Last updated: March 30, 2020.

The Korean Embassy in Manila has been implementing a lot of changes to their new visa application processes recently. The first major overhaul was the designation of travel agencies, through which applications must be filed. The requirements are still the same, but this time applicants will need to course their application through any of the embassy’s officially designated travel agencies.

The move was in reaction to the growing number of applicants in the Philippines, which has almost doubled in the past couple of years, from 90,000 in 2015 to 160,000 in 2017. To accommodate more applicants, the embassy has tapped travel agencies to receive applications. This means that walk-in hopefuls will no longer be allowed to directly apply for a tourist visa at the embassy in Manila, with some exceptions. Over the past year, more changes have been implemented. From the longer processing time to a new application form.

Note that the Korean Consulate in Cebu is NOT affected by this and will continue to accept direct applications on site. For more information about direct application in Cebu, read: How to Apply for a Korean Visa in Cebu.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to apply for a South Korean tourist visa via travel agency.



1. Duly accomplished application form

  • The Korean Embassy released a new application form (January 2020). Download PDF file or Word file.
  • Must be computerized or typed, NOT handwritten.
  • The font should be Arial size 12. (New rule. Effective starting November 11, 2019.)
  • Must be printed on an A4-size paper.
  • For fields that are not applicable to you, leave them blank.

2. 1 Passport photo

  • Passport-size, colored, white background
  • Must be pasted or glued on the designated area on the page 1 of Application form.

3. Current passport (Original)

  • Must be valid for more than 6 months from your target travel date.
  • Must have signature. For new 10-year passports, the signature field is on the bottom part of Page 3 (page next to the Bio page). For previous passports, no need to sign because it already has your digital signature on the Bio page itself.
  • Must have completely filled out Emergency Contact Page (last page of the passport).

4. Previous passports (Original)

Only if you traveled abroad within the last 5 years. If you did, submit them together with your current passport.

5. Photocopy of the passport bio page

The bio page is the information page of the passport (Page 2). Make sure you have a photocopy of it.

6. Photocopy of all your OECD Visas

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

If you have USED visas to any member country of the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) except Japan, you will need to submit the ORIGINAL copy and a photocopy of all of them. (Past Korean visas and Japan visas are not counted.)

Having an OECD visa can increase your chances of approval.

Also, according to the embassy, “Frequent travelers who have travelled as tourist to OECD member countries (excluding Japan) within 5 years are exempted from submitting ITR.” I’m just not sure how they define “frequent” so it’s best to ask the agency where you will lodge your application to be safe.

To see all the OECD member countries, visit this website.

Update (June 12, 2019): Although Japan is an OECD country, JAPAN VISA is no longer honored by the Korean Embassy in reaction to several cases of applicants submitting FAKE Japan visa and stamps. Tsk tsk tsk.

7. If invited by a Korean

  • an Invitation letter
  • a copy of the inviter’s passport.

Ignore this part if not applicable to you.


In addition, you will need to prove that you can support the trip. Here are the additional documents you need to secure according to your employment status.

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, Form 2316), ideally with BIR stamp.
  5. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

Note: Frequent travelers to OECD member countries (excluding Japan) within 5 years are exempted from submitting ITR. I’m just not sure how they define “frequent” so it’s best to ask the agency where you will lodge your application to be safe.

For Self-Employed

  1. Photocopy of Business registration form from DTI or SEC. SEC Registration must include pages with the names of stockholders.
  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 and with pages including net income and total revenue.
  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 Househusbands

  1. Your own or your spouse’s original Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  2. Your own or your spouse’s Bank Statement. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.
  3. If spouse is employed
    – Spouse’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 spouse is self-employed
    – Copy of spouse’s Business Registration from SEC or DTI
    – Copy of spouse’s Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Photocopy of spouse’s ITR (Income Tax Return) with BIR stamp 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.

For Retired Senior Citizens

  1. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  2. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  3. Copy of Senior Citizen ID

Important Notes

  • UPDATE REGARDING THE ITR! (June 2018): The embassy has announced that starting 26 March 2018, first-time travelers who have NOT traveled as tourists to any OECD country within the last 5 years MUST submit the following:
    For Employees, ITR. The embassy website no longer mentions that the ITR copy must have BIR Received or BIR Certified True Copy Stamp. But this stamp was required previously. I don’t know if it’s still the case.
    For Self-Employed, BIR Form with Corresponding Payment Receipt from a BIR-authorized bank.
  • Starting July 1, 2018. The company alphalist is no longer required. However, it may be requested as additional document for some applicants. But if you’re applying before July 1, you will still need to provide it by default.
  • 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.
  • For family applications, you must provide documents that can serve as proof of relationship. Birth certificates and marriage contracts are accepted. A representative can file for the whole family.
The guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace gate
The guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace gate


1. Check the latest releasing date and processing time.

The first thing you should do is to see if the releasing date is fine with you. The last thing you want is to spend so much time and effort working on the requirements only to realize that you won’t get your visa in time.

Because of the growing volume of applications they receive, the Korean Embassy has extended the processing time. It’s hard to say exactly how long the processing can take because it changes week after week, depending on the number of applications. But it’s usually 24-36 working days.

Update: The Korean Embassy has announced that starting March 2020, the visa processing period will be reduced to 10 to 15 working days.

The Korean Embassy makes regular announcements on their official website.

2. Complete all the requirements.

Make sure you have gathered all the requirements listed above.

The list follows a certain order. The basic requirements first, then photocopy of OECD visas, then the financial/employment documents, and lastly the invitation letter or cover letter if you have it.

You will also be given the list when you enter the embassy, so you can rearrange the docs on the spot.

3. Submit the documents to a designated travel agency.

Now that you have all the required documents, it’s time to find an officially designated travel agency. The embassy accredited 35 agencies where you can lodge your application. If you’re familiar with the Japan Visa application process, it works pretty much the same.

The good news is, many of these travel agencies have branches all around the country, which means it’s easier for applicants in the provinces to apply.

To see the full list of travel agencies, their addresses, and contact details, visit: List of Korean Embassy-Accredited Travel Agencies.

The only applicants that can directly apply at the embassy are spouses and children of Koreans, government employees on official business trip, applicants with humanitarian reasons to travel urgently, and holders of visa issuance number (a separate document issued in Korea).

The visa itself for stays shorter than 59 days remains FREE-OF-CHARGE, but now that the embassy has employed travel agencies, they will surely be collecting a processing fee from applicants. The fee varies from agency to agency, usually between P500 and P1500. But call your chosen agency to confirm their rates.

4. Wait for the results.

Processing time: 10-15 WORKING DAYS

But according to the travel agencies we consulted, the safest is to apply around 35 WORKING DAYS before your trip because of the unpredictability of processing period. The embassy informs the agency of the projected release date of visa/passports for applications they receive that week and if the agency sees your travel date is beyond that release date, they can refuse your application as it will be too risky. These days, the earlier you can apply, the better.

On top of that, give agencies time to collect, document, sort out, deliver to and pick up the passports from the embassy.

While waiting, you can check the status of your application online.

5. Claim your visa and passport.

Pick up your passport (hopefully with a visa attached) when you are informed by your travel agency. Some agencies can arrange to mail it to you if you prefer, but most will ask you to come back and pick it up from their office.


How early can I apply for a South Korea Visa?

You can enter Korea at any time within the next 3 months (90 days) of the issue date. So if your visa is issued on July 1, you can enter anytime before October 1.

So that means, you can apply as early as 3 months (90 days) before your departure date.

However, if you’re applying in Manila, make sure you apply at least 30 working days before your intended travel date.

How long would I be allowed to stay in Korea?

59 days, if you’re granted a regular tourist visa.

You can apply for a longer stay but you must be able to justify that.

Update: Some of our readers have been granted visas that allow them to stay for only 20 days, not 59 days. We’re still trying to determine whether this is true for all new applications moving forward or just some.

Do I need to book flights and hotels before applying?

No. They’re not required. I’ve tried submitting these before, but they removed it from the pile.

Do I really need a travel agency for this?

YES. The Korean Embassy requires tourist visa applications filed starting July 1, 2018, to be coursed through any of their designated travel agencies.

However, if you’re applying at the Korean Consulate in Cebu, you may apply directly on your own. If you’re applying in Cebu, here’s how: Korean Visa Application in Cebu.

Do you recommend any travel agency?

We don’t really recommend any travel agency for now. But we can tell you this: Some of the information you’ll find in this visa guide that’s outside our personal experience was provided by Constellation Travels Inc.. We’re not affiliated with them in any way, but they have been very helpful in filling in the blanks in this guide for the benefit of our readers.

If you find this guide helpful and since you have to course your application through a designated agency anyway, we hope you could bring your business to Constellation Travels.

Here are their details:

Rate: P700

Makati Main Office
5F Merry Land Plaza
1157 Chino Roces Avenue
San Antonio Village, Makati City
Landline: +63 (2) 224-1730

Iloilo Office
G/F Door 2, Manfred’s Building, 22 Gen. Luna St.
Iloilo City
Office Line: (033) 514 1066
Mobile No.: 0917 823 8655

How long does the entire visa application take?

24-36 WORKING DAYS, according to the embassy.

But according to the travel agencies we consulted, the safest is to apply AT LEAST 35 WORKING DAYS before your trip. The embassy informs the agency of the projected release date of visa/passports for applications they receive that week and if the agency sees your travel date is beyond that release date, they can refuse your application as it will be too risky. These days, the earlier you can apply, the better.

That’s how long the embassy takes to process. But you must also allow agencies time to collect, document, sort out, deliver to and pick up the passports from the embassy.

Previously, the normal processing period is 7 working days with an option for RUSH PROCESSING which cuts it to 2 days only for a fee. But the embassy recently made an announcement that they are extending the processing period to 30+ working days due to the increasing number of applications they receive.

What is the Visa Issuance Confirmation in the Section 2 of the Application Form?

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.

Should the application form be typewritten/computerized or handwritten?

Computerized, to be safe.

When I applied, handwritten forms were accepted. However, many designated travel agencies now require that the forms be computerized or typewritten.

If the question doesn’t apply to me, should I put N/A or just leave it blank?

Leave it blank, to be safe.

This is another source of confusion. In the past, writing N/A is accepted. However, most official travel agencies require that they be left blank. To be on the safe side, just leave them blank when you apply and ask the agency what to do when you’re there.

As one of our readers suggested, best if you bring a flash drive containing your form so if you need to change or add something, you can easily do so at the agency’s office.

What are OECD visas?

These are visas granted by countries that are part of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). These are the member countries:

Czech Republic
New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States

Update (June 12, 2019): Although Japan is an OECD country, JAPAN VISA is no longer honored by the Korean Embassy in reaction to several cases of applicants submitting FAKE Japan visa and stamps.

I have OECD Visas. Does it mean my application will be approved?

Not necessarily. But you have better chances of approval.

I have OECD Visas but they’re e-Visas. Is it accepted?

Yes. Some OECD countries like Australia issue electronic visas. You can print it out and submit.

Can I submit just the bank certificate?

No. Starting October 2016, a bank statement showing transactions for the past 3 months is a required document.

So you have to submit BOTH a bank certificate and a bank statement.

How much money should my bank account have to get approved?

I don’t know the minimum amount. I don’t think the embassy explicitly says it. But I have tried applying with P100,000 in the bank for a 4-day stay and got approved.

Some members of our Support Group applied with only P60,000 in their bank accounts and were granted a visa too.

I guess the key thing to remember here is that how much you have should be proportional to how long your stay is. For example, if you have only P100,000, don’t apply for a 59-day stay because that would obviously raise a lot of questions regarding whether or not you can afford the trip.

To give you a ballpark figure, the Embassy of France requires EUR 120 per day from Schengen Visa applicants. That’s around P7600 per day. Add the cost of airfare and hotel, and that should be the minimum amount in your bank. Again, this is not the official rule. We’re just using the French Embassy’s policy as an example.

My personal rule is P10,000 per day of stay + airfare + cost of accommodations.

Is group application allowed?

For families and friends traveling together for tourism, you can apply at the same time but your application will be evaluated individually. The list of requirements and procedure above still apply.

I’m applying with family. Does everyone of us need to submit a copy of bank certificate/statements?

Only one copy will do, provided that you’re applying at the same agency at the same time.

