Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to get a tourist visa to South Korea?

I often get asked by friends on how to get a Korean tourist visa and if it's easy or not. I have applied for Korean tourist visa twice already in a span of 2 years so I will share my experiences and knowledge about it.


My first Korean tourist visa in 2010


My 2nd Korean tourist visa for my up coming trip on March 2012

First things first. You can get denied even if you just applied for a tourist visa. Yeah, sad but that's the truth. I know some of my friends who already have all flight itineraries, hotel bookings...and winter clothes :O! but got denied for the tourist visa due to (I think) incomplete requirements and/or insufficient funds presented in the bank statement--THE HOOOROOR! :O Anyway, I think one of the major reasons for denial is the lack of preparation for the requirements and so, I will present to you the requirements and some tips to success wahaha :)).
BTW, the Korean Embassy will not inform you beforehand if they denied your visa or not. Everyone will undergo that heart racing moment of opening your passport and checking each pages whether you have the visa stamp or not! I tell you, it's really nakakakaba! Even if it's my 2nd time. They won't really tell you the reason for the denial but you can always re-apply again after a few months or so--that is if your friends are willing to re-book and pay the fees again JUST FOR YOU! haha

Korean Tourist Visa Single Entry (Tin's simplified checklist):



I. Basic requirements FOR ALL:

1) Printed Application Form (A4) 1 copy HANDWRITTEN!
2) 1 pc. Passport Sized Photo to be pasted on the application form (Size – 35mm-45mm, head height – 25mm-35mm, background – white, should be facing forward w/ plain background, no shadows, hats, masks, sunglasses, and no teeth and no facial expression)
3) Original Passport (should be valid for at least 6 months or more & please remove all passport jacket/cover and don't forget to fill up the "in case of emergency section" at the back of your passport)
4) Photocopy of 1st page of your passport
5) Note: you may also show/attach your Airplane itinerary to prove that you have return tickets to Manila and/or you are only on tour :)

II. Additional requirements for ADULTS:

1) Original Employment Certificate (COE) or Photocopy of Business Registration issued by SEC or DTI
2) Original Personal Bank Certificate (PREFERABLY Php 50,000 and up JUST TO BE SURE...although the embassy did not state the minimum amount for the bank statement..I always tell my friends to prepare for this because it is an strong indication that you can support yourself in Korea and that you have enough money to still go back in the Philippines--yung hindi ka magwowork doon at maging TNT aka "tago ng tago" hahah just kidding!)
3) Individual ITR or Form 2316 Copy of previous year
Note: If any of the additional documents can’t be submitted, submit instead Land Title, Vehicle Registration, or Pension Certificates.

III. Additional documents FOR KIDS, WITH PREVIOUS KOREAN TOURIST VISA and/or WITH VISAS FROM OECD Member countries:

1) To those who have visas such as US/Korea/Japan/Australia/Canadian Visa (see OECD Member countries for complete list), include your passport containing the visa/s (if it's in your old passport, submit the old as well), photocopy of the visa/s and its arrival stamp/s.
2) For students/kids: Submit school certificate, NSO birth certificate photocopy, and include Parents' documents (I am referring to I & II parents' requirements--therefore, for the parents, kindly prepare 1 (or more) set of requirements of your requirements depending on the number of child/children coming with you--give them 1 set of your requirements EACH)

NOTE: Make sure all documents are complete and most updated. They might investigate if they have doubts so if there is a fake telephone number in the employment certificate or wrong TIN number – visa may not be approved.

For more info visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.

Application Details:
1) There's no need for an appointment or personal show per visa applicant so you can just ask someone to send your requirements. The gates will open at 8:00 am and the schedule for the visa application at the Consular Office of the Korean Embassy is from 9:00 to 11:00 am Mondays to Fridays ONLY. This is on a first come, first serve basis but based on experience, the procedure is pretty fast naman :)
2) Visa for 59 days or less is free of charge! But if you plan to stay longer than 59 days, you will have to pay Php 1,500 single entry, Php 3,000 double entry, and Php 4,000 multiple entry.
3) The Korean Embassy is located at the corner of Upper McKinley Road and C5 in Taguig City. Make sure you have a driver in case you go there by car because parking is very hard!
4) Upon arrival you will have to:
-get a gate pass, sign the log sheet (there's a separate log sheet for 1st time travelers and frequent travelers so make sure you don't confuse yourself!).
-enter the office and get a number from the reception table (again, different number for 1st time travelers and frequent travelers)
-proceed to window #1 & 2 (1st time travelers) and window #3 (for frequent travelers and for those with OECD Member Country visas) then present your requirements one by one. They will check your documents and if it's complete, they will give you a claiming slip. This slip does not guarantee that your visa is approved okay? Don't lose this slip as well!
-If you have more than 1 claiming stub, make sure that you know which applicant names are included per batch or per claiming stub because you will have to write all the names included in the claiming stub when you claim your visa.
5) Processing takes 5 working days for 1st time travelers and just 3 working days for frequent travelers. Releasing time is only from 2:00-4:00 pm. You may still ask someone to claim your passport with necessary authorization letters on your scheduled pick-up date.

*NOTE: Please click this link to read the latest update regarding Korean visa for Filipinos :) THIS IS GOOD NEWS for us! :D
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261 comments:

  1. hello, i would like to ask about the bank account or bank certificate. is it really need that the bank account was 3months longer? because i planned to visit korean but my problem is i only open my account last month

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    1. Hi! Nope don't worry if your bank account is new because they only require you to pass a bank certificate and not a bank statement. But, make sure that you have at peast $1,000 or Php 50k in your account to serve as "show money".

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    2. I think mag matter din kung gaano katagal ang account mo,although sa ibang bank hindi nila nilalagay ang ibang details pero sa metro bank nilalagay nila kung gaano katagal account mo and average daily balance in the last six months ata.so if the consul is strict pwede nilang isipin na baka hiniram lang ng applicant yung pera sa account.pero wala naman problem kung sa ibang bank ka and if the consul is not strict.

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    3. Hey Melvin, true :) but it will also depend on what the embassy requires you because I believe 2 kinds siya--Bank Certificate and Bank Statement.

      For bank certificates, ang alam ko it does not reveal how long you have the account and the transactions. The "history" will be revealed if you ask for a bank statement and here the month/s or become crucial.

      for Korean tourist visa, you only need Bank Certificate :) Sa Chinese visa ang requirement Bank Statement eh for 6 months since stricter sila :)

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    4. My friend only had 30k in her account & nabigyan xya ng visa :)

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    5. Really?! nice now we know 30k is enough din pala. Thanks for the info!

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  2. hindi na po ba required ng NBI clearance kagaya nung sa Chinese visa?

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    1. Nope no need na just the ones I mentioned here :)

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    2. thank you! meeting up with friends today to start planning our itinerary. :) thanks for all the tips!

