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- Fill out the Korean visa application form using a computer. While you can submit a handwritten form, we recommend turning in a typewritten or computerized document for utmost readability.
- You may accomplish the form in English or Korean.
- Use block or UPPERCASE letters.
- For dates, use the format YYYY/MM/DD or 2020/01/25.
- Put a check mark (√) on items with multiple options.
- You must fill out the Korean visa application form completely. If there are items that are irrelevant to you, use N/A.
- When you’re done providing your responses, print out each page on A4-size papers. Attach your photo on the first page and sign on the last page.
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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? Check if it’s still useable here.
Download the Korean Visa Application Form
First things first! Get the latest version of the South Korea visa application form (2020) by clicking below. You will have the option to download the PDF file or a Word file. Complete the form using a computer and print all pages on A4 paper.
Sample Korean Visa Application Form
When I accomplished my visa application form for South Korea, I downloaded the PDF file, opened it using a PDF reader, and used Arial, 12, black. (For the purposes of this article, my responses are in red. However, when you accomplish your application form, make sure to use black color. Also note that some travel agencies may require you to follow a different format.)
1. Personal Details
The topmost header lists some instructions and reminders from the Embassy of Korea:
- You must fill out this form completely and correctly.
- Write in block letters (ALL CAPS!) using either English or Korean letters.
- For multiple-choice questions, the applicant must check (√) all that apply.
- If you select ‘other’ in items with multiple options, add more details or information in the given space.
Now we’re ready to go over the Korean visa application form step-by-step. The first part seeks to know your basic personal info. This should be straightforward.
The photo that you’ll attach on this form should meet the following specifications:
- 35mm x 45mm in size
- Shows a white background
- Taken within the last six (6) months
Moreover, your face should not be covered and must have a neutral expression.
To meet all the guidelines easily, you can visit a nearby photo studio and avail of their South Korea photo package. They commonly charge a fee of around ₱100-150.
1.1 Family Name and Given Names
Type in your surname and given name/s in the applicable fields.
1.2 Chinese Name (한자성명)
If you have an official name in Chinese characters, type it in. Otherwise, use N/A like I did.
Check the box (√) that pertains to your sex.
1.4 Date of birth
Use the format YYYY/MM/DD when you provide your birthday, i.e. 1993/02/14 for February 14, 1993.
1.5 Nationality / 1.6 Country of Birth
Write your nationality and country of birth in the next section. As for me, I put in Filipino and Philippines respectively.
1.7 National Identity No.
This section of the Korean visa application form asks the National Identity No. of the applicant. As of writing time, most Filipinos do not have this number yet since the pilot implementation of the PhilSys ID (Philippine Identification System ID or simply PHILID) only took place in the second half of 2019. Don’t worry about providing this information at the moment; type N/A on this field like I did.
In case you already have a PhilSys ID on you, put in your National Identification Number that comes in this format: PSN-1234-5678912-3
1.8 Has the applicant ever used any other names to enter or depart Korea?
If it’s your first time to travel to South Korea or did not make any changes to your name, tick No.
1.9 Is the applicant a citizen of more than one country?
If you have dual or multiple citizenship, make sure to tick Yes and provide the name of country/s that you are a citizen of.
When you’re done with the Personal Details section, you can move on to the second page of the Korean visa application form. In case you’re unsure, you are NOT supposed to fill out any field under For Official Use Only, as shown below:
2. Passport Information
It’s important that you refer to your passport when you fill out this part of the Korean visa application form.
2.1 Passport Type
Put a checkmark beside Regular. (If you’re curious, those who hold Diplomatic Passports are high-ranking government officials like the President, Vice-President, Senators, Members of Congress, Chief Justice, and some members of the Foreign Service, among others. Official Passports are given to any permanent or designated government employee for official travel.)
2.2 Passport No. / 2.3 Country of Passport
Your passport number is found on the upper right corner of the bio page. The latest version will have the following format: P1234567H
2.4 Place of Issue / 2.5 Date of Issue / 2.6 Date of Expiry
Find your passport’s place of issue, date of issue, and date of expiry at the lower part of the bio page.
2.7 Does the applicant have any other valid passports?
Put a checkmark on No if you don’t.
3. Contact Information
This part of the South Korea visa application form requires the following contact details:
3.1 Home Country Address of the applicant
This is your permanent address in the Philippines.
3.2 Current Residential Address
This is where you stay or reside at the present time. If it’s the same as your home country address, you may leave this blank like I did or put N/A.
3.3 Cell Phone No. / 3.4 Telephone No.
Type in your mobile and landline numbers. If you do not have a telephone at home as I do, you can put N/A. Otherwise, put in your 8-digit landline number.