Please note that if the sponsoring family member is not an immediate family member (not a parent, sibling, or child), an AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT and PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP are required. For example, if the applicants are:

  • GRANDMOTHER + GRANDCHILDREN. You need to provide an Affidavit of Support stating that the grandmother will be shouldering the expenses of the grandchildren. If the grandmother is the father’s mom, submit birth certificates of the grandmother, the father, and the grandchildren.
  • UNCLE/AUNT + NIECE/NEPHEW. This is not considered an “immediate” relationship either, so an affidavit of support also needs to be submitted in this case. Plus, birth certificates of the niece/nephew, the aunt/uncle, and the “connecting” parent. For example, if the uncle is the mother’s brother, also provide the mother’s birth certificate in addition to the uncle’s and niece’s/nephew’s.

You can find a sample Affidavit of Support here: AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT & GUARANTEE!

I have a sponsor, do I still have to submit my own bank documents?

YES. If you have a sponsor, you will have to submit BOTH your sponsor’s and your own financial and employment documents.

I’m a student with a part-time job. Should I apply as a student or an employee?

I consulted a designated travel agency for the best way to go about this, and they said that it’s better to apply as a student and submit parents’ docs.

They said that applying as both employed and student can confuse the embassy. They also said that part-time jobs are often viewed by the embassy negatively because it tells them 2 things: one, that you are not as rooted and as financially stable, and two, that there is a possibility that you will work there too.

Can my boyfriend or girlfriend sponsor my trip?

You can try, but no guarantees. If you want better chances of approval, an immediate family member is best to sponsor you. A parents or sibling is most ideal. You will have to submit proof of relationship, which is hard to establish if you’re not married to your sponsor or not an immediate family member.

Note that even if your trip is sponsored by someone else, you still need to provide your own bank and employment documents on top of your sponsor’s.

Do I need to show up to submit the documents?

NO. You can ask someone else to do it for you IF THE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETE.

I need to explain something. Will they accept a cover letter?

Yes. I did once. They accepted it.

Is it possible to apply for a multiple-entry visa?

YES, but only if you’re qualified. Holders of any of the following credit cards can apply for a multiple-entry visa and are EXEMPTED from providing bank certificates and ITR:

BDO Gold Cardholders: multiple-entry visa valid for 5 years
Gold Visa Credit Card
Gold MasterCard Credit Card
Gold UnionPay Credit Card
Gold JCB Credit Card
American Express​ Gold Credit Card

BDO Elite Cardholders: multiple-entry visa valid for 3-5years
Platinum Visa Credit Card
Titanium/Platinum and World Elite MasterCard Credit Card
JCB Platinum
Diamond UnionPay Credit Card
Diners Club Premiere
American Express​ Platinum Credit Card
American Express International Dollar Charge Cards
Cathay Pacific American Express Credit Cards (Standard and Elite)

RCBC Bankard Premium Card: multiple-entry visa valid for 5 years
World Mastercard (including co-brands Balesin and The City Club)
Black Platinum Mastercard
Diamond Platinum Mastercard
Visa Infinite
Visa Platinum
JCB Platinum
UnionPay Diamond

For BDO, promo is valid until December 31, 2022.
For RCBC, promo is valid until December 31, 2020.

Update: Effective November 11, qualified cardholders must submit credit card statements for the past 3 months + copy of the front side of the card (FRONT only).

Note that you are only exempted from providing financial docs (bank certificate, bank statement, etc.). Employment or business documents must still be submitted.

If unable to provide credit card statements, you must submit personal bank certificate (original) and bank statements showing your history for the past 3 months (original or certified true copy).

I am on paperless billing and I receive my credit card account statement via email. Can I just print it out and submit?

I don’t know for sure.

The latest announcement on the website states that cardholders enrolled in electronic Monthly Billing Statement (eMBS) or electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) can print out a copy.

However, according to a designated travel agency we talked to, printed copy of credit card statement received via email must be authenticated. Better yet, get an original copy of the statement by calling your credit card company and have it delivered to you or to your branch.

I really don’t know what’s the latest rule on this. Sorry.

If I avail of the credit card promo for multiple entry visa, do I still have to submit a Certificate of Employment?

YES. The credit card promo exempts you from submitting the ITR and bank documents only. Proof of employment (Certificate of Employment or business registration) and the rest of the requirements still apply.

My parent owns a credit card that is eligible for a multiple entry visa. I am an extension/supplementary card holder. Can I also apply for a multiple entry visa?

Yes. According to Constellation Travels, you’re also eligible provided that you and your parent will apply at the same time. Submit a copy of her valid/eligible credit card, latest original credit card statement, and a copy of your birth certificate to prove how you’re related.

I am tax-exempt. Do I need to submit an ITR?

You should still have an ITR even if you’re tax-exempt.

Since 2018, workers earning below P250,000 a year (P21,000 a month) are exempted from paying income taxes. But that doesn’t mean it exempts you from having an ITR. If you’re an employee, you can still get a copy of your ITR from your employer even if you’re tax-exempt.

My employer said they can’t provide the company alphalist because it’s confidential. What can I do?

Since July 1, 2018, the company alphalist is no longer required.

It used to be required, but not anymore. However, it may still be requested as additional document for some applicants if the embassy feels the need to confirm your employment status.

Is it possible to pull out my passport during application so I could use it for another trip?

NO. Not anymore.

It used to be possible but the embassy has announced that they have stopped entertaining such requests regardless of the reason. It’s now your responsibility to make sure that you will not need your passport at any point during the application process.

Update: According to one of our readers who called the embassy, it is possible now that the processing times are longer. I haven’t confirmed this though, so call the embassy for a definitive answer.

What are the common reasons why Korean visa applications are denied?

I can only speculate, but based on the messages we receive from our followers, the usual reasons are the following:

  • You can’t prove that you can financially support yourself on this trip. You probably have insufficient funds or your sponsor is not in a good financial standing.
  • You can’t prove that you intend to return (rootedness). You probably don’t have a stable job at this point, newly employed, or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you intend to work there.
  • Your intention/purpose in Korea is unclear. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.

Where can I check the status of my visa application?

You can check the status of your application by visiting Then follow these steps.

  1. On the top menu, click on ENGLISH.
  2. Click on or hover over the Check Application Status on the left menu. It will reveal options.
  3. Click Check Application Status & Print.
  4. Accomplish the form on the next page. On the Type of Applications field, select Diplomatic Office.
  5. Enter your details and click Search.

If my application is denied, can I apply again?

Yes, but only after 6 months, if it is still the Korean Embassy in Manila that will be processing it.

Some of our readers have found that the Korean Consulate in Cebu accept applications rejected by the Embassy in Manila. There have been success stories of those who were denied in Manila but were approved in Cebu. I’m not sure if it’s a rule or more like an operational loophole, but I’m just sharing that some people have done it. You don’t need to actually go to Cebu. You can also hire a travel agency to do it.

If you choose to do this, just make sure that you’re adding supporting documents or addressing the reasons you were denied in the first place. Don’t re-apply with the exact same set of documents or you’ll also be rejected and face a possibility of penalty. There has to be more.

What does a South Korea visa look like?

Like this:

What are the contact numbers of the Korean Embassy in the Philippines?

Feel free to call the Korean Embassy to confirm anything. Here are the numbers:

Manila: (63-2) 856-9210 visa local no. 270, 500
Cebu: (63-32) 231-1516(-9)

I have documents A, B, C and D, and I have this much money in my bank account. Will my application be approved or denied?

I don’t know. No one and nothing can guarantee visa approval beforehand. Sometimes, no matter how qualified or prepared you are, your application can still be rejected.

The only person who can answer this question is the visa officer evaluating your application.

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

For more information about Korean visa applications, contact or visit the official website of the Korean Embassy in Manila.

Updates Log

  • 2020 February 2 – Added link to the Word (Docx) version of the application form.
  • 2020 January 6 – Added FAQ 4.30. Updated FAQ 4.22. Inserted section 3.1.
  • 2020 January 5 – Replaced the application form. The Korean Embassy released a new application form.
  • 2019 November 8 – Added the new rule about font (Arial 12).
  • 2019 September 25 – Updated the processing time. The Embassy changed it to at least 25 working days.

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  1. Jeric says:

    Hi, does this only apply in manila korean consulate? or kasama rin sa cebu? we are planning kasi mag apply via cebu kasi malapit kami sa cebu and using the waived financial docs promo ng BDO/BPI gold card na may multiple entry. Pano na yun?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jeric, sa Cebu, you can still apply directly at the consulate. :)

      • Karen says:

        Hi po, paano po magapply ng visa kung ang masponsor yung relative n nkatira sa Korea, student yung pupunta dun

      • Sarah says:

        Hi my visa got denied here in Dubai. Plan ko mag jeju na Lang kasi no need visa. Okay Lang ba kahit kaka denied visa ko lang tapos pupunta na Lang ako jeju?

        • Giselle says:

          hi sarah i read ur post regarding the denied visa in dubai. Plan to apply for K. visa in dubai as well. why you were denied?

      • Jessa gelig says:

        Hi po, im a housewife and plan po namin mag korea sa Oct. With my kids pero hindi po kasama ang husband ko. Need pa po ba ng affidavit of support of spouse? Thank you!

    • Kiers says:

      Hi! recently got my 5-year multiple entry visa (no CC used), just 4x visits to SK in 2 years :) however, by June I will be renewing my passport… is it possible for me to have my visa transferred to the new passport?

  2. Tawny Gwynne Estolloso says:


    What if I am currently unemployed but still have the finances to support myself on the trip?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Medyo mahihirapan po. They want to be sure of not just the financial capacity but also rootedness in the Philippines.

      • hana says:

        Hi yoshke. Do i need to put sa “previous travels” sa form pag nagdomestic travel sa US kasi nagbakasyon ako sa florida and nagpunti rin ako sa new york or USA lang ilalagay ko.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Hana, dun ba sa 7.7? Kung ako yan, USA na lang ilalagay ko. :)

      • Elle Wood says:

        How about I just graduated med school, so technically I am unemployed since I’m still doing internship but also I am no longer affiliated to any school, only to the hospital hence I am unemployed. Also, I already traveled to s.korea last 2018 when I was still on my last year in med school. Can I still apply for a visa? If so what are the requirements? Is it still the same?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Elle, pwede pa rin naman. You can write an explanation letter that you have just graduated and you’re doing internship. If pwede ka rin humingi ng document from the hospital proving na nag-iintern ka sa kanila, makakatulong din un.

  3. edwardo says:

    Paano kung Fresh college graduate ako, pero supportado padin ng parents ko.

  4. Janzell says:

    Hi. How if isasama ko tatay ko mag travel sa korea pero unemployed sya. Do i need guarantee letter? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janzell. By any chance, is your dad a senior citizen or retired?

  5. Carlo says:

    Hi. It is said na those who have visited any country from OECD is exempted from submitting ITR. I already visited SoKor and planning to visit again, would I be already exempted from submitting ITR?

    • rachel says:

      hi ask lang kung pwede yung previous school ID ko, kasi late na ako nakapasok ng school, next year pa daw yung pwedeng mag pa ID

  6. cecille vidal says:


    Just to inquire both my parents already senior they want to travel in South Korea financially stable do I need to make a letter of support? Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Cecille, for seniors, these are the requirements:

      1. Application Form
      2. 1 piece of Passport size photo
      3. Valid passport + photocopy of bio page
      4. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)
      5. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
      6. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
      7. Copy of Senior citizen’s ID

      • mark says:

        hi ask ko lng if ung application need ng computerized or okay nmn kung print then susulatan?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Mark, last time I applied, pwede handwritten basta block letters (capital letters).

  7. Shaira says:


    Ask ko lang po if below 3 months palang ang account is it still possible to apply for visa?

      • jin says:

        Sir above 3 mos na po yung account ko pero kasi delayed yung sahudan ok lng po ba?

        • ruffy says:

          hello po ask ko lang po sa pag kuha ng student visa, paano po kung walang business ang parents ko at walang bank accnt pero meron po akong inviter sa Korea at sponsor po??

  8. Antonio says:

    Hi, I’ve been in OECD member countries (France and UK) last year. Is it possible that I’ll be given 1 year visa? I’m going this August then 2nd visit is in December.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Antonio. Naku, di namin alam process kapag longer than 59 days. :(

      • ruffy says:

        hello po ask ko lang po sa pag kuha ng student visa, paano po kung walang business ang parents ko at walang bank accnt pero meron po akong inviter sa Korea at sponsor po??

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Ruffy,

          Wala po akong idea sa student visa. Tourist visa lang po alam ko.

  9. Vicky Barioga says:

    pag credit card po ba pwidi mag request ng bank statements?

    • BINGO DRILON says:

      You may request copy of your credit card statement of account (SOA) to the credit company where ur a holder.