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    3. Ms. Tin my question is what if fresh graduate aku then mg aapply ako ng tourist visa sa korean embassy panu un eh wala akong certificate of employment and ITR because i do not have work yet. makakakuha ba ko ng visa?? :)

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  3. should i print the application form front and back (2-side printing) or no need to print the second page na? thanks! :)

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    1. I believe the 2nd page is just reminders or directions on how to fill up the visa form. No need to print that part, just the information needed :)

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    2. i see. thanks so much! :)

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  4. hello!
    i was want to ask.. what if i'm not presently employed? i just resigned kasi from my work yet i have plans to have a trip to Korea. Personal Bank Certificate lang ang maipapakita ko.. Are there any alternatives for this case?

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    1. Another alternative would be business registration issued by SEC or DTI. I'm not really sure if walang work eh...oh, you can also present some assets like car registrations or like land title under your name if meron :)

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  5. hi, yung bank certificate mo ba did it state kung what year mo naopen yung account? Anong bank po to? Kasi sakin is BDO eh. im confused if needed na sabihin kelan nag open yung acct coz their bank certificates in BDO does not mention that

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    1. Nope. mine does not say the date opened too. Bank certificate lang naman siya so ganun talaga but I think if you get the bank statement (which hindi naman yung required for the visa) baka dun meron since very detailed and bank statement...they can actually see yung history of all transactions.

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  6. Hi ma'am... Ask ko lang PO dun sa application form "who will pay for your stay"... Dapat PO ba ilagay dun ung name ng invitor? May letter of invitation PO kasi ako... Considered PO ba siya as my guarantor Kahit na ako ang magpprovide ng ticket ko? Though syempre once I get there magstay ako sa Haus nila...

    Thank you PO!!!

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    1. Humm..I think you can write his/her name as your guarantor for that specific question/part of the form since this is the truth anyway. Simply write his name and probably your relationship like example Tin (friend). You can also write "personal expenses" if you will pay naman talaga :) and marereflect naman sa bank account if you can support yourself e that's why bank accounts should be prepared beforehand :)

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    2. If I'm not mistaken you can include I think the original invitation letter? To prove that someone reall invited you to go to Korea. Though I'm not so sure about this but better to bring it just in case :)

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  7. hello po,

    Ok lang po ba ang credit card at bank account i submit? :) and may personal financier naman ako eh. :) i put his name on it. :) tapos sa ESL school ako nag wowork, ngayon. I have 2 credit cards, pwede ba isama yon as a personal account? and then pina photocopy ko ang passport nang friend ko nasa korea. Ok lang ba FRIEND ang nag invite sayo pero hindi sya korean, like nag wowork kasi sya don eh.. thanks po

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    1. Hi Jemross, I am not sure about the credit card account eh. I don't get what you mean...Do you mean you have a considerable credit limit that would somehow "prove" that you are capable of paying your bills? I am not so familiar po kasi if parang yung credit card mo can be considered as a bank account or savings kung baga. What I suggest, if you can borrow money or cash advance muna in your current credit card then maybe you can deposit this first in your bank account to "increase" the money there :) then afterwards, you can withdraw the money after the bank issued you a bank certificate. :)

      Yes, I think you can write her name as the one who invited you to come to Korea. You may present documents (just incase they ask) to prove that he/she invited you and is currently working in Korea maybe? :)

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    2. Oh! wait, you said pala that your friend is not a Korean! Is he/she a Filipino? What is his/her visa status in Korea? I hate to admit that some...some people I know got denied because they immediately write anyone they know in Korea to "strengthen" their credentials. However, the embassy might think that you're there to look for a job or some sort...so..humm... if you can show as many credentials as you can say like land titles, car, business registration etc...under your name that would be great even without na your friend's name as the guarantor.

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  8. I recently got denied. In the slip that they gave me, they mentioned that I do was not able to prove the reason of my stay in Korea. I have more than 50k in my bank certificate however my salary is not that high. I want to reapply again by last week of August since my ticket is already booked. What are the consequences? I got the results Aug. 1 :( I would like to reapply and show them my other bank account. What should I do? Can i take a risk?

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    1. Awww I'm sorry to hear the sad news...but anyway, cheer up! there's always a next time! Pls. check at the embassy how long can you wait to re-apply again. Then, from there please carefully evaluate your requirements if some of it may appear to be "weak or suspicious" for the Korean embassy. The goal is to prove that you will not go to Korea para mag TNT or what...you're just there for leisure :).

      I suggest you add requirements such as bank statements, proof of asset/s like cars, land titles, if you're studying for masters degree or certificate courses then you can get a school certification as well (just like what I did on my 1st visit)! :) Or you can even show your plane tickets and cge isama mo na rin cguro ang itinerary plans niyo when you get to Korea--the places you will visit haha! they will return it to you naman if hindi nila kailangan e. It's better to over think like "Ano kaya implication ng document na ito if I were the Consul? Ok ba? Enough na ba? Questionable pa kaya?" something to that effect... or over prepare your requirements rather that regretting in the end.

      Kaya mo yan! prayers do wonders too! Aja Aja fighting!!! :)

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    2. thanks Tin! they told me i can apply after 6 months although our trip is scheduled this september 20. i already have my ticket. I hope i can still get a shot :(

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  9. Hello i just recently apply for a visa. 6 kme ng mga friends ko . Un 4 nakuha na nila but since un isa ko friend and ako has a uk and australlian visa nahiwlay kme ng window hndi nkasma. Ayaw ibigay un passport nmen kc daw hndi macontact un number ng hotel. We tried to call pero pero there was a problem with the number. 2 days nko pabalik balik then on monday balik ult kme with the email from the mngr na we really have the reservation. Possible ba na denied na kme kya nihohold nila un visa? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I'm not really sure if denied na agad agad or no naman but I do know that sometimes they randomly check information if it's real. Example they would call your employer if mejo suspicious, or maybe like in your case, they called they hotel. So that's why I keep on stressing to always always double check your documents, make sure you wrote the details correctly and that it's true! :) Honestly, ngayon ko lang narinig na pinabalikbalik ka nila and hinold yung passport mo...so I can't really say anything...depends nalang sa kanila ing decision. But I hope that you'll share it here kung ano nangyari so we can all learn from what you've experienced :)

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    2. Just got our passport today and its both approved :)

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    3. that's good! yey!!! congraaats and hope you enjoy Korea :)

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  10. Hello, nacontact n nmen un hostel, and the mngr also told me na that the consul already called. But when we came back they are asking for itr pra dun sa kasma ko.. Ndi pla cia ngbigay ng itr. Hopefully this aug.23 bigay na nila. Crossfingers :)

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  11. Hi! I was wondering, how do you specify the type of visa you're applying for? Parang wala kasing choices for that sa application form (or bulag lang ako lol!). Do they ask during the requirements submission?

