Applying for a Korean visa is so far one of the easiest visa application I’ve done. Read on to know more of the how to’s.
- Go to the Korean embassy website and download the Visa Application Form (or you can click here). For family application, each member should have a filled-out application form, even toddlers and babies.
- Check the Visa Requirements section and select which category you fall under, whether you’re a student or employee etc.
- Bring all the required documents when going to the embassy. If you’re applying as a family and with children, you have to bring a photocopy of your marriage certificate and also a photocopy of your children’s birth certificates. Toddlers and babies should also have a passport size photo.
If you have all your documents ready you can go to the Korean embassy the next day, no need to set an appointment. Just note that Visa Application is only from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, weekdays. When you arrive at the embassy, you have to log in first at the front gate. When inside the building, get a queue number and log in again at the desk just beside the entrance. Wait for your number to flash on the screen right above the Consul windows. The application doesn’t take that long because you just have to submit all the documents and that’s it, no interviews unless maybe if the Consul finds something that needs questioning. Afterwards, you will be given a claim stub with the schedule of when you will be getting your passport with your visa. Remember though that you will only know if you’ve been granted a visa on the day of the release of your passport. Processing may take 3-5 working days.
Claiming of Visa
Same as when you applied for your visa, you have to log in and get a queue number, wait for your number to flash on the screen and that’s it! Just don’t forget to bring your claim stub and to double check the details on your visa to prevent any problems. Also, prior to going to the embassy, write your name and contact number at the back of the claim stub. Then on a small piece of paper, write the name(s) of the applicant(s), this will be given to the Consul along with your queue number.
Where’s the Embassy
The Korean Embassy is located at McKinely Hill, Taguig City (see map below). There are different ways to get there; the easiest would be is to hail a cab or your own car (I’m just not sure about the parking). The building’s entrance is along C-5, before entering McKinely Hill, and it doesn’t have a big sign that says Korean Embassy so be careful or you might miss it. If you’re coming from SM Aura or Market Market and passing along C-5, it’s on your right side.
Tips and Things to Know:
- Try to come early to prevent plenty of people.
- The Korean Embassy is not strict when it comes to bringing cellphones inside the Embassy but you are not allowed to make a phone call.
- Tourist Visa is GRATIS if you’ll be staying 59 days or less in Korea.
- Again, Visa Application is from 8 AM – 11 AM, weekdays. Releasing of Visa is from 1:00PM – 4:00PM, weekdays.
- Processing of Visa is 3-5 business days.
- If you’ve been to any OECD Countries for the last 5 years, bring a photocopy of your visa or any proof of entrance and submit it along with the other required documents. (Click here for list of OECD member countries.) This will make the processing of your visa faster (meaning 3 days only and not 4 or 5).
- If you’re applying as a family, you can just have one representative (one of the applicants) to apply for you. Remember to bring a photocopy of your marriage certificate and photocopy of the birth certificates of your children.
If you have other questions, just drop it on the comment section below or you can call the Korean Embassy’s hotline.
- Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines
- Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
Tel : (63-2) 856-9210, Fax : (63-2) 856-9008
- Hours of Operation : 08:30~17:00 (Mon-Fri)