Type in your primary personal email address.
3.6 Emergency Contact Information
The Emergency Contact can be your immediate family member, relative, or close friend. Ideally this is someone whom the Embassy can easily reach in case you face an emergency situation. Provide the person’s full name, country of residence, telephone or mobile number, and your relationship with them, i.e. spouse, child, father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, friend, etc.
4. Marital Status and Family Details
4.1 Current Marital Status / 4.2 Personal Information of the Applicant’s Spouse
If you are single or divorced, tick the applicable box and skip to item 4.3. (If you’ll travel solo, here’s a tip: you may want to visit this popular Harry Potter-themed cafe in Hongdae. Who knows, maybe you’ll bump into someone *magical*?)
If you have a spouse or a civil partner, check the applicable box and provide their name, date of birth, nationality, address, and contact number. (If you’ll be traveling with your partner, I’ll also make a recommendation for you: have a date in this romantic rooftop restaurant in Itaewon!)
4.3 Does the applicant have children?
If your answer is Yes, put a check on the box and indicate how many children you have. Otherwise, tick No.
This part of the Korean visa application form is also pretty straightforward as it only asks three things about your educational background:
5.1 What is the highest degree or level of education that the applicant has completed?
Check the box that applies to you. If you have completed a diploma course or a vocational course, you can tick Others and provide the details on the space provided.
5.2 Name of School / 5.3 Location of School
Provide the name and address of the university, college, professional school, high school, or grade school that’s relative to your answer in item 5.1.
The sixth section of the Korean visa application form seeks to know about your present occupation, i.e. if you are an employee, student, business owner, civil servant, or retiree, among others.
6.1 Current personal circumstances
Mark the box that describes your full-time occupation.
6.2 Employment Details
Key in the name, address, and telephone number of your company, institute, or school.
7. Details of Visit
You’re down to the last 5 parts of the Korean visa application form! In the next section, you’ll be asked for a couple of information about your travel plans and history. Here’s how to fill out the required fields:
7.1 Purpose of Visit to Korea
Since you are applying for a tourist visa, put a check beside Tourism/Transit.
7.2 Intended Period of Stay
Indicate the number of days that you plan to stay in South Korea. This may be tentative.
7.3 Intended Date of Entry
Put in the date when you plan to enter South Korea. This may also be tentative. (Note that single-entry Korean visas are typically only valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. Hence, if you get your visa on November 15 2020, your date of travel must fall anytime before February 15, 2021.)
7.4 Address in Korea
If you’ll travel to South Korea as a tourist, most likely you are thinking about booking a hotel, hostel, or a shared home for your accommodation. Feel free to write the address of the property that you plan to book even if you have not made a reservation with them yet (A booking confirmation is not required when you apply for a visa!). Of course, if you’ll be staying over at a friend’s or family’s house, you may provide their address.
7.5 Contact No. in Korea
You can use your mobile number that you have in the Philippines. If you’re staying with a friend or family member who lives in South Korea, you may write down their number.
7.6 Has the applicant traveled to Korea in the last 5 years?
If you’re a first-time traveler to Korea, simply check the No response. However, if you have been to the country in the last five (5) years, be sure to indicate the number of times you’ve visited, the dates, and the purpose/s of your visit. Here’s a sample for someone who’s been to South Korea twice as a tourist in 2019:
7.7 Has the applicant traveled outside his/her country in the last 5 years except for Korea?
If you’ve traveled to other countries before in the last five years, type the name of the country in English, the purpose of visit, and the dates. Some reasons for traveling include tourism (leisure), transit, business, conference, study, medical tourism, and work.
In case you run out of space, you may use an extra sheet to list all the details of your trips in the past half-decade excluding the ones you had in South Korea. Copy the table format provided in the application form.
7.8 Does the applicant have any family member(s) staying in Korea?
If you have a spouse, child, parent, or sibling who is staying in South Korea (most likely as a student, employee, entrepreneur, investor, etc.), provide their details in this section. Otherwise, place a checkmark beside No.
7.9 Is the applicant traveling to Korea with any family member(s)?
If you and your family plan to travel to Korea together, provide their details accordingly. (In case you’re wondering, family member/s who will travel with you still need to fill out their own Korean visa application form and submit their own set of requirements. Furthermore, the information of your relatives (non-immediate family members), boyfriend, girlfriend, or friends who’ll travel with you need NOT be supplied in this section.)
8. Details of Invitation
A visa sponsor is someone who invited you to come over to Korea. He or she is either a Korean national or a foreign resident in Korea. The sponsor may also be a business entity or an organization. If you do not have anyone or any business sponsoring your visa, put a check beside No.