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    1. That i'm not sure din po because I haven't tried applyng for the other types because I go there for tourist purposes only. Better check nlng with the embassy directly :)

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  12. Hi Tin,

    Great article! Have a question though: When I request for a personal bank certificate, can I get it from the bank where my payroll account is enrolled in? Or should it really be from my PERSONAL bank account? Hope you can help. Thanks!

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    1. Yup any account under your name whether payroll or not :)

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    2. Thanks! One last thing, I heard that it's harder to get approved if SK is the first country you'll travel to, which is my case. I have a pretty stable job and have about 50k in my bank account. How, do you think, big are my chances of getting a visa? I just submitted my application last thursday, waiting for the results and paranoia is setting in!

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  13. Hi,, ask qlng wat f wala akong bank account,, so it means wla aqng bank statemnt na my ipapakita,, but i have money to bring namn,,hnd pa pwd un? Or need tlga my bank account,, and ung ate ng frind q ung mageenvite sming dalwa,,makaka lusot kaya ako?

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    1. You really need a bank account because you can't show the cash and leave it there for evaluation! Haha :) open nalang an account it's easy lang naman.

      If your ate's friend is not Korean then I suggest you do not use her name as the host or invitor haha. I recently heard that they think it's suspicious since there's a chance that you go there to work or TNT. So wag nalang if you're confident naman with your requirements.

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  14. Ok,,tanks for advice,,,,godbless

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  15. hi, ask ko lang. sa mga cousins ko kasi isasama nami, father ko ang mag finance, mag attach kami ng photocopy ng affidavit.Pwede po ba ung Payroll account ng parents nila para sa Bank certiticate? or pwede din ba ung land/vehicle/ any property documents o kaya ung certificate ng deposit sa cooperative sa offices ng parents nila?! and dahil puro students, kailangan ba mag attach ng papers ng accompanying adult nila na mom ko at mag attach ng affidavit na siya kasama? yung father ko kasi siya mag finance pero hnd siya makakasama. sana masagot lahat ng tanong ko.thanks!

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    1. Hello! to answer your question... I suggest you provide all applicable requirements for your cousin/s. If they are still studying, pls. provide school requirements. If they are already working (or studying AND working) then prepare the corresponding requirements too as stated in this blog entry :)

      Regarding your Dad as the financier, make sure your cousins will write the "who will pay" part in the visa form your dad's name and their relationship. Then, pls. prepare your dad's assets, bank certificate, and all other requirements and make 1 SET PER PERSON/APPLICANT (or in your case, per cousin). Prepare all kinds of requirement na meron yung mga cousins mo para sure. They can include their personal bank certificate too if they have sufficient amount and I'm guessing they can also show their parents' assets and bank accounts :). Better na over prepared nalang para sure because I'm not sure what the embassy will require you sa situation nyo eh. :) Good luck!!

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  16. my visa got denied and I was hoping to re-apply again after a month. According to the paper attached, I can do it earlier than 6 months if I have a different purpose of entry. My original purpose was to simply sightsee. If I secure an invitation from an academy in Korea stating that I am invited to an event, would that qualify as a different purpose of entry?

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    1. Hi! I'am not sure if they consider that as a different purpose of entry. But, if you are officially invited to the academy's event then I am guessing that you can probably try that as a reason. Do make sure that the invitation from the Korean academy is legit because they might confirm it there :). I hope I was able to help even though I replied just now. BTW, this is just my personal suggestion. It is STILL BEST to clarify and ask the embassy regarding your concern. Thanks!!!

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  17. Hi! May I ask when's the earliest time I can start applying for a visa? My friends and I were able to book budget airfares for May 16-21. I'm thinking if we can already start applying soon in case our application will be denied (fingers crossed!) then we will still have time to re-apply before our travel dates.

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi! to answer your question...hummm too early in my opinion if you start now hehe. If you're flight is on May 2013 then you can start applying for a tourist visa maybe around 1.5-2 months before your flight since the tourist visa is only valid for 59 days! Baka di pa kayo nakakapunta expired na yung visa :) hehe just kidding :) Anyway, pls. do make sure you count the days of validity and give a buffer after May 21st in case something came up or you plan to extend your stay there. What I suggest is to start preparing the documents most especially start saving up for the "show money" aka bank certificate requirement. Thanks!

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    2. So the validity date of the visa will start on the date it was approved? Oo nga, too early pa hehehe. Thanks for your feedback! :)

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    3. This is a good question and I might encounter the same situation in the future. Di po ba pwedeng i-explain ko nalang yung situation and ask if pwedeng i-set nlang yung validity date ng visa? :)

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    4. Nope definitely not :) usually no compromises when you talk to the embassy so follow nalang their process to be safe.

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  18. Hi! My officemates and I are planning to visit South Korea by January 2013. We already have copies of our ITR and employment certificates. I also applied for passport renewal this week just to make sure that my personal passport is valid during the trip. I have two concerns/queries: a) Is 50k an enough amount for my bank account/certificate? and b) I went to Japan in 2010 to participate in a 2 months training but the passport I used is a Official Passport (usually for government employees). Should I attach it to my personal passport when applying for the tourist visa? Thanks

    Hailey

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    1. Hi! thank you for your question :) well...to answer them:

      1) The Korean embassy did not state any minimum amount for the bank account therefore I cannot really tell whether 50k is enough or not. I applied for a tourist visa twice already and since then I always try to save up 100k and above in my bank account just to be sure. If you can, I encourage you to do the same but if not, maybe you can submit more certification of assets instead :). I believe applying for China tourist visa requires you to have 100k for at least 6 months in your bank and I use this as a benchmark for Korea's "show money" requirement.

      2) Regarding your official passport, I honestly do not have any knowledge about this but I am certain that you can attach your Official Passport with Japan visa together with your requirements :)--actually any visa from any OECD Member countries will do! :) Just remember to include your passport/s with the visas and not just a photocopy of it. :)

      Hope I was able to answer your questions!!! :) Pls. let me know any updates regarding your visa and trip :) good luck!

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  20. hi! very helpful article! me and my husband are planning to go to korea next year. we have a joint bank account amounting to 100k. i'd like to ask if we could both use the same bank cert for each of our own visa application or should i open a new bank acct under my name? thanks!

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    1. Hi braidy girl, thank you for stopping by my blog! :) Anyway, I believe you can present your joint account amounting to 100k+ because my brother and his wife did that as well. You just have to prepare 2 separate bank certificate for you and for your husband :).

      Hope I was able to help!!!

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  21. hello Ma'am.. what is wala akong individual ITR kasi kunwari nagwowork ako sa lolo ko pero hindi naman ung lolo ko nag open ng account ko sya din nagbigay ng employment certificate paano yun mg solution ba dun?

