South Korea,Travel

Applying for a Korean Visa for Filipino Citizens


I just got back from my trip to South Korea (not North, although that’s number 1 on my bucket list! Haha!) I joined a tour with Signature Korea and can’t wait to share all the photos!

I love everything about travel except for one thing, and that’s applying for visas! I’m sure all of you with Philippine passports can relate! But applying for a Korean Visa was surprisingly a breeze. I did mine with International Journeys and I recommend them if you need help processing your visa.

Requirements for a Korean Visa

You can find a very thorough and clearly-written requirements list here by International Journeys. Make sure to double-check because requirements can change over time.

DIY or Agency?

You can apply for a Korean visa yourself by following the instructions on their website. However, I chose to let an agency process mine for me, for a minimal fee of P500. Here are some of the advantages of having an agency process your visa:

Korean Visa Philippines Signature Korea 2

1. No need to personally go to the embassy to submit

After getting all the requirements and filling up the form, I just compiled everything and had all my documents sent to International Journey’s office.

In a few days, they told me that my visa was approved and asked if I wanted to pick my passport up from their office or have it delivered to my house instead. I chose the second option because I was busy that week. So convenient!

2. They double check the requirements for you

It’s such a hassle to get your visa rejected because you lack documents or missed something. It’s good to have someone double check everything. And not only that, but you can also call to ask if you have some questions just to be sure, before you pass your documents.

Korean Visa Philippines Signature Korea 3

How long does it take to be processed?

5-7 working days for first time travelers and 5 days or less for frequent travelers.

Bonus Tip: Check for promos!

Believe it or not, there’s such a thing as promos when it comes to visa application! When we were applying, there was an ongoing promo for BPI and BDO cardholders which gives you the opportunity to get a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years! I wasn’t able to qualify because I didn’t have the necessary cards but it would have been nice to have!

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  • Reply
    Rachel Holliday
    October 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit South Korea! Bet it was amazing

    Rachel xx

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Yes I had a wonderful trip! Keep an eye out on my next entries for more on South Korea!

  • Reply
    October 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I laughed about the NK joke because whenever I hear Korea, I automatically think about SoKor. I always tell my friends I’m going to Korea someday to meet my Oppa. Then a friend made a joke about sending me to North Korea because my oppa is there which is also fine with me. Hahaha! Well, I prefer to hire someone to process my papers too. Any papers as long as it will save me from going to those embassies and other offices. I had some bad experiences with regards to processing my documents. Using an agency is highly recommended for a hassle free trip.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Hi Mariaty! Haha that’s pretty cool that your Oppa is in South Korea! And yes, definitely hassle free to have someone process documents!

  • Reply
    Dae Yo
    December 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    What agency po? And where is it located?

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Dae, I had it done with International Journeys. You can click the links on my blog post and you’ll be redirected to their site with all their details! :)

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