Korean VISA Guide : How my wife and I got Multiple Entry for 3 years

Korean VISA Guide: How my wife and I got Multiple Entry for 3 years.

UPDATE!!! (February 11, 2017)

Good news for BDO and BPI Credit Card holders! The Credit Card promotion is extended up to December, 2019! So BPI and BDO both has promo for the multiple entry visa eligibility in S. Korea! You can check it here in the Korean Embassy’s announcement section

After months of preparation, finally, we got our South Korean Visas! And it’s not just for Single Entry but Multiple Entry for 3 years! Let me help you how we did it by sharing our strategy, how we prepared and lots of tips! 😉 Read on!

My Multiple entry Korean VISA!

My Multiple entry Korean VISA!

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Our Profile:

Me – Employee and has not been issued a S. Korean VISA before.

Wife – Housewife and has not been issued a S. Korean VISA before.

VISA Requirements for Filipino Employees:

1. Application Form
2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)
6. Original Certificate of Employment
(must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)
7. Original Personal Bank Certificate
(must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
8. Bank Statement
(original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
9. ITR(Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy
10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

Visa Requirements for Housewife:

1. Application Form
2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)
6. Additional documents
– If husband is employed : Husband’s Employment Certificate Original [must include position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address]
– If husband is self-employed : Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
– Original Personal or Husband’s Bank Certificate [must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)]
– Personal or Husband’s Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
– Husband’s Copy of Income Tax Return(ITR)
7. Copy of NSO Marriage Certificatee


Other info:

If personally invited by Korean:

  • Invitation Lettter
  • Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card (authentication not required)

If invited by Company in Korea:

  • Invitation Letter
  • Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required)

Frequent travelers who have traveled as tourist to OECD member countries within 5 years are exempt from submitting ITR.

■ Processing Time

3 working days (for those who have been to OECD member countries within 5 years as tourist)
3 working days (for those who are BDO Gold/Elite cardholders)

5 working days (for those who have not been to OECD member countries within 5 years)

■ Visa Fee: 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

TIP: If you are not a Filipino Employee or a Housewife, you can also go through this link of the official site of the Korean Embassy in the Philippines for more information.

So what was our difference with the other applicants? Why we were given Multiple Entry VISAs?

Last June 2015, when I was checking the Korean Embassy’s site, I found out in the VISA Announcement section that BDO Gold and Elite Credit Card holders are eligible for Multiple Entry VISAs! I only have a BDO Classic card that time so I immediately called BDO if it is possible to upgrade my BDO Classic card to at least a Gold credit card. That’s the benefit of research and being a segurista 🙂 Please note that this offer is valid only until December 31, 2015!

With that being said, let’s label this as Requirement # 11 – BDO Gold Visa Card so I can explain further some details regarding this requirement.

TIP: Please note that a Single Entry VISA is only valid for 3 months! So before you apply for a VISA, make sure your travel dates to Korea are within 3 months after the VISA’s date of issue. I advise that you apply a month before your travel date.

New Schedule of VISA processing time as of May 25, 2015

  • 8:30 am to 11:00 am – Visa Application
  • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Releasing of Passports

TIP: Arrive early! At least 30 minutes before. Upon entry, the guard will inspect your documents and hand you over a number and on what window you will submit your documents. Processing is fast and efficient! Only took us 30 minutes.

         A representative or one in your group can submit your documents and claim your passports after. No need for personal appearance.

Let’s discuss each of the requirements here:

1. Application Form

UPDATE: As of August 27, 2015, a new application form is to be used and is available in the embassy’s site.

Go here in the VISA Announcement section and look for the new VISA Application form. I will strike through some of my tips below as it is not applicable anymore in this new application form. I will try to explain some of the fields in the new form though but most are still self-explanatory. Please do note that there’s no guideline yet on how to fill out this form unlike the old form in page 2.