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    1. what if po pala nagkamali lang ng pagtype hehe sorry..

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    2. Hi, I'm sorry but I don't get your question and situation. It is best to confirm to the embassy what requirements you should pass if you have difficulties assessing your status (ex: student, no work, etc...). Thanks!

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  22. Ms.tin magagawan po ba ng paraan yon ng agency? ung bank certificate and employment certificate wala na kasing problema ung ITR nalang talaga kasi wala ako individual..

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    1. All requirements should be provided by you and not by the travel agency. The agency will just be the one to submit your requirements and get it for you.

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  23. hiya, do you know if a visa is denied to south korea from united kingdom do they stamp it on the passport??

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  24. hi ms.tin :) i just want to know if magdadoubt ba yung korean embassy kasi kakatour ko lang last sept. 14days ako malaysia then kakagaling ko lang sa HK lastweek 3days lang ako dun tapos ngayon mag aaply ako tourist visa sa korea.. pero complete naman req's ko hindi ba maaapektuhan yun 22yrsold palang kasi ako empleyado..

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  25. my magiging problema ba ms.tin kung this year lang ako nagstart magtravel, 22yearsold palang ako secretary sa isang company, last sept. pumunta ako ng KL 14days ako dun then lastweek HK 3days lang ako dun.. then now mag aapply ako tourist visa korea, hindi ba sila magdadoubt bat sunod sunod ang tour ko? pero complete naman req's ko my bank certificate ako 100k.. my employment n itr ako.. my magiging problema kaya? thank you ms.tin!

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    1. I don't think there will be a problem if you're a frequent traveler :)

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  26. what if i have less than 50k in my bank cert, but my fiance will sponsor my stay there, he is also the one who bought my roundtrip ticket? Will i submit supporting docs that i am engaged to an English Foreign teacher there? BTW, my American fiance teaches in Jeju island..

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  27. ask ko lang po, panu po kung 3 days lang applyan ko para mas sigurado.
    Pero 59 days naman ang maximum nyan diba, so pwede kang sumobra sa three days.

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  28. Hi, Tin! Helpful post you got there.:)
    Ask ko lang sana kung may nilagay ka dun sa “guarantor or reference in korea” na blank sa application for? and yung sa address in korea, nilagay mo yung namsan guesthouse? Nagbook na ba kayo for the hostel before visa application or after pa?
    Sorry kung maraming tanong. Am so nervous kasi in getting a visa. Thanks in advance!

    -Mae

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    1. Hi Flora Mae, to answer your questions...no I did not put anything sa reference on my application and yes I wrote down the name of our guesthouse since they need this to validate your stay in their country. Thanks! :)

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  29. Hi! :) Mag a apply kami ng kapatid ko ng korean visa. Kaso hndi ako student and 17 years old plng ako then siya may work naman siya. Gustu lng namin mg bakasyon ng 1 month sa korea. Pano ung gagawin kapag not student? Kasi nag stop ako dahil napagisip ko na ayoko pla nung course na kinuha ko. Please reply. Thanks :(

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    1. hi! please check out the official website of the Korean embassy for the Philippines to make sure :) I believe you will need some school requirements/certifications and other documents of your parents.

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  30. Miss tin, I would like to ask if you have any idea about traveling to Jeju. Does it need a visa? How long can a Filipino stay there? Hope to hear from you..

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    1. Hi Carole, I haven't been to Jeju Island so I'm not really sure. But according to my close friends who visited there last March 2011, Filipinos do not need visa for Jeju Island if you will go there directly. HOWEVER, if you will go to Seoul, you are required to get Korean Tourist Visa.

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  31. Ms. Tin ask ko lang po kong pag mag apply po ako ng korea tourist visa tas lahat ng requirements eh hindi nakapangalan sakin bukod sa passport parang regalo lang nila sakin pwede po ba yon? pero nakapag travel narin ako ng thaiand.

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  32. Ms. Tin, Just wanna ask, i am planning to apply for a tourist visa dis feb. to visit my husband working in korea.. He is also a filipino.. Presently employed nman ako and i am planning to stay there 4 two weeks since yun lng maga grant na leave ko.. My real purpose is for our late honeymoon in time for "the winter"(which i really want to experience)since we are newly wed and haven't together kc 2 weeks lng din vacation nya during our wedding last april,2012. Pwede ko ba xa ilagay sa guarantor and his adress in korea? Though I have my own bank acct to present, COE & ITR.. Tnx a lot.. He is working there for 2 yrs. already.. Bka kc pagdudadahn yung purpose k since dun nagwowork husband ko. Tnx poh..

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    1. Congrats on your wedding and late honeymoon! haha If you have all requirements then I don't see any problems with that. And if you will stay in his house, syempre po ok lang to write that kung doon naman po talaga kayo magstay e diba :)

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  33. Ms.Tin ask ko lang sana if pasado ako mag apply for a tourist visa dis march...kung complete requirements pa ba kailangan like bank acct,itr n employers certificate...kahit may invitation ka galing brother in law mo na koreano.purpose ko lang bisitahin sila...wat if not employed n may bank acct naman ako.pwede kaya?tnx
    my parents got the same denied last nov,,invited sila,,papasa na kaya sila for this nxt apply?kailangan pa ba show money,,ITR n employers certificate for this tym kasi di na kailangan noon,,2nd tym na mother ko n 1st tym sana father ko..tnx poh...

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    1. I am in no position to tell or predict the chances of getting denied visa :( I can only share to you my personal experiences regarding tourist visa requirements.

      Best to do is to check/visit/call the korean embassy if you have other questions regarding what requirements to submit but all i can say is best to complete all requirements lang po unless you belong to other categories (e.g. student, child, etc...) na may bang requirements na kailangan.

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  34. hi ms. tin! nung ikaw po ba nagconfirm ung sa embassy? my tumawag po ba? kasi ung taga dito sa amin nagconfirm ung sa embassy then nadeny sya, pero ung auntia ng kaibigan ko wala naman daw tumawag sa kanila. ayun aproved! kinakabahan kasi ako kasi nakapasok na documents ko by tuesday malalaman ko result. :) tnx Ma'am..

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    1. depends sa korean embassy yung mga reasons for verification. Not necessarily if they called deny na some cinoconfirm lang talaga nila.

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  35. Ms.tin,nung ikaw po ba nagconfirm ba korean embassy sa employment certficate nyo? tumawag po ba sila? ask ko lang po kasi ung taga dito samin tumawag ung consul nagconfirm kung my business talaga sya, kaso nadeny siya. ung kaibigan ko naman wala naman daw tumawag na aproved naman siya :)kasi bt nxtweek malalaman ko na result nakapasok na kasi documents ko sa embassy.. thanks ms.tin!

