How to Apply for a Korean Visa: Requirements & Accredited Travel Agencies

How to Apply for a Korean Visa: Requirements & Accredited Travel Agencies

Filipinos need to apply for a tourist visa to visit South Korea. Below you’ll find the Korean visa requirements for 2019 and the list of designated travel agencies that you can contact.

The Rundown

  • To apply for a South Korea tourist visa in the Philippines, applicants must prepare the visa requirements for their category and submit their application through a designated travel agency.

  • Korean visa requirements differ for employees, students, business owners, housewives, etc.

  • Walk-in applicants for the South Korea tourist visa are no longer accommodated at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Taguig. However, those who intend to apply at the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu may still do a walk-in application.

  • While the Embassy does not collect a fee to process South Korea tourist visa applications, expect to pay your chosen designated travel agency for their service.

  • As of April 1, 2019, the standard lead time for South Korea tourist visa application processing is seven (7) working days. This applies to both frequent and first-time travelers.

  • If you want to expedite your Korean visa application to two (2) business days, you may apply for the South Korea Express Visa service. You can find more details here.

  • Holders of high-tier BPI and BDO credit cards are eligible to apply for a multiple-entry South Korea tourist visa.

  • Once you have your application processed, you may check the status of your South Korea visa application online. Here’s how.

  • To stay connected in South Korea, don’t forget to rent a pocket Wifi device. Check the rates here.

Also read: How to Apply for a South Korea Visa With Incomplete Requirements


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  • Effective April 1, 2019, all South Korea tourist visa applications will be processed in seven (7) business days, as announced by the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines here.

  • Those who wish to have their Korea visa applications expedited to two (2) business days (excluding day of application) may apply for the South Korea Express Visa service for a fee of ₱1,000 (or $20). For more details, check out our guide here.


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I. What are the Korean Visa Requirements in 2019?

Here the South Korea tourist visa requirements that employees, business owners, and students need to prepare, as listed on the Embassy's website:

REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES

  1. South Korea Visa Application Form

  2. One (1) Passport-size colored picture

  3. Original Passport

  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 the Korean visa applicant's position, hiring date, compensation, office address, HR landline number and HR email address.

    • HR mobile number is not allowed.

  7. Original Personal Bank Certificate

    • Must include the account type, current balance, account opening date, and 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

  11. South Korea Express Visa Application Form (optional)


REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS

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  1. South Korea Visa Application Form

  2. One (1) Passport-size colored picture

  3. Original Passport

  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: submit their original employment certificate and a photocopy of their ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316

    • If parents are self-employed or business owners: submit a copy of their business Registration from SEC or DTI, copy of their business permit or Mayor's Permit, and copy of their ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank

    • Original Bank Certificate, which must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and ADB

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

    • Copy of NSO Marriage Certificate

  10. South Korea Express Visa Application Form (optional)


REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES

  1. South Korea Visa Application Form

  2. One (1) Passport-size colored picture

  3. Original Passport

  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. Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI

  7. Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor's Permit

  8. Original Personal Bank Certificate 

    • Must include the account type, current balance, account opening date, and ADB

  9. Bank Statement 

    • Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months

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

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

  12. South Korea Express Visa Application Form (optional)

If you’re a retired senior citizen, housewife, spouse of worker in Korea, religious worker or a foreign resident in the Philippines, you can view your Korean visa requirements by clicking below.

Additional Korean Visa Requirements & Notes

Here is the list of OECD-member countries, which include Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

If you have visited any OECD-member country (excluding Japan) within the last 5 years as a tourist, you are exempted from submitting the ITR requirement. You can verify the Korean Embassy’s statement here.

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For families intending to apply together for a South Korea tourist visa, prepare to submit your birth and/or marriage certificate/s to prove familial ties.

For groups intending to apply for a Korean visa, i.e. for a company incentive or educational tour, you may file a Group Korean Visa Application provided that the group has at least five (5) members. (For more information, read: How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa as a Group)

Foreigners residing in the Philippines who would like to apply for a South Korea tourist visa may do so provided that they hold a long-term residence visa (either marriage visa, working visa, student visa, retiree's visa, permanent resident visa, etc.) and they have continuously stayed in the Philippines for more than two (2) years.

If you were personally invited by a Korean national, submit an invitation letter and photocopy of their passport or Identification Card along with the standard Korean visa requirements.