9. Funding Details
The second to the last part of the Korean visa application form seeks to know how you will pay for your travel costs, particularly your source of support, type of support, and estimated travel costs. Here are some guidelines when filling out this part:
9.1 Estimated Travel Costs in US Dollars
How much do you think you’ll spend in South Korea? Write the amount in US dollars. Logically, the amount that you’ll indicate here should be enough to cover for your intended period of stay (see item 7.2). Moreover, if you’ll be paying for all your expenses, the bank statements that you have to submit must show that you have at least this much money in your bank account.
To help you estimate your travel costs, you may want to consider the following items:
|1. Roundtrip Airfare||$100-400|
|2. Accommodation||$15-100 per day|
|3. Meals||$8-50 per day|
|4. Drinks||$5-20 per day|
|5. Train ticket (Incheon Airport to Seoul)||$8, if not discounted|
|6. Incheon Airport Pick-up Service||$56, if not discounted|
|7. Data SIM Card||$23 for 5 days, if not less|
|8. Discover Seoul Pass (Mobile Pass)||$34, if not less|
|9. N Seoul Tower Ticket||$9.5, if not discounted|
|10. Everland Shuttle Bus Ticket||$10, if not discounted|
|11. Hanbok Rental & Photoshoot||$30, if not less|
|12. Nami Island & Petite France Bus Tour||$35, if not less|
|13. K-Pop Dance Experience (you know you want to!)||$33, if not less|
|14. Souvenirs & Shopping||$15-300|
As noted on the visa application form, your response can be your self, another person, and/or institute. Since I’ll be paying for all my travel expenses, I put ‘SELF’ in the sample under Relationship to the Applicant. I also provided my name and contact number so I won’t leave any items blank. For the type of support, I put financial support.
If someone else is going to pay for all your travel expenses (e.g. company, a family member, relative, friend, etc.), supply their details. For the type of support, you can also put financial support.
If you plan to split the cost of your trip to Korea with other people, you may consider making use of a separate sheet to identify each person (or company) and specify what they’ll shoulder, i.e. Person 1 (Type of Support: AIRFARE), Person 2 (Type of Support: ACCOMMODATION), Applicant (Type of Support: MEALS AND TOURS). The goal here is to show that you either have the personal capacity or sources who will cover your trip expenses.
10. Assistance with this form
If you filled out the Korean visa application form by yourself, put a checkmark beside No. Otherwise, tick Yes and provide the details of the person who assisted you.
Moving on to the next section of the Korean visa application form (page 5), you will see under Notice some terms from the Embassy. Make sure to read carefully because affixing your signature denotes. Below you can refer to the terms that I annotated on:
- If you need more space to complete an item, you may use a separate sheet of paper.
- You may submit documents that you think will support your application. This may include a notarized affidavit stating that other people will pay for your trip, photos of you and your sponsor (photographs from previous meeting or trip), and the like.
- If you received a Korean visa and obtained a new passport afterward (due to loss or damage), you must notify the Embassy in Taguig or Consulate in Cebu about the changes in your passport information.
- Possession of a visa does not entitle the bearer to enter the Republic of Korea upon arrival at the port of entry if he/she is found inadmissible.
- C-visa holders (short-term visitors like tourists) will not be able to change their status of stay after their entry into the Republic of Korea. This is in accordance with Article 9(1) of the Enforcement Regulations of the Immigration Act.
- Stating false information leads to the revocation of your visa and permission to stay. It may also result in criminal charges and an entry ban to the Republic of Korea.
- Visa applicants may check their Korean visa application status and results on the Korea Visa Portal website. Applicants will receive a disapproval or denial notice in written form when they collect their passport from a designated travel agency or the Consulate in Cebu.
The last part of the Korean visa application form is the Declaration. Type in the date of your application (or the date you intend to submit the form to a travel agency or Consulate in Cebu), as well as your name. You can then print out the document and sign it using a black ballpoint pen (I prefer this over placing my digital signature, even if you see one in the sample). If you’re a minor, have your parent or legal guardian add their name and signature beside yours.
Please note that if you forget to provide your name and signature, your Korean visa application may be denied. Don’t let your efforts go to waste, so make sure you review the form multiple times and check for typos, missed fields, etc. Make sure to attach your photo after printing as well.
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Many Filipino tourists are asking if there’s a portion in the application form where they could request a multiple-entry Korean visa. There is no such section, but rest assured that your overall background (travel history, finances, the purpose of travel, etc.) will be considered to determine if you’re eligible to get one.
If you have any more input to share, do let us know by commenting below. We hope your Korean visa application turns out successful. All the best!