How to Check: Korean Visa Application Status & Result

Know the status of your Korean visa application online when you use the Korea Visa Portal. If the result shows Received or Under Review, just hang in there and check out the must-visit restaurants in Seoul like this Joseon Era Pub

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Highlights

  • Curious to know if your visa is approved? Check your Korean visa application status online. Below we’ll show you how.
  • Whether you applied via a travel agency in the Philippines or directly to the Consulate in Cebu, you can go to the Korea Visa Portal website to get accurate results, such as Application Received, Under Review, Approved, or Denied. 
  • Should you decide to do a quick online Korean visa status check, prepare to provide your passport number, name, and date of birth on the Korea Visa Portal.
  • But don’t let anxiety take over you! Stay optimistic and trust the process. It may help to start planning your itinerary with WAUG, which is the #1 travel activity booking platform from Korea! Find out more about us here.

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UPDATE: June 13, 2020


Who can I apply for a Korean visa? To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines currently only accepts applications for long-term visas. Tourist visa processing (C-3) is still on hold pending the easing of travel restrictions in the Philippines.

What are the enhanced visa criteria? Those who are eligible to apply for a Korean visa must comply to these requirements and mandatory quarantine. Moreover, successful applicants will no longer be issued a visa sticker in their passport beginning July 1. Upon arrival in South Korea, they must present a printed copy of their visa grant notice instead.

What if I have a valid Korean visa? Single-entry Korean visas that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 are no longer valid. You will need to apply for a new one. However, if you have a valid short-term multiple-entry Korean visa (5 years), you do not have to reapply. Conditions permitting, it can still be used in the future. For reference, you can read the Embassy’s detailed explanation here

How to Check Your Korean Visa Application Status Online

Dying to know if your South Korea visa is approved? I know the feeling. Whether you applied for a tourist, spouse, or work visa, here’s how you can check the status and result:

1. Visit the Korea Visa Portal 

Here’s the link to the website: https://www.visa.go.kr/.

2. Translate the Korea Visa Portal to English

Do this by clicking the selection on the top-right corner of your browser, as pointed in the screenshot below. (You also have the option to translate the page to Chinese.)

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Once the language is changed, you should then see texts that read Korea Visa Portal, General Guide, Application, Check Application Status, and more on the left sidebar, 

3. Select Check Application Status 

Hover over Check Application Status. You’ll then see a submenu that lists the Check Application Status & Print option. Click on this one.

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4. Select Diplomatic Office and Passport No.

The page where you’ll be directed to is where you can input your details and check your Korean visa status. Make sure to select Diplomatic Office for the Type of Applications and Passport No. in the field that follows:

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5. Provide your personal details

This page of the Korea Visa Portal requires your name, birthday, and passport number. Follow the format for each field, as outlined below:

Passport No.

You can find this number on the top-right corner of your bio page. If you have the latest version of the Philippine passport, the number will most likely be in this format: P1234567H 

Name in English

For the name field, use this format: [LAST FIRST]

If your full name is John Diocson Cruz or John D. Cruz, type it in only as CRUZ JOHN, as shown below. Do not include your middle name, middle initial, or a comma.

If you have two or multiple given names like John Julio, type it in as CRUZ JOHN JULIO on the field.

Date of Birth

You can either type your birthdate using the format of YYYY/MM/DD or use the calendar tool by clicking on the icon.

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6. Hit Search 

You will then see a section that may display any of the following status: Application Received or Under Review. Here’s a sample:

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It can also display a detailed result, such as Approved or Denied. Here’s a sample:

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Understanding Your Korea Visa Portal Result

Let’s look at what it means if your online search renders any of these results regarding your Korean visa application:

No search data has been found

If your search query returns this message, you may have either typed in your information using the wrong format (in which case, review your details again!) or your travel agency has not submitted your application yet.

Application Received

This is an acknowledgment that the Embassy or the Consulate has already received your documents for processing.

Under Review

Your application is currently being assessed by the officer. Hang on tight and consider booking this AREX train ticket to go from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station!

Approved

Congratulations! Your Korean visa application is successful! You will most likely see the following details:

  • Type of Visa (single-entry or multiple-entry)
  • Expiry Date
  • Status of Stay (C-3-9 is the code for short-term tourist visa). 
  • Certificate (or your Confirmation of Visa Issuance)

Now all you have to do is claim your passport and make the most of your upcoming trip! Why not book this packed Nami Island Bus Tour from Seoul? Also, if you’ve got the time, please let us know in the comments section below how you got approved so other travelers would feel inspired! 

Denied

Unfortunately, your Korean visa application was unsuccessful. You may or may not be provided a reason for denial, e.g. 7. Your purpose of entry has not been explained in detail.

But don’t lose heart! Know that you can either re-apply for a Korean visa after 6 months or plan a trip for another destination. Go and check out WAUG’s activities for Singapore, Da Nang, or Hong Kong, which remain visa-free destinations for Filipinos! 

Got WAUG yet?

If you do not have WAUG installed on your phone yet, make sure to download the app here so you can browse the most popular restaurants and activities in your area!

If your Korean visa result is denied…

When you filled out your visa application form, you may have read this item from the Notice section: To receive the disapproval notice in written form, visa applicants must visit the diplomatic office and apply in person.

If you applied for your Korean visa through a travel agency, expect to get this Notice of Denial (slip) when your passport is returned to you. Use this information for the next time you apply for a Korean visa.

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