Monday, March 28, 2016

Korea Visa Guide: How I Got My Multiple Entry Korean Tourist Visa (For Pinoys!)

Here's how I got a multiple-entry Korean tourist visa.

My Profile: 

- 24-year old, single, female 
- Authorized by the Insurance Commission to Act as an Insurance Agent
- Authorized by the Securities and Exchange Commission to act as Investment Solicitor 
- Been to Japan, Macau, Singapore and Qatar in the last 5 years 
- With unused single-entry Korean visa when I applied last November 2015. 

It was unused because I wasn't able to fly to Seoul during that time. I felt like the airline rates were too high - and I had a lot of OFW clients who wanted to meet with me, so I thought that Seoul could wait. :) 

And so when I applied this March 2016, I was already familiar with the process. 



Requirements for Filipino employees: 


1. Fully accomplished VISA Application Form 
- You can download it here from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea website. It's 5 pages in total.

2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture

- I believe it was P100 from Picture City. 

3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)

- I just renewed my passport last Feb 2016 so this isn't a problem for me.

4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)


5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)
- Since I went to Japan last 2014, I needed to photocopy my old passport's pages which contained my used Japanese visa and arrival stamps. 


(READ: Japan Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos in 3 Easy Steps )

6. Original Certificate of Employment
(must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address).

- My latest Certificate of Affiliation didn't contain our HR's email address but I was still approved for multiple-entry Korean tourist visa. 

7. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

- I got one from my BPI Direct account. Since it's an online savings account, what I did was I emailed BPI and requested for it.

I was able to retrieve it from the branch of my choice after 3 banking days. 

8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
- In my BPI Express Online account, the official bank statement for Jan 2016-Mar 2016 wasn't available so what I did was printed my transaction history instead. 

9. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Retur
n) or Form 2316
- Since I have traveled as tourist to an OECD country like Japan before, I was exempted from submitting an ITR, but just to be sure, I passed it too. I readily have the original Form 1701 with me but I photocopied it and submitted it along with my other forms.

Additional Requirements for Multiple-Entry Korean Tourist Visa: 



1. Feb 2016 and Mar 2016 Credit Card Statements (BDO Gold VISA) 
- I just logged into my online account and printed these.

2. Photocopy of the front of my credit card
- I don't recommend you photocopy the back of your credit card which contains your security code. You may be prone to identity theft. 

Visit the Korean Embassy: 


Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines

Tel : (63-2) 856-9210
E-mail : email 
Hours of Operation : Monday~Friday 08:30~17:00
Usually, you'd be advised to bring your ID so that you can leave it with the guard. But in my latest application, the guard didn't ask me anymore for my ID. 

Grabe. Ang daming taong nag-aapply din! 

After you've successfully submitted the forms, you'll receive your claim stub: 



I just came back from the embassy and got my multiple entry Korean tourist visa. :) 

I have no specific plans as of today, but having this gives me a peace of mind whenever I plan to book seat sales in the near future. 

Have any Korean tourist visa application questions? Feel free to comment here and I'll try my best to answer you, based on my experience. 

(READ: 6 Easy Money Tips to Help You Save For Your Dream Vacation!)