By continuing to read this article, you agree to double check with the authorities or other concerned entities for the latest updates.

⛔️ Note: This post was last updated in 2020, before the pandemic. Please visit the official website of the Korean Consulate in Cebu for the latest updates.

Applying for a South Korean visa in Cebu is not that different from that in Manila. The required documents are exactly the same. The only difference is in the actual lodging of the application at the consular office and the length of the processing time.

A friend very recently applied for a South Korean visa in Cebu and we asked her to document every step of the way, so now we’re sharing it with you. Here goes.

1. Gather all basic requirements.

The set of requirements varies according to the applicant’s employment status. In this post, we will only tackle the four most common types of applicants: employees, self-employed, housewives, and students. The list follows a certain order, but for the purpose of this article (and so you would easily understand the process), let’s break it down to basic, financial, and OECD documents.

Here are the basic requirements regardless of your employment status. Meaning, ALL applicants MUST have the following:

  1. Duly accomplished application form. New form as of January 2020: Download here. You can also find it below.
  2. Passport (must still be valid for at least 6 months)
  3. Photocopy of the passport Bio page (Page 2)
  4. 1 passport size colored photo
  5. If invited by a Korean: an Invitation letter and a copy of the inviter’s passport. (Ignore if not applicable.)


The Section 2 of the application form calls for details of Visa Issuance Confirmation. This section is only for those with a document called “Confirmation of Visa Issuance.” Many people think it refers to previous Korean visas; NO, IT DOESN’T. The “Visa Issuance Confirmation” is a completely different document, usually issued in Korea.

2. Complete financial and employment documents.

For Employees

  1. Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
  2. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  3. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  4. ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316.
  5. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

For Self-Employed

  1. Photocopy of Business registration form from DTI or SEC
  2. Photocopy of Business permit or Mayor’s permit
  3. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank
  4. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  5. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  6. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

For Housewives or House Husbands

  1. Your own or your husband’s original Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  2. Your own or your husband’s Bank Statement. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.
  3. If husband is employed
    – Husband’s Original Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
    – Copy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy.
  4. If husband is self-employed
    – Copy of husband’s Business Registration from SEC or DTI
    – Copy of husband’s Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Photocopy of husband’s ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank
  5. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

For Students

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Photocopy of School ID
  3. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of applicant
  4. If parents are employed
    – Parents’ Original Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
    – Copy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy
  5. If parents are self-employed
    – Copy of parents’ Business Registration from SEC or DTI
    – Copy of parents’ Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Photocopy of parents’ ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank
  6. Parents’ Original Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  7. Parents’ Bank Statement. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.
  8. Copy of parents’ marriage certificate.

UPDATE! (March 2018): The embassy has announced that starting 26 March 2018, first-time travelers who have NOT been to any OECD country as a tourist within the last 5 years must submit the following::

  • Starting July 1, 2018. The company alphalist is no longer required. However, it may be requested as additional document for some applicants.
  • For Employees applying before July 1, 2018, you must submit ITR with BIR Received or BIR Certified True Copy Stamp + Copy of Alpha List with BIR Received Stamp. You must highlight your name on the alpha list. If you cannot submit company alphalist for whatever reason (usually, confidentiality issue), you can ask your company to write a letter of explanation and submit that. However, according to the embassy, there may be disadvantage in visa approval for those who fails to submit. But this is the best you can do in this case.
  • For Self-Employed, BIR Form with Corresponding Payment Receipt from a BIR-authorized bank.

If you’re a freelancer, read: Korea Visa FAQs

3. Photocopy all your OECD Visas

Only if you have them. If you don’t have any, skip this part.

What’s OECD, you ask? It’s the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. To see all the member countries of this organization, visit this website.

If you have been granted a visa for any OECD country, you need to submit both the ORIGINAL copy AND a photocopy of it. If you have multiple, submit them all. Although this does NOT GUARANTEE approval, it gives you better chances.