If invited by a company in Korea, submit an invitation letter and photocopy of their corporate business registration certificate.

II. Where can I download the South Korea Visa Application Form?

Download the Korean visa application form below and print on A4-size paper. Click here to see our step-by-step guide in filling out the form.

III. How much are the South Korea Visa Application fees in the Philippines?

If you’re like most Filipino travelers who visit Korea for less than 20 days or so, you won’t have to pay for anything! See below for the full schedule (Note that the fees do not include the amount that designated travel agencies will collect for their Korean visa application processing service.):

  • For Philippine Passport Holders

    • It's free! You will not have to pay any Korean visa application fee if your trip in South Korea is less than 59 days.

    • You will have to pay ₱2,000 if you’ll stay in Korea for 60-90 days.

  • For Express Korean Visa applicants (optional)

    • ₱1,000 (around $20)

  • For US Passport Holders

    • Expect to pay ₱2,250 or around $42.8.

  • For Other Foreign Nationals

    • If you are a foreign national in the Philippines, the application fee for a single-entry South Korea tourist visa is ₱2,000 (around $38).

    • Applying for a multiple-entry visa will cost you ₱4,500 (around $85.59).

    • Please note that Korean visa application fees may differ for other nationalities.

IV. How long is the Korean Visa Processing?

Effective April 1, 2019, all Korean tourist visa applications will be processed by the Embassy in Taguig in seven 7 business days, regardless if the applicant has been to an OECD-member country as a tourist or a first-time traveler. This replaces the lead time of three (3) working days for frequent travelers and five (5) for first-timers.

However those who need to expedite their applications to two (2) business days (excluding the date of application) may apply for the Express Korean Visa Processing service. Instructions and application form are found in this guide: Fast-track Your South Korea Visa Application via the 'Express' Service

If you are applying for a Korean visa through a designated travel agency (see list below), keep in mind that they usually add 5-7 business days for the submission of your application to the Embassy and delivery of your visa/passport. Make sure to account these extra days into your waiting time.

If you are applying at the Consulate in Cebu, their lead time for visa processing still remains to be seven (7) business days.


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V. How can I apply for a Korean visa in Cebu?

Those who intend to apply for a South Korea tourist visa in Cebu may still walk in and apply. Here is the address of the Consulate: 12/F Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop cor. Rd. 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City.

They are open from Monday-Friday and observe the following business hours:

  • 9-11am: Acceptance of Korean visa applications

  • 2-4pm: Releasing of Korean visa, if application is successful

Do note that, on several occasions, queues form fast, so it’s advisable to arrive at 8:30am.

VI. How to apply for a Korean Visa through an accredited or designated travel agency?

When the Embassy announced that they will no longer accept walk-in South Korea tourist visa applicants, I felt a bit sad. Personally, it always felt like submitting my application myself was part of my journey to Korea (even if my visits proved dragging and draining). But after dealing with an accredited travel agency, I realized it wasn’t half-bad. I didn’t have to wait in line for long hours, endure the heat of the sun or rain, miss work or school, or fear about not making past the cutoff or being asked to return the next business day. (Yep, it used to be this bad! If you’ve any stories to share, comment them below!)

So, when you work with a travel agency, expect a very hassle-free South Korea tourist visa application process. Moreover, if you need any advice when it comes to your background, requirements, or application, you can also benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience.

As for me, I opted to transact with City Travel and Tours in Makati. I like this accredited travel agency for three reasons: they charge a very low service fee of just ₱700 (excluding courier fees), they are open on Saturdays, and they were fine with receiving my Korean visa requirements via courier/Grab Express (I didn’t have to drop by their office!) Mariz of City Travel is also very polite and helpful.

Before choosing from the list of the accredited travel agencies, know that each one has their own guidelines and procedure when it comes to processing Korean visa applications. It's best to reach out to them first via text, email, call, or instant message (Facebook Messenger) to learn about their process.

LIST: Travel Agencies that are Designated to Process South Korea Tourist Visa Applications

NOTE:   means that the listing has been confirmed and verified by the travel agency.

