Korean Visa Requirements for Filipinos [2020]

If you want to visit Seoul or Busan as a tourist in 2020, refer to the different set of Korean visa requirements for students, employees, business owners, and freelancers in the Philippines.

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Highlights

  • The South Korea visa requirements for tourists differ per occupation, but all applicants must submit an accomplished application form, valid passport, recent photograph, bank certificate, and latest bank statements.
  • Those who own a business in the Philippines will need to prepare their DTI or SEC registration and business permit, among others.
  • Filipino employees are expected to submit their Income Tax Return (ITR) and Certificate of Employment (COE).
  • Students and minors must be able to present their parents’ income documents, school ID, school certificate, and birth certificate.
  • If you are invited by a Korean national or company, submit an invitation letter and a copy of their ID or business registration as well.
  • Tips on what requirements freelancers may submit are also found in this guide.
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Explore more: How to Apply for a South Korea Visa: Requirements & Process in the Philippines

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 Single-entry Korean visas that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 are no longer valid.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

Guidelines: Korean Visa Requirements for Filipinos in 2020

Those who wish to get a South Korea tourist visa in the Philippines must prepare the basic Korean visa requirements like the application form, photo, passport, valid OECD-member visas (if applicable) and ITR, among others. They also have to submit documents that are specific to their occupation, like the Certificate of Employment (COE) for employees, DTI or SEC registration for business owners, and school certificate for students. 

If you are thinking about preparing your Korean visa requirements, consider these general guidelines first:

  • In addition to the basic requirements, you may need to submit the enhanced Korean visa requirements (COVID-19 requirements), such as the Health Declaration Form, Consent to Quarantine Form, and Medical Certificate. Find more information here.
  • If you have travelled as a tourist to any OECD-member country in the past 5 years (excluding Japan), you are exempted from submitting the ITR or Income Tax Return! (Find the list of OECD-member countries here.)
  • Aside from getting a multiple-entry Korean that’s valid for up to 5 years, qualified BDO and RCBC Premium credit cardholders are also exempt from submitting their ITR and bank certificate! (Jump to our list of the promo-participating BDO and RCBC credit cards here.)
  • If you and your family will submit your Korean visa requirements together, also prepare your birth certificate and/or marriage contract to prove familial ties. (Family members pertain to your spouse, children, parents, and/or siblings who will travel with you.) 
  • If you were invited by a Korean company, submit an invitation letter and a copy of their business registration. No authentication (Apostille) is required for these documents.
  • If you were invited by a Korean national, you should submit an invitation letter and a copy of their passport or ID card. No authentication (Apostille) is required for any of the documents as well.

Ready to move on? The next few sections will cover the following: (1) a quick and simple listing of all Korean visa requirements for 2020 per occupation and (2) a detailed explanation for each type of document. If you want to get a head start in planning your itinerary, do check out these South Korea tours and travel essentials from WAUG!

Korean Visa Requirements for Employees

If you are an employee in the Philippines, here are the documents that you must prepare:

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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 (COE)
  7. Original Personal Bank Certificate 
  8. Bank Statements
  9. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
  10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable

Korean Visa Requirements for Business Owners

If you are a Filipino entrepreneur, prepare these Korean visa requirements for 2020:

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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 
  9. Bank Statements
  10. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
  11. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable

Korean Visa Requirements for Students

The required documents for students in the Philippines are as follows:

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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: original Employment Certificate Original and a photocopy of their ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 
    • If parents are self-employed: photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit, photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
    • Original Bank Certificate
    • Bank Statement 
    • Copy of NSO Marriage Certificate

Korean Visa Requirements for Housewives

Housewives in the Philippines must submit these documents:

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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. Additional documents:
    • If husband is employed: original Employment Certificate Original and a photocopy of their ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 
    • If husband is self-employed: photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit, photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
    • Original Bank Certificate (for your personal bank account or your husband’s bank account)
    • Bank Statements (from your personal account or your husbands’ account) 
  7. Copy of NSO Marriage Certificate

Korean Visa Requirements for Retired Senior Citizens

Filipino retirees must turn in the following Korean visa requirements:

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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 Personal Bank Certificate** 
  7. Bank Statement**
  8. Copy of Senior Citizen Card

**If bank documents to be submitted by the retiree are named under a family member, submit a proof of relationship, e.g. a copy of marriage contract if the account holder is the spouse or birth certificate if the account holder is a child

Korean Visa Requirements for Freelancers 

As a Filipino freelancer, you are considered self-employed if you are registered with BIR. This means that you should already have the documents that business owners do, such as the business registration (DTI), business permit (LGU), and ITR. You may want to proceed with your application just like those who own a business would. 

To learn how some freelancers approached their Korean visa application, check out this unofficial guide.