Update: JAPAN VISA is no longer honored for OECD consideration by the Korean Embassy.

Submission of ITR is waived for applicants who have traveled to South Korea more than 2x within the last 4 years and applicants who have traveled at least once to any OECD country within the last 5 years. This is according to Constellation Travels, which is an official embassy-designated travel agency.

4. Submit the documents to the Korean Consulate in Cebu.

Once you have completed all the requirements, it’s time to go the consular office. They entertain visa applications Mondays-Fridays 9am-11am only. Closed on weekends and holidays. If you’re not from Cebu but traveling there to apply, note that there may be local holidays so double check before going.

Also, Bring 2 valid IDs aside from your passport. I’ll explain why later.

Here’s the address:

12th Floor Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
Email Address:
Contact No.: (63-32) 231-1516(-9)

Here’s how to lodge your application:

  • When you reach the lobby of Chinabank Corporate Center, approach the concierge, sign in, and leave an ID.
  • Take the elevator to the 12th floor.
  • Walk to your right. A guard will inspect your bag again. You will then be asked for another ID, which is why you should bring 2 IDs. The camera on your phone will be covered with a sticker. You will then be given a number and a list of documents (depending on your employment status).
  • Arrange your documents according to that list.
  • When your number is called, approach the VISA window (the one closest to the entrance) and hand over all the requirements. The officer will check each document and briefly assess it. If something’s not right or insufficient, all your documents will be handed back to you (so make sure they’re complete and correct).
  • If the officer finds your pile satisfactory, you’ll be given a slip indicating the date and time of passport pick-up.

Visa Processing Schedule:
Mondays-Fridays 9am-11am only

Visa Fees:
FREE for stays shorter than 59
P1350 for 60-90-day stays

Processing time:
10-26 working days* depending on the volume of applications that week.

*IMPORTANT! The Korean Consulate in Cebu’s last announcement on their website states that the processing time will be 24-26 days. But it actually changes week after week depending on the volume of applicants. Best to call them beforehand for the latest processing period or check the latest announcement on their website.

5. Pick up your passport on the scheduled date of release.

Return to the embassy on the date indicated on the slip given to you and claim your passpport, hopefully it has a visa affixed to it.

Releasing of visa schedule:
Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm

Before leaving the counter, double check that your name, passport number, and other details are CORRECT to avoid troubles in the future.

If you have more questions, we answered frequently asked questions here: Korea Visa FAQs

For more information about Korean visa applications, contact or visit the official website of the Korean Embassy. While we always try to keep this post updated, always double check with the embassy.

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Hi:) how many days ang before entering sa korea valid ang visa?

Bernarda B. Villanueva

I just want to know how pages the application for south korea visa becase when i downloaded one it is composed of five (5) pages while the other application i downloaded it is composed of one (1) page. My question is what will i submit the 5 pages or 1 page. Please!!! Thank You.

Bernarda B. Villanueva

Hello po. I just want to ask if my son can submit my application for the issuance of south korea visa with attached requirements ? If he can, is an authority to submit required? Thank you!


Hi!:) I have some questions, is it okay to put “NA” for the fields that I don’t need to answer?
In the Application Form (10.2) Funding Details, how would I answer the questions if it’s going to be me who will pay for it?hihi


Hello,madali lang po ba pag or process ng Korean tourist visa oat my old Japan tourist visa ako Sir? At Hindi po ako nag wwork sa company.meron ako online business at pinapadalan Lang ako every month ng fiance ko from Japan pls help me po gusto ko talaga mka punta ng korea nag pplan din ako mag apply nang visa next year march 2019 po


hi sIR. I just want to ask if its posiible na hindi ka mabigyan ng visa, even though you completed all the requirements ?
I went to Hongkong Macao
and i have like 70k plus in my bank account.
im also employed and provided and COE ko po .
ask lang po =)


Very detailed! Thank you!




