My Experience: Korean Tourist Visa

*Disclaimer: This post will not guarantee your visa approval as a tourist to South Korea. But this will give you an insight of what you need to do and what could possibly happen.*

Hello there! We just got back from our South Korean Adventure and our shortest but fun filled trip! South Korea πŸ‡°πŸ‡· is the first country we ever visited with the requirement of a Tourist Visa for Filipinos. This trip is also our first with my grandparents from both sides πŸ‘΄πŸΌπŸ‘΅πŸ»πŸ‘΅πŸΌ. This makes this trip extra fun and challenging, considering the visas we need to procure and the winter weather we all should face. πŸ˜¨β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ

So let us begin.

The Korean visa requirements are displayed per category in the Korean Embassy’s website. There are 19 categories, but the most common are:

1. Businessmen
2. Student 
3. Housewife/Househusband
4. Employee
5. Retired Senior Citizen
6. Workers

We took the four categories of housewife, self-employed, student and retired senior citizen. Under each category is a specific list of requirements that you need to strictly follow. Arrange your paper according to the list of requirements in the site. It is important to take note of the “and/or” conjunctions.

Be sure to provide PHOTOCOPIES of the NECESSARY documents indicated in the website. Make sure that all your documents are not more than 3 months old. Apply at least a month before your preferred date of departure. Also make an advanced “pay later” booking of your hotel, or place to stay in as it is needed in the application.

Fill in all the boxes in the application form provided on their website. Write N/A for the blank boxes. Use only black pen and write in CAPITAL letters. When you are going to fill up for someone, (e.g. Your grandma or a young child) be sure to indicate it in the slot at the end of the form. Print it in A4 paper.

If you will be staying for less than 59 days, you no longer need to pay for visa. For 60 to 90 days is PHP1,800.00. More than this, you may refer to their site on the price, as it may vary in time. Be there at 8:30am-11:00am for the submission. This is a first come, first serve basis. The length of waiting for the visa is around 3 to 5 days. For those who have travelled on OECD countries or in any countries for the last 5 years, list it down on the form. The list of OECD countries is provided on the site as well.

For a family like ours, where we listed my dad as the person who would finance, we provided for each person a document that would prove our relationship to him. For my mom, their marriage contract. His parents, his birth certificate. Me and my brother, our birth certificate. His mother-in-law, my parent’s marriage certificate and my mother’s birth certificate.

One representative per family or group will suffice in the submission. However, be sure to ask whether they would need every member of the family or group to be present when you claim your passport. They will also tell you when to come back and where to go after. We got our visa after 5 days and praise God! All were approved. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ But dad had to prank us, by making us anxious in thinking that one of us was not approved. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜©πŸ˜’ My mum definitely didn’t like that prank. Haha!

This was a memorable trip for my grandparents and for my family as well. It was my grandmothers’ first trip outside the country. My grandfather’s first after soo many years ago.  I hope my rundown of what we did and what could happen helped you. If you need any help, do not hesitate to ask me here on the comment boxes below. 😘

Merci beaucoup et Γ  bientΓ΄t

Watch out for the next blogpost for #SouthKorea and the VLOG!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ“½πŸŽ₯


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