How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa as a Group

How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa as a Group

This Korean visa application guide is meant for groups that plan to partake in a company or educational tour.

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The Rundown

  • The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines accepts group or batch processing for qualified South Korea tourist visa applicants.

  • This service is available to those who will partake in a company or educational tour. Common purposes include participating in a conference, attending exhibitions, or joining incentive tours (MICE).

  • The group applying for a Korean visa must be in the same flight or vessel upon entering and exiting South Korea.

  • Interested parties may submit their Korean visa requirements and application to travel agencies designated by the Embassy. Contact details are provided below.

  • Looking for a private van transfer from Incheon Airport to Seoul? Click here to book one.

Also read: Applying for a Korean Visa Through An Accredited Travel Agency


UPDATE: June 27, 2019

  • The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines released a notice on e-Group visa. Qualified groups may now apply for an e-Group visa through a designated travel agency (see list below).

  • An e-Group visa application is an online application lodged by an accredited travel agency via the Korea Visa Portal. This eliminates the need for travel agencies to submit the requirements of applicants at the Embassy in Taguig or Consulate in Cebu.

  • The Embassy instructs interested parties to contact their chosen travel agent for the requirements and procedure.

  • Indonesian citizens may directly apply for an e-Group visa online, as reported by The Jakarta Post here.


Application for South Korea Tourist Group Visa

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On July 24, 2018, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines announced that they will start processing group applications for the South Korea tourist visa. This option is available to those who shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have at least five (5) members applying for a Korean visa

  2. Group must be in the same company tour (MICE) or educational tour (below secondary and collegiate levels)

  3. Group must arrive at and depart from South Korea under the same flight or vessel

Interested parties in the Philippines may inquire more details from and proceed with their batch application through an accredited travel agency.

Designated Travel Agencies for Group Korean Visa Application

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As noted on the Embassy's online notice, those who intend to apply for a Korean visa as a group may contact the following designated travel agencies, which are expected to have varying guidelines, schedules, fees and procedures:

CEBU

  • GrandHope Travel, Inc.

    • Lower Ground Level, SM City - NRA, Cebu City

    • 032-234-0764

MAKATI

  • Ark Travel Express Inc.

    • 146 Alfaro Place, L.P Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati City

    • 02-816-6416

  • Marsman Drsydale Travel Inc.

    • 19/F, Robinsons Summit Center Ayala Avenue, Makati City

    • 02-887-0000

  • Rajah Travel Corporation

    • 3/F 331 Building, 331 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

    • 02-894-0886

  • Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.

    • 3/F Rico Bldg. #112, Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

    • 02-651-9000

MANILA

  • Horizon Travel and Tours, Inc.

    • 490 Potenciana Mansion Sta Monica St., Ermita Manila

    • 02-521-2586

  • International Journeys Inc.

    • Unit 2, 3/F Altra Center, 1663 Jorge Bocobo Street Malate, Manila

    • 02-4000-550

  • Pan Pacific Travel Corporation

    • 353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila

    • 02-243-6666

PASAY

  • Hanatour Manila Inc.

    • 2/F Damon Bldg., Macapagal Avenue, 1011 Pasay, Metro Manila

    • 02-403-3993

  • Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc. or JoinEnjoy

    • Unit 109-P, G/F Five Ecom Center, Pacific Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

    • 02-708-9999

Interested applicants may also refer to this Korea visa application guide to see the contact details of the travel agencies.

Recommended Seoul Itinerary for Groups

Traveling large? It’s best to rent this van transfer. Screengrab from  Klook

Traveling large? It’s best to rent this van transfer. Screengrab from Klook

To have an exciting and memorable Korea tour with your group, here are some of the recommended services and activities that you can book:

  1. Private Incheon to Seoul Transfer (Good for 7)

  2. KAL Limousine Bus Ticket for Incheon to Seoul Trips

  3. Van Transfers from Myeongdong to N Seoul Tower

  4. WIDEMOBILE Pocket Wifi for Korea

  5. Nami Island & Lotte World/Lotte World Tower Group Tour

South Korea Tourist Visa Requirements

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The following are the Korean visa requirements for employees and students in the Philippines:

EMPLOYEES

  1. Application Form

  2. One (1) piece of Passport size colored picture (to be pasted on the Application Form)

  3. Original Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months)

  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page

  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years, if applicable

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

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

  8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

  9. ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy

  10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable only

STUDENTS

  1. Application Form

  2. One (1) piece of Passport size colored picture (to be pasted on the Application Form)

  3. Original Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months)

  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page

  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years, if applicable

  6. School Certificate (Original)

  7. Copy of School ID

  8. Copy of Birth Certificate

  9. Parents' Documents**

**If parents are employed:

  • Original Employment Certificate (must include position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number since cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)

  • Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy

  • Original Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance)

  • Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

**If parents are self-employed:

  • Copy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI

  • Copy of Business Permit or Mayor's Permit

  • Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank

  • Original Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance)

  • Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

  • Copy of NSO Marriage Certificate

For a visual guide in accomplishing the application form, read: How To Fill Out: South Korea Visa Application Form

If you're unable to submit a particular requirement like the ITR, you may write a cover letter for your Korean visa application. Read this guide: How to Apply for a South Korea Visa With Incomplete Requirements


TIPS!

  • Before gathering your Korean visa requirements, check with any of the travel agencies listed above if there are any special guidelines or requirements needed for your group's application.

  • On July 1, 2018, the company alphalist was removed from the list of standard Korean visa requirements for employees. However, the Embassy reserves the right to request one from applicants should they find it necessary. Read more about the company alphalist for Korean visa here.

  • Note that walk-in applicants for the Korean tourist visa will no longer be accommodated inside the Embassy. Applicants must contact and transact with a travel agency that's designated or accredited to process Korean visa applications.

  • For tips to make a South Korea budget trip possible, also read: Count the Cost: Budget Tips for Your South Korea Trip

  • If your Philippine passport is set to expire in six months' time upon your entry to South Korea, e.g. your passport's expiration is July 15, 2018 and your arrival to South Korea will be January 15, 2018 onwards, it will be considered invalid. You'll even most likely be unable to pass through the Bureau of Immigration counter in the airport.

  • If you need to renew or apply for a new passport, read this guide.


Questions and Reference

For further questions about the group visa application, you may contact any of the travel agencies listed above. You may also click here to read the Embassy's official notice.

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