    • Raqz says:

      hi, my employer funding my trip to Korea. What are the requirements needed? Do I need to provide my bank account & certificate of employment although they will shoulder it? thanks a lot your blog was really helpful.
      I am nervous because I am first time traveller and not have been to any countries abroad. I only travel locally.

  10. Ailene says:

    Hi, i want to apply korean visa, but i stopped working last December 2017, because my korean boyfriend want me to stop work. And i have bank account .may chance pa kayang ma approve ako sa korean visa pag mag aaply ako?

  11. Anika says:

    Paano po if student tapos ofw ang parent? Tapos they are not filing ITR. Single mom and wala pong bank account. Possible pa rin po ba?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Find another sponsor, preferably relative, and write a cover letter explaining why that relative is sponsoring you.

  12. Heidi says:

    hi, i will be applying for korean visa as self-employed. Yung DTI and mayor’s permit ko under my mother’s name for she was the owner and i took over the business last year. will it be acceptable?

    I have my BDO credit card, bank statement, and PRC card. also i’ve been to korea last 2016.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Heidi. I don’t know if it’s a good idea to apply as self-employed if hindi nakapangalan sayo ung business. Maybe some of our readers know…

    • JEROME says:

      Hi Heidi. You can put on your application “UNEMPLOYED” kasi hindi nakapangalan yung DTI at Mayor’s permit sayu. Tsaka hingi karin nang Affidavit of Support at marriage Contract at Full pages of ITR with BIR stamp sa mama mo for Verification purposes din provide your own Bank Certificate and Bank statement . Hope it can help.

      • kath says:

        sorry i want to ask, i have plan to visit in korea with my mom, but the prob is i dont have work now i am ofw before for 7 years and now im for good now. i just came back sept 2019, my mom have on buss like RTW i just want to know if ok lang ba sya ang mag sponsor sakin???

  13. rose pena says:

    hi .
    my sister wants me to go with her in south korea the problem is im jobless no itr, bank account… but she will support and shoulder all the expenses . will i still have the chance to have a visa.

  14. rose pena says:

    Im jobless but my sister wants me to go with her in south korea and she will shoulder all the expenses , i dont have bank account and itr what should i do, its just a 1 week tour. im 50 yrs old . will they grant me a visa

  15. rose pena says:

    hi .
    my sister wants me to go with her in south korea the problem is im jobless no itr, bank account… but she will support and shoulder all the expenses . will i still have the chance to have a visa. its just a week tour

  16. Rowell Octavio says:

    Hi can i still try applying for visa even if i dnt have ITR? Or sure denied if without ITR?.. reason for visit i won a raffle prize from paradise city resort and casino (3 nights accomodation and casino playing voucher). Will this help as additional credential?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rowell, if you can get a letter from the sponsor certifying that you indeed won the trip, that would be helpful.

      If you have a reason why you can’t provide an ITR, you can put that in an explanation letter.

  17. Tin says:

    –> For Employees, ITR with BIR Received or BIR Certified True Copy Stamp
    Paano po itong part na to? Kasi pag check ko sa embassy website nila wala naman po nakalagay na dapat may stamp. Kelangan po ba talaga idala pa sa BIR para ipa-certify??
    Thank you po sa sasagot ;)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Tin! Yep, inalis na nila sa website yung mention ng stamp. But I’m not sure if kailangan pa rin or hindi kasi yung previous list ay specifically nakasulat dun yun

      • Eddi Suh says:

        Hi, paano po para sa mga OFW? BIR Certified Copy po ibibigay?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Di yata covered ng BIR kapag earned abroad. Di ko alam. :(

  18. Ijin says:

    hi po good day! Ask lang po kung ano ang requirements ng Mother at Sister ko for korean visa? ung mother ko, Housewife sya pero may dollar account po and ung sa sister ko, employed na pero kaka-hire nya lng sa work and wala sya mapoprovide na ITR and Bank Statement but i will be sponsoring their trip po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ijin, for your mom, nasa taas yung requirements nung for housewives.

      For your sister, she can write a cover letter explaining why she can’t provide ITR and bank statement, although walang guarantee that it will be approved. It’s still up to whoever will process.

      They can also submit a notarized Affidavit of Support to show that you will be shouldering their expenses.

    • Jay G. says:

      Hi. Question lang po. Applicable po ba if 2307 ang Requirements ko instead 2316? I’m Property Specialist “agent” from SMDC. And galing po sa Company ko ang 2307 ko. Possible po kaya na maka kuha ako ng visa? Thank you. God Bless.

  19. Nei says:

    Hi! I have availed the bpi promo and was granted a 3 years multiple entry which will expire on aug 2019. Since dec 2019 ang end ng promo, i plan to reapply using credit card. Same process rin kaya? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I think same pa rin. Best to call a designated travel agency to be sure.

    • jen says:

      Did you still submit bank statements?or only the bank cert and itr are waived when using credit card promo?thank you.

  20. leirahm says:

    I am planning to visit Korea this September with my 4 year old daughter. My husband is working there. But I have my own bank account and could possibly support our stay there for 10 days. Do we still need an invitation letter?

  21. leirahm says:

    I am travelling with my daughter, do we need to fill up 2 application form?

  22. Jam says:

    Hi! My son wanted to apply a visa for south korea. He doesnt have any ITR kasi kaka employ lang nya. He can provide employment certification and bank certification. Is this possible to be granded? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, just write a cover letter explaining why he can’t provide ITR.

  23. Jill says:

    Hi.. i have an invitation for training in korea for 1month under the sponsorship of WHO, do I still need bank statements? Do you have any idea how much is needed only accnt is my payroll accnt from where I work..tnx

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jill, no idea. My knowledge is limited to personal experience, which covers tourist visa only.

  24. Chii says:


    Pano po kaya kung employee naman ako but walang ITR? But I have bank statement. Can I still apply for a visa? Thank you. :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Just write a letter explaining why you can’t provide an ITR.

  25. Jeng says:

    Hi! Wanna ask po, what if 6 mos na yung bank acct ko? Possible naman pong ma grant? :) thank youuuu

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I think so. Basta nothing fishy sa transaction history.

      • Magnolia Tulabing says:

        hi, til when po validity magamit un Bank certicate & Statement of account from the date issue na pwedeng mag apply ng visa?
        Thanks po

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Magnolia, I don’t know for sure. Pero ako, ang rule ko sa sarili ko ay 1 month.

  26. Jong Refugia says:

    Hi. A Committee invited my theater team to perform in Korea this coming August . I was wondering if you know what type of visa we should apply for and what the requirements for this trip are. Thank you very much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jong, naku, I dunno. Best to call the embassy or any of the accredited agencies to be sure.

  27. Jay says:

    Hi Ill be applying as a student in korea. Do you by chance know the process for this?

  28. Nix says:

    Hi po pano pag ang kasama ko lang po isa sa parents ko but im still a minor po and were planning to go there for maybe a week only ano mga kailangan requirements? kaso yung dad isn’t working here sa ibang bansa po? may kailangan po bang letter from my mom that is allowing me to travel po kasama dad ko?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Same lang din. If kasama mo dad mo and he’s not working here, he needs equivalent of ITR nung bansang un.

  29. ROWENA MENESES says:

    As stated on Student’s requirements, they need to submit parent’s Company Alphalist (Form 1604 CF with BIR received stamp), what if kasama naman po kaming parents nya going to Korea, does she needs to submit this requirement?

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rowena, I haven’t done applying na sabay with family so hindi ko alam. Pero feeling ko kailangan pa rin kasi individually yata inaassess ang application. Pero di ko rin sure talaga.

  30. lowreen says:

    Hi I have submitted all the requirements, however, umalis ako sa job , as in resigned on the process of application. Maapektuhan ba yun? I have travelled to Korea 2x na rin naman but usually single entry. thanks

  31. liz says:

    hello, i would like to ask if there would be a problem kung mg,apply ako ng visa sa pinas? im currently in canada and dito din ako i am planning to go home sa pinas and dyan na lang din mg.apply ng visa. thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, pwede. Just bring the equivalent ng documents na required.

  32. Blue says:

    Hi, i would like to ask lang. me and my siblings kasi want to travel sa seoul, been there last may but single entry lang, and i have my requirements namn pede ko b i sponsor ung minor siblings ko? And ung isa kasing kapatid ko mas matanda sya sakin pero disabled sya can i sponsor him too? Or need niya tlga ng requirements? Thanks po

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Blue, kahit i-sponsor mo sila, need pa rin nila nung docs nila. Ia-add lang yung docs mo as sponsor, pero kailangan pa rin ng kanila.

  33. Kat says:

    For the ITR requirement— since I traveled to Korea once before in 2015, I no longer need to submit it right? Or should it be 2 times to visit Korea or any OTHER OECD contry?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kat, according to one official agency we talked to, the UPDATED POLICY is this: it’s waived only for those 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.

      In summary, if Korea = 2x dapat.
      other OECD = kahit 1 time lang.

      If once ka pa lang nag-Korea and never other OECD, in my understanding, you will still need to submit ITR.

  34. Avy says:

    Question lang, are there specifications/ requirements for the passport photo? Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Avy, passport-size, colored, white background, business/professional yung suot (with collar pag men)

  35. Ken says:

    Ung account ko po is bdo kabayan savings.hindi po ba magtataka pag nakita a banking history na more than 70k ung once na dumating sa acc kc ngppdala tatay ko po ?at ung sahod ko dto sa pinas eh hndi naman gnun kalaki?

  36. Jd says:

    Hi Yoshke!

    I am currently employed in a start-up company and we don’t have an HR, our finance head yung nagbibigay ng ITR/CoE namin. My question is, is it okay to put our finance head’s name & signature in my CoE since dapat HR Manager yun nakalagay?


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep! Pwede mo ipaexplain sa same COE na ung Finance Head din ung naghahandle ng HR matters kasi start-up.

  37. zel says:

    Hi. Would like to ask if ok to submit just the copy of ITR because that’s what our company only provides. Does it needs to be Certified true copy? I’ve just went to BIR on our RD but they don’t just stamp Certified true copy without the “transmittal letter” as proof that our company filed. Or ss a written letter will suffice why it is only a copy of the ITR? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Zel, I discussed this in the post above. The embassy website no longer mentions that the ITR copy must have BIR Received or BIR Certified True Copy Stamp. But this stamp was required previously. I don’t know if it’s still the case.

  38. Ems says:

    Hi plan po nmin magtour ng family ko,yng isang daughter ko po ay student pa ang isa po ay graduated na 2 yrs ago pero unemployed po sya..ano po kaya application form yng dapat nya i-fill out at bale yng husband ko lang ang magiging principal sponsor nmin…magrant kay kmi ng visa?thanks

  39. Ronley says:

    Hi po ask ko lang regarding the release of Visa. Pwede po ba iba ang kukuha during the releasing day? Pero ako po yong mag aapply pero iba lang kukuha. Thanks po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ronley, I think with most agencies pwede naman, pero padala ka ng authorization letter and copy of ID.

  40. Gggg says:

    Hi! just wanted to ask yung isang kasama namin is currently working in australia. And she wanted to join us in our trip to korea this december. However, this december pa siya uuwi and will travel from ph to korea. Any advice on how we can apply for her visa here in ph?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Mag-apply sa kahit alin sa designated travel agencies. Di naman kailangang personal mag-apply. Kahit isend lang ang documents, basta complete and satisfactory.

  41. Mark Tejones says:

    kelangan po ba tlga parent’s passport and bank statements etc. What if sister ko mag susuport sakin and ung parents ko walang passport?

    and i’m currently a student.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ang alam ko pwede naman. I-explain mo na lang sa cover letter. Pero to be sure, call the agency na lang kung saan ka apply.

  42. Jenah says:

    Hi po!
    Kelangan ba na original copy ang i-attach ko na bank cert & bank statement para sa mother and sister ko? Ako kasi ang maagsponsor sa trip namin.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jenah, ang alam ko, oo. Pero di kasi ako familiar kapag group application. Pero get na lang original copies for all to be sure.

    • CES TRAVELS says:

      Hi Jenah, okay lang photocopy ang bank cert and statement for your mother and sister. Important original copy is yung attachment for your application.

  43. says:

    Hi po! hindi na ba available ang promo yung sa BPI pag kumuha sa agency.

    • Missy says:

      Hi ES!

      Kaloka. Ambibo-bibo ng question & answer portion mo. Luvet!

      Anyway, makikisawsaw na rin ako:

      1. Usually walang company IDs pag freelance, what document(s) do we need to show sa immigration?

      2. I’ve read above that it’s possible for a travelling companion (friend, not relative) to provide an affidavit of support for you. Would you know where to download that form? I saw one but it’s for a parent-child affodavit.

      Thanks in advance and more power to you!