Would it be okay if the amount of money in the bank is not 50k up? Thank you.



What if i’m traveling with my other 3 family members (my mom, sis and bro) , would it be okay to present one bank account for the four of us? Or they require one each? My mom is a widow and unemployed. My sister is a student, on the other hand my brother is employed.


what if po ma deny yong visa how many days po bago mka apply ulit?tia


6 months after

Jumar Panaligan

Hi yoshke pwede bang mkakuha nang working visa sa korea?pm me kung pwede at may ibang paraan po…


I already booked the ticket a month ago without checking the requirements for the Visa Application.
My bad, i know.
I bought for our Yaya since we are bringing our 1yo with us.
Now that i got the time to check—For item 7, she will be under OTHER which will be Carer or Nanny.
What other supporting doc will be asked from her? Since Financial and Employment docs would not be applicable.
Would you know if the BASIC Reqs would suffice?
We brought her with us several times already to SG and HK.
Need i ask for a Sponsor Letter?

thanks in advance


Hi regarding the new requirements Company alphalist, what if the company cannot provide it?


This is my question too. How did you get your Company Alphalist by the way, Yosh?
Thanks for answering.


Ask ko lang kung pede padin ako mag apply ng korean visa sa pinas kahit rejected ako dito sa dubai.


hello :) what if I only have one valid ID? since I’m still a student. would they allow me to enter pa din?


Hi ..ask ko lang if ok lang bah family related yong magpass nang requirements?


what if wala akong itr at wala din aqng alphalist? ggawa ba aq ng letter explaining each or in 1 letter lang ang dalawa? tnx


Would you know if the Transmittal Form from BIR suffice if we can’t provide for Company Alphalist?


What is the Form 1604? Is it the company alphalist? What if my company won’t release the company alphalist due to Data Privacy Act? Are the chances of visa approval still low? Thank you.


I would like to ask my chances to get a Korean visa. I am currently unemployed… i have a bank account…Me and fiance plan naming magtravel sa December to celebrate Christmas (2018) together mga 10 days siguro. as we did in the year 2015 (Malaysia) 2016 (Singapore) 2017 Taiwan. Pero sa Korea Airport kaming magmemeet since galing sya sa Germany ako Naman sa Philippines. May chances po ba ako makakuha ng visa?


Hi.. I hope this helps, korea embassy in cebu still accepts walk in application. Ung effective july 1 na dapat sa agency na mag apply ay sa manila lang po un affected na embassy due to increasing number of applicants. Sa cebu po walang masyadong tao… Thanks


wow!!! tks sa info…magandang balita “to..


Hi, tanong lang po. Say, i have about 60-100k in my bank account, however in my coe appeared that my monthly gross salary is only about 15k, same will appear in the ITR. May chance po ba na ma-approve visa ko?


Hi po, I’m a graduating student and fortunately my aunt will sponsor me on this trip. My concern is instead of my parents bank account and bank statement okay lang ba na sa aunt na lang ang ipapakita ko who is from Canada since siya naman ang gagastos sa akin. ?

Reynaldo Pena

Good morning po , magrenew lang po ng visa diyan sa Cebu, ok lang po handwritten thanks po
ilang days po renewal taga cavite po ako , may company travel po ako diyan salamat po

Gloria Alvarez

Hello po, I am a senior citizen planning to go to South Korea on Sept 28, 2018 and coming back on Oct. 2, 2018 to attend a convention. Do I have to submit my ITR?



For the form 2316, it requires “BIR received” stamp. Will they accept my ITR which I got from my office? It doesn’t have stamp or anything on it.


Hi can I ask what should I choose between the choices?
My Korean boyfriend invite me to go to Korea and I am still a university student what should I choose student application visa?
But I haven’t graduate.


