My Heartbreaking South Korea Visa Denial Story 2017 | List of Accredited Travel Agencies for South Korea Visa Application

I’ll share my experience about this South Korea Visa Denial. You read it right, I’m sharing with you my South Korean visa denied story. It was May 2016 when I booked a promo flight to South Korea. I was waiting for this because I wanted to experience winter in South Korea which is just a 4-5 hours flight from Cebu. On January 25, 2017, I went to the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu. My scheduled trip is from February 15 to 22, 2017.

South Korea Visa Requirements for Filipino Businessmen

  1. South Korea Visa Application Form
  2. One piece of Passport-size colored picture
  3. Original passport (valid for more than six months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps of OECD member countries for the past five years (if applicable)
  6. Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI
  7. Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit
  8. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB), a bank certificate for visa is a must at least PHP 50,000.
  9. Bank statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months)
  10. Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316 (checked by BIR with Stamp)
  • If personally invited by Korean: Invitation Letter & Copy of inviter’s passport
  • If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter with company stamp & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit
  • Visa fee: 59 days or less stay in Korea – GRATIS; 60 to 90 days stay in Korea – PHP 1,800

Also read: Go To Boracay – Moving on from a Failed Winter Trip

Requirements I Submitted as an Independent Contractor and Solo Traveler for South Korea Visa without Income Tax Return

I submitted my application on January 25, 2017, at their office. Their address is:

Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu

12/F Chinabank Corporate Center

Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

6000 Philippines

  1. Application Form
  2. One piece of Passport-size colored picture
  3. Original passport (valid for more than six months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  5. Two arrival stamps of Japan visa which Japan is part of the OECD member countries
  6. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  7. Bank statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months)
  8. Letter of Explanation
  9. Certificate of Work Contract as I am an independent contractor.
  10. Stock Certificate from COL Financial Philippines
  11. Certification of Involvement in a Non-Profit Organization

South Korea Visa has stricter visa requirements. I got a request for Additional Document(s) for Visa Application

I received an email on January 30, 2017, that I was advised to submit two (2) guaranty letters.

  1. Filipino guarantor must be (1) government official or officer, and (1) your company owner, department head or HR manager;
  2. Guarantor must duly accomplish the Letter of Guarantee (see attached form); and,
  3. A letter must be submitted together with Guarantor’s Passport bio-page copy (if available), a Photocopy of the Guarantor’s government office ID (for government officer guarantor) or company ID (for company guarantor), front and back.

In addition to the guaranty letters, you are required to submit an explanation letter describing the following:

  1. Exact Annual Income
  2. Companions to/in Korea

What Went Wrong – South Korea Visa Denial?

To be honest, I am sad by the fact of the South Korean visa denial, but I already expected this when I received an email for additional documents. Here are some of the reasons what went wrong:

  1. I don’t have a Filipino guarantor (a government officer) to sign the guarantee letter. I mentioned in the letter that it’s a personal expense, a gift to myself.The reasons for having a Filipino guarantor to sign the letter is that:
    (a) the guarantor ensures that the applicant abides by the laws and regulations of Korea,
    (b) the guarantor will shoulder the travel expenses for the applicant’s return if he/she is unable to pay them,
    (c) the guarantor shoulders the expenses arising from the applicant’s stay or detention in Korea if he/she is unable to pay them.
  2. I don’t have any companions to/in Korea as I mentioned again and again that I am a solo traveler.

My Speculations for South Korea Visa Denial

Since I’ll be traveling solo, maybe the embassy thought that I would illegally stay in South Korea and look for a job which I don’t have a plan. My only ultimate goal is to experience winter.

Remember my Denied Canada Visa Application? It was also my chance to experience winter last January 2015, but it never happened. No more winter experience for me.

South Korean Visa Denial Reasons

You read it right, “You and/or your family failed to prove strong economic ties to the home country.

My affiliation with a non-profit organization I am involved with is not considered a strong economic tie to the home country.

