42 thoughts on “How to Get Korean Visa in the Philippines: A Complete Guide for First-Time Visitors

  1. Is it possible po ba na magkaroon ako ng korean visa while I’m still abroad having my internship program? Graduate na po ako ng college kaso unemployed po ako after ng program.

    1. If you’re applying as a student, you must be currently enrolled in an educational institution. Your chances of getting approved become slim when you’re unemployed, except if you’re a student, housewife, or retired senior citizens with sufficient financial documents to support your application. For more info, read this: https://filipiknow.net/korean-visa-requirements-for-unemployed-filipino/

      1. Hi,
        my mom got her visa denied twice. we applied in manila first and she got denied. Some advised us to apply in cebu, so we tried. and yesterday we got the bad news that she was again denied for korean tourist visa.. 🙁 I have my visa approved already.. any advise? we are really desperate.. is it safe to reappeal again? or email the embassy for reconsideration?

      2. You might want to read one of the entries in our FAQ section about Korean visa denial. Here’s the link for your convenience: https://filipiknow.net/korean-visa-denied/

  2. Are they only accepting Annual ITR for self-employed? I just registered with BIR this April and I’ll be eligible to file for Annual ITR next year.. I have the Q2 ITR filed though, is that okay to submit? Maybe include a letter of explanation as well??

  3. Hi may idea po ba kayo kung halimbawa nandun ang asawa ko EPS po siya … sasabihin ko po ba na andun ang asawa ko o hindi? kasi may nababasa po ako na pag EPS (Factory Worker sa SK) ang asawa ay wag sasabihin kasi automatic na denied…meron po ba dito na na approved ang VISA na sinabi na andun ang asawa nila?

    1. We have no way of verifying this. Maybe one of our readers who will stumble on your comment can confirm it.

  4. student po ako at sponsored ng sister ko papuntang korea kaya lang po ang sister ko ay nasa canada at permanent residence na dun, may accredited agency po kasi kung nilapitan ang sabi po di daw po pwede na nasa ibang bansa ang magssupport tapos my isang agency din po akong pinag tanungan at ang sabi pwede naman daw, ask ko po kung pwede po ba na ang magsponsored sayo nasa ibang bansa? lahat ng documents nya coming frm canada? thanks po naguguluhan po kasi ko

    1. There’s no official statement regarding this but a sponsor is simply someone who will help you shoulder the travel expenses. So as long as that sponsor can prove that he/she is in good financial standing then it doesn’t matter if she’s in Korea or another country. But then again, you have to ensure that the agency you’re dealing with is legit. Here’s a list of accredited travel agencies in the Philippines for Korean visa application: https://filipiknow.net/korean-visa-travel-agency/

  5. Hi! My employment ends this August and I plan to look for a new job by next year. I have a scheduled trip to Korea this November. Would I still be able to apply for a visa even without a COE? I have enough money on my account so bank cert and statement shouldn’t be a problem.

  6. Hi I have a question lang po. I’m Property Specialist “agent” and Ma proprovide ko lang po is 1701 instead pf 2316. Im not employee, as Professional po ang career it would be applicable po sa Embassy? And I have Certificate of Registration from BIR.

  7. What if your ItR has no BIR Stamp? HR can only provide a letter(attached are the ITR of the employees)with the BIR Stamp.is this possible?

    1. I think you’re referring to the alphalist.

      Actually, Korean visa applicants can submit either of these two:
      1. Form 2316 with BIR stamp; or
      2. Form 2316 (without a stamp) AND the alphalist

      You can contact the travel agency or the Consular Office where you’ll process the application to confirm this.

  8. Hi!

    I just wanna ask lang po, what if my employer doesn’t have landline number. I mean they do have but unable to provide due to information security purposes po. They can provide the COE po but without landline number and it stated there the reason why the can’t provide the number. They also advised me to sumbit the COE along with the authorization letter with the explanation po na d sila nagpoprovide ng info or verification ng employee thru landline. Email lang daw po. Dpo kaya maging reason un ng disapproval ko?

    Thanks po

  9. We’re planning to go to Korea next year with my boyfriend and our baby. Since we are still not married yet, are we still required to have separate bank accounts/statements or only one can do?

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  11. I was given a single entry until October. I will be traveling on September but will go back to Korea inn October. Can I reapply for a visa again without waiting for it to expire in October24?

  12. Hi! Im travelling with my family in Korea most probably by Dec of this year, however I’m currently here in abroad. Do we need to apply Visa together or I can apply my Visa here and they’ll apply their Visa in the Philippines? Taking in consideration that I will be sponsoring them for the whole trip. Thank you for your reply.

    1. We already answered your question in one of our FAQs. Here’s the link to the information you need: https://filipiknow.net/korean-visa-family-application/

  13. Do I still have a chance to get a korean visa even if i’m newly employed? i can provide my previous ITR on my previous company and but without a BIR Stamp.

  14. Hi. as per checking the Korean Embassy in the Phil. website, there are cases that faked their Japan Visa and stamp, me and my friends will be applying kor Korean Tourist Visa and we only have Japan as OECD to submit. Will this affect the processing of our visa?

    1. Hi. We just recently filed our application through an accredited agency and we were informed that they (Korean Embassy) removed Japan from the list of OECD countries because of that incident. You may want to inquire through an agency. Thanks.

  15. Hi,I just want to make sure if I apply visa in Cebu Consular Office. I wont need a travel agency, is this right?

  16. HI! I have a newly open bank this month and I am planning to apply for Korean’s visa on September would that be a problem? I already visited Korea last 2015 and I have a Japan Visa and China. Would that be a help for the approval oft my visa? Thanks.

  17. Hi,

    Just in case you have an idea, is it possible to apply for a visa with dummy air ticket e.g. travel date will be on June 26-30 but once approve can change the travel date to following month?

    Will be a problem in entering Korea?

      1. Hello po. I have a bpi gold master po. But I don’t have an employment certificate. Financial advisor po kasi ako ng isang insurance company and wala po kming employment relationship kasi commission based po sya. Pano po kaya yun?

      2. This link from our FAQ section might have the info you need: https://filipiknow.net/korean-visa-without-certificate-of-employment/

  18. Hi
    Pls I check the portal dis afternoon around 2pm I saw Approved so I went to check again dis evening by 8pm nd it’s already went back to application received and today is Friday. Is it because it’s Saturday d next day or Pls wat is happening

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