Hi po, what if wala pong bank account kasi sponsored lang kasi ng friend kong korean? And one thing po, part time teacher lang ako sa isang public school, and my salary is not that much unlike sa mga regular teachers na, pwede po ba yun? yung korean friend ko lang ang magbabayad lahat ng expenses. Thank you


Hi po, ask ko lang po. Nag apply ng tourist visa dito sa Manila and got denied. Pwede po bang mag apply again sa Cebu na di mag hintay ng 6months ? May nabasa po kasi akong blog na they accept even got denied here in Manila. Thank you in advance.


Hello. Ask ko na rin po if pwedeng ipadala na lang sa cebu embassy’s yung mga requirements thru lbc?


Hi Yoshke. I’m an OFW here in China. Can i use my China bank account when I apply for a visa in Cebu? Also, I do not have an ITR. Will a letter of explanation be enough to suffice the requirements?


Sir good evening pano po kng kasama ko personal ung bf ko na korean mag re apply ng korean my first apply i was denied


Hi Yoshke. Thanks for your blog, it really helped with my Korean visa application last year and this year. Anyway, I just want to ask if you have any idea if i can still apply for a another visa this year? I went to Korea last month (visa valid sep 4 – dec 4 2018) and would like to go back this December. Thank You :)

Lav Gaudan

Hi Yoshke, do you have any idea if the consulate in Cebu also honors the promo for BPI and BDO gold CC holders? Thank you. :)


Hi my friend was denied of visa in Korea with information given(your purpose of entry has not been exolain in details) reason na denied..pwede pa kaya sya mag appeal provided details sa details.. appeal letter…complete nan lakat un docs nya at may US at japan visa sya before..may itinerary nm na kasama yn application..pwede kaya sa cebu korean embassy thru travel agency?or need nya magpunta at mag walk in? 2weeks na lng alis namin kaya may option kaya yn?denied dito sa manila korea embassy pero pag mag appeal sa cebu daw kasi sa bgc manika di allow.thank u for your insights..badly needed suggestions

recel mallari

Hi Yoske me and my daughter got denied visa last march 26 2019 for the reason You failed to prove the purpose of travel in South Korea what documents do i need to add for appeal?


Hello.. do they have LbC service? Cause we live in leyte.. we were thinking that we would apply visa personally then ipaLBC nlang nila sa address namin after maprocess ng consulate ang visa namin.

Meg Etzel

Hi there!
I have been to Korea last 2015 and to 2 OECD countries namely Japan and Australia last March and August this year, respectively; visa and passport used were with my maiden name. However, I got married last January this year and had just renewed my passport last September with my married name. My concern is I am still using my maiden name on my business permits and ITR since 2016. I have 2 bank accounts in which are with my maiden and married name. Will be an affidavit of explanation suffice? I am planning to apply for a visa next month.
Please enlighten me.
Thanks and kind regards,


Hi po how to get ITR po ba?


Hi po! Im planning to get a Korean Visa this February. Can I use the 2017 ITR kasi pina process pa po ang 2018 ITR namin, hindi pa po available? Thank you!


Hi po! I resigned last October 2018 from my previous company and I got my BIR 2316 (2018) from them just this December. Can I use that in applying visa this February? Since my current employer cannot provide one yet because the submission of Alpha List on BIR is February pa daw. They just provided a certification letter regarding my request from them. And is it ok na wlang stamp ng BIR? Only a signature from my previous employer. Thank you!


Hello po pano po kung student ako tapos unemployed parents ko for more than 3 years na? May bank account ako pero yung friend ko mag sponsor ng trip. Bale two kami magaapply for visa. May chance pa kaya ako maapproved nito? Ano po docs para masabi na yung friend ko ang sponsor ko? Pwede ba ako mag add ng affidavit of support ng parents ko kahit unemployed sila? Thanks in advance pooo


Kung aunt or uncle, po, kailangan ko pa po ba kayang magsubmit ng ITR ng parents ko?


hi po,

can i ask about po sa personal bank account,pwede po bang gamitin yung payroll account namin?pero yung payroll account namin sabi ng hr namin pwede po siyang savings account namin kasi savings account na ang nakalagay sa card namin din sabi nila pag nag resign kami pwede po siya maging savings account.