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  36. Ms. Tin, pwede po ba kaming mag travel ng friends ko sa Korea? Bale, dual citizen po ako ngayon. Korean and Filipino po. Eh ayun po gusto po sana nmin pmnta sa Korea for the celebration of my debut. Mbbgyan po kya sla ng visa? Thanks po!

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    1. Hi Kwon Gi, of course you can travel with your friends! and regarding your question if they will be granted a tourist visa...hindi ko masasagot. Of course it will depend on their requirements and sa mga consul. Just prepare for the requirements thoroughly so you/they will have higher chances of getting it.

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  37. Ms.tin pag hindi na ba sila nagconfirm aproved kana? tuesday ko na malalaman kinakabahan nako. wala pa kasing tumawag sa ofice namin.. nung ikaw po ba tinawagan?thanks

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  38. Hi, miss tin! i have more than a 100k in my bank but i just opened it last Jan.3 and im planning to travel on the 2nd week or third week of feb. my boyfriend is working there for almost 2 years, can i declare him as my guarantor? do i have to put his adress in korea also? im planning to stay there for 3 weeks and i got all the requirements COE, ITR & bank cert...Im just wondering if the embassy would doubt of my purpose since my boyfiend(filipino) is working there, i would like to hear from you..thank u so much!

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    1. Hello! sorry but I can't tell as well :) I'm only writing my blog based on my experience :) Visa application status and requirements may vary from one person to another. Some find it difficult others not at all. Some din get denied despite following all requirements. So....yun, sorry but I can't tell what the consul might think. But I hope and pray that your visa gets approved so you can spend time with your boyfriend there! Good luck :)

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  39. Hi! ms. tin, would it bother if i have just opened my account last jan. 3 and im gonna get my bank acct. certificate right away for my visa application?

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    1. For Korean tourist visa you will only need a bank certificate and not a bank statement. There's a difference kasi. Bank certificate just certifies the amount you have without "history" of transaction. Here, if bank statement is required, then the months will matter :)

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  40. Hi ms tin, gud evening, ask ko Lang po sana if ok na ngayon feb.ako mag apply ng tourist visa pero sa April pa ang alis ko?

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    1. Hi there! proper timing is essential therefore I suggest you count and consider the validity of your visa and your travel time :) You don't want to have an expired visa while you're still at Korea right? :)

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  41. Hi Ms. Tin, Im Eyvy :)
    Ask ko lang po, Kung ano anong mga requirements needed for applying tourist visa, first time ko po kasi.
    Thanks po:>

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    1. Hi Eyvy, Please read through the blog entry and the comments as well. I believe it can already help you prepare for your visa application :) good luck!

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  42. hi miss tin! im joy and mag-eexchange student ako in SK. this march na alis namin ng mga kasama ko and we're planning to get our visas by next week. tanong ko lang sana kung valid pa ba yung bank certificate ng mama ko if late november pa nya yun kinuha from the bank :)

    salamat! :)

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    1. Hi, in my opinion, it is best to show the most recent bank certificate nalang.

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  43. Just want to ask kung ano yung school cert? is this like enrollment receipt or what? thank you!:)

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  44. Hello! have an unused korean visa and it expired last month, my trip did not pushed through since i need to attend personal matters. However, i have again booked a flight to Korea this July, can i reapply again by June and be approved though i failed to use the visa i got few moths back? Have anyone here experienced the same?? Help out pls! Thanks!!

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  45. hello..im planning to visit korea because my friend invited me, but he's a US military, based in korea,and he send me an invitation letter through email,would you think valid yun sa embassy?..i also do have business, i mean i have all the necessary requirements nmn..

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  46. my brother will finance our trip to korea. he works in singapore. i have no job eversince so i dont have any bank account nor bank certificate to submit. what supporting documens do i need to be able to apply tourist visa? hope for a reply. thanks in advance....

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  47. hello miss tin!! ask ko lang if pwede kaya mag sama aq ng pension cert. pag mag aaply aq ng korean visa kc less than 5ok ang nasa bank ko!pwede po kaya iyon??

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    1. Hi Tyron, a pension certificate is okay I guess because my mom who is also a senior citizen included a pension certificate in her requirements the last time we went to Korea but additional document lang siya ah. For your below 50k concern, I cannot guarantee because it depends talaga..iba-iba yung results from one person to another and not to mention iba-iba din decision depende sa consul.

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  48. Hello maam. Kasi po ung korean bf ko, he like me to travel in korea and all my needs like my requierments, tickets and show many sagot nya and i have already invitation letter. So anu po dapat ko ayusin? Mhrap po ba kumuha requierments?

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  49. Hello Mis tin! .. Just wanna ask if pwede bang after nlng ma accept yong visa mo mag pa book ka ng airplane? kasi sayang din naman po if ma denied ka dba? .. and how much po possibleng money na ma ipakita and ma accept ka? or ano yong dapat nating gawin para d kami ma denied? .. meron bang family visa to korea? ..

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  50. Hello mam, ano pong requirements kapag hindi pa po employed kasi kakagraduate lang?

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  51. Hi Tin, I have read the requirements for the tourist visa and I do have all of them. My problem is sa mom ko, housewife lang kasi siya, so how about that?

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  52. Hello po Ma'am! This is Airam po. I would like po to inquire about the tourist visa..

    My cousin and I are planning to go to SK next year. The thing is, we both don't have an ITR or even an employment certificate because both of us are just fresh graduates. But our parents will be the ones shouldering our trip as for our graduation gift. So is it okay if we submit our parent's ITR, bank certificate, and any other documents related to their assets? Since po we are not students na, we don't need to submit a copy of our parent's passport na po ba even if we will be submitting requirements na nkapangalan sa kanila? And would it also help if we include our itinerary for our planned stay there?

    Thank you po Ma'am. I hope you can address our concerns.

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  53. Hi ms.Tin ininvite po ako ng isang student ko n koreano na naturuan ko about music..gusto nya n mkita ko progress ng pagtugtuog nya sa church..panu po un wala akong maipapakitang business permit bcoz im not a businessman right?..pro meron ako certificate of employment (COE) kaso nung 2010 pa kse un..un kse last work ko..

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    1. By the way im macoy.

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  54. Hi, Is it really necessary to submit the form handwritten? Or it's ok to submit it after I edit and print the form? --Roselle

    Thank you...

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    1. You're required to submit the form handwritten talaga :)

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    2. Handwritten or typewritten will do as long as you personally sign it.

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  55. Hi Ms. Tin
    This is really an informative blog re: Application of Tourist Visa for SK.
    I just want to make some query, I'm a first time traveler to SK and I'm recently working here in Singapore and I'm planning to apply for a tourist visa sometime in September since our planned visit together with my friend is on November 17-21, 2013. I haven't book my flight yet and even the hotel accommodation. Is it required to present proof of flight itineraries to the consul/ embassy?? Because I'm afraid if I book now and my application is denied, all these will come to waste. Know what I mean. :)

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  56. Hi.! ask ko lang po kung iinvite po ba ko ng korean boyfriend ko na pmnta ng korea .. ilalagay ko po ba sa garantor na boyfriend ko xa.? Patulong nman po

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  57. thank you so much sa blog mo. my husband & daughter plan to go to korea next year. i have a friend na nanggaling na ng Korea so ask ko mgkano ang showmoney nya...it turned out na 300k daw each...ang mahal pala..