  44. Billy De Jesus says:

    Hi! I’m self-employed. May sarili akong negosyo. Complete requirements naman nsubmit ko. Bank account is good. Pero denied ang visa application saying i’m not qualified. Pwede ba yun malaman kung bakit? Dahil wala ako makita reason para sabihin na hindi ako qualified.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Billy, impossible po for me to know kung ano ang reason. It could be any of so many factors. Di rin enough na complete ang requirements, dapat satisfactory sa kanila yung documents.

    • aurea cruz says:

      pwedeng magtanong kung ilang years nb ang business mo at ung bank account mo pls reply

  45. Grace says:

    Hi ask ko lang for homebased/virtual assistant na katukad ko na walang itr for the past few years, possible bang maaprove? Can you give some Tips in what tl do and paano maapprove kapag self employed na wala namang mapoprovide na itr or business permit? Thanks

  46. Jackid says:

    Hello may friend po ako na US citizen and also a senior she wants me to go to korea all expenses paid to accompany her. Its there a possible na maapprove ang visa ko.?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jackid, it’s impossible po for me to give an opinion ng super konti lang yung info na alam ko po about your case. Depende po kasi yan sa napakaraming factors.

  47. mara says:

    I traveled to Israel last year. Do I need to submit the original arrival slip (since they dont stamp your passport)? Or will a photocopy of the said slip suffice?

  48. Kay says:

    Hi po, ask lang po regarding sa Form 2316. Nasabi po ninyo na sa website nila hindi na naka-indicate na need na ng may BIR stamped po tama? Kasi po namomroblema kami ng boyfriend ko dahil yung Form 2316 nya walang stamped by BIR though yung sakin meron. Need your advice po kung ano pwedeng alternative way para may chance mas maaprove si BF kahit walang stamp yung Form 2316 nya. Magaapply na kasi kami ng visa this coming August 20. Thanks po.

  49. Kay says:

    Hi Ms. Yoshke Dimen,

    Tinawagan ko na po yung pag-aapplyan namin na agency. Okay nga daw po wala ng stamp ng BIR kapag galing from HR yung Form 2316. Thanks for your help po. :)

  50. Mei says:

    Hi Po. What about for Nanny/Yaya? Ano po requirements? Kami po magsponsor sa kanya. Actually, yun Yaya if first cousin ng asawa ko ka-apilyedo lang din namin. Thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mei, most likely you will serve as her sponsor, so you’d probably need an Affidavit of Support and a cover letter. Best to ask na lang the travel agency kung saan kayo mag-aapply for the other possible requirements.

      • mei says:

        Thanks for the response Yoshke. One more question, actually parang natanong ko na to in one of your blogs. May cousin kasi kami na gustong sumabay, she can provide bank cert and statement which I can assure have enough amount to fund her travel. However, pagdating sa COE kasi yung monthly salary is just about 15k which also will appear in the ITR. May chance po bang ma-approve visa nya? May mga small businesses kasi sya but not registered like pautang kaya may enough savings sya.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Mei, if may savings naman sya and stable yung job or matagal na sya dun, I think okay pa rin ang chances na maapprove. Yung job kasi, hindi lang proof of financial capacity but also proof na may reason sya to return to PH.

  51. John Greg Padua says:

    Hi Yoshke, I just want to ask regarding sa bank account ko. inopen ko sya last 2017 pero hindi ko sya hinuhulugan until June 2018. I started depositing money last July pero nagwiwithdraw din ako using the same debit card meaning – in and out yung pera sa account ko pero continuous naman yung monthly deposit ko nababawasan nga lang. We are planning to apply January of next year. what do you think will happen? Thanks so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi John, okay lang naman yung bank account mo based on yung dinescribe mo na activities. Nothing fishy naman. Assuming may maayos na laman sya ha. :)

  52. nicole says:

    hi im a student applying for a visa but im not going with my parents but my mothers officemate is it still possible that my mom could support me even though she is not coming with me?? or do i need my own bank account??

    Thank you in advance!!!

  53. ilhoon says:

    hi po, i have online business(im lazada merchant),my online shop is NOT YET registered in DTI or BIR, since online nga lang po sya,like other online shop, , but i can prove po that i can finance po my vacation in korea for 6 days , im having a payout of 6 digits every 2 weeks , for the last 7 months and i can prove that or show my lazada statement of account every 2 weeks, and my bank details where they deposit my payout/money, i just want to know po if this is reasonal enough to get a visa, if not ,what should i do po ,? hope you can help me , btw im 23 years old ,so old enough to travel alone i guess,

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ilhoon, yes, pwede yan. Just write a cover letter explaining your situation and why you can’t provide an ITR, but you also need to provide more proof of income. Show them your invoices and lazada statements.

      Of course, walang guarantee. Parating risky kapag hindi full-time employee or hindi pa registered ang business.

      But I highly encourage you to register your business na and pay taxes para mas madali na next time mag-apply ka ng visa sa any embassy.

  54. ilhoon says:

    and additional na din po ,wala po akong itr, your reply po is highly appreciated

  55. Lyn says:

    Hi, ask ko lang, required ba na may credit card ang mga nag-aaply ng visa? Im dont have a credit card but im employed and with savings account in BDO. thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Wala naman po sa list of requirements ang credit card, unless multiple ang aapplyan.

    • ogie says:

      hi mam lyn, add ko lang po sa comment kay sir yoshke, promotional lang po ang credit card.. i think till the end of the year lang cya… mas maganda po kase kung credit card kasi po may chance na mag multiple po ang visa nyo.. pero ndi nman po required..

  56. ogie says:

    hi sir ilhoon.. just make an explanation letter why you dont have an itr..

  57. aubrey says:

    ask ko lng po employed po ako pero ang bank account ko po ay transaction sa new business ko employed po ang inapply ko kc nga 3 months pa lng ung business ko may chance kaya ako magka visa ty

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Depende kung anong klaseng transactions un. If bigla-biglang may nadagdag na malaking amount sa account mo, the embassy might find it fishy.

      • Zacky says:

        Hi! ask ko lang po, employed po aq pero 3 months pa lang but I have enough money sa savings account q for show money. Am I eligible?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Pwede naman yan basta complete pa rin ung documents. If wala kang ITR, explain mo lang bakit sa cover letter.

  58. Z says:

    My sister in Australia is the one who support me financially and she sent me money tru my bank account po. As a student po, kanino po ba kailangn na bank statement and bank certificate? Nag hehesitate po kasi ako kung bank account ko or bank account ng kapatid ko ang ipapasa ko pag mag aapply ako ng korean visa thank you po sa sasagot! Godbless

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Sa sister mo. You might also need to prove your relationship with your sister, usually birth certificate nya, pwede na.

  59. kai says:

    hello po! I just want to ask if mababa or mataas ang chances that i will be granted a visa using my mom’s and mine’s dollar joint account? do i need a letter stating that my mom is allowing me to use the joint account, or hindi na? i also have my own bank account pero nasa 13k lang laman niya. i have an ITR pero 0 yung nakaindicate kasi i opened my BIR early, months before i actually got work (2017 ako nag-apply, 2018 ako nagkaroon ng kita). do i have to make a cover letter to explain?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kai, to clarify, your joint account is an “OR” account? Not an “AND” account?

      If “or”, definitely no need na for a letter. I used a joint account with my mom when I applied din dati. Di naman ako nagkaproblem, pero it’s an “or” account so i can withdraw from it anytime, without permission from the other party.

      Regarding ITR, pwede mo i-explain sa cover letter. Pero walang guarantee na maapprove kasi parehong hindi ideal yung account and ITR mo.

      • Kai says:

        What if hindi nalang ako magpasa ng ITR but I’ll pass other BIR payment proof s/a 1701q and 2551M? Pwede po kaya yun?

  60. Zacky says:

    Hi! ask ko lang po, employed po aq pero 3 months pa lang but I have enough money sa savings account q for show money. Am I eligible?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pwede naman yan basta complete pa rin ung documents. If wala kang ITR, explain mo lang bakit sa cover letter.

  61. Lockheart says:

    Hi! pano po if na-approve ung Japan Visa ko pero di pa po ako nakakapunta, tas mgapply din po ako ng korean Visa? Two weeks po ung interval ng travel ko between Japan and Korea since mahirap mag-leave pero since 2 weeks lang, I’m planning na kumuha na din ng visa. Considered na po ba aq na nasa category ng with OECD? Can I use the same bank statement para sa two visa applications? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      the OECD visa has to be used para i-honor ng Korean embassy.

      Regarding bank statement, kuha ka na lang ng 2 copies sa bank kasi di yan ibabalik ng embassy pag sinubmit.

  62. Sele says:

    hi there! just to confirm, if i have been to an OECD country (let’s say, Japan) in the past year, i’m exempted from submitting my ITR, right? actually, yung (expired) visa is nasa current passport ko na ipapasa sa kanila.

    i’m just being paranoid ig, haha. since this will be my first time applying for a SoKor visa.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Sele, yep, if you’ve been to Japan in the past 5 years (meaning you have a used visa), no need to submit ITR.

  63. Carmel says:

    Hello, planning to apply this september, wala ring BIR stamp ang ITR ko because online nag file ang employer ko. Pero nag email ako sa korean Embassy they said kng walang stamp need dw ng copy of email confimation from BIR. Is it okay ba gumawa ng explanation letter and mag provide ng supporting docs. Like my company’s transmittal letter and Alpha list? And factor rin po ba na ma deny ako because Im a nurse? Maraming kakilala ko na deny are nurses.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Carmel, yes, pwede kang mag-submit ng supporting docs. And yes, okay gumawa ng explanation letter para malinaw sa kanila.

      Regarding being a nurse, hmmm, first time ko narinig yun, so I’m not sure if nagmamatter. Pero baka hindi naman. Nasa strength pa rin yan ng documents mo.

  64. Ai says:

    plan ko po mag travel sa sokor nxt year,I’m an OFW at mag for good na sa Pinas nxt yr, wala po akong Itr.
    Do you have any idea para ma aprrove ang visa kapag mag apply ako?
    or any other documents na needed?

    thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ai, if may tax document ka dun sa bansa kung saan ka nagwork, pwede yun. If wala, naku, di ko na alam. Contact na lang an official agency.

  65. April says:

    Hi! We’re planning to apply for a family visa next year. Yung mother ko is a housewife, may business siya na mga paupahan pero not registered. So dun siya sa category na housewives, pero yung father ko is a retired senior citizen na. Pwede bang istate na lang namin na we, me and my sister, will sponsor her trip or no need to state na since we’ll travel as family? Thanks. :)

  66. Gilly Cañada says:

    Hi good day ask ko planning to apply korean visa kasi yung pamangkin ko isang US citizen ikakasal sa isang korean national sa korea..paano po wala akong trabaho or meron man na hindi maka provide og ITR og bank account? Pwede po bang yung pamangkin ko lang ang mag sponsor sa akin or yung korea?at saan mamakuha ang OECD? THANKS

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If wala pong work, medyo mahihirapan kahit na may sponsor. Pwede pa ring i-try pero best na magpatulong na lang sa designated travel agency kasi mas alam nila ang gagawin sa ganyang cases na very specific ang purpose.

      Yung OECD ay organisasyon ng mga bansa. Ang hinahanap nila ay stamp or visa mula sa mga bansa na member. Optional lang naman yun, kung meron lang.

  67. Jerimiah T says:

    Hello, please I need a work visa to south Korea, can you help me get it?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No po. We have no idea about work visa. Best to consult a travel agency.

  68. ana says:


    I just want to ask me my husband and my 2 kids (2yo and 5 yo) will be traveling in dec. Enough na ba ang 3500 usd or 4000 usd for 7 days trip? and need b na ung illalagay mo sa application form is ung amount mo sa adb? or bast mas malaki ung nsa statement ok lang?

    and also, since both of us are employed and from same company, kelangan pa ba tig isang coe, bank cert/statement and itr ilalagay naming sa mga bata?

    regarding sa itr, yung mga friends ko they applied with only the itr provided by our hr with no stamp and approved naman sila.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ana, sa akin enough na enough na yan. But that depends entirely on your travel style and spending habit. And yes, ideally, mas malaki dapat yung ADB kaysa sa budget nyo.

      Regarding kung tig-iisa ung docs, I haven’t tried applying as a family so di ko alam. But I think kelangan ng copy for each applicant. Tawag ka na lang sa travel agency kung saan ka mag-aapply.

  69. CHI says:

    Got my korean visa approved a few days ago. This will be my second travel outside the country. First was my Taiwan trip last yr. Indicated $1000 in the application form, present a bit more than Php 100000, complied will all the requirements as stated.