1. Aboex Travel and Tours

  • Est. date not known

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,500

MANDALUYONG OFFICE:
Unit 14 Upper Ground Globe Tower Plaza 1, Pioneer St., Cor. Madison St., Mandaluyong
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141 or 02-246-1518

VIGAN OFFICE:
Room 32-34 Colegio Business Center, Nueva Segovia  St., Vigan
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141

LAOAG OFFICE:
3/F LC Square, JP Rizal St. cor. Balintawak St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141

2. Adventure International Tours, Inc.

  • Est. 1996

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱700 (Promotional rate)

    MAKATI OFFICE:
    G/3-4F Eurovilla 2, 118 V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines
    Email: reservations@tdgtravel.ph
    Call: (+632) 884-9400

CEBU OFFICE:
2/F, Mahogany Place, Pope John Paul II Ave., Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
Email: cebu@tdgtravel.ph
Call: +63 (32) 238-3076

3. Ark Travel Express Inc. 

  • Est. 1984

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,500 (Processing time of 7 business days)

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

  • Website | Facebook

MAKATI OFFICE:
Unit Lower Ground 3, 4 & 14, 146 Alfaro Place (formerly Cityland Condominium IV), L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: inquiry@arktravelexpress.com
Call: (+632) 816-6416, 816 2201, 815 2296, 893 7294, 893 4979 or 894 3372

4. Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1981

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
23/F, Pacific Star Building, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Email: info@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-2) 988-5000

CEBU BRANCH:
MSY Tower, Unit 10F, Pescadores Road, Cebu Business Park
Email: cebu@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-32) 232-8886

BORACAY BRANCH:
46-D, D’Mall de Boracay, Balabag, Boracay Island, 5608 Malay, Aklan
Email: boracay@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-36) 288-4901

BOHOL BRANCH:
Mezzanine Floor, Sarabia-Co-Torralba Bldg., CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Email:  bohol@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-38) 411-2984

QUEZON CITY BRANCH:
Shop 47, Shopwise Arcade, Times Square Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Email: cubao@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-2) 352-7466

5. Budget Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1993

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
Suite 3, Metropolitan Tower, Mabini St. Malate Manila
Email: kat_aguilar@budgettrvl.com.ph
Call: (+63 2) 523-8120 to 26 or (+63 917) 806-2459

MUNTINLUPA BRANCH:
Unit 4018, 3/F Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa  City, Philippines
Email: kat_aguilar@budgettrvl.com.ph
Call: 850-5456 or 807-6821

6. Casto Travel Philippines Inc.

  • Est. 1996

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
2/F Tuscan Bldg. 114 Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: travel@casto.com.ph
Call: (+632) 810-0079

7. City Travel and Tours Corporation

MAKATI OFFICE:
LG8 Cityland 10 Tower 1 H.V. Dela Costa St. Makati City
Email: info@citytravel.ph
Call: (02) 812 9111, 0918-291-9977, 0923-733-2780 or 0917-855-2780

PAMPANGA BRANCH:
Unit 201, 2/F Diamond Spring Hotel Bldg. Mc Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Email: info@citytravel.ph
Call:  (045) 405 0317, 0918-233-2144, 0922-863-6006, or 0915-762-2882

8. Come on Phils. Golf & Travel Agency Inc.

  • Est. date not known

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Website | Facebook (not found)

PASAY OFFICE:
A-36 HK Sun Plaza Macapagal, Pasay
Email: N/A
Call: 02-810-1959

9. Constellation Travels, Inc.

  • Est. 1978

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
11/F Pryce Center Condominium 1179 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Bagtikan St. San Antonio Village, Makati City
Email: reservations@constelltravel.com.ph
Call: +63 (2) 224-1730, +63 (917) 813 7180 or +63 (917) 565 7694

ILOILO BRANCH:
G/F Door 2, Manfred's Building, 22 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, 5000 Philippines
Email: ctiiloilo@constelltravel.com.ph
Call: +63 (33) 514 1066 or +63 (917) 823 8655

10. First United Travel Inc.

  • Est. 1982

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
Garden Level, Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Makati City, Philippines
Email: info@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: (+632) 818-7181
 
BULACAN BRANCH:
2/F Abary Square Bldg. 1733 Año St. Corner F. Vergel De Dios St., Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan
Email: nethele@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: +63 44 892 0746 or +63 44 766 1939

CEBU BRANCH:
Unit #118 The QC Pavilion, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, 6000 Cebu City
Email: katmlupisan@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: +63 32 266 1841 or +63 32 412 0863

