Korea Getaway, Chapter 1: Visa

Yo! This is a documentation of my Korean getaway with my sister, Kishi, and my highschool bestfriend, Joyce. We went to the Land of the Morning Calm last month (Jan 23-28). This means this is an overdue post. Lel. :D

Anyways, part 1 is especially written for our visa application experiences.

I got a single-entry visa which expired 3 months after it was issued 
so we had to travel immediately.

Visa - The pain of all prep pains. We had to return to the Korean Embassy 4 freakin times! That's 4 days in a row.

Day 1 Hassle
Me: I didn't have a school certificate. I thought my UP Diliman Form 5 was enough.
Joyce: She didn't bring a bank certificate. She brought her bank book only.

Day 2 Hassle
Me: I got a school certificate already signed by my college dean but then the embassy personnel who checked my documents noticed that there was no issue date on my certificate. "No issue date! No issue date!" I pleaded. I begged. He said "What please?!" Grabe! So sungit!
Joyce: Her documents were all complete as we thought.

Day 3 Hassle
Me: I already brought my school certificate with the issue date. When the same embassy guy checked my documents, he returned them because my sister's alien card was apparently expired! The freak! So I had to get my sister's updated alien reg card.
Joyce: Same thing because Joyce also included my sister's invitation letter and alien card as supplementary document so she also has to wait for the updated docs.

Day 4:

So you read my Ker Embassy experience. Here are the requirements for Korean tourist visa:

1. If you are a student

2. If you are an employee

3. If you are a businessman/woman

There are other requirements depending on the purpose of entry and the applicants qualifications.

Visa Requirements for 
4. Korean’s sister/brother in law
5. Korean’s parents in law
6. Religious Workers
7. Filipino Married to Military Personnel Stationed in Korea
8. Children of a Filipino Married to a Military Personnel Stationed in Korea
9. Foreign Nationals in the Philippines
10. Filipino Married to a Korean (Tourist Visa)
11. Children of Korean married to Filipinos (Tourist Visa)
12. Seaman’s wife (Tourist Visa)

A comprehensive list of the requirements for the above qualifications can be obtained from this website.

Important Reminders:

1. Korean Consular Office / Embassy details
122 Upper McKinley Road
McKinley Town Center
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634




Website URL:

2. Submission of documents is 9-11am only. The afternoon schedule, 2-4pm, is intended for the releasing of visas applied the past week. Be at the embassy early, say 7am. Because people are already lined up as early as 7:30am.
3. Bank Certificates should indicate the amount of money you have in the bank and the date it was opened. Costs 50-200php depending on the bank. Takes about 1-3 days to be released.
4. Employment Certificate should indicate compensation and length of stay in the company. It should also have a valid landline number. You can get this from your company's HR.
5. Arrange the documents based on the list on the pictures above. The embassy personnel are strict! I promise.
6. Remove the clips, staples, envelopes, folders, etc. Just present those on the list above. Again, the embassy people are all strict!
7. Visa is free as long as you'll stay for less than 59 days in Korea. More than that, you have to pay already. Fees are posted on the website above. Just find it.
8. Other FAQs and important details can be found on the website above, like how your visa can be denied, the effects of document fabrication, etc. Make sure you check it out.

I might have missed out on a lot of things. If I did, just comment below and I'll try to answer :)



  1. you forgot to mention what we were feeling everytime we(actually, you) face the consul.

  2. Hi, what kind of school certificate did you give? Where did you get it? I'm going to get a school cert din kasi in UP but I don't know where :(

  3. Where did you get the school certificate? sa OUR ba or sa office of the secretary? Thanks! :)

    1. Hi Jemaica! I got it from my College Dean. :)

  4. I've been looking all over the internet what this school certificate is and now I've found my answer! Hahahaha And I thought my Form 5 was sufficient as well. LOL. Thank you so much for this! :)


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