  70. Claire says:

    Hi, ano po ang mga requirements sa pagkuha ng working visa kasi po Yung asawa ng tita ko na kakilala nya nangangailangan po ng worker so kami po ang nirecommend ng tito po namen

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Claire, wala po kaming alam sa working visa. Best to consult a travel agency po.

  71. Ronalyn says:

    Hi, can anyone send me a sample cover letter as a support document explaining I’m a fresh grad and unemployed? I also can’t give my school credentials yet kasi naka hold pa sa school. I’ll be travelling with my family, my parents will support the trip. Booked our tickets in Oct already!

  72. Jill says:

    Just wanted to ask if possible po ba na ma grant ako ng visa because me and my mom are planning to apply for one this month. My mom will be sponsoring me. I am a fresh graduate (graduated last March 2018) and still unemployed because I am planning to pursue a master’s degree this second semester. The problem is that we’re planning to go to Korea at the end of October but the enrollment for the second semester starts around the same time din po, last week of Oct. Do you think po ba na makakakuha ako ng visa if I send a letter explaining why I can’t present a school certificate and school I.D? Thank you so much. Looking forward for your reply.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jill, pwede mo naman i-explain na kaka-graduate mo lang and magma-masters ka. Submit a letter na lang and proof na grumaduate ka recently for good measure.

  73. mmm says:

    Hi, question regarding the new rule for ITR submission

    As stated on your blog.

    “For Self-Employed, BIR Form with Corresponding Payment Receipt from a BIR-authorized bank.”

    I am a freelancer, I registered as a single-proprietior this January 2018 and will get my first ITR January 2019. No specific form is indicated on your post, can I submit any form (ex. Percentage/Quarterly IncomeTax)?

    Thank you. Your reply is greatly appreciated.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi mmm, it’s ITR. But if you can’t provide that, you can write a letter explaining that you’ll get your first ITR in January but in its place, you’re submitting the quarterly income tax instead. That’s what I did the first time I applied.

  74. Mia says:

    Hello. Please help kasi first time out of the country ko yung korea. I initially declared na 10 days lang ako and now that i have my tourist visa, it means I’m allowed to stay for 59 days max, right? So my concern is, would they question me if I extend my stay? It’s my first time and I want to make the most out of the trip so after further planning and after the approval, I’d like to stay for 40 days na. I have funds to finance the trip naman but I’m wondering if they’ll ask me why I put 10 days sa application if in fact I will stay there for 40 days? Your answer will help me a lot as I’m an inexperienced traveler.. hehe.. thaank you!!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mia, yes, you’re allowed to stay for up to 59 days.

      Usually hindi naman kailangang kung ano yung dineclare mo na number of days, yun lang talaga yung stay mo. Kasi ako rin, lumalagpas naman ako. Kaya lang, di ko alam kapag ganyan kalaki yung difference. Medyo malayo na kasi yung 10 days sa 40 days. So hindi ko sure. Baka yung immigration officer, di mapansin, pero baka maging issue yan next time mag-apply ka ulit ng visa. Again, nagse-speculate lang ako kasi di ko alam. haha

  75. janenne says:

    hello po. this december matatapos contract ko dto sa Saudi and i’m going to Exit na po. and plan ko sana mag tour muna sa sokor before mag process sa next work po. I don’t have an ITR kasi exempted po ang OFW jan and i don’t have any coe din po kasi tapos na contract ko, so wat i do po para ma approved visa ko. my enough savings naman po ako intended for my travel lang po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janenne, you can try writing a letter explaining your situation. Mahirap din yan though kasi baka isipin nila na magwowork ka sa Korea.

      Mas okay talaga if meron ka nang next work before ka mag-apply ng visa. Di kailangan na nagstart ka na sa next work mo. Kahit contract or job offer man lang sa next work mo, basta mapakita na may work na naghihintay sayo.

  76. Claire says:


    What if I get invited by a relative from the Philippines? What are the requirements to specify him/her as my sponsor/guarantor? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Claire, not sure pero ang alam ko, dadagdagan mo lang ng Guarantee Letter (or Affidavit of Support) and proof of relationship.

      Pero hindi magbabago yung mga requirements from you. You will still need to submit your own ITR, COE, etc.

  77. Azil says:

    Hi! Ask ko lng may Plan kmi mag Tour ng family ko next year my Mother(walang work) my sister(ka-start plng s work) my Daughter(student) ako nmn hndi ndin ngwowork pero nag online business ako like selling yung mga binebake ko. At support ako ng Bf ko (pinoy) n nsa middle east. Nag travel ndin kmi ng Hongkong nung 2017at nagtravel kmi ng Japan last April 2018 Sponsored ng Bf ko lhat. Kc nung ng apply kmi ng Japan Visa nagpadala lng xa ng Letter of Guarantee and His Bank Statement. Xa yung nging Sponsor nmin. Tpos gusto nmin isama yung wife ng Brother ko first tym nya mag travel. May chance kaya kmi? Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Azil, may chance pa rin naman. Pero best to consult any of the designated agencies para ma-guide nila kayo kung anu-ano dapat isubmit.

  78. Agapito D. Silva Jr. says:

    Hi, good I required for a ITR for tourist visa since I am a retired AFP officer and no work at all. All I wanted is to try vacation in S Korea with my own first. Next town around I’ll bring with me my whole family. Thank you.

  79. Donna says:

    Hello :) ask ko lang po sana if possible ba maapproved yong visa if my invitation naman from Korea kasi may competition do’n. But unepmloyed po ako and ssponsor lang po sana ng friend ko ang pagpunta ko do’n. Ano po gagawin? Please reply

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Kapag unemployed, mahirap ma-approve kasi need ng COE and ITR etc. You can create an explanation letter pero walang guarantee na maaapprove

  80. Leyy says:

    Hi! We are planning to travel South Korea with my fiance. What if student pa lang ako ngayon pero yung fiance ko has travelled to OECD country (greencard holder sya sa US) and he will be sponsoring our trip for 5days sa South Korea for our Anniversary. Ano po ang mga kailangan namin icomply? May chance po ba na ma-grant yung visa ko? Hoping for your response. Thank you :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If student ka, nag-aapply pa rin sayo yung requirements for students listed above. Your fiance having traveled to OECD country will have no effect to your application. You will still be treated as a first-time non-OECD applicant.

      Not sure about the requirements kapag hindi immediate family ang sponsor. But I guess the sponsor will have to provide everything required from parents plus an affidavit of support and proof of relationship.

  81. Jan says:

    Hi Good Day!
    I just want to ask, if ever hindi maka provide ng ITR pwede na po ba yung VAT Certification? I am a government employee job order lang ako hindi kasi pwede sa amin ang ITR kasi for Regular employees lang daw,

    Thank you, have a nice day!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can write a letter explaining why you can’t provide an ITR and say also that instead of the ITR, you are submitting a Certification of Creditable Tax Withheld at Source Form instead.

      Walang guarantee kasi strict talaga Korean Embassy now pero may mga kilala akong ganyan ang ginawa and naapprove naman.

  82. Jan says:


    Pwede ba i sub ang Vat certification sa ITR? I am a goverment employee at job order lang ako hindi pwede ang ITR sa amin instead Vat Certification (Tax withholding form 2307) ang binigay

    Thank you so much.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can write a letter explaining why you can’t provide an ITR and say also that instead of the ITR, you are submitting the other form instead.

      Walang guarantee kasi strict talaga Korean Embassy now pero may mga kilala akong ganyan ang ginawa and naapprove naman.

  83. Mariel says:

    Hi po panu po pag ofw ka..need p din ba ng bank dito at matagal n ba dpat ung bank accounts

  84. Carmel says:


    Just want to ask, yung kasama ko mali yung spelling ng name nya sa ITR, plan po namin gagawa nlng sya ng explanation letter, ksi mejo di nya pa mq kukuha kng bagong ITR nya na correct spelling ng name ya, possible ba ma ddeny sya?

    Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can try na magpagawa ng letter from yung HR ng company saying na may mistake. Baka tanggapin yung letter. I mean, better than nothing.

  85. says:

    Hi! I’m planning to go to SoKor with my brother. Problem is I only have an online job, employer is based in Japan so I can’t submit an ITR or COE. However, I can present proof of payment via PayPal. Oh, The whole trip will be shouldered by my brother too and he’s a US citizen. Am I still qualified to apply for a visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Would you be able to get any letter from your employer in Japan stating what you do for them and the type of arrangement you have with them? That would help your case a lot.

      You can also write a letter explaining why you don’t have an ITR and instead you will be submitting other proof of income like Paypal invoices. Of course, there’s no guarantee of approval.

      For future visa applications, you might also want to get an ITR na rin.

  86. Din says:

    Hello! I’ll be travelling with my brother and his wife this coming November. Tanong ko lang po sana if dun sa section na “Are you travelling to Korea with any family member?, do I need to write the name of my sister-in-law? Mdyo confuse po kasi ako dun sa stement nla na “Definition of a Family Member – your spouse, father, mother, children, brothers and sisters”.

  87. Rosemarie Ojo says:

    Hi. If I apply for a Korean visa using the BDO/BPI promo with no definite travel date yet and got approved, is there a period which I should already use my visa and if i don’t travel within said period will my visa be forfeited? Thanks.

  88. Gel says:

    Hi, should a 50k bank statement be sufficient for a 4 day trip given that i have an OECD Visa and travelled to an OECD country (also non-OECD countries) in the past 5 years? Im employed and can give the other requirements but im just nervous with regards to my bank statement. Thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gel, no idea about how much yung sufficient. 3 years ago, I would have said yes, ok na yan. But the Korean EMbassy has been really strict these days so it’s hard to tell.

  89. Rina says:

    Hello Yoshke!

    My dad will be sponsoring our trip to Korea. I am currently employed. Will they also look for his bank statements and ITR since he will be the one to pay for this trip?


  90. Iah says:

    Hello. My classmate and I will go to SoKor this coming November. Our flight’s booked already. We’re both students, but ako, I have work. So she’ll be applying for a visa as a student while ako, as an employee. I just asked our HR department today and they said that they can’t provide yet my ITR kasi January pa ang releasing ng company. I got hired last May 2018 by the way and this is my first job. What are the chances that I will get approved if mag p-provide nalang daw ang HR department namin ng explanation letter about my ITR? I told them that my trip will be this coming November kaya I need to process my visa requirements already. I am really hoping for an advice from you. I’ve been reading this blog since January. Thanks and more power!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Lah, you have 2 options.

      1. Continue applying as an employee. Pwede naman yung explanation letter from HR. Provide na lang din other proof of income/employment like payslips to make up for the lack of ITR.

      2. Apply as a student but you will need to submit your parents’ financial and employment docs.

      If confident ka naman sa financial docs mo (bank cert/statement), okay naman yung Option 1. Pero if stronger yung docs ng parents mo kaysa sayo, mas okay yung Option 2. :)

      • Iah says:

        Thanks for the reply! :) I want to consider the option 2 but my mom is actually a self-employed but we don’t have any stores/stalls related with her businesses. She’s like a middleman sa field niya (direct selling) and she’s been there for like a decade na and I would say she really has stable savings. My worry is that if I apply for a student visa, baka di ma-approve kasi wala kaming mai-pprovide na business permit from the mayor’s office, ITR or even certificate of employment. Will an explanation letter suffice?

        Also, I would like to ask which is better sana. I have 2 bank accounts kasi. The first one was opened way before when I was a child and it was opened by my parents and the other one naman was opened 4 years ago when I entered college. All my recent savings for the past few months nasa second bank account ko but hindi pa siya umaabot ng 60K. My mom said what if gamitin ko nalang yung first bank account ko which may stable savings (more than 100K) but the thing is walang masyadong hulog dun for the past 3 months. This month ko pa lang sana siya huhulugan. I will transfer some of my savings from my second bank account going there sa first account. Is that a safe move or good idea? If ever, yun nalang kasi ang ippresent ko for bank cert/statement. I am really looking forward for your advice cause we are about to submit our requirements this coming October. Thank you so much!

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi lah,

          About your mom’s business, mahirap nga yun if wala syang documents. Better to apply na nga lang as an employee.

          Regarding bank accounts, naku, don’t transfer anything. It may look suspicious. What I suggest is to submit BOTH your bank accounts. Pwede naman yun. Explain na lang sa cover letter na you have 2 bank accounts.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            You can submit a letter when you need to explain something about your application.

          • Iah says:

            Thanks for your response regarding the cover letter, Yoshke! :) Also, ask ko lang din po if okay ba na sabihin sa cover letter ko na I am also a student and that I am working at the same time? Would that be okay or baka maging cause pa siya ng problem? Hoping for your reply. Thank you!