11. Getaway Tours International Inc.

  • Est. 1979

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
576 GTI Bldg, San Andres St. Brgy 704, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call:  (+632) 400-8745, 400-8746, 354 4760 or 400-8745

PARAÑAQUE BRANCH:
Ground Floor WSCT 026 Waltermart, Brgy. San Isidro, Dr. Santos Ave., Sucat Paranaque City
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: (+632) 820-1707, (+632) 820-1504 or (+632) 820-4238

CAVITE BRANCH (DASMARIÑAS):
UGF 156, SM City Dasmariñas, Sampaloc 1, Dasmariñas City, Cavite
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: (+046) 435-3387

CAVITE BRANCH (GENERAL TRIAS):
Level 2 – Unit 200-A, Robinson’s Place, General Trias, Cavite
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: ( +046) 436-2112

12. GrandHope Travel and Tours

  • Est. 1995

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

CEBU OFFICE:
Lower Ground Level, SM City, Juan Luna Avenue Extension, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhopesm@gmail.com
Call: (032) 233-8530, (032) 234-0764, (032) 233-8263 or (032) 234-0767

CEBU BRANCH (FUENTE):
G/F Dona Luisa Building, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhope_travel@yahoo.com
Call: (032) 255-4089 or (032) 255-4091

AYALA BRANCH:
Ayala Center Cebu, Level 4, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhope_ayala@yahoo.com
Call: (032) 268-9009 or (032) 268-9008

BOHOL BRANCH:
Galleria Luisa Building 2nd Floor, C. Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines 6300
Email: grandhopebohol@gmail.com
Call: (038) 501-8588

13. H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp.

  • Est. 2009

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

TAGUIG OFFICE:
2/F Serendra Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio
Email: info@his-manila.com
Call: 02-718-5002 or 02-822-4496

14. Hanatour Manila Inc.

  • Est. date not known

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

PASAY OFFICE:
2/F Damon Bldg., Macapagal Avenue, 1011 Pasay, Metro Manila
Email: N/A
Call: 02-403-3993

15. Hankookceb Corp. 

  • Est. 2012

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱800

CEBU OFFICE:
Trans Asia Building Room 301 Cor. MJ Cuenco Ave, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City
Email: karenabella2@naver.com
Call: (032) 238-2595

MAKATI BRANCH:
Unit 201, Buma Building, 1012 Metropolitan Ave., San Antonio, Makati City
Email: karenabella2@naver.com
Call: (02) 776-0253

16. Horizon Travel and Tours, Inc.

  • Est. 1977

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MANILA OFFICE (Ermita):
490 Potenciana Mansion, Sta. Monica St., Ermita, Manila
Email: info_main@horizontravel.ph
Call:  02-521-2586

MANILA BRANCH (Binondo):
345 San Vicente cor. T. Pinpin St., Binondo, Manila
Email: info_main@horizontravel.ph
Call: +632 3102308 to 09 or 9862717

17. International Journeys Inc.

  • Est. 1967

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱500

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MANILA OFFICE:
Unit 2, 3/F Altra Center, 1663 Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila
Email: internationaljourneys@gmail.com
Call:  (632) 400-0550 or +63917-5372-038

18. JOINENJOY (Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.) 

  • Est. 2002

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,000

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

  • Website | Facebook

PASAY OFFICE:
Unit 109-P, G/F Five Ecom Center, Pacific Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Email: joinenjoy@hotelclick.com.ph
Call: +632-7082000

19. JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.

  • Est. 1912

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

TAGUIG OFFICE:
18/F, Unit 2, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center 26th & 25th Streets, Bonifacio South, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila,Philippines 1634
Email: leisure_jtbmnl.ph@jtbap.com
Call: 894 5528

PASAY BRANCH:
259-EM, SM Mall of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City 1300
Email: N/A
Call: +63 0949 994 0249

CEBU BRANCH:
2F, J Centre Mall, V.Albano, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Email: N/A
Call: +63 032-260-8024

QUEZON CITY:
4/F Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4, Ayala Mall (Vertis North), Quezon City
Email: N/A
Call: (+632) 932-5600

20. KP Joeun Consultancy Inc.

  • Est. N/A

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

PASIG OFFICE:
Retail 9, Goldland Millenia Tower J, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-854-5514, 02-4511282, or 02-998-6639

21. Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.