South Korean Embassy Philippines Address

Korean Consulate in Cebu
Address: 12F, Chinabank Corporate Center, Samar Loop, Hipodromo, Cebu Business park, Cebu city, 6000 Cebu

Korean Embassy Manila
Address: McKinley Town Center, 122 Upper McKinley Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

My Travel History

As a Filipino traveler, you might ask where I’ve been. So yeah, I’ve been to Five Countries in 2015 including Japan and Taiwan. But then, wherever I’ve been to, it’s useless. Sad.

Well, maybe South Korea doesn’t need Filipino tourists because of the stricter rules of visa requirements. Perhaps, I’ll just say goodbye to my wasted ticket to South Korea, will never experience snow and maybe avoid to visit this country for now.

Well, I am heartbroken since this trip to South Korea is a gift to myself for a solo traveler like me. I’ll just shave ice and eat halo-halo instead.

Somehow, I was able to Go to Boracay – Moving on from a Failed Winter Trip.

Check out the comments below as you can also read other people sharing their South Korean visa denied stories.

List of Accredited Travel Agencies for South Korea Visa Application

So, for my future references, I found a list of accredited travel agencies for South Korea visa application. Hope this will help you as well.

ABOEX Travel and Tours

Mandaluyong Main Office
Unit 14 Upper Ground, Globe Tower Plaza 1
Pioneer St., cor. Madison Street Mandaluyong
Contact Nos.: (+632)695-1006 / (0917)125-6800

Vigan Branch
Rm 32-34 Colegio Business Center, Nueva Segovia St.
Vigan City
Contact Nos.: (+637)722-6491 / (+632)425-6443 / (0917)799-8800

Laoag Branch
3rd Floor LC Square, Rizal corner Balintawak Streets
Laoag City
Contact Nos.: (+637)771-1493 / (+632)475-5068 / (0917)799-5800

Adventure International

Makati Office
G/3-4F Eurovilla 2, 118 V.A. Rufino Street
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Contact Nos.: +63 (32) 884-9400, +63 (32) 867-4743
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Office
2nd Floor, Mahogany Place
Pope John Paul II Ave.
Cebu City
Telefax No.: +63 (32) 238-3076
Email: [email protected]

Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc.

Makati Office
23rd Floor, Pacific Star Building,
Makati Avenue Cor. Sen Gil Puyat Avenue, Salcedo Village,
Makati City
Telephone No.: +(63-2) 988-5000
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Branch
MSY Tower Unit 10F, Pescadores Road Cebu Business Park,
Cebu City
Telephone No.: +(63-32) 232-8886
Email: [email protected]

Bohol Branch
Mezzanine Floor, Sarabia-Co-Torralba Bldg., CPG Avenue
Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Telephone No.: +(63-38) 411-2984
Email: [email protected]

Budget Travel and Tours Inc.

Manila Office
Suite 3 Metropolitan Tower
1746 A.Mabini St., Malate,Manila
Telephone Nos.: (+63 2) 523-8120 to 26
Mobile No.: (+63 917) 806-2459

Alabang Branch
Unit 4018, Alabang Town Center, Alabang Zapote Road,
Alabang, Muntinlupa
Telephone No.: (02) 850 5456

Casto Travel Philippines Inc.

Makati Office
2F Tuscan Building 114 V.A. Rufino Street Legaspi Village
Makati
Telephone No.: (02) 810 0079

City Travel & Tours Corporation

Makati Office
LG8 Cityland 10 Tower 1 H.V. Dela Costa St.
Makati City
Telephone No: (02) 812 9111
Mobile No: 0918-291-9977, 0923-733-2780, 0917-855-2780
Email: [email protected]

Angeles Branch
Unit 201, 2F Diamond Spring Hotel Bldg. Mc Arthur Highway,
Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Telephone No: (045) 405 0317
Mobile No: 0918-233-2144, 0922-863-6006, 0915-762-2882

COME ON PHILS. Golf and Travel Agency Inc.

A-36 HK Sun Plaza Macapagal, Pasay
Phone: (02) 810-1959

Constellation Travels, Inc.

Makati Main Office
(Temporary address as main office is under renovation)
Ground Floor, First Maritime Place
7458 Bagtikan St., San Antonio Village
Makati City
Landline: (02) 798 1111 loc. 3110 to 3111
Email: [email protected]

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

First United Travel Inc.