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Pwede naman yun. Pero I think generally, if strong naman ung supporting documents mo sa either, mas okay kung pili ka na lang para hindi complicated.

        • Pudding says:

          Hi lah! We are on the same situation. Kamusta application mo? Whay docs did u submit? TIA :)

  91. pat says:

    Hello! Thank you for your diligence and patience with answering the questions. However, I’d just like to ask if it’s okay that my HR officer didn’t put my salary in my Certificate of Employment? I had specified that it’s for visa application purposes, but it slipped my mind to list the required information. Will I have to ask for another certificate or will this suffice? Other than that, the information is complete.

    Thank you very much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Pat, if you can get another one na merong salary, better yun kasi required detail yun. If hindi mo na talaga kaya kumuha, pwede ka rin magsubmit ng payslips in addition pero mas okay if may salary sa COE talaga.

  92. Charisse says:

    Sharing some information that might help those who are going to apply for Korean Visa.

    My husband and I applied last Sept. 24, 2018 with Reli – Dusit. They only accept typewritten or computerized answers dun sa application forms. Leave the items that are irrelevant to you BLANK. Do not put N/A. If ever you need to reprint, the agents there can help you, so save your application form in a thumb drive in case you need to reprint. They charge P5/page. We already got our visas and i was surprised that we were granted a 5 year multiple entry visa!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Charisse, thanks for sharing! Very helpful. We’ve added your tips to the FAQs above.

      • Charisse says:

        You’re welcome. I always read your travel blogs, they’re very helpful! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. God bless you!

  93. Ands says:

    Good day!

    I’m currently employed in my mom’s company but she’s willing to sponsor my trip with my friends naman since i don’t have enough funds to sponsor my trip on my own. Possible ba yon? What requirements should i submit? Thank you so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You will need to submit both your sponsor’s and your own financial and employment docs.

  94. Andrea says:

    Hi. I’m currently employed right now sa office ng mother ko for almost a year. Mag-apply ako for a visa cause i’m planning to go with my friends. Since wala laman masaydo bank account ko since i had to pay for something recently and hindi naman po mataas ang salary ko, would it be okay if i submit my financial documents and yung sa mom ko? She’s willing naman daw kasi to shoulder my expenses for the entire trip. Stable naman po ang work niya and maayos ang sweldo niya. May chance po ba ako ma-approve for a visa? What do you suggest na gawin ko po? Thank you so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Andrea, pwede pa rin naman. You will still have to submit your own bank account though kahit na sponsored yung trip mo ni mama mo. :)

  95. Yey says:

    Hi yashke ! Memo Mahabad eto ha, so bear with me . Mine was kinda different from the rest. I was supposed to submit my application thru reli ‘s mega, I came late , and the agency , as always seems to be very busy with super long queue and waiting time . And then , nadaanan ko c travel pros , while nag pa papicture ako , na caught ng eye ko yung poster nila ng Korea and japan visa app. So pag google ko, yey ! Accredited pala Sila for Korea visa din , nag doubt p ako coz walang pila s kanila. But if s reli , it will take me 2 hrs min, give and take … so bahala na , nag inquire ako s kanila . Pang second ako s line, in 2-5 mins I’m done hehe.
    My dilemma comes next ….. sept 25 ako nag submit around 6pm,and the agent told me na, by sept 27 pa mkakarating s korean embassy yung application ko. Sept.27 (thurs) , around 9-10am , a landline number was calling me na wala s directory ko, pag ganyan hndi ko agad sinasagot coz bka mag offer lng Kung anu anu hehe…. imsomiac p naman ako , and late magising . But that day , nasagot ko sya . And lo and behold…. “ Good morning mam, this is *** , from Korean embassy, are you *** ? Omaygad , natararanta ako …. jusko lord , tinawagan ako ng consul ! As in sa akin nag CI , Nevertheless, I answered all her queries truthfully and confidently . Note : I applied as an employee, although hndi ako active s company, coz tamad n ako, sori , I’m 45 na…. i worked hard for the past 25yrs na and time for me to relax .., Yung pinaka highlighting question nya was if where I am right now , I answered home. Then she asked, if I have work, why am I at the house at this time and day of the week. .? . told her , I don’t go to work anymore although I am still employed with payroll and allowances . And why is that ? told her my hubby and his fam owns the company, .. sounds rude and arrogant , right ? Jusko lord , pati ako ako nagulat sa sagot ko… pacencia na s mga readers coz yun kasi lumabas s taklesa kang bibig, nasa Huli talaga pag sisisi….and so the waiting game starts. Nag research ako , if Meron same nag experience ko na ako Mismo applicant ang tatawagan, but so far, wala ako ma sight… so lalo ako kinabahan , and feelin ko lalo n hndi mka ka sleep…. nag status check ako nag Thursday night, waley pa… then sb ko nga insomiac and restless na ako s sobrang kaba , grabe, every hour nag checheck ako… bet 11 pm to 12 midnight of that same day (thurs sept 27) , yey ! Approved !!! Dunno if na swetihan ko or hndi ako pinabayaan ng mga guardian angels ko and or Nakuha s Dasal. But one thing is for sure talaga… Just be truthful and submit all requirements talaga and it will be as easy as 1, 2, , 3. Good luck to everyone !

  96. conchita says:

    hello good morning senior citizen at retired na po ako my sister buy me ticket para mg tour ng 6 days sa koria , maka kuha kya ako ng visa 21 months ago ng travel din ako ng asian cruise 4 na country ano mga requirements, na maka tour na rin ako ng USA .canada my pg asa ba ako maka kuha at saan.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi po! If okay naman ung requirements, pwede naman pa rin. Nakalista na po sa taas ang requirements for retired seniors.

  97. Meshies says:

    Good Day. Meron po kaming invitation letter from my husband’s employer na nsa Korea. Kakastop ko lang po magwork last Dec 2017. Ang existing account ko po ay 3. Ung remittance nga asawa ko hnd ko sure kng pwede kc po E-9 visa holder sya. Ung 1 po last year lang naopen pero below 100k kapag ngdeposit kmi dun bka maging suspicious transaction. Another na pede ko gamitin is ung Joint Account namin ni mother ko since ako po nagmamanage ng business nia.
    Maapprove po ba un? Alin po ang d best gamitin para maapprove.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Meshies, naku, di ko alam. Di kasi ako familiar sa e-9 visa and kung ano implications nya. Based on experience, okay lang naman ang bank account.

      If nakapili ka na ng travel agency kung saan ka mag-aapply, best to contact them directly kasi for sure mas alam nila kung alin ung pinaka-ok.

  98. king says:

    Hi, need papa ng travel agency kapag family application, or khit ako nalang representative tia

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Lahat ng applications for a tourist visa have to be coursed through a travel agency.

  99. Aica says:

    Hi!! I will be travelling with my boyfriend’s family, i’m currently unemployed since I passed the local board exam(Physical Therapy) last feb 2018. Then starting this november, mag stastart na din another state board review ko for US. My father who is currently overseas will be the one sponsoring my trip. I already have copies of his bank certs and statements, ids and COE (although photocopy lang since he brought the original copy with him). I also have my supplementary credit card, Atm account and passbook saving kaso around 10k lang yung laman nun. My question is do i need to submit documents din ba like my bank accounts or SOA? What other documents can I provide besides the one that I listed above? Our travel date is near na, nov 29 na and I’m afraid baka di ma accept application ko :( btw, i also travelled before to singapore (5days) hongkong (3days).

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aica, generally, based on experience of a friend na kasabay ko nag-apply dati, kahit na sponsored, they will still ask for your own financial docs. If hindi mo kaya ibigay, pede ka gawa ng explanation letter pero malaki chance na madeny kung wala talaga.

  100. Aileen says:

    Hi po ask ko lang po last 2016 galing po ako Japan, then 2017 na approbahan din ako ng visa sa south korea, balak ko po sana mag apply ulit ng visa sa South Korea this coming 2019 ma approbahan po kaya ako ng multiple visa? tapos yung gagamitin ko na account inopen ko lang sya last January 2018?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aileen, generally, you can be granted a multiple entry visa if: you’ve been to Korea at least 4 times in the past 2 years or 10 times total, or you have an eligible BDO/BPI credit card (listed above).

      There are cases when applicants are granted a multiple entry visa even if hindi frequent traveler to Korea or walang BDO/BPI premium card. BUT these cases are very rare.

      If you’ve only been to Korea just once before and you don’t have an eligible credit card, best to apply for a single-entry visa para less yung risk na ma-deny.

  101. jessicaxpark says:

    Hello! I had an idea which i did in my japan application which got apparoved. Ilalagay ko lang 4 days stay kahit 8 days stay tlaga just to lessen the budget for the trip when applying so pasok tlaga sa bank account ko ung budget (we’re planning to apply with 100k in bank account) do you think it’s okay? Hahaha. Para lang makalusot. Thanks! Di naman cguro magmatter kng gano ka matagal magStay tutal 59 day stay naman sya once approved ka. What do you think? :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jessica, that could work since flight itinerary is not required. But it’s going to be a problem if they suddenly decide to ask for it.

      • jessicaxpark says:

        What we did at the japan application din is we provided a flight itenerary which conclude a four day stay. pero totoo, 8 day stay kami. Naapprove naman sya. I’m just scared sa korean visa, since sila mas mahgpt sa japan now :( Thank you for your inisight! ♥

  102. jessicaxpark says:

    Ask ko lang dn sana kayo for your opinion. I am a self employed interior designer. So nagregster nako ng business ko. Complete permits which i use for japan and korea visa. My mom recently resigned from her previous office a year ago. So i took her under my wing and employed her. Ngayon aapply sya visa but im the one issuing all requirements. And she will have no itr pa since mag1 yr plang sya sakin and ippsa namin is cover letter with her 2017 itr. Tngn nyo po ba okay ung gagawin nmn?may chance naman sya to have approval? Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jessica, di ko sure. There’s always that chance na hindi nila paniwalaan yung employment nung mom mo. But if I were in your shoes, I would still try. Just make sure na you explain what your mom does for you in the letter. :)

      • jessicaxpark says:

        Thank you so much! ♥ Yes i will still try. Worse comes to worst, magJapan nalang cguro , mas madali maapprove don :( Thank you so much!

  103. Iah says:

    Hi Yoshke. It’s me again. I have question regarding the sa pag fill up ng VISA application form. I am really confused. Dapat ba leave it blank lang para dun sa mga questions na not applicable or put N/A or NOT APPLICABLE? I am indeed confused. :( I am reading a lot of forums/blogs tapos sabi nila DON’T LEAVE ANY INFO IRRELEVANT TO YOU BLANK. Help! :( Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Iah, it’s confusing kasi the rule has changed. Dati kasi, oks lang na isulat N/A. But now, they mandated the agencies na dapat blank if hindi applicable. :)

  104. Believer says:

    hi sir, I’m OFW here in saudi arabia, my question is do the salary matter if it’s not that high? and for the bank do they accept the bank here in saudi arabia? i have no account in Philippines, but i can ask Bank statement in my Bank here in abroad. thankyou :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ang important is if it makes sense for them yung salary mo and laman ng bank account kapag tiningnan with your length of stay and itinerary.

      Not sure about banks abroad now. Best to contact na lang po a designated travel agency kasi mas alam nila.

  105. john says:

    im a phil passport holder however im working in SG. Is personal appearance required in processing for Korean visa? I have no issues on the requirements just asking if processing will be in Manila thru the different travel agency or can it be done here in SG. Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi John, personal appearance is not required. But u must course it through a designated agency.

      If Korea has an embassy in SG, you can apply there too, but I just don’t know what the process is.

  106. Lanie says:

    Hi! my daughter would like to watch a k pop concert in 2020. She wants me to come with her. I wonder what are aur chance of getting our visas approved. She has been working for 2 1/2 yrs as an IT software engineer. I have been separated from my husband and unemployed. In the past we have been to S. Korea using a transit visa . We( me, son and daughter) were able to get a US dependents id (me and my son only) below 7 yrs old is not allowed to have an id yet also an id for the Us base Commissary. Their father works for the US army.. Do you think it will help to write a cover letter regarding that trip & affix the tickets we had then. I don’t have those passports(2000) anymore i wonder if DFA got it. Does DFA have the list our past travels or does S. Korea have that list. I am just wondering if it can help us get our visa approved. I messaged you din sa post mo on Japan Visa I am thinking kung hindi matuloy ang travel namin 3 doon this 2019 what are the chances na ma approve pag kami lang ng daughter ko to S. Korea naman in 2020. .Thank you again.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I don’t know whether or not the US dependent ID would help or whether or not the DFA has a list of your past travels.