  • Est. 1984

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
Unit B2, G/F Imperial Bayfront Tower 1642 A, Mabini Street, Brgy. 699, Zone 076, Malate, Manila
Email: laspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 711-7069, 711-7072, 711-7074, 711-7075, 711-7076 or 7117069

MAKATI BRANCH:
UG1 146 Alfaro Place Bldg, LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: laspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 840-1363 to 65, 810-0107 to 08, 810-0226 to 27, 817-1224, 892-3663 or 810-0172

PAMPANGA BRANCH:
Unit 2, Consunji Street . Brgy. Sto Rosario, 2000 San Fernando, Pampanga
Emaillaspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (045) 435-1177, (045) 435-1977 or (045) 435-1016

22. Marsman Drsydale Travel Inc. 

  • Est. 1979

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

  • Website | Facebook

MAKATI OFFICE:
19/F Robinsons Summit Center 6783, Ayala Avenue Makati City, Philippines
Email: inquiry@ph.hrgworldwide.com
Call: +63 2 887-0000

23. MNK Travel and Tours Corp.

  • Est. date not found

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

PASIG OFFICE:
802 One Corp. Center, Julia Vargas cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-687-4443

24. North Star International Travel, Inc.

  • Est. 1990

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
19/F Trident Tower, 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1200 Philippines
Email: inquiry@northstar-travel.com.ph
Call:  +63 2 485 7272

25. Pan Pacific Travel Corporation  

  • Est. 1978

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱800

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

  • Website | Facebook

MANILA OFFICE:
353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Email: panpacifictravel@gmail.com
Call: (63-2) 243-6666

MANILA BRANCH (Ermita):
G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Email: trafalgarmanila@panpacifictravel.com.ph
Call: (632) 523-1990 or 526-6427

MAKATI BRANCH:
Unit LG-1 Herrera Tower Condominium. # 98 V.A. Rufino St cor. Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: pptcmkti@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 810-8551 to 56

CEBU BRANCH:
Diplomat Hotel, Suite No. 6, 90 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Email: panpaccebu@gmail.com
Call: (032) 254-0343/45/47/49

26. Party-on Travel and Tour Community Inc.

  • Est. date not found

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

PASIG OFFICE:
Unit C2 17/F, Strata 100 Bldg. F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-470-2000

27. Rajah Travel Corporation

  • Est. 1972

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F 331 Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines
Email: webinquiry@rajahtravel.com
Call:  +63 (02) 894 0886

MANILA BRANCH:
G/F GLC Building, A. Mabini cor. T.M. Kalaw Sts., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Email: webinquiry@rajahtravel.com
Call: +63 (02) 523 8801

28. Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1999

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,000

  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F Rico Building, 112 Aguirre St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Email: support@raksotravel.com
Call:  (+63) 02 651 9000

MANILA BRANCH (Ermita):
Unit G-06 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, 1415 Adriatico Street Ermita, Manila
Email: mnlsales@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 02-354-1000

MANILA BRANCH (Binondo):
517-519 Tomas Mapua St, Santa Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Email: jek.uyjamisola@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 2443501/02

PAMPANGA BRANCH:
2/F #1 Quad 2 Plaridel ST. Nepo Center, Brgy. Sto. Rosario Angeles City, Pampanga
Email: br_angeles@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 045 888 1010

BORACAY BRANCH:
Regency Lagoon Bldg. A, Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Email: br.sales@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 036 288 2419 / 036 288 2420

CEBU BRANCH:
2/F The Walk Cebu IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, 6000
Email: sales.ceb@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 032 340-2000

DAVAO BRANCH:
Level 1 Unit 111B-112, Robinson's cybergate Mall Davao, J.P. Laurel street, Bajada, Davao City
Email: m.repolles@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 82 287 8200

DAVAO EXPRESS:
3/F Floor Gaisano Mall, JP Laurel Avenue Bajada, Davao City
Email: m.repolles@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 082 255-6456 or 09399374559

29. Reli Tours and Travel Company

  • Est. 1988

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F Dusit Hotel cor. Edsa Pasay Road, Makati City
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  (632) 867-3655, (632) 894-1214 or (632) 893 9226

PASAY BRANCH:
SM Mall of Asia, Bay City Pasay City, Metro Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  632-556-1445, 556-1446 or 556-1447

MANDALUYONG BRANCH:
5/F SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call: 632-637-4694, 637-4695 or 637-5020

MANILA BRANCH:
4/F Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regonte St. cor. Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  632-242-0640

LAS PIÑAS BRANCH:
SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call: 632-800-4948, 02-800-4949 or 02-800-4950

30. Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc. 