Makati Office
Garden Level, Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 818 7181, (02) 459 0900

Bulacan Office
2/F Abary Square Bldg. 1733 Año St. Corner F. Vergel De Dios St., Poblacion,
Baliuag, Bulacan
Telephone Nos.: +63 44 892 0746, +63 44 766 1939

Cebu Office
Unit #118 The QC Pavilion, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug,
Cebu City
Telephone Nos.: +63 32 266 1841, +63 32 412 0863

Getaway Tours International Inc.

Manila Office
576 San Andres St., Near Corner Adriatico St.,
Malate, Manila
Telephone Nos.: (02) 524 2202, 524 2252, 354 4268, 3530100, 3544763
Email: [email protected]

Sucat Branch
Ground Floor WSCT 026 Waltermart, Brgy. San Isidro, Dr. Santos Ave.,
Sucat, Parañaque City
Telephone Nos.: (02) 820 1707, 820 1504, 8204238
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Dasmarinas Branch
UGF 156, SM City Dasmariñas, Sampaloc I,
Dasmariñas City, Cavite
Telephone number: (046) 432 3387
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

General Trias Branch
Level 2 – Unit 200-A, Robinson’s Place,
General Trias, Cavite
Telephone number: (046) 436 2112
Email: [email protected]

H.I.S. (PHILIPPINES) Travel Corp

Picadilly Main Office
14/F Picadilly Star Building, 4th Avenue corner 27th Street,
BGC, Taguig
Phone: (02) 718-5012, (02) 718-5008
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Office
2/F Shopping Arcade, Serendra, Bonifacio High Street,
BGC, Taguig
Phone : (02) 915-0351, (02) 822-4496
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Office
Tower3, Unit2-7, Movenpick Resort & Spa Cebu, Punta Engano,
Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Phone: (032) 238-1685
Email: [email protected]

HANKOOKCEB Corp.

Cebu Office
Room 301 Trans-Asia Bldg., Osmena Blvd., Cor., M. J. Cuenco Ave.
Cebu City
Phone: (032) 238 2595

JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.

JTB Travel Saloon – Mall of Asia
259-EM, SM Mall of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City 1300
Mobile: 0949 994 0249

BGC Branch
18th Floor, Unit 2, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center 26th & 25th Streets,
Bonifacio South, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Phone: (02) 894-5528

Cebu Branch
2F, J Centre Mall, V.Albano, Mandaue City, Cebu
Phone: (032) 260-8024

JTB Travel Saloon – Vertis North
4th floor Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4, Ayala Mall (Vertis North),
Quezon City
Phone: (02) 932-5600

KP JOEUN Consultancy Inc.

Main Office
Retail 9 M/F Goldland Tower
1600 Pasig City
Phone: (02) 451 1282

Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.

Manila Office
522 Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila
Phone: (02) 523-6884, 523-6836, 523-6610, 523-9451, 523-7786, 523-7787, 523-6902, 525-5167

Makati Office
UG1 146 Alfaro Place, Alfaro St., Salcedo Village,
Makati City
Phone: (02) 840-1363 to 65, 810-0107 to 08, 810-0226 to 27, 817-1224, 892-3663, 810-0172

Quezon City Office
G/F RC – 27B1 General Romulo ST., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: (02) 995-0723 to 29

Clark Office
1st St., Balibago, Clark Angeles, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 892-4828, 892-4192, 892-3477, 892-3563, 892-3483, 892-4705, 892-4025

MNK Travel & Tours Corp.

Ortigas Office
802 One Corporate Center, Meralco Avenue corner Julia Vargas Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Phone: (02) 687 4443

North Star International Travel, Inc.

Makati Office
19F Trident Tower
312 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Makati City 1200 Philippines
Phone: (02) 485-7272

Party-on Travel and Tour Community, Inc.