      But if your daughter has enough funds, stable employment, and satisfactory papers, she can sponsor you and there’s a good chance the application will be approved.

      • Lanie says:

        Thank you. very much! Last year when i travelled to HK with my my godmother(but i call her aunt) we are not blood related,There were many questions sa immigration here and in Hk. When the IO asked me if i have
        travelled outside the country,I mentioned the trip w. my children in 2000 in Sk ,He asked for the year and month of that trip at sino mga kasama ko and checked on the computer After a while okay na, That;s why i asked you baka you have any idea.

  107. Dane says:

    How are applicants given MULTIPLE ENTRY visas? Do we need to specify it in our application? Or like the US Embassy,they will be the one who will determine if they will give single or multiple entry visas even without the request?
    Thank you very much.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Dane, to be honest hindi ko alam. Di ko pa rin kasi na-try. Ang alam ko lang is may BDO/BPI promo.

      May mga online sources na nagsasabi na those who have been to Korea 4 times the past 2 years or 10 times total (most recent in the past 2 years) can apply for multiple kahit walang BDO/BPI premium credit card. Pero di ko sure kung paano gagawin yun or kung totoo yun.

  108. Georgie says:

    Hi Yoshke! Ask ko lang, once nakakuha nako bank cert/statement, pwede ko naba kaya agad withdrawhin ung money from the bank? or will they look into it pa? thank you so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Georgie, kung konti-konti lang, pwede. Pero if malaki iwiwithdraw mo, wag muna. Wait na lang na ma-issue-han ka ng visa. The Korean Embassy is very diligent. Minsan tumatawag talaga sila. Minsan humihingi sila ng additional docs.

  109. H says:

    Hi Yoshke, my partner applied for a korean visa with the following situation:
    1. He was just hired this March 2018 and his employer cannot provide him his ITR. He included in his application a cover letter explaining why he failed to submit an ITR.
    2. His bank account is just new, opened on May 2018 but he applied for a Bank Certificate and Bank Statement when his bank account is more than 6 months already.
    3. His employer deposits the salaries of their working amounting to thousands of pesos but were also being withdrawn the same day. He is assigned as a site engineer by the way.
    4. Attached to his cover letter is the Project Assignment from his employer but his name was affixed by an “Engr.” eventhough he is not licensed that is why the consulate asked for his PRC ID.
    5. Since he is not yet licensed, he submitted another explanation letter that he is not yet licensed that is why he failed to submit a photocopy of his PRC license.

    Is there a chance that his application be approved considering that he submitted the complete document?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi H! Naku, mahirap for me magbigay ng opinion sa ganyang case and especially na wala akong idea sa details ng application. And if nasubmit naman na yung application, there really is nothing you can do about it but wait. :)

      • H says:

        Thanks Yoshke. Sana ma-approve din sya. Just got approved today. Tomorrow is his scheduled date ng release ng visa application nya.

        • H says:

          He got denied. The reason is: “Your purpose of entry has not been explained in detail.” even though we had the same purpose of travel in our applications. Sad. :(

          • Carla says:

            Hi H!

            Did your boyfriend also submit full requirements? Like yung itr lang kulang niya? I wonder bakit na deny siya :(

  110. carla says:

    Hi, ask ko po..meron ako business at nakapangalan saken permits etc and my husband is the one who provide all the capital to start my laundry business when he is in abroad. My husband is no longer working abroad and want to apply for korea for maybe 4 days only. Can he state in his application as self-emplyed and I will make cert of employment as my husband is the managing owner?would that help his application?thanks..please reply naman po…hehehe

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Carla, di ko alam if same case kung married, pero in general if hindi sa kanya nakapangalan, di sya self-employed. If iissue-han mo sya ng COE, mas Employee sya.

  111. gharz says:

    Hi sir Yoshke im planning to visit korea and stay for 5 – 7 days meron po ako business d2 sa pinas computer shop meron dti and mayors permit meron na rin akong bank account matagal na. Kailangan ko pa ba ng ITR?

  112. Al says:


    You said in the important notes section:

    “Submission of ITR is waived for applicants who have traveled to South Korea more than 2x within the last 4 years”

    Question: Does traveling to Jeju twice count as a visit to South Korea? I have a friend who traveled to Jeju (MNL – HKG – CJU, then CJU – HKG – MNL) without stepping foot on the mainland.


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Al, not sure if counted ang Jeju. Baka ung binibilang nila ay yung number of visas, di ko knows. Contact na lang the agency where you want to apply.

      Pero yung “MNL – HKG – CJU then CJU – HKG – MNL,” counted as one lang yan if ever. Unless twice nya ginawa.

  113. Joseph says:

    Hello sir,

    we will travel po as a company, mga 6 kmi, tpos ung company ang magsponsor, tpos makkapgprovide po ang boss na affidavit of support for our travel as what we did also last year for japan, di na po ako ng submit ng bank cert/bank statement. approved namn and ive been to japan twice already this year(both with sponsor).

    this next month for our travel to korea, as what i read from above na need po talaga ng bank cert/statement kahit may sponsor.

    in my case, okay lng po ba wlang bank cert?

    ung reason po kse, i need to go to province pa to get that documet, and other than that hindi rn po sya gaano kataas ung lamn

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Joseph, yung experience ng teammate ko na sponsored by a company (kasabay ko sya mag-apply), hinanapan pa rin talaga sya ng bank certificate. This was in 2016, direct to embassy pa noon. Best to call na lang a designated agency for advice kasi baka mas alam nila. :D

  114. Mia says:

    Hello po! I have issue po regarding with my COE is it okay po if my COE is signed by my boss electronically kasi po he is out of country? thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mia, when I first applied, yung COE ko was digitally signed din kasi Singapore-based yung company, wala namang naging problem. Ewan ko lang ngayon if pwede pa rin.

  115. Allan says:

    Hello po sir Yoshke… Meron po akong trip to Paris via Asiana Airlines tapos may layover po sa Incheon Airport for 8 hrs..
    Pwede po ba ako makalabas ng airport during that time? Or kelangan ko po mag apply ng visa?

    Tapos pagbalik ko ng pinas layover ulit sa incheon..

    Salamats po…

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Allan! Yung last na alam ko, hindi kasama ang Schengen visa sa mga allowed to exit without transit visa. Pero double check mo na rin sa embassy. You can call or check their website kung meron silang info.

  116. Melissa says:


    Me and my friend are planning to visit Korea this August 2019. My friend is working in Japan tho. Do you have any idea on how to apply for Korean Visa from Japan for OFW?

    Thank you po! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Melissa, naku di ko po alam paano if sa Japan mag-apply ng Korean visa. :(

    • Juni says:

      Hello Melissa!

      Punta lang sya sa Korean Embassy sa Japan.

      Ang alam ko need lang is yung visa application form, picture saka yung residence card.
      Mabilis lang yung process nila pero very strict sila sa time dun, 9am to 11am lang ang application. pag 11:01 di na nila tatanggapin. Sinamahan ko kasi yung pinsan ko mag apply tapos lumagpas lang ng minuto hindi na talaga tinanggap.

      Kung sa Tokyo sya nasa may Minato-ku yung Embassy. For clarification, patawagin mo na lang sa Embassy yung friend mo :)

  117. feewee says:

    Hi SIr, Im planning to apply korean visa with my son 1 year old. Meron po ako bdo visa gold credit card at bank account po na nkapangalan sa anak ko. nid pa po ba ng bank cert para skin?Thanks. God bless

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Feewee, di po ako ganun ka-familiar sa policy pag multiple kasi di ko pa natry. :( Pero you can contact the agency na lang since required naman na idaan sa agency.

  118. Travy says:

    Hello. I would like to go to South Korea. Havent traveled to any country yet. Can this be a reason for a denial of visa ? Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      It can be, but it still depends on many other factors. There are those who don’t have international travel history but because they have stable job and more than sufficient funds, their application is approved.

  119. Janet Valdivia says:

    Sana po makatulong. Need mo pa rin 3 months bank statement at bank certificate on your own. Nag apply kasi ako nun direct pa sa korea embassy need nila yung 3 months original credit card statement mo at yung original c. card titingnan lang naman di ko nga kasama asawa ko sa kanya kasi yung BPI gold credit card. Since sa mga agency na baka pwedeng photo copy na lang. Tapos yung sa anak mo birth certificate nya lang at marriage contract nyo. Na approved yung asawa ko 3 years multiple entry. Pero naka note sa visa nya. BPI

    Sir, Yoshke Dimen. Salamat sa blog nyo. Everytime plan ko mag travel dito ako nagpupunta para mag ka idea. Salamat ulit sir.

  120. Joselly Abigail says:

    Hi po good day!

    First time traveler outside the country with my cousin (she is an Irish citizen). Regarding with the application form, ano po ba input ko sa kung sino kasama ko. Do I write with cousin? Or mas better alone na lang? Baka may follow up requirements sa cousin ko kahit taga Europa sya.

    Please help.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Joselly, better na ideclare mo na lang yung totoo. Di ko lang alam if may additional docs pag ganun, parang wala naman pero ewan ko rin.

  121. Raffy says:

    I would just like to ask a few questions regarding Korean Visa application.
    1. How do I apply for my whole family (myself, my spouse, 2 kids aged 16 and 11)?
    2. Are bank documents required if you have been to any of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for the past 5 years?
    3. My wife and I are both employed, do we need to provide both our COE and bank documents?
    4. How do I indicate in the application form that both of us will be funding the trip on our own?

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Raffy, I haven’t tried family application myself so I’m not familiar with the details. Best to contact the travel agency where you plan to lodge your application para sure. :D

  122. Rach says:

    Hi I just want to ask because my sister will be sponsoring my Korea trip on Feb 2019 however her company sent her abroad already and won’t be able to get her COE from the employer here in PH. I asked her if possible to authorize someone to get the COE but their HR says that only my sister can get the COE in person here in Pinas. What should I do? Can I provide a cover letter explaining the situation?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I asked her if possible to authorize someone to get the COE but their HR says that only my sister can get the COE in person here in Pinas.
      — It will be safer to convince the HR of your sister’s company to provide a COE than to convince the embassy to grant you a visa without the COE.

  123. Ma Lorena Casuga says:

    Hello, good evening po. I’m applying for a visa for me, my husband and 2-year old son. Filled out application form and PSA birth certificate lang po ba ang kailangan para sa anak namin? Thanks very much

  124. Jonie says:

    Hello Sir Yoshke, ask ko lang po when is the best date to apply for our korean visa if may booked flight na kami on 23 May 2019. Thank you.

  125. hyerin says:

    hello good afternoon.meron ba agency pa korea sa davao.?
    and magkano ba ang show money?

  126. Yuri Ca says:

    Good day mam!! I am planning po to visit Korea next year po sana. And i-memeet po ako ng tita ko na resident na po dun. Pwede po ba mag stay dun ng 3-4 months gnun po?

  127. Kim Tolentino says:

    Hi po!
    Pano po pag OFW both parents ko but I have a bank account naman po pero invite po kasi ako ng ninang ko na nakapag asawa ng koreano. Pwede po bang yong bank acc. ko nalang po gamitin? Senior high School Graduate this coming April 2019 then april din po sana want kona magapply visa.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kim, I think it’s still best to submit your parents’ docs kasi they might need more than yung bank account mo kasi student ka pa lang.

  128. Jacqueline Polintan Gapud says:

    Ako from manila to Seoul, magkikita kami doon ng anak at manugang ko galing ng US, mga 3-5 days lang tapos sabay din kaming uuwi ng Manila, ano po ang pwede kong gawin sa mga documents ko? facebook account po ang gamit ko …pwede po imessage sa messenger.
    Salamat po..

  129. Maria says:

    Hello, Yoshke! Freelancer po ako and I am a registered taxpayer BUT wala pa akong ITR kasi nung October 2018 lang ako nakapag register and also, my client who is based in the USA will sign naman sa COE. My questions are:

    1. Okay lang ba na ang PERCENTAGE TAX (2551Q for 4th quarter) lang ang e attach ko?

    2. Since I am a Freelancer, I am registered as ‘Self-Employed Professional’ sa BIR, okay lang ba ang ilagay ko EMPLOYED under “Employment” sa Application Form? ang gagawin ko kasi na COE (on behalf of my client – he will only sign) is “Remote Worker”. baka kasi ma e compare nila ang employment/taxpayer type ko sa BIR at sa COE.