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      text or call me at 0905-3051974

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  58. Hello po ask ko lang po kung ma aprobhan po ba kung sakali na kumuha aqo ng visa kc wla po aqo stable na job ee nid po yta un sa requirements...pano po kya un..

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  60. Hi.. I got denied in applying Korean visa last April 23,2013.. I have my valid Japan visa also that time but stil got denied. I submitted all the requirements completely and I'm thinking what's the reason why I got denied..if I'm not mistaken the time I applied for my Korean visa there a issue that Korea is suffering from a war from north Korea, so I was thinking that that's the reason I got denied..I almost visited the countries which are visa free and got many stamps on my passport.. I have enough savings in my account too, 1M plus.. So I just want to know why I got denied? And I just want to know when I can reapply again? Thank u very much...

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    1. need cash to migrate to another country? to study abroad? or to visit tourist destinations overseas? No Problem! Our Travel Assistance Loan is the ANSWER!
      Get your Bank Certificate for your VISA. 1 day processing.
      text or call me at 0905-3051974

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  61. Hi Tin,

    In your article, you said, "4) Upon arrival you will have to:
    -get a gate pass, sign the log sheet (there's a separate log sheet for 1st time travelers and frequent travelers so make sure you don't confuse yourself!)."

    Could you clarify if the "1st time travelers" is as in for individuals who'll fly abroad for the first time, or it's first time travelling to Korea?

    I'd really appreciate your response. :)


    Thanks!
    Gianne C.
    Email: gwatsmiles@yahoo.com

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  62. Hi,

    I was wondering, kasi my sister and I were supposed to go for a visit and she's still unemployed. As a fresh graduate, instead of submitting our parents' requirements, is it possible if she just submit mine ? Bale I would be the one to sponsor her travel... do you think that would be possible ?

    Thanks. :)

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  63. need cash to migrate to another country? to study abroad? or to visit tourist destinations overseas? No Problem! Our Travel Assistance Loan is the ANSWER!
    Get your Bank Certificate for your VISA. 1 day processing.
    text or call me at 0905-3051974

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  64. Good day Ms. Tine, super helpful po ng page nyo :) I'm Net po pala and graduating po ako ng college next year. And trip to Korea po ang gift sakin. Kaya lang po wala ng work and mom and dad ko, bali po ang magssponsor ng trip ko ay brother ko po na nasa Australia. Pano po kaya yung mga isusubmit ko na requirements? Hope you can help me po. Sobrang nagreresearch na po talaga ako dahil dream ko po talaga na makapunta ng Korea. And last po pala Ms. Tin okay lang po na isama ko yung bank statement ko? Ipon ko naman po yung nandun. Sorry pp Ms. Tin andami kong tanong. Thank you po and God Bless. :)

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  65. hi good morning ask ko lang what if ung expences ko pag punta ng korea is ung friend ko na koreano ang gagastos need ko pa rin b ng statement of accounts?

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  66. Greetings... my passport was put on hold kc they are requiring me to submit additional docs... gaano kaya katagal marelease ung visa pag ganon ung case? any idea? thanks in advance

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    1. Hi, I'm not sure eh. Please call or inquire directly sa embassy nalang :)

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  67. is it possible to get denied of a korean visa if i have a green card for the US?

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    1. Hi, not sure it's always a case to case basis so sorry.

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  68. I recently got denied..but not of the reason of denial stated above..I'm about to attend the wedding of my niece...I gave all the requirements needed including the additional documents requested by embassy..When my nephew in law called the Korean embassy the consul said that the denial of my visa is because I'm ex-Korean...And since I have a history that I worked in Korea for almost 6 years he said that he is afraid that I might not go back to the Philippines and look for a job again in Korea...This is really unreasonable since I have already stable job in the Philippines and having an income more than the basic salary of workers in Korea.. I also gave them a supporting documents saying that I am a part owner of company here in Philippines and a proof of car registration under my name... It's really dis appointing that because of his wrong thinking of the consul that I was not issued a visa..

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    1. I'm feel sorry for the denied visa :( Anyway, yeah it can be really disappointing sometimes and you don't know how consuls evaluate our requirements but that's the reality. It's always a case to case basis.

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  69. Maam. Wala po kasi akong work or any work experience so wala ako nung COE, ITR, or Bank Certificate. Yung sponsor nlng kunan ko ng documents. Yung sponsor ko at mag pprovide ng lahat including travel fee, bahay, gastos, lahat ng gastos sa loob ng 3months na stay ko sa korea ay merong Bank Certificate lang. May laman na $100k. Bale ang madadala ko lang na requirements is. Passport, passport copy, application form, copy of passport korean friend, letter of invitation, bank of certificate nila. Sapat na po ba yun? I mean meron pa ba kailangan na documents? Reason of stay (Playing tournament/esports)

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    1. Hi..
      same case tau, ask ko lang naka pag apply kana ba ng visa? na approve ba?

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  70. Hello ms tin! this is jhaz, I just want to ask. I am a house wife of a korean but divorced na kmi. I want to go back to korea using tourist visa. okei lng po ba un? house wife lng dn po aku. kya kong magprovide ng bank certificate pro ung employment certificate wla po, instead a land title nlng tpos for ITR anu nmn po ang ggamitin kong pang replace doon? help me po.

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  71. Good day! You blog is very informative and useful specially for us who haven't been out of the Philippines yet. Sorry but I have several questions.
    1. I can't provide ITR. I have a job pero self employed lang... I am thinking of submitting our Land title. Can it be just a photo copy type? I'm not comfortable of giving them the original copy?
    2. Is it ok to just write the Name of the korean where will I stay? She's actually my friend but I'm not thinking of asking her to send me an invitation letter. Para kasing hassle pa yun at magtatagal, ok lang kaya?
    3. I'm planning to ask my mom in-law to give me an affidavit to prove that she sponsor my travel and stay in korea since she has a business register under her name. Is that affidavit valid? and does she needs to include her ITR?
    4. Will it be ok if in case I apply for a visa that will be more than 59 days, maybe around 90days. (because cebu pacific lite fare, you need to book in advance) This will be my first time to apply, do you think they will allow it? or it's better to just ask for 59days?
    5. I don't have 50k in my account, but my account can prove that i have in and out that has more than that. Will they question me on how i get that amount of money since i am not employed? and will they approved the visa though i don't have 50k in my account?
    Thank again! Hoping for your reply.