Ortigas Office
Unit C2 17th Flr., Strata 100 Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Phone: (02) 470-2000

Reli Tours and Travel Company

Makati Main Office
3rd Floor Dusit Thani Hotel,
Ayala Commercial Center Makati City,
Phone: (02) 894-1210, 893-7259, 893-9226

SM Mall of Asia Branch
Bay City Pasay City
Phone: (02) 556-1445, 556-1446, 556-1447

SM Megamall Branch
5F SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Phone: (02) 637-4694, 637-4695, 637-5020

Binondo Branch
4F Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regonte St. corner Dela Reina St.
Binondo, Manila
Phone: (02) 242-0640
Mobile: 0906-492-1000

SM Southmall Branch
Alabang-Zapote Road, Las-Pinas City,
Phone: (02) 800-4948, 800-4949, 800-4950

Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc.

Makati Office
5/F Alexander House Building, 132 Amorsolo Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 817 0071 – 74
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Office
2nd Floor Zap Plaza Bldg. D. Jakosalem St., Zapatera,
Cebu City
Phone: (032) 253 6333, (032) 253 6358, (032) 253 6540
Email: [email protected]

Swire Travel Phils, Inc.

Makati Head Office
6F Unit C&D Country Space Bldg 1
Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.& Dela Costa Sts.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 817 1082, (02) 894 0893
[email protected]

Alabang Branch
The Bellevue Manila Hotel
North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Phone: (02) 771 8181
[email protected]

Clark Branch
Holiday Inn Resort Clarkfield
Mimosa Leisure Estate
Clarkfield, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 499 1105
[email protected]ravelphils.com.ph

Subic Branch
Charlie building
Subic International Hotel
Subic Bay, Olongapo City
Phone: (047) 250 0388
[email protected]

Trinoma Branch
Unit 11 Service Avenue Lobby
Trinoma Mall, North EDSA
Quezon City
Phone: (02) 901 0906
[email protected]

The Baron Travel Corporation

Main Office
3rd Floor, PCCI Corporate Center
118 L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 817 4926
Office hours:
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30am–5:30pm
Saturdays, 8:30am–12:30pm

Cebu Office
Unit H Capitol Commercial Complex
N. Escario Street, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 255 6095
Email: [email protected]

Travel Pros

SM Megamall Main Office
5th Floor, SM Megamall Bldg. B, Julia Vargas Avenue cor. EDSA,
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 634-0265 to 67
Mobile: 0917 8866578
Email: [email protected]

Travelservices, Inc.

Makati Head Office
2nd Floor, Trinity Insurance Center
7504 Bagtikan St. San Antonio, Makati City
Phone: (02) 706 8600
Email: [email protected]

Laguna Office
2nd Floor J. Alcasid Business Center, Crossing Street,
Calamba City, Laguna
Phone: (02) 806 7503, (049) 508 2512 to 13
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Office
4th Floor, Metrobank Plaza Building, Osmena Boulevard,
Cebu City
Phone: (02) 806 7505, (032) 253 5808, (032) 255 7374
Email: [email protected]

Uni-Orient Travel, Inc.

Manila Office
447 Juan Luna S., Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Phone: +632 243-3888
Email: [email protected]

Ortigas Office
U 2101 East Tektite Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Phone: (02) 705-2222

Makati Office
I Care Bldg., 167 Legaspi St., cor. De La Rosa St.,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 818-9585

Cebu Office
2/F Capitol Square, Escario Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Phone: (032) 253-1866

Ark Travel Express Inc.

Makati Office
Unit LG 3, 4 & 14, 146 Alfaro Place, L.P. Leviste St.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 816-2201, 894-3372, 816-6416, 831-6727, 831-6165
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Grand Hope Travel, Inc.

Cebu Main Office
Lower Ground Level, SM City, Juan Luna Avenue Extension,
Cebu City
Phone: (032) 2338530, (032) 2340764, (032) 2338263, (032) 2340767
[email protected]

Ayala Cebu Branch
Ayala Center Cebu, Level 4, Archbishop Reyes Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 268-9009, (032) 268-9008
Email: [email protected]

Fuente Branch
G/F Dona Luisa Building, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 255-4089, (032) 2554091
Email: [email protected]

Bohol Branch
Galleria Luisa Building 2nd Floor, C. Gallares Street,
Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Phone: (038) 501-8588
Email: [email protected]

Hanatour Manila Inc.

