UPDATE: New Korean Visa Application Processing Time for 2019
The Embassy updated their processing time following an increase in the number of South Korea visa applicants.
On March 25, 2019, the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines announced that it will increase the lead time of South Korea visa applications for tourists beginning April 1st.
Regardless of the Korean visa applicant’s travel history, the standard lead time will be seven (7) working days.
Those who wish to fast-track their visa applications to two (2) business days may apply for the South Korea Express Visa Service.
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South Korea Visa Processing Time 2019
Effective April 1, 2019, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines will observe a new lead time for the temporary visitor’s visa applications, i.e. tourist or business visa. Those who intend to apply will be subject to the new visa processing schedule of seven (7) working days. This revised timeline applies to all applicants regardless of their travel history.
Previous processing times for Korean visa applications were categorized as follows:
Three (3) working days for frequent travelers or those who have been to an OECD-member country as a tourist
Five (5) working days for first-time travelers
The new lead time of 7 business days is said to take effect given the rising number of applications received by the Embassy. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead to avoid inconvenience.
However, those who need to get a result of their Korean visa application in as fast as two (2) business days (excludes date of application) may apply for the South Korea Express Visa service. A fee of ₱1,000 (or $20) applies for the expedited processing. To see more details and download the application form, read: Fast-track Your South Korea Visa Application via the ‘Express’ Service
Visa processing schedule in Cebu remains unchanged at seven (7) business days.
Check out our list of South Korea visa requirements here. The link also contains our listing of the travel agencies that are designated by the Embassy to handle visa applications.
Ready to download and fill out the Korean visa application form? Click here.
To see the Embassy’s official announcement, click here.
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