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  72. Hi i just wanna ask po, i only have koren invitation and my dti and bank certificate? Ok na po ba yun? Thank you hoping for your reply.. thank u!

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  73. Hi Ms. Tin! Regarding dun sa first time travalers and frequent travelers, are u considered a frequent traveler if you have worked before in korea? tnx! :) i'm a bit confuse kasi qong saang window aqo pi2la. tnx!

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    1. Humm... that I'm not sure as well. Better to ask the embassy directly :)

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  74. hi! im applying for visa with my husband and baby. since im a housewife, all my requirements is from my husband who is a businessman. my question is, if were all traveling together, do we need another 2 set of copies of requirements for me and my baby? like 3 sets of bank certificate, dti, business reg, itr, etc? or just the copy of my husband is enough since were traveling together. thanks! just making sure =)

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    1. YES! :) That's what we did when I traveled with my family and my nieces. 1 set per person.

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  75. hi. can the bank certificate just follow cause I aint got enough time? I have to wait for two days for my bank certificate to be released and that's not enough time for visa processing till my flight

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    1. Unfortunately no. Better give all requirements one time unless they asked for additional documents.

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  76. I'm travelling with my family and were 6. how much "show money" do we have to show? :)

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    1. Show money is per person :)
      I think 50k per person is the safest amount.

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  77. Im working as a Consultant, got Cert of Consultancy but dont have ITR, is it okay to include some of my investment fund like Peso Money Market Fund, in lieu therof?

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  78. Good afternoon!
    I'm a student travelling with our housekeeper/ kasambahay. Sya kasi chaperone ko di kasi ako payagan umalis mag-isa. I'm turning 18 this April and our trip will be on June. Parents ko gagastos lahat. Paano po yung ganun if wala ung kasambahay namin na bank certificate, land, certification of emplyment etc. passport lang sya meron, and birth certi.
    What will be her requirements anyway? Please answer. Thanks!

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  79. Is it ok if i only have bank statement rather than bank certificate?i dont have much time in waiting to get my bank certificate.

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    1. The embassy requires a bank certificate therefore no compromises :)

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  80. And can i bring a chaperone with me at the korea embassy?

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  81. gud pm... just wanna ask po ano pong diploma ung need nila if ever maghanap cla? highschool or college? :) college grad po ako kaso nawala po diploma ko :( pwd po kaya ung highschool diploma nalang or ung certificate ko nung college? pls reply..

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    1. They don't require you to send your diploma. If you're a student, submit your school certificate.

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  82. Asko ko lang po kung mabigyan ako ng visa this coming april 2014 tapos d ako nakaalis this year? Okay lang po ba na gamitin ko ito next 2015? D po ba mag eexpired visa ko?

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    1. Hi Geraldine, definitely not because 1st time travelers' visa expires after 3 months.

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  83. 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 :)

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    1. Hi! I think yes but you need to get it soonest :)

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  84. hello tin. ask ko lang kung anong chance ko na ma-grant ng visa kasi employed ako sa department of health pero under job order lang, meaning contractual lang ako. please reply. tnx. :)

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    1. Hi Clarisse, nako I'm not sure I can't predict or provide you probability of having a tourist visa. It's always a case to case basis at the end of the day. Yes there are risks involved but you just have to provide all required documents and pray hehe :) Kaya yan fightinggg! :)

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  85. hi ms. tin,

    ask ko lang, a korean company (the owner himself) would like to invite me to kore for a possible employment.. but they want me to process first the tourist visa kasi mas mabilis yun, they will be the one to send the invitation letter/sponsorhip letter... although i am still currently employed and i can present my itr, i dont have a savings bank account.. I only have my payroll account... do i still have the chance to be granted with visa? the company will also be the one to cover all my expenses.., thanks ms,tin

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    1. Hi Mitchy, your situation is quite complicated and risky because you have other agenda besides touring Korea. Although I don't know your entire situation...I suggest go there as a tourist. In that case no need to send invitations/sponsorship letters from the Korean company as it might appear "fishy" to the embassy. If you plan to go there as tourist then file or provide requirements for tourist--including documents from your current employer.

      Your payroll account is your savings account. Definitely you can show that.

      But as a word of caution, pls seek other advice from different people regarding best way for visa filing because I am not an expert in predicting chances...I am only sharing my personal view and experiences. Thanks!

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  86. Hi Ms Tin,
    Thanks sa information mo mam, i need some advice po. May boyfriend po ako US Army based on Korea, since na.cancelled po ung leave nya dahil po sa nawalang Malaysian Airlines, di po cxa makakapunta dito. Ako na lang daw po ang pumunta dun as tourist. Plan ko po this May 12 (2 weeks po). Pwde po ba cxa magbigay sa akin ng invitation letter since di nman po cxa korean? tutulong nman po cxa sa gastusin and other requirements needed..Malaki po ba chance ko makakuha ng tourist visa? Thanks Ms. Tin, i hope to hear from you..First time ko po mg.travel :)

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    1. Hi Russel, yeah maybe pwede naman siya magbigay ng invitation letter using cguro official letterhead ng US Army? Di ko sure pero mukhang okay naman kung short visit lang naman din. Just prepare all other requirements especially financials :)

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    2. Hello Ms. Tin, thanks for the reply :) sinabihan ko na po siya tungkol sa ibang requirements. Goodluck to me, i hope i can get one :) God bless po Ms. Tin..

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  88. I have travelled to US in 2011 and my visa also expired in 2011. Can I still submit it since it is within the last 5 years? Or the visa should be valid? Thank you!

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  89. Good afternoon Ms. Tin. Thank you very much for your informative post.

    I'm 21 years old and a master's student in our university. I have been a full merit scholar since I was 16 (1st year college) in the same university. I don't come from a well-off family and it's my first time to apply for my visa (and hopefully, travel outside the country). I got invited by our university to join a study tour (with other students and my professor) in South Korea. I have some questions regarding my tourist visa requirements (for Filipino students):

    One of the requirements is the parents' financial support document: a.) Orig. certificate of employment (or DTI or Sec and Mayor's permit), b.) Orig. bank certificate, and c.) Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316.

    1. Is it okay if what I'll provide is my sister's financial support document? She's is the only one working in our family and helps support the finances for our family. She's one year older than me and she got regularized in work last January. Both of my parents are not working. My father only helps in the field in the province while my mom is a housewife. Both of them do not pay income tax. I also don't have work (my scholarship from the University covers my tuition fee and provides some allowance).

    2. In case that providing my sister's financial document (instead of parents' financial document) is allowed, then should I provide all of my sister's documents: a.) Orig. certificate of employment (or DTI or Sec and Mayor's permit), b.) Orig. bank certificate, and c.) Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316?

    3. Do I also need to provide a letter explaining that my sister is the one supporting me financially (besides my allowance from my university scholarship)?