Pasay Office
2F Finance Center Building (back of World Trade Center),
Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City
Phone: (02) 856-9741, (02) 856-9766

Cebu Branch
3rd Floor BF Pajo Bldg. M.L. Quezon Avenue, Pajo,
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Phone: (032) 236-4287, (032) 236-4289

Boracay Branch
Legency Lagoon, Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Phone: (036) 288-2626

Horizon Travel & Tours, Inc.

Ermita Main Office
490 Potenciana Mansion, Sta. Monica St.,
Ermita, Manila
Phone: (02) 521 2586, (02) 328 3388
Mobile: 0917 8072538, 0998 8577017
Email: [email protected]

Binondo Branch
345 San Vicente cor. T., Pinpin Sts., Binondo, Manila
Phone: (02) 3102308 to 09, (02) 986 2717
Mobile: 0917 8198628

Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.

Pasay Head Office
Unit 109-P, G/F Five-Ecom Center, Pacific Drive,
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Phone: (02) 708 9999

International Journeys Inc.

Manila Office
Unit 2 Third Floor Altra Center
1663 Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila
Phone: (02) 400-0550
Mobile: +63917-5372-038

Marsman Drysdale Travel Inc.

Makati Office
19th Floor Robinsons Summit Center 6783 Ayala Avenue
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 887-0000
Email: [email protected]

Pan Pacific Travel Corporation

Binondo Head Office
353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Phone: (02) 243-6666
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Branch
Diplomat Hotel. Suite No. 6, 90 F. Ramos Street. Cebu City
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (032) 254-0343, (032) 254-0345, (032) 254-0347, (032) 254-0349

Ermita Branch
G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 523-1990, (02) 526-6427

Makati Branch
Unit LG-1 Herrera Tower Condominium. # 98 V.A. Rufino St corner Valero St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 810-8551 to 56

Rajah Travel Corporation

Makati Office
3rd Floor 331 Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: (02) 894 0886
E-mail: [email protected]

Manila Office
G/F GLC Building, A. Mabini cor. T.M. Kalaw Sts.,
Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Phone: (02) 523 8801
E-mail: [email protected]

Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.

Makati Main Office
3/F Rico Building, 112 Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (02) 651 9000
Email: [email protected]

Ermita Office
Unit G-06 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, 1415 Adriatico Street
Ermita, Manila
Phone: (02) 354-1000
Email: [email protected]

Angeles Branch
2/F #1 Quad 2 Plaridel ST. Nepo Center, Brgy. Sto. Rosario
Angeles City, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 888 1010
Email: [email protected]

Boracay Branch
Regency Lagoon Bldg. A, Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Phone: (036) 288 2419, (036) 288 2420
Email: [email protected]

Cebu Branch
2nd Flr The Walk Cebu IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 340-2000
Email: [email protected]

Santa Cruz Manila Branch
517-519 Tomas Mapua St, Santa Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 443501, (02) 443502
Email: [email protected]

Davao Branch
Level 1 Unit 111B-112, Robinson’s Cybergate Mall Davao,
J.P. Laurel street, Bajada, Davao City
Phone: (082) 287 8200
Email: [email protected]

Davao Express Branch
3rd Floor Gaisano Mall, JP Laurel Avenue Bajada, Davao City
Phone: (082) 255-6456
Mobile: 09399374559
Email: [email protected]

Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.

406 thoughts on “My Heartbreaking South Korea Visa Denial Story 2017 | List of Accredited Travel Agencies for South Korea Visa Application

  • Hi!planning on a trip pero yung binigay ng company na ITR(2017) has no stamp unlike last year.sabi ng HR un lang daw binigay ng BIR sa company.and a bir staff said daw na its not neccessarily needed na kasi may bago daw sila memo etc. I don’t know if it was a mistake or misunderstanding ng HR/BIR. Un din talaga fear ko kc baka isipin nila it was just made up,thou nakalagay sa 2316,ung payment and signed by the president of the company i work for. Parang ITR’s are so hard to get.

  • Hi Yui.

