How to Get a Korean Visa for Filipino Employees

If you are a Filipino national who wants to travel for a holiday in South Korea for less than two months, the visa application is free of charge. It's easy to make the application by following the steps below.


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    Plan the date of visit and the corresponding number of days. This will help in determining your visa application fee and requirements. Plus, you can plan ahead for filing out your vacation leave forms.
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    Complete all the requirements. These are as follows:
    • Application form
    • Passport size colored picture
    • Original passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)
    • Photocopy of passport bio-page (page 2)
    • Original and photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps of OECD member countries for the past 5 years (except Korea)
    • Original Certificate of Employment. This should have contact number/s and address of the company and date of issue.
    • Original personal bank certificate. This should state the current balance of your account.
    • Photocopy of ITR (Latest Income Tax Return) or Form 2316. This should be readily available from your respective HR or accounting departments.
    • If personally invited by a Korean : Invitation letter and copy of invitees passport
    • If invited by a company in Korea: Invitation letter and copy of Korean company business permit.
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    Submit all requirements to the Consular Office. Note that submission of visa applications is open every Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, effective July 2015, from 9:00 to 11:00 am only. It's a first come, first served basis of application, so no appointment is needed.
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    Pay the visa fees, if required. This only applies to those who wish to travel for more than 59 days.
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    Wait for the visa processing. A claim stub or schedule will be given to you upon submission of all requirements.
    • 3 working days - for those who have visas of OECD member countries with entry & exit stamps;
    • 5 working days - for those who do not have visas of OECD member countries.
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    Claim your passport with visa.
    • The schedule for claiming of passports and visas has been revised. Effective July 2015, Claiming of passports are from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and every Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays only.
    • First time travelers are advised to claim their passports personally, as Consuls may require an interview before they issue or release your visa.


  • It's optional to provide an itinerary of your visit or return flight tickets, so it's wise to apply for the visa first.
  • Request your Certificate of Employment at least a week before your target date of visiting the Consular Office, as some companies release the document in 3 - 5 working days from the date of request.
  • The bank certificate should reflect at least Php 50,000.00 balance for ease of application. This indicates that you're able to support your vacation, unless stated otherwise.
  • Credit card statement can be used to replace bank certificate & ITR, look out for their Visa Announcements regarding this. This may get you a multiple-entry visa.
  • The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Korean Embassy under the Consular/Visa Service.
  • The guidelines for filing out the form are found on page 2 of the Application Form.
  • It's best to be at the Consular Office before 9:00 am, to submit your application early.


  • There is no allotted parking space for applicants at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. You may park your cars at nearby establishments and walk to the receiving gate instead.
  • Gratuitous visas granted are valid only for 3 to 4 months from the date of approval of application.
  • Application in process does not guarantee approval/grant of visa, but you may always reapply after one month for disapproved applications.

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