invited by their Korean Family
  • Korean Couples Interview
  • Korean Marriage Visa Application

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If you have a US Visa, you should be in Window #3.

Window 3

  • Applicants with previous travels to any OECD member country for the past 5 years (except Korea)
  • Applicants with valid visa to any OECD member country
  • Applicants who have been to Korea two times within the past 6 years on tourism or business purpose
  • Seafarers (joining vessel)
  • C4 Visa Applicants (Foreigner & Filipino frequent travelers)
  • D9 Visa Applicants without visa confirmation number from Korea (frequent travelers)
  • E2 Visa Applicants without visa confirmation number from Korea

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After submitting your documents, you should get a claim slip like this with a control number.  If you have a visa from any OECD country like the US, you can get your South Korea Visa in 3 working days. Otherwise, it usually takes 5 working days.  

You can pick up your visa at the Embassy from Monday to Friday, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 

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Hats off to the South Korean Embassy in Manila for their very efficient (and FREE) processing of visa applications. :)

SOUTH KOREAN EMBASSY
Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
Telephone : +(632) 856-9210
E-mail : philippines@mofa.go.kr , ph04@mofa.go.kr (Consular Section)
Hours of Operation : Monday~Friday 08.30~5.30pm
Official WebsiteKorean Embassy

Download the application form here: Korean Visa Application Form.

Also check out the Consular Visa Service Website.

Visa Application Processing Time:
3 working days (for those who have visas of OECD member countries)
5 working days (for those who do not have visas of OECD member countries)

Visa Fee:
59 days (or less) stay in Korea -- GRATIS
60 to 90 days stay in Korea -- PHP1,350.00 

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P.S. Here is a list of accredited Travel Agencies by the Korean Tourism Organization that can help you get a visa and arrange your trip to Korea. :)

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 2014 KTO's Partner Travel Agencies (As of November 28, 2013)

No.

Company Name 

Email Address

Telephone

Address

1

Adam's Express Travel

adamstvlcorp@yahoo.com

522-3876

1015 MH Del Pilar cor. TM Kalaw, Ermita, Manila

2

 Aerial Travel & Tours

aerialtravel@yahoo.com

8716764

C204 Zen Towers 1111 Natividad A. Lopez St., Ermita Manila

3

American Express Transnational

leisuresales@amextdg.com

884-9403

G/F Eurovilla 1 Building, 142 Legaspi cor. V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

4

Amiable Intertours

amiabletours@yahoo.com

374-3286

Suite 309, Pasda Mansions, 77 Panay Avenue cor. Timog Avenue, Quezon City

5

Ark Travel Express Inc.

arktravelexpress@yahoo.com

816-1999

Lower Ground Unit 3, 4 & 14 Alfaro Place, 146 LP. Levisite St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

6

Far Eastern Travel (FETA)

info@feta.com.ph

359-6113

2/F De Leon Building, 1151 M.H. Del Pilar cor. Nuestra Sra. De Guia, Ermita, Manila City

7

Golden Eagle Travel & Tours

goldeneagle97@yahoo.com

928-0148

129 Timog Ave. Quezon City

8

Golden Sky Travel & Tours

goldensky.travel.tours@gmail.com

559-8018

Unit 225-226 Manila Executive Regency, J Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila City

9

Island Resort Club Tours (IRC)

info@hotelclick.com.ph

708-9999

GF 704 Pablo Ocampo St. Malate, Manila

10

Mulan Travel

mulantravel_lily@yahoo.com.ph

244-9690

525 Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila City

11

Pan Pcific Travel Corporation

panpacifictravel@gmail.com

243-6666

353 E.T. Yuchengco St. Binondo Manila

12

Pioneer Tours Corporation

pioneertourscorp@yahoo.com

245-7461

290 DasmariƱas St. Binondo Manila

13

Rajah Travel Corporation

webinquiry@rajahtravel.com

523-8801 lo 8104

G/FF GLC Bldg. A. Mabini cor. TM Kalaw Sts. Ermita, Manila

14

Rakso Air Travel & Tours

support@raksotravel.com

812-9667

3/F Rico Bldg., 112 Aguirre St. legaspi Village, Makati City

15

Skynet Travel Corporation

info@skynettravel.ph

400-0509

G/F & 2F TSE & Sons Bldg. 1743 A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila

16

Travel Plus International, Inc.

emilyz.lo@travelplus.com.ph

567-*4492

Unit G-04 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, 1415 Adriatico St. Ermita, Manila

 

 

 

 

 

Pampanga

 

 

 

 

No.

Company Name 

Email Address

Telephone

Address

1

Global Access Travel & Tours

marciahernandez2004@yahoo.com

322-1786

469-B Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City

 

 

 

 

 

Cebu

 

 

 

 

No.

Company Name 

Email Address

Telephone

Address

1

Leisure Travel and Tours

colme_sheila@hotmail.com

(032)231-4911

J.D. Palma Building, Apitong St., Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City

2

Grand Hope Travel

dy_angelita@yahoo.com

(032)233-8530

Lower Ground Level, SM City-Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City

3

Cebu Fortune

aidafortune@yahoo.com

(032)412-2575

Machay Buildina 30 Gorordo Avenue. Cebu City 

 

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