Hi po! I’m planning to travel to SK this July. Pwede na po kaya ako makaka apply ng visa this feb or March? Or does it have to be 3 mos before travel date? Please reply


Hi sir possible po ba ma approve pag ganito ang situation:

A.) yung 35-40k bank account lang pero naka marked as frequent traveller naman ni TA plus may visa na Japan at pa 3 yrs na sa current employer.
B.) 110k yung bank acct pero po payroll at may active transactions naman kaso wala pa 1 year yung account parang mga 9mos palang po? 2 yrs na ako sa work kaso nagpalit kasi ng bank yung employer namin kaya yung updated payroll account ang ginamit ko.

Thanks po


Hello po, i hope you can help me.. i am married, self-employed and have business then i used may married familyname sa business documents ko but in my passport which is 2021 pa ma expire i am using my dalaga pa na family name will it be confusing to them? or the marriage contract will support na dun? thanks


Hi po! My family applied for a korean tourist visa and sad to say nadeny yong husband ko po at yong kapatid niya. We are planning to reapply in Cebu and you’re advise will be very much appreciated…ako po ang magpifinance sa family tour namin kasi dahil kakaopen lang ni husband ng business niya. Wala pong sufficient amount ang bank account niya dhil nga ginamit pong puhunan. Yong ITR po niya ay sa April pa lang po ipafile. Meron naman po siyang business permit at DTI….ngayon alin po sa tingin ninyo ang dapat naming gawin….papers ko po ang gagawin naming attachment dahil ako naman po ang magpifinance or yong business permit niya at e explain na Lang po namin bakit wala siyang account at ITR


hello po. i’m currently working as a digital marketing assistant. so online job po siya. may chance po ba na maka travel ako sa SK?


Hi! Me and my bf recently applied for a korean visa. And the paranoid me is not really sure if we’ll get approved due the below facts:
1. My boyfriend just recently started working as a freelance doctor (moonlighting as they call it) last Jan 2019 since he also recently passed the board exam last Nov 2018. (Stated this in a cover letter to explain why he can’t provide for an ITR) but we supported this with his freelance contract providing consultancy services with a clinic he works at right now.
2. He included the SOA of his mom’s BDO gold credit card to which he has a supplementary card. Problem is the Soa is named to his mom and we weren’t able to include nso as proof of relationship (only stated his mom’s name under emergency contact)
3. He indicated in his form that he is “self-employed” plus checked “others” and indicated freelancer.
4. Our bank statement is a bit sketchy as it shows a huge sum deposited withih the month of bank cert request since we sold the motorbike we owned before (we have a new one) and he e-transfered money to me it can be seen in the transaction history. His ADB is 10k since he just recently started work while mine is around 40k. Both of us have 90k+ in our bpi bank accts opened since 2012.

Aside from these, we provided everything completely. I am employed for 4 yrs already. We also travelled to other countries in the last 2 years bangkok (2017 both of us) and taiwan (him only just this feb 2019)

Does this highly affect our chances of getting approved? :( will be so sad if we het denied since we’ve already booked our trip this coming Apr 16. Huhu hoping for your thoughts on this. Thank you!!


Hello. I just want to ask if kung needed pa po ba yung ITR ko kahit walang stamp? I have everything except lang po sa stamp sa ITR ko. May guarantor po ako from Korea. I already have his bank statement, letter of invitation and letter as a guarantor.