    Based on my experience okay lng po na wlang stamp ng BIR. We applied din last Feb 8 w/o BIR stamps approved naman po visa namin. (It’s our first time travelling abroad) Im sure nag-ve-verify din sila sa BIR bsta make sure lng may TIN # indicated da form.

    Sana nakatulong 🙂

    • Hello. I just got my visa denied 🙁 Now, I am trying to appeal it to Consul. First time traveler din ako and i dunno bakit na-denied ang visa ko. I am pretty sure naman na yung laman ng bank ko is sufficient. Pero How much ang required amount? Any idea?

  • Hi, I’m planning to go to Korea this April and planning to apply visa this march. I am worried because I will use separate bank account. I mean, I open and account for my travel to Korea, and it’s 6 months already. Is that okay? my friends are using payroll accounts.

  • Hi! Me and my friends are planning to go to Korea this april and the ITR that was given by the HR has no BIR stamp, will that be accepted? And also, do we need to submit a bank statement or a bank certificate alone would be ok? Thanks

  • Hi! Me and my friends are planning to go to SK this april but the ITR that was given to us by the HR has no BIR stamp, will that be ok? Also, do we need to submit bank statement or a bank certificate only is ok?

  • Hi! We’re planning to go to SK this April? Which one do we need to submit for visa application? The Bank statement or bank certificate OR do we need to submit both of it? Thank you so much! 🙂

  • hi. we are planning to go to korea this coming march 13 pero ang release palang ng visa is march 12. ang worry namin kasi yung napasa naming bank cert ay nasa 20k lng laman ng account namin since di na kmi nakapagrequest sa ibang banks namin. possible kaya kami madeny pa?but all other requirements are complete

  • Hello po, ask ko lang po kasi sponsored po ako at niece ko ng sister ko pag nag travel kami sa korea this May, do I have to request multiple copies of documents like COE, Bank Cert, Bank Statement and etc? we are planning to apply for a visa as a family po.

    Thank you in advance.

      • Thank you for your reply, Miss Roxanne.

        One more thing, (If you have an idea lang naman po) kasi yung niece ko may used Oecd visa na siya tapos ako wala pa since visa-free countries pa lang po napupuntahan ko, paano po yung sa pagpasa sa window ng requirements? magkaiba parin po ba or same parin since family application po kami? Sorry, I really don”y have an idea kasi paano kapag family application ng korean visa and tried asking friends also pero walang mga reply.

  • I’ll be using my payroll account for mu bank cert kaso di daw nila malalagay ung ADB since payroll account sya and may standard template na daw sila. Okay lang po kaya un? Thanks.

  • ilang days po binigay ng consulate para dun sa follow up requirements?? via email po ba pagsend nyo ng requirements?

  • Hi po, planning to go din po sa SOKOR this june .so nagopen po ako ng separate bank accnt para dito kaya lang po last dec lang yun. Do i have to wait for 6 months ba before I apply for the visa? Or okay lang po na kahit wala pang six months ung new bank accnt ko?. Thankyou so much po. 😘😘

  • Hi,ask ko lang kasi nag apply kame ng anak ko ng korean visa, nagwowork ako kaya lang hindi pa ko nakakuha ng employment cert and itr, ang ginamit ko yung sa mr ko as housewife, kaso hindi nila tinanggap yung employers cert kasi walang nakalagay na compensation, pero me dala akong bank statement ok nman yung savings ko, at meron din ako affidavit of financial support galing sa anak ko sa Canada, ibinalik nila yung documents pinalalagyan lang ng salary compensation,wala naman binigay sakin ng denied slip, pwede kaya ako ulit mag apply gamit na yung my my own documents like employers cert and itr form. Balak ko bumalik next week.

