Are both the bank certificate and bank statements required when applying for a Korean visa?

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Unlike the Japanese Embassy that requires only the bank certificate, the Korean Embassy needs to see both the bank certificate and bank statements.

These are two different bank documents, and you have to request both from the bank where you opened an account.

The bank certificate certifies your account with the issuing bank. It shows how much money you currently have in the bank, your average daily balance, and the date you opened the account. When used for visa application, this certificate proves that you can afford your trip to Korea.

On the other hand, the bank statement is a more detailed document that shows your transaction history, including deposits, withdrawals, fund transfers, and point-of-sale payments within the last three months.

Getting these documents from the bank is quick and easy. Simply visit your branch of account and tell the staff that you’re requesting a bank certificate and three-month bank statements.

You’ll be asked to fill out a form and pay a fee of around Php 100 to Php 200 for the bank certificate. You may also be charged a fee per page for printing your bank statements.

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