MAKATI OFFICE:
Suite 501-504 Alexander House Bldg., 132 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229
Emailstsdocumentation@cfsharp.com or stssales@cfsharp.com
Call:  +63-2 817 0071 to 74

31. Swire Travel Philippines Inc. 

MAKATI OFFICE:
6/F Country Space Bldg., Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Email: reservations@swiretravelphils.com.ph
Call:  +632 8171082, +639773879721 or +63 9330439594

32. The Baron Travel Corporation

  • Est. 1967

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F, PCCI Corporate Center, 118 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: contactus@barontravel.com.ph
Call:  +632 817 4926

CEBU BRANCH:
Unit H Capitol Commercial Complex, N. Escario Street, Cebu City
Email : cebubtcmgr@yahoo.com
Call: +6332 255 6095

33. Travelpros

  • Est. 1993

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱950

MANDALUYONG OFFICE:
5/F SM Megamall Building B, Julia Vargas Ave. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Email: main@travelpros.ph
Call: 634-0265 to 67 or 09178866578

TAGUIG BRANCH:
SM Aura Premier B1, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Email: aura@travelpros.ph
Call: 556-3007 or 09228161707

QUEZON CITY (Fairview):
Lower Ground, Main Bldg., SM City Fairview, Quezon City
Email: fairview@travelpros.ph
Call: 939-6023, 938-8742 or 09178866575

QUEZON CITY (North EDSA):
G/F SM City North EDSA, The Block, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
Email: northedsa@travelpros.ph
Call: 332-9678 or 09176232668

QUEZON PROVINCE:
2/F A-Square Town Center, Doña Tating St., Tiaong, Quezon
Email: tiaong@travelpros.ph
Call: 09228161703

34. TravelServices Inc.

  • Est. 2009

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
2/F Trinity Insurance Center 7504 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio, Makati City
Email: sales@ph.fcm.travel
Call:  (+63 2) 706 8600

LAGUNA BRANCH:
2/F J. Alcasid Business Center, Crossing Street., Calamba City, Laguna 4029
Email: corplaguna@ph.fcm.travel
Call: (+632) 806 7503 or (+63 49) 508 2512 to 13

CEBU BRANCH:
4/F, Metrobank Plaza Building, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City 6000
Email: corpcebu@ph.fcm.travel
Call:  (+632) 806 7505 or  (+63 32) 253 5808

35. Uni-Orient Travel Inc.

  • Est. 1976

  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
447 Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila
Email: marketing@uniorient.com
Call: 02-243-3888 or 0998 555 2083 

CEBU BRANCH:
2/F Capitol Square, Escario Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Email: N/A
Call: +6332 253-1866


TIPS!

  • In case you’re wondering, appearance before a visa officer is not part of the standard South Korea tourist visa application process.

  • Those who are spouses and children of Koreans, holders of Visa Issuance Number, Government Employees with official business trip, and travelers with urgent humanitarian reasons will still be allowed to do a walk-in application.

  • 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 onward, it will be considered invalid. You'll 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: How to Apply for or Renew Your Philippine Passport: 2019 Guide

  • When submitting your Korean visa requirements, make sure to include your old passport that contains records of your travels (OECD tourist visas) for the past five (5) years.

  • if you’re an employee who’ll apply for a Korean visa, the Certificate of Employment requirement should have the following information:

    • Position

    • Date hired

    • Compensation

    • Office address

    • HR landline number (Mobile no. is not allowed)

    • HR Email address

  • If you're a remote worker or someone whose employer is based outside the Philippines, the consul might ask for a signed (by hand) and/or stamped (or sealed) Certificate of Employment. Prepare to present one.

  • If you are unemployed, do not fall into the 'housewife' category, AND will be applying for a Korean visa alone, there is a high chance that your application will be denied. Having no source of income is a red flag to consuls; it shows that you may not be able to fund your Korea trip and/or you're looking to apply for a job overseas.