  • Umiiyak ako kagabi noong inabot skin ng bf ko ung passport ko dhil denied ang VISA application ko, im not qualify dw sa visa category that im applying for. Hay! i dont know what went wrong. Im a financial Advisor sa Philam Life, i submitted certification that i am a financial advisor, ITR, BANK CERT and Bank statement, I have previous travels just last January HK and Macau, my funds where just enough for 7 days trip to SK, my Bf is a businessman and nilagay ko pa sya as financer ko if ever.. But sadly, sya lng naapproved…. Here I am researching kung may pag asa pa 🙁

  • Hello! Ask lang po ako kc aalis kmi this april sa SK. Naapprove ung visa nmin lahat except my partner’s visa. Is there any way na mgappeal sa embassy pra mareconsider ung visa nya? thank u

  • Ask ko lang po kung may sapat na budget naman para sa korea trip for newly weds, accept kaya Nila kahit walang bank account, ITR.. Pero gagawa nalang ako ng Cover letter.. Sariling ipon kasi namin yun..

  • hi! I will be applying for Korean visa next week pero natatakot ako kasi i do not have ITR since I am unemployed. Bank cert, previous travel to visa-free country and letter of explanation lang yung bala ko 🙁 kakakaba! ask ko lang po if you have any idea what will they consider as strong ties dito sa Philippines? Thank you!

  • hi applying for a tourist visa. kakaopen q p lng ng online business q recently planning to travel by june 2018, DTI and Business Permit ,Bank certificate and travel once in OECD country ang meron na q.tatanggapin kaya un kahit walang ITR/BIR? thanks

    • Hello, you can write a letter of explanation that your business is just new. Of course, show your DTI and business permit. Try Nyo po. Let us know for updates. 😊

  • Hi, Good afternoon po! I will be applying for a Korean Visa Next month po by June, kaso nagwoworry po ako if madedeny ako or maaprove kasi first time ko pong nag apply for a tourist visa. Before po nakapag travel na ako sa Europe pero fiance visa po yun, and way back 2012 po yun to 2013. Now po i have a regular job as an ecommerce assistant australian company for 1 year na po by this june. I will be using my payroll account/savings account for applying! And i will be traveling alone and planning to visit korea for 5 days! Please help naman po ng mga suggestions. 🙁 Im so worried!

      • Yes i have already an ITR given to us this January! And for the bank certificate i will deposit this month and also for the next month for the money i will be using for my travel, because i am using only a payroll account which also was informed to me that can also be a savings account.

      • What i actually do is that every month of my salary i withdraw all of it getting scared my ATM will have a problem and charge me without my consent. I think most of my workmates do that! So I guess I don’t have a withstanding daily balance as they say!

          • Would you suggest i should book for the flight and hotel or wait for the visa first just in case?

  • Hello! I would just like to share my experience with getting a SK Visa. My father and I applied for a visa. I am currently employed while he is a senior citizen. I have only 60k in bank and he has 40k. We processed them though agency here in Davao, particularly in Rakso Davao. He only showed his senior citizen ID and COE for me. the Embassy required an additional requirement which is the alphalist of BIR form 1604E along with the BIR from 2316 for employees. I requested mine to our HR but unfortunately, they did not provided me with the BIR form instead, just an excel file with only my name including a separate appendix for the BIR stamp. the agency advised me to write an explanation letter for the alphalist. and it worked! I got mine approved and for my dad too!

      • I declared 3 days only tho I will be staying for 5 days. it won’t matter as long as your balance in your bank account exceeds your declared travel costs. This is my second time to get approved. my first one, I declared USD 600 for 3 days. bank account balance is 70k. then the second one is the same declaration but with only 60k in bank. My only real money is like 30k only so what I do, I borrow money from family and friends then after I got approved, I just returned it. and also, you could check booking.com for hotels/guesthouses to where you will stay in korea. they needed an address and a contact number to where you will be staying in korea so I would recommend in booking.com you don’t need to pay for it. you can just book it then pay at the property so you can cancel it if you don’t feel like staying there. I chose namsan guesthouse 2.. perfect for travelers and they got free breakfast and at such affordable price. like 2700 for 3 days 2 nights.

        • Thank you very much for the info its very helpful! and by the way what about the plane ticket you haven’t yet booked it without the visa right? I was thinking of declaring to stay for 5 days but I might as well try the 3 days, the one that you said.