Christina Fandrich

Hello Po. Ano po bang Requirements ang kailangan nang mga Kapatid ko. Ganito kasi, German Citizen ako tapos uuwi ako nang Pinas gusto ko sana itreat yung tatlong sister ko mag Korea kasi mga Addict kami nang Kdrama. 2 sisters ko Housewife sila, yung isa wala pang Work. Anong Requirement nila? Ako po ang mag Book nang Hotel at Flight namin. Please Help


You will have to make a guarantor’s letter, stating that yoo will shoulder their trip. Attach your passport cover page, birth cert, cert of employment, bank account and details, itr

Christina Fandrich

1 Week lang po kami dun, nga mga Sisters ko


Hi, would you know if it’s okay if a relative (who’s not traveling with me to SK) is the one submitting my documents at the Cebu consulate? And do I need to provide an authorization letter or sign a proxy form if ever? Thank you!


I have applied recently sa Korean Cebu Consulate, and correction 1 id is enough. Only at the China bank lobby will they ask for the id. Coz you to log your purpose and what floor you’re going. Thsn at the 12th floor, you are only told to log your name, birthday and give your phone so that the cameras be covered. Then choose on the automated machine your purpose and get a number.
By the way, they will no longer review whatever you submitted and will just give you a slip on the possible date of pick up.


Hi Ravi,
Is the processing days on cebu just 7 working days? I have a flight on Nov 10 and I think when I apply here in manila I won’t make it on time. Is it possible if I fly from manila to Cebu and apply on Oct 21,2019.. can i make it to my flight on november 10? The reason why it is on October 21 because my passport is not yet available before oct 21. Hope someone can help me with my issue :(


Hello, would you know if they require personal appearance in submitting the requirements? We’re family of 8 and we’re thinking if only one of us can go to Cebu and apply there. We’re actually running out of time so we thought of applying in Cebu instead.


hi maam i sent you an email


Is there an express visa in the Korean Embassy in Cebu?

Zenny Paras

Hi. Can i email Korean Consulate in Cebu directly or call if the processing is still 10 working days? We badly need the visa because our flight is on Nov. 2. Thank you.

jess marie

Hi! did you have a chance to contact them? Is it still 10 days?

Eva Alonos

Hi Yoshie, may i ask about the funding details. I am an employee of an airline company and one of the benefit is using free tickets for me and my dependent. I’ll be travelling with my sister, what are we going to put in “travel related expenses”is it myself or the company where i’m working?

Thanks in advance!

Eva Alonos

Thank you very much Yoshke. :)

Jehan M.

Hi po My friends and In planning na magpunta korea sa Nov 2020 matagal pa naman po, Pero gusto na namin e process ang visa.. In my case po kasi ung friends ko mga ofw tapos ako employed po dito need ko pa po bang kumaha ng travel authority from my office? 6 days po ung stay namin don..

Daisy Dolosa Serrano


Kapag po ba nag apply dito sa manila and madeny pede kaya mag apply sa cebu kahit wala pa 6months?

Shella Ildefonso/Diserie Oyao

good afternoon,

follow up ko po yong visa ni shella eldifonso. October 18, 2019 pa yun. please reply. thank you


Hi po., do you happen to know po kung ilang days ang visa processing ng Cebu as of this writing for Korean visa and pede pa rin po ba ang walk in..? pag dito po kase sa manila hindi aabot eh..
Thank You po


Thank you for being so helpful sir.

Ace Alvin

Hi I just want to ask if using online banking in lieu of a bank statement would suffice? My bank told me it’s basically the same. I still haven’t received my bank statement yet and I am worried that I might ran out of time in applying for my visa before my flight.


Hello po! Tanung ko lang pano ba mag apply nang korean vesa touris gosto mo namin mag stay kahit 3months .may kapatid po ako don nag asawa na citizen na po siya don ..pls help me.

Andy Eggenman

Hi! :) Planning to apply early next year. Can I include my Chinese visa in the OECD requirements? Will that still count even if China is just a ‘key partner’?


Do we still need to apply on-line schedule here in Korean Consulate of Cebu? the last time I went there, I was requested to go to a certain link for on-line schedule. However, there is no link or is not anymore available.