Friday, February 27, 2015

[RE-POST] Korea Announces New Visa Requirements for Tourists

MANILA – Filipinos planning to visit South Korea now have to comply with the new visa requirements for tourists.

The embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines made the announcement on its website last February 17. The new requirements for Korean tourist visa will take effect on March 1, 2015.

Those who will be traveling after March 1, 2015 would need to provide additional information from the required Certificate of Employment, Bank Certificate and copy of Income Tax Return. The embassy also requires applicants to submit their Bank Statements.

For the Certificate of Employment, it must include the applicant's position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number (cellphone number is not allowed), and e-mail address.

The applicant's Bank Certificate meanwhile needs to include the account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6 months average balance (ADB).

Another additional requirement is the Bank Statement for the last three months. The Bank Statements/passbook must be in its original or certified true copy form.

The Income Tax Return copy must also include the applicant's personal number.

"All documents must be issued within 3 months on the date of application," the embassy said.

The Korea Tourism Organization said 434,951 of Filipino tourists visited South Korea in 2014.

02/25/2015 1:09 PM


  1. hi...pwede po bang joint bank account namin ng live-in partner ko ang gamitin sa bank statement na requirement...ako lang po ang magbbyahe...thanks

    1. Hi Mario, sorry for late reply but I think yes as long as your name is there din :)

  2. Hi ms tin, pwede na po bang gamitin as supporting document ung deed of sale ng lupa para makakuha ng tourist visa? Kaso po rights lang un at walang titulo,
    another question po is, may friend ako na ikakasal sa korean national, pwede dinkaya xang maging provider ng invitation para makapagbakasyon kami sa korea? Btw, i'm about to travel with my kids, i'm also a stay at home mom, no tin number and first time to travel abroad. Hope u could help me, thank you

  3. Hi mis tin. Good morning . Ask lang po plan po ng asawa ng ate ko na iinvite ako to visit korea pero wala po akong trabaho so wala po ako ng ban cert employment certificate itr etc. Pwede po ba ung titulo ng house namin ang ipresent na nakapangalan po sa tatay ko pls reply po thank you thank you po. Godbless

  4. Hello pede po ba ipasa yong Credit Card po ng Metrobank Gold po kasama po young Credit Card limit lahat po ng Information para po s Credit Card.

  5. Hello. I have been to Hong Kong and Singapore but my passport is expiring. I plan to renew it soon then apply for a South Korean Single Entry Tourist Visa. Will submitting my old passport as proof of my previous travels, along with other required documents, increase my chances of getting approved?

    If so, will the Embassy ever return my old passport back?

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  6. Hi Ms Tin, i have a question re ITR... i have TIN but i dont pay tax since I'm just on a contractual basis... my permanency is still in process... so what will i show the embassy? i also dont own a car and a house of my own.. thanks!


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