    3. Okay lang ba na EMAILED COE at HINDE ORIG. ang ma i present ko?

    Thank you in advance! GOD BLESS!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Maria, it’s best to ask the designated agency kung saan ka apply kasi mas alam nila kasi minsan iba-iba rin sila ng leniency.

      • Gabita says:

        Hi super thank you for this! Ang problem ko lang is instead of 2316, I have form 2307 and 1701 (Annual ITR for Self Employed) I’m contractual kasi so I’m working with a company pero my BIR forms says I’m self employed. Do I have to follow the Employed requirements and file as Employed or the Self Employed requirements and file as Self Employed? My company is willing to give COE naman to me.

  130. Jacq says:

    Hi, i have a question regarding sa OECD. I’ve been to Japan and Australia. I understand that they will need an original copy and photocopies of the OECD visas but I’m wondering about the AU one, since online lang nila iniissue yung granted visa, will printing a colored version of the granted AU visa be considered original copy na and then I’ll just make a photocopy of that one na lang. I don’t have stamps din since they don’t stamp passports na in AU.


  131. KJ says:

    Hi, Magiging unemployed ako this comming April 2019 and will be getting maried on Oct2019. We are Planning to have our honeymoon in korea on Oct2019 also. maapproved kaya ako for korean visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pwede pa rin naman yata, basta prove mo lang na kakakasal mo lang and submit mo na lang din documents ni husband.

      Pero mas malaki talaga chances pag employed.

  132. Jonavie Carla Lim says:

    Hi. I would be going to South Korea this coming Feb. for 5 days and will be going back again on last week of April to the first week of May. I don’t have BPI or BDO Credit Cards only Citibank. Do I need to re-apply for Korean Visa again after I used my Feb. Korean Visa or is it possible to apply for Multiple Entry Visa? Just an added info. I’ve been to South Korea once (Last Year). I hope you can read and answer my question. Thanks in advance and God bless!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jonavie, yes, unless you’re eligible for multiple, you will most likely to be granted a single entry visa so you will have to apply again after that.

  133. Gracee says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    My friend and I plans to travel on May 2018 and I plan to apply for Visa on April. However, I have a conflict employment… I resigned last April 2018 and started a new work last June. The company is like a branch from US and started last May so we don’t have an HR dept yet.

    – We don’t have a company ATM and my salary is deposited semi-monthly on my Bdo payroll account from my previous company. Can you advise what should I do here for may bank statements and bank certificate?

    – How do we create a cover letter? Do we compile every explanation on a page or should be separate?

    Hoping for your answers.
    Thank you! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Grace.

      Naku di ko alam pag ganyang situation. Ang worry ko is, kasi dahil mukhang new yung company and di pa naka-settle ng maayos yung PH office, baka pagdudahan nila yung company. Registered business naman sila? You can explain it in a letter and then attach other proof? Wala pa silang HR pero can they provide COE?

      Ideally 1 page lang yung letter para di tamarin magbasa yung mag-a-assess.

      • Gracee says:

        Hi, thanks for the feedback. Registered sila, may few requirements pa inaayos dito sa PH. Makakapag-provide din sila ng COE. Yung Admin/Supervisor/HR namin dito ang pipirma, pwede naman yun diba?

        Thanks! :)

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Gracee, sa experience ko, tinanggap naman nila yung COE coming from my boss nung freelancer pa ako. Wala rin kasi silang HR that time. I think okay lang, pero di ko sure kasi baka mas naghigpit na sila. Pero sa experience ko, tinanggap, naapprove naman.

  134. Antonio says:

    Apply Seoul visa mga 15 Wala pa ang result pero my OECD visa sa US sa Cagayan De Oro po ako

  135. JS says:

    Hi! I was granted a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years and wanted to bring my family to Korea soon. I’m the breadwinner of my family. My mom is a housewife and my stepfather is currently unemployed. My siblings are both still in high school. I can provide the embassy lots of documents (bank certificates with high YTD ADBs, mutual fund/UITF/stock certificates, vehicle OR/CR, land title, etc.) that can prove that I can finance this trip. May chance kaya na ma-approve sila? Thanks! :)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi JS, yep! Basta sabay-sabay yung application nyo dapat and you can prove na you can support them all and okay naman yung employment mo, ok pa rin chances nun.

  136. Janet says:

    Hi! Good evening! My company/ employer will be sponsoring our korean tour this month, as our bonus. However, i still have some clarifications.
    1. I don’t have sufficient amount in the bank right now, or a letter from my employer will suffice and guarantee, since it’s a company sponsored?
    2. I applied korean visa dated 2014 but i was denied then, and I already lost the “slip paper” from korean embassy stating rejection. Do you think, korean embassy will still look for that piece of paper when re-applying korean visa again after 5 years?
    Thank you very much


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janet,

      1. They will still look for your own bank documents even if it’s company sponsored. Happened to my teammate before.

      2. Di ko po ito alam. :(

  137. Claire says:

    Hi… im applying for korean visa.. but the problem is i dont have an ITR because right after i graduated march 2014 i worked in our own business (my parents business),and they didnt add me on the list of their employees.. just only this year 2019 of january they add me as one of their employees.
    If i provide COE, what should i put on the date hired? the date were i started working in the year 2014 or this january 2019 were im being registered under my parents business
    Also for ITR, dont have it pa.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Claire, that’s a tricky situation either way. I don’t know which is better or worse though.

      If you declare that you just started working in January, you will appear to be not as rooted in PH. But there might still be a chance if you have a good travel history and ok funds in your bank account.

      If you decide to declare that you have been hired by your parents’ business since 2014, question: what proof will you submit? How will you explain why you don’t have an ITR?

  138. jm says:

    Hi, ask ko lang about ITR 2316, need po ba ng BIR Stamp or ok na po if I include the alphalist when submitting the documents?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi JM, not anymore. If employee ka, di na required ang BIR Stamp or Alphalist. :)

  139. Carlo says:

    HI Yoshke!

    I’m planning to avail this year for SoKor but

    1. I have no ITR and COE since I do freelance job (and yes no ITR since I haven’t settled to get one yet for 2018)
    2. Gold card holder, can I present my SOAs and bank certs/statements instead?
    3. Travelled to Japan last 2018, UK visa 2009. Other Asean Countries with no visa for the past 6 years
    4. Planning to apply for Australian Visa as well, would you recommend to get a AU visa first or Korean Visa?

    Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Carlo, if you’re holding a valid participating Gold card, you don’t need to submit bank certificates or ITR. (According to Constellation Travels, at least.)

      Re Australia, doesn’t matter which goes first. You can apply at the same time since AU application is completely done online.

  140. Indigo says:

    I am a freelancer and do not have ITR. Just like for Japan can I send letter saying why I cannot provide ITR

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, you can submit an explanation letter, but it’s best to also provide other proof of income to make up for the lack of ITR.

      No guarantees, though.

  141. Dee says:

    Hi, thanks for your detailed article. Question, any tip you can give for a Online job employee? I actually stopped paying tax when I stopped working in a corporate office. If mag submit ako ng ITR form and it will reflect there that I am no longer paying tax and ma cross check nila sa aking bank account that I am receiving monthly more than the amount na hindi excempted sa tax. What will happen?

  142. Jane Pagal says:

    Hi, can we use online print-out for bank statement? Same with online SOA for credit card? I’m a holder of gold master card.

  143. Carla says:

    Hi Yoshke!

    Can i ask if pwede ka ma approve if bago kapa lang sa work? Like one month palang po? I recently resigned kasi on my past work, took a break for 5 months, and recently started working again.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pwede pa rin naman, may chance pa rin naman yun. May ITR ka naman from your previous job di ba? Explain mo na lang sa letter bakit iba ung company sa ITR mo and yung current company mo. :)

  144. izel says:

    Hi Yoshke… my family and i will be travelling to Seoul in a few months… my parents are both retired from work, senior citizens.. they only have a joint account… pwede kaya nila gamitin yon? in presenting their bank cert and bank statement? sponsoring themselves kumbaga… if not naman… if, through my account na lang, sponsoring them for the travel, do they still need to show their bank cert/bank statement? Thank you..

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Izel, if may sufficient funds naman yung joint account nila, pwede nilang gamitin yun.

      Yung experience ng friend ko, when I joined a friend na mag-apply, hinihingi pa rin nila yung personal bank docs kahit sponsored yung trip. Pero baka nagbago na now.

  145. angel says:

    Hi there Yoshke,

    Ask ko lng sana if pano yung situation ko. I will be applying this march sa korea pero yung tanong ko lng is married ako from last yr pero wala pa akong ID na married ako. Lahat ng Id ko as of now is still single kahit yung passport. pwede ko ba ilagay sa application form ko na single ako, kahit na married ako using my single ID’s? Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Angel, ang alam ko, you just need to submit a copy of your marriage cert. Lagay ka na rin ng explanation letter to be sure.

  146. Mika B says:

    Hi po! ask ko lang po, kasi gragraduate po ako this June ng college and plan po namin pumunta this June din po, need ko pa po ba ng school certificate (kasi di rin po ako sure kung bibigyan pa po ako) or gagawa nalang po ako ng letter of explanation? kasama ko po ung nanay ko and siya po ung magfifinance ng trip po namin, Thank you po :)

  147. Bianca says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Thanks for all the info on your blog. I usually use your blog for tips when travelling.

    I was granted a 10-year multiple entry visa to SoKor last month. It was my first time to visit Korea and planned it to coincide with my birthday so I was ecstatic after I claimed my visa. Great blog!

  148. Janien says:

    hi po, tanong ko lang po mag aapply kame nang anak ko nang tourist visa 2 yrs old po anak ko ano po requirement sa bata?? tanong ko din po asawa ko nasa korea nag tatrabaho gusto nya po pupunta kame dun kami sa bat…paano po ba yan hindi pa po kame kasal?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janien, unfortunately, di ko alam dapat gawin pag sa case mo kasi outside my experience po. Contact na lang po a designated travel agency.

  149. Paula says:

    Hi! My lola will be travelling with me and she’ll be sponsoring the trip. She’s already tax-free since she’s a senior citizen. Do we still need to submit an ITR? Since i’m a student, do I need to submit my parents’ bank certificate and ITR still? Also, for the section in the form saying “Details of sponsor”, is that referring to my lola, or is it not applicable to me because that section is for those with korean resident sponsors? Thank you so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Paula, according to the agency we talked to, as much as possible, immediate family member yung best na mag-sponsor, which means, if ok naman ang docs ng parents, mas okay na sila ung ideclare na sponsors. Di ko lang sure if sa situation mo, better kung yung lola dahil sya yung kasama mo.

      I don’t know din if needed pa ung docs ng parents if lola yung sponsor. Hopefully yung ibang readers na naka-experience would be able to answer this.

  150. eeee says:

    Hi! I am a student graduating this May 2019. However, I don’t have plans on applying for a job yet since I will be taking a board exam on the last week of October. Gusto ka sana mag concentrate in studying to pass my board exam. So sa months na june to october is unemployed po ako. I am planning to have my SK trip on November since this will also be my graduation gift and I choose this month para makapag focus ako ng study sa board exam ko. My parents will support my trip but wala silang bank account. I personally have 2 savings account sa 2 banks. Btw, my mom is employed and my dad is running our business. Will there be any chance of getting approved? :(

      • Kai Santos says:

        Hi po, paano naman po if ganito yung case:

        Incoming freshmen po sana ako sa college kaso nag-stop po ako ng studies kasi may immigration visa case kaming on-going sa US. Di naman po ako employed and no longer a student. Balak ko po kasi mag travel ng korea this october with my cousins lang po but my mom will be financing my trip (and complete naman po yung mga papers niya). May chance naman po na ma-approve yung visa ko???

        I’m soooo nervous kasi sobrang gusto kong pumunta :(

  151. Bernard Barroso says:

    hello what about po sa ofw, ok lang po ba ang bank statement is from here sa abroad? thank you :)

  152. bren m yap says:

    HI. applied Korean visa on March 7 2019.
    5 pax kami. 3 already approved. 2 kasama ako, status is application received.
    Any idea if status “application received the same to denied status”

    Thank you. Have a good day!

    • Trish says:

      Hello Bren,

      I have the same status as “application received”. Would you mind sharing if your Visa was approved?

      If yes, how long does it take for that to reflect online from the time they have received the application?


  153. Moe says:

    Hello! I just wanna ask, me, my mom and her best friend are planning to go to Korea, I’m still a student and my parents are self-employed. I want us to spare the time of submitting banks statements and the likes, so can the best friend of my mom act as a sponsor for us? She’s a permanent resident of Japan.

    tldr: Can a friend sponsor our travel in Korea given that she will also be travelling with us.