Korean Visa Requirements for Qualified BDO & RCBC Credit Card Holders [Multiple-entry Visa Promo 2020]

If you have any of the following BDO and RCBC credit cards, know that you can get a multiple-entry Korean visa with a 5-year validity period. You are also exempted from submitting your ITR and bank certificate. However, you must prepare these two documents in addition to the other requirements based on your occupation:

  1. A colored copy of the front side of your credit card 
  2. Original Monthly Billing Statements (MBS) or Statement of Account (SOA) of your credit card from the past 3 months. (If you have an electronic or emailed billing statement, you may print them out.)

BDO CREDIT CARDS (MULTIPLE-ENTRY KOREAN VISA PROMO 2020)

Until December 31, 2022 (extended!), Korean visa applicants who are holders of the following cards may participate in the promotion: 

  • BDO Gold Cardholders
    • Gold Visa Credit Card
    • Gold MasterCard Credit Card
    • Gold UnionPay Credit Card
    • Gold JCB Credit Card
    • American Express​ Gold Credit Card
  • BDO Elite Cardholders
    • Platinum Visa Credit Card
    • Titanium, Platinum and World Elite MasterCard
    • American Express​ Platinum Credit Card
    • Cathay Pacific American Express Credit Cards(Standard and Elite)
    • American Express International Dollar Charge Cards
    • Diamond UnionPay
    • Diners Club Premiere
    • JCB Platinum

You can read this separate guide to learn more: Get a Multiple-Entry Korean Visa with These BDO Credit Cards 

RCBC BANKARD PREMIUM CARDS (MULTIPLE-ENTRY KOREAN VISA PROMO 2020)

Until December 31, 2020, Korean visa applicants who are active and principal holders of the following cards may participate in the promotion: 

  • World Mastercard (including co-brands Balesin and The City Club)
  • Black Platinum Mastercard
  • Diamond Platinum Mastercard
  • Visa Infinite
  • Visa Platinum
  • JCB Platinum
  • UnionPay Diamond  

Check out this article to find out more: These RCBC Credit Cards May Get You a Multiple-Entry Korean Visa!

Description & Tips: Korean Visa Requirements 

Here are some information that may help you prepare the documents that the Embassy asks of you: 

Application Form

The Korean visa application form for 2020 is a 5-page document that seeks to know your basic information, family background, occupation, and travel history. It is pretty straightforward and can easily be accomplished in less than an hour. You can refer to this article to download the form and learn how to fill it out completely. 

One (1) Passport-size photo

Your passport-size photo must follow these guidelines: 

  • Colored 
  • 35 x 45 mm in size
  • Was taken in the past six (6) months
  • Must have a white background 

You may opt to go to a photo studio like Picture City and avail their South Korea visa package. This usually costs around ₱100-150 and takes 15 minutes to complete. For an additional fee, you can also ask them to overlay a formal attire so you won’t have to bring or wear one.

Original Passport

Make sure that you have an original DFA-issued passport that is valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of departure. For example, if you plan to travel to South Korea on June 1, 2020, your passport should at least be valid until December 1, 2020.

Photocopy of Passport Bio page

The bio page is the second page of your passport. It’s the one that contains your photo, name, and other details. Prepare one copy.

Original & photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD-member countries for the past 5 years, if applicable

If you plan to submit your Korean visa requirements in 2020, prepare a photocopy of your visa/s and arrival stamp/s to any OECD-member country that you have from 2015 onwards. If you have not traveled previously to any of the following countries, you can skip this part.

OECD-MEMBER COUNTRIES

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Chech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (Republic of Korea)
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

If you have your valid visa/s and arrival stamp/s on your old or expired passport/s, make sure to submit it along with your current and valid passport.

Original Personal Bank Certificate 

You can get your personal bank certificate from your branch of account. When asked for what purpose, tell them that it’s for your Korean visa requirement. (When I requested a bank certificate for my payroll account in BPI, I had to pay ₱200 and wait for only 15-20 minutes. Note that other banks may charge differently and may take a longer processing time.)

  • For students: Get this document from your parents.
  • For housewives: Prepare your own bank certificate or get this document from your spouse.
  • For retired senior citizens: If you’ll submit a family member’s bank certificate, make sure to prepare either a birth certificate or marriage contract to prove ties.
  • For select BDO and RCBC credit card holders: You are exempted from submitting a bank certificate.

Bank Statements

Prepare your original bank statements (for the past 3 months) or a certified true copy of your passbook. You can also request the statements from your branch of account. Based on experience with BPI, I was charged ₱50 for each page.

  • For students: Get this document from your parents.
  • For housewives: Prepare your own bank statements or get this document from your spouse.
  • For retired senior citizens: If you’ll submit a family member’s bank statements, make sure to prepare either a birth certificate or marriage contract to prove the relationship.
  • For select BDO and RCBC credit card holders: Prepare your original credit card’s Monthly Billing Statements (MBS) from the past 3 months. A colored photocopy of your credit card’s front side should also be submitted. 

Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316

One essential Korean visa requirement is a photocopy of the ITR or Form 2316. You can typically request any of these documents from your human resources.

If, for some reason, you have no ITR to submit, consider writing a letter of explanation to the Embassy. Here you will find our template.

If you are a frequent traveler or someone who has traveled to an OECD-member country within the past 5 years (excluding Japan), know that you are exempted from submitting this Korean visa requirement. Just make sure that you submit the original and photocopy of your valid visa/s and arrival stamp/s.

  • For students: Get a copy of your parents’ ITR or Form 2316, if they are employees. 
  • For housewives: Prepare a copy of your spouse’s ITR or Form 2316, if he is employed.
  • For select BDO and RCBC credit card holders: You are exempted from submitting the ITR.

Original Certificate of Employment (COE)

The COE should include your position in the company, hiring date, compensation, office address, HR’s landline number, and HR’s email address. The Embassy notes that you cannot provide a mobile number in lieu of your human resources’ landline number.

  • For students: Get this from your parents, if they are employees.
  • For housewives: Get this from your spouse, if he is employed.

Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable

If you have a card from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC card) or the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Card (IBP card), submit a copy. Otherwise, skip this part.

Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI

Submit a copy of your DTI or SEC registration.

  • For students: Get a copy from your parents, if they are business owners.
  • For housewives: Get a copy from your husband, if he owns a business.

Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit

Business owners must present a copy of their local business permit as part of their Korean visa requirement.

  • For students: Get a copy of your parents’ business permit, if applicable.
  • For housewives: Get a copy of your spouse’s business permit, if applicable.

School Certificate (Original) 

Filipino students who are applying for a Korean visa must submit an original School Certificate, which is typically provided by the school registrar. Note that Registration Forms are not allowed.

Copy of School ID 

Make a copy of the front and back portions of your school ID.

Copy of Birth Certificate 

If you don’t have a birth certificate on hand, you can request one from PSA online by clicking here. You can also do a walk-in application at the East Avenue Census Serbilis Outlet (offers same-day processing) or at any Census Serbilis Centers.

Copy of PSA (NSO) Marriage Certificate

You may request for your PSA (NSO) marriage certificate online by clicking here, if you do not have one that’s readily available.

Invitation Letter

If you’ve been invited by a Korean national or company, make sure to have an invitation letter, which typically includes the inviter’s name, address, occupation, reason/s for invitation, dates of travel, and sponsorship details (if applicable).

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Korean Visa Requirements for Other Categories

Korean Visa Requirements for Filipinos with a Foreign Spouse in Korea

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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 Spouse’s Bio page 
  7. Copy of Spouse’s Alien I.D. or Alien Registration Card (ARC)
  8. Copy of Spouse’s Contract or Employment Certificate 
  9. Copy of PSA Marriage Certificate 

Note: E-9 Visa Holders cannot invite his/her family members

Korean Visa Requirements for Foreign Residents in the Philippines

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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 ACR I-Card, PH long-term visa, and arrival stamps to Philippines
  7. Original Personal Bank Certificate 
  8. Bank Statements
  9. Other documents
    • If you’re a student: original School Certificate and a copy of your School ID
    • If you’re an employee: Certificate of Employment and a copy of your ITR or Form 2316
    • If you own a business: DTI or SEC business registration, business permit, and a copy of your ITR or Form 2316

Korean Visa Requirements for Religious Workers

  1. Application form
  2. One (1) Passport-size photo
  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. Copy of Church SEC in the Philippines 
  7. Original Certification from Church 
  8. Other documents
    • If employed: Certificate of Employment and a copy of your ITR or Form 2316
    • If you are a business owner: DTI or SEC business registration, business permit, and a copy of your ITR or Form 2316
  9. Original Personal Bank Certificate 
  10. Bank Statements
  11. Invitation from Korea 
    • Copy of business permit of Korean church
    • Copy of inviter’s ID
    • Invitation Letter 

How to Apply for a Korean Visa With Incomplete Requirements

If you face any difficulty in submitting a particular Korean visa requirement, e.g. the ITR or old passport that has your other valid visa/s and arrival stamp/s, you may want to write a letter to the Embassy to explain your situation. Here’s a sample cover letter.

A Word of Caution for All Korean Visa Applicants

The Embassy of Korea in the Philippines reminds visa applicants that the following actions will result in denial of visa issuance for three (3) years:

  • Providing false statements
  • Submitting falsified documents
  • Altering original documents

In previous years, the Embassy reported that they received forged travel documents, such as fake visas and arrival stamps to Japan. Such cases are reported to local authorities, so make sure to supply only true and verifiable information in the entire Korea visa application process.

Reference

To see Korean visa requirements for all categories, you may visit the website of the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines here.

If you’ve got any input, share them in the comments section below so you can help those who are preparing to apply for their Korean visa!

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