    Sorry if this became lengthy. Marami pong salamat Ms. Tin. :)

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    1. Hi! Here are my answers:

      1. Yes since both parents do not have work, your sister can provide all financial supporting document.

      2. correct :) add your school documents too e.g. Submit school certificate, NSO birth certificate photocopy, scholarship document or certification maybe? and include Parents'...in your case sister's documents.

      3. yes to be sure submit a letter na din but keep it short and concise :)

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  90. Hello ms tin, I have a new passport kasi kaka renew ko lng. Pero I have taveled to 3 non- OECD countries for the past 5 years. Am I considered frequent traveler?

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    1. yup, frequent traveler! :) bring all passports with OECD visas to be sure.

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  91. hi! im a little panicky about my application since when I submitted my requirements, I was still legitimately associated with the company who provided me my COE. I am serving my last day in the company today and I am worried if they call the number on the COE, the HR will tell them that I am no longer associated with the said company. Do you think it will matter?

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    1. Hi Regina, sorry not sure.... :\ not in a position to answer that.

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    1. THANK YOU!!! :) pls do let me know anong balita sa visa mo :) good luck!

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  93. Gud day po..may invitations letter po aq from my brother in.law..unemployed n po aq pero may itr nmn po aq kc dti po aqng ngwwork.nid po b tlga ung employment certificate

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    1. Yung ITR dapat yung latest eh so kahit meron ka pero super luma na siya e.g. 2 years ago then hindi din pwede yun. For employment certificate, yes you need it only if you have work.

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  94. Hi...complete po ung papers nmin ng sister q.,we applied for tourist visa last 14 of this month and we have 100k each sa account nmin..,we applied for 90 days, ok na po ba kaya ung amount na un para magrant ung visa nmin?

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    1. Hello, based on experience yes it's enough but that's just 1 requirement still no gurantee that you guys will have apporved visa. It will depend on other requirements still.

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  95. Hello!i have all the requirements needed for visa application; ITR,bank cert.,mayors permit & dti.ng woworry lng po aq kc last month q lng pnaregister ung business q, ok lng po kaya un? I mean d po kaya un mging questionable?

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    1. Naku so sorry I couldn't answer your question as I am in no position to decide or "predict" your chances of getting approved visa. If you have doubts, better to ask the embassy nalang po para sure :) Thanks!

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  96. I will go to SK next month and I went to singapore last february am I considered a frequent traveller? Thanks a lot ms Tin.

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    1. Nope, frequent traveler means you have been to Korea already or you have 1 or more visas from OECD Member countries. Not necessarily total number of international trips :)

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  97. Hi.. ask ko lang po.. regarding po sa bank certificate po with atleast 50k po na laman ng bank account my requirmnt b n ngssbi n dpt atlst 3 montha to 5 months po na nsa account ung money po bfore visa application po?thank u...

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  98. Hi! Ask ko lang kung ano yung school certificate. College ako but undergrad pa. So what do i need to pass?

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    1. Hi Marjorie, yes. You may ask your registrar sa school paano yung process but it's a certificate stating that you are enrolled in that school :)

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  99. HI, Ms. Tin! My daughter is scheduled to go to S Korea on December with uncle, auntie and their kids. She'll be graduating this June and might not have a job soon. What will be the proper status she'll have to write on the space for occupation? She doesn't have enough income to show yet, bank statement or property but my husband and i have business, bank accounts, real estate properties and ITR, would those suffice as a guaranty that she can have enough for expenses in Korea? We are paying for all her expenses and they will just be there for less than a week's stay. I am quite sure that uncle, autie and kids would be granted visas'coz they are frequent travelers, though, first time in korea. Does she still need our documents even if the said family is accompanying her? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Yoli, thanks for dropping a message! Anyway, regarding your daughter's status...honestly not so sure what to write too. Perhaps unemployed? or you may ask other people what to write to get second opinion hehe.

      For the other question, yes you need to give her a copy of your financials and other requirements. 1 set for you and another for your husband to show that you guys will shoulder the expenses :)

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  100. i completed all the requirements they needed,dn why is it my visa is being denied,,feel so upset^^^
    i dont know what to do now,,i still have to wait for 6 months before i can process my visa again

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    1. That's okay! there's always a next time :) Maybe on your 2nd try you will be granted a visa

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  101. hi ms. tin. im planning to go to korea this march 2015 (with my friends) and this october 2015 (with my family). what type pf visa should i apply? is is the tourist visa or i will have to apply for double entry? thank you so much

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    1. Still tourist visa and yes you need to apply twice because they will not give you a multiple visa right away on your first application.

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  102. Hi! Can i know what are the requirements for senior citizens? Im planning to bring my mom but dont know what are the needed requirements. I've been to korea once, do i need to pass my requirements separate from my mom? Thanks... very helpful blog

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    1. Hi, to answer your question...yes you need a separate set of requirements for your mom and one set for you as usual. When I traveled in Korea last 2012, I was with my mom who is also a senior citizen. She passed the usual and also gave additional financial certification e.g. pension from the government :)

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  103. Hi Ms. Tin, I currently visited the Embassy's website to view the requirements and sad to say I do not fall under the categories for the Tourist Visa requirements. I am a fresh graduate, and my bf is from the military base in South Korea and asked if I could visit, since it is quite difficult on their parts to file leaves. My purpose is just to visit and I may submit the requirements such as passport, bank certificate but I'm afraid it is not that much. It is my bf too who will pay for all of the expenses. I've also been to Australia before but Im not sure if that would be recognised since that was ten years ago. Do you think I could apply for the tourist visa? :( and what would be the possile requirements. thank you Ms. Tin and God Bless!

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    1. Hi Adona! YES think positive hahaha as long as you have the required documents then that's good to go but of course be prepared because there's no guarantee...I cannot even predict your probability of granted visa. Complete requirements and prayers lang talaga :)

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  104. Hi Tin,

    I am planning to visit Korea this Christmas season. I carefully get through all the requirements. I am still confuse about one thing. Tourist and Business Visa. Can you get a tourist visa when you own a business? Like I will visit Korea for leisure, I have a business registered at DTI and I am also employed. Can I used both as a documents?

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Jade, Business visa means you go there for an "official business" as in example pinadala ka ng company mo for a conference/meeting etc. hindi yung if may own business ka :) So in your case, I think you should apply for tourist visa lang but show your business requirements as support documents since I think you're self employed kung sinabi mo you have a business :)

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  105. hi Tin, thanks to your very informative blog, Iam a fresh graduated, so as a fresher i want to visit korea before applying a job in Manila, I have my grandama, uncle and brother worked there so i will be staying in their house. i dont know where will i fall to the requirements stated in Korean embassy, not a student, not an employed :( can i have a chance to have korean visa?:(

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