          • just put it for 3 days for conservatism. they will give you 59days stay anyways when you got approved. and for travel costs, budget it 10k per day as long as your bank balance is more than your declared travel cost. other said they budgeted 25k for a 3-day trip.
            I am an auditor. I don’t really make much tho. haha..As long as you have completed your requirements, you would be fine. if not, an explanation letter can save you too!

    • Hi Prey! I will be using my payroll account. Ang kaso every sahod winiwidraw ko lahat kaya walang natitira. Questionable po ba kung ideposit ko ulet ung mga winidraw ko ng minsanan? Tia

    • Hi Prey. I will be using my payroll account sa bpi. Ang kaso every sahod winiwidraw ko lahat walang natitira. Ok lang kaya kung ibalik ko ung mga winidraw ko sa isang deposit lang? Hindi po kaya questionable un? Thank you sana mapansin mo po.

  • Yes, I will do! I’ve been reading a lot of blogs advice on the website how to get approve and why others got denied. But as I observed there are no apparent reasons, sometimes it’s unexplainable. Some people who tried applying has a really good job, background and etc but still got denied. I’m just 25 years old who wants to travel and experience Korea, might be a birthday gift for me this coming July! I don’t earn much though just an average I guess if you compare to the normal salary here in the Philippines! But your response really does ease the paranoia inside me. Haha! And before I forgot when it comes to the plane ticket should I book it already before the visa so I can declare that I have a date to go back to the Philippines, is that what you did? I got so much questions. hahah please bare with me. 😀

    • it is okay. it is nice to share experiences too! we all love korea..haha.. actually booking a plane ticket before going to apply for a visa is unnecessary. when I got mine on the first try, I did not book yet since im also same as you, paranoid I might not be approved. as long as you have the requirements you will be fine. also, a lot of people advise to have atleast 50k in bank account, that would be the conservative balance esp us who do not earn much. just don’t put a lot of money in your bank for the sake of getting a higher balance since they will also check your monthly salary too written in your COE and ITR. also any dates will do. as long as it is within your planned date of travel. And don’t worry, they wont ask you when you will be back. Your COE, proof of your employment will let them know you got a job waiting for you to go back here in PH. 🙂 and regarding the bank balance, ADB must be 6 months. So I started saving and putting money by batches, say 10k per month. to reach 50k. don’t put 50k in one deposit only and if your salary say, only 15k a month, they will raise questions on the consul. that is the reason why they required ADB. to know if you can personally afford your trip or you just borrow money for visa purposes only. so I advise if you wanna go somewhere, plan ahead especially for those countries with visas. hope this helps!!

      • Yes, it does help! I will be using my payroll/saving account! And it is active for 11 months now! Actually in regards for my bank before im actually keeping my money inside but there was news that there might be a leaked on the ATM so I got scared so everytime I got the monthly salary I withdraw all of it starting late last year. I will actually deposit half of my money this week and the rest of next month! Because I am planning to apply June 16 next month!

  • Hi! My student is inviting me to go to Korea. Their parents will be sponsoring my trip including round trip airfare, food and accommodation and other expenses that I need during my stay there. I plan to stay there for 5 days. My question is, is this an advantage for my Visa getting approved? They are doing this as a sign of gratitude for being their children’s tutor in the last 6 months.

  • Hello good day! Ang dami ko pong nakukuhang ideas sa mga shineshare nyo.. my sister and I are planning to go to korea sa Jan. And Im a fresh grad and im about to start working na po, but the problem is, wala po akong ITR since walang tax yung salary ko, around 8k lang po, so nabasa parang I need to write a letter about my reason na bakit wala ako ITR. And one thing, ano po yung sa Alpha list? Medyo confusing lang po.. Salamat po sainyo!

    • Alphalist doon nakalagay lahat name ng mga employees na nagwowork sa company detailing their salary every month and also their taxes. Usually hindi binibigay ng Employer yun kasi confidential, yun ang nangyare skn pero gumwa ng explanation letter company ko kung bakit and also they provided me the BIR transmital confirmation na sinubmit nila sa BIR and my name only together with my TIN. Hope this helps, i will be apply this coming july first week nireready ko nlng mga requirements.

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