  • Getting a bank certificate as part of the Korean visa requirements list is easy. Just go to your branch of account and ask the clerk to issue you a Bank Certificate for your South Korea visa application. Securing one shouldn't take longer than a day.

  • Bank certificate fees vary per bank, but most would charge anywhere around ₱100-200. There may also be a fee for the printing of your Bank Statements. I was charged ₱50 per page for my bank statement.

  • No savings account? Get a statement for your payroll instead. It's what I did for my South Korea tourist visa application.

  • If you’re thinking about how much money should be reflected in your bank account for your visa application, there’s really no official guideline on this. Just make sure that what you have is commensurate to your planned trip. If you’d like to stay in South Korea for 7 days, I’d say ₱10,000 is a very questionable amount, anywhere near ₱25,000 somewhat acceptable, and ₱35,000 or more should be ideal.

  • We have some budget tips for your South Korea trip here.

  • Missing the ITR? Submit a letter of explanation. Here’s the cover letter template that you can use for your South Korea tourist visa application. (I personally have done this and was able to get a visa, so I'd say it's worth the try.)

  • Submit your cover letter along with the other Korean visa requirements.

  • When you're issued a regular tourist visa to South Korea, you will most likely have 90 days to use it before it expires. Plan your trip accordingly.

  • If you've obtained a new Philippine passport after receiving a South Korea tourist visa, notify the Embassy. Contact information are found below.

  • It's not really difficult for Filipinos to get a Korean visa. Travel agencies are there to support you, so make sure to seek their advice, especially if you have a questionable travel history.

  • Gentle reminder! If you would like to avail the Expedited or Express Processing service for your visa application, you must fill out the separate application form and submit it along with the other Korean visa requirements to your chosen designated travel agency.


VII. How can I apply for a South Korea Multiple-Entry Visa?

Until December 2019, you can apply for a South Korea multiple-entry tourist visa if you have any of the following credit cards from BPI and BDO:

  1. BDO Gold

    • Gold Visa Credit Card

    • Gold MasterCard Credit Card

    • Gold UnionPay Credit Card

    • Gold JCB Credit Card

  2. BDO Elite

    • Platinum Visa Credit Card

    • Titanium/Platinum & World Elite MasterCard Credit Card

    • Gold/Platinum/Cathay Pacific & American Express Charge Cards issued by BDO

    • Diamond UnionPay Credit Card

    • Diners Club Premiere

  3. BPI Gold MasterCard

    • BPI SkyMiles Platinum MasterCard

  4. BPI Amore Visa Platinum

  5. Gold BPI Express Teller Debit

If you own any of these, know that you are also exempted from submitting the ITR and bank certificate requirements. 

You can check BPI’s full promo terms and conditions here.

VIII. How to check the status of your South Korea Visa Application?

If you would like to track the status or the final result of your Korean visa application online, read: How to Check the Status of Your South Korea Visa Application

When your application is approved, rejoice! Go ahead and start planning your Seoul itinerary.

IX. What happens if my Korean Visa Application is denied?

If your South Korea tourist visa application is denied, you will be given a reason for rejection. Most common reasons are: your intention/purpose of visit is unclear, you can't prove that you can financially support yourself, and you can't prove your intent to return.

If this is the case for you, move on quickly and don't lose hope. Apply for a Korean visa again in the next six (6) months. Just make sure to be more thoughtful and thorough with your application by doing the following:

  • Demonstrate that you have a verifiable and stable job/source of income.

  • Show a solid financial history and record (whether yours or sponsor's).

  • For questionable travel histories (i.e. overstaying), make sure to explain by writing a cover letter.

  • Consult with your travel agency.

  • Ensure that you have the complete set of Korean visa requirements.

Please note that if you applied for the new South Korea Express Visa Processing and got your application denied, the fee of ₱1,000 will not be returned.

X. What happens after I file my South Korea Tourist Visa application?

Start planning your Korea trip! Here are some articles and travel guides that you may find useful:

Contact Information: Embassy of Korea in the Philippines

For any questions about the Korean visa application procedure, you may reach the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines by calling +632 856 9210 (loc. 270 or 500) or emailing them at ph04@mofa.go.kr.

Alternatively, you may call the Consulate in Cebu at +63 32 231 1516 (to 19) or email them at phi_cebu2015@mofa.go.kr.

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