Weaving my way to Seoul

Seoul, South Korea became one of my dream destinations when I started watching and learning about K-dramas. I just love everything about Korea as shown on televisions and adverts. The weather, the places, the people and especially their food are worth celebrating and enjoying. Setting foot in Seoul was my dream, my plan and now it’s real!

If you also plan to go to South Korea, the process to getting your visa is straightforward, easy and free. Visa applications through travel agencies might have a service charge. For Filipino travelers, first thing to know is what your visa is for. Then, log on to the Korean Embassy website to know your visa requirements. The requirements vary for employees, businessmen, students, housewives and so on.

Once you have all the information you need, you can now print your visa application form. Fill it out completely and submit it along with the required authentic documents for application before proceeding to the Embassy.

The Embassy opens at 9 AM but as early as 7 AM, there are already applicants waiting outside the gate. You will need to register at the guard’s window, write your name and provide a valid ID. The guard asks whether it is first time application or not. When it’s time for the applicants to get in, the security personnel will call the registered names in order.

Inside the Embassy, there is another line for the staffs confirming whether your requirements are complete or not before giving you a number. Each type of visa application has its own designated window. Wait for your number to be called.

The visa approval for employees without OECD visas takes 5 working days from the date your requirements were submitted. The proof of receipt that your application was received will have a date indicated when you can go back to the Embassy. The releasing of visa application results is from Mondays to Fridays between 1:30 PM to 4 PM. Once approved, celebrate and start looking for fares. Remember, single entry visa is only good for 59 days.

Manila: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines

  • 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
  • Tel: (63-2) 856-9210 visa local no. 270, 500
  • E-Mail : (Political and Economic Affairsphilippines@mofa.go.kr, (Visa and Consular Affairsph04@mofa.go.kr

Cebu: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines

  • 12th Floor Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
  • Tel: (63-32) 231-1516(-9)
  • E-Mail : phi_cebu2015@mofa.go.kr

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