  • Here is the download link for the .pdf Application form in the embassy’s site. You can then print it and fill it up completely with no erasures! Read the instructions in page 2 carefully before you start filling out the form. Most of them are self-explanatory but let me give you some tips on some items there that are a bit confusing.
  • Print the form and fill it up completely with no erasures!
  • Don’t leave a field/item blank. Put n/a or Not Applicable instead.
  • 1.7. National Identity no. – We Filipinos don’t have this, so just put n/a (Not Applicable).
  • 9.4. Address in Korea / 9.5. Phone No. in Korea – You can put undecided if you haven’t decided yet where to stay in Korea. But for me, I advise you to put a place where you intend to stay like the name of a Hostel in Seoul even though you haven’t booked a reservation yet. There are also Hostels/Hotels in Korea that accepts reservations with no down payment so if ever you get denied, you can just cancel your reservation! Easy as that! In our case, we booked our stay at Zaza Backpacker’s hostel (no down payment) and we wrote down their address/phone no. in these fields. This is just to increase your chances of getting approved. I told you, segurista ako.
  • 9.7. If you have visited more than 5 countries in the last 5 years (as there are only 3 spaces in the application form), write the other details on a separate sheet of paper. If the stamps of these countries are in your old passport, then bring your old passport too and it won’t hurt if you photocopy the stamps and bio page as well.
  • 9.8. If you are travelling with any member of your family, then write it down in this section. I think this is for the embassy to check easily who is sponsoring who in case there is like me and my wife where I am sponsoring our trip in terms of funding.
  • 10.1. Write here the estimated travel cost (in USD) of your whole trip in S. Korea. Be realistic and maybe increase it a little but make sure that what you write here is equal or lesser than the fund in your bank statement or bank certificate. For example, if your fund in your Bank is 50,000 (reflected in the Bank statement), then put around $857 USD (PHP40,000). I subtracted PHP10,000 assuming that the maintaining balance in your account is PHP10,000.
  • 32. Who will pay for the expense for your stay – For the housewife, if you are travelling with your husband and is sponsoring the trip, then put his name then write ‘husband’ e.g. Juan dela Cruz, husband.
  • 10.2 Who will pay for your travel related expenses. Write here the person or company who will pay for the expenses of your entire trip. For Type of Support, you can put Financial support or a particular expense like airfare, accommodation. If you are funding yourself, then put ‘myself’.
  • 34.  Accompanying Family – This might sound confusing if you are indeed travelling with your family but don’t be. It states in page 2 to fill this up only If you are a spouse or a child under the age of 20 of a person who holds the visa status of Culture and Art(D-1), Student(D-2), General Training(D-4) through Particular Occupation(E-7). So if neither one of you was issued a S. Korean Visa before, you don’t need to fill this up but just put n/a (Not Applicable).

2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture

  • We got our picture taken at Great Image for a more professional look. We paid P370.00 each (P740 total) for 8 pcs of passport size colored picture with white background. Just tell them it’s for a S. Korea VISA application and they know the size for it.
  • There’s free glue in the embassy in case you forgot to paste it in your application form.

3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)

  • Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months.
  • 3 months before our VISA application, we went to DFA Megamall to have my wife’s passport renewed to change her surname. Even though my wife’s old passport is valid until 2017, we did this just to make sure that no questions will be asked as to why her maiden name is the one that appears in her passport.
  • Bring your old passports too if there is any. The consul did look at our old passports (maybe skimmed a bit on the stamps) but quickly gave it to us on the day of the application.

4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)

  • It should be a clear one but not necessarily colored. Just enough to see the details.

5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)

  • If you have this, then bring it.



6. Original Certificate of Employment
(must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address).

  • Request for a COE with your HR Department at least a week before your VISA Application as this needs to be recent.
  • Clearly mention to them that the details above must appear in the COE. In my case, I got approved even though the HR E-mail address wasn’t on the letterhead and the landline number indicated there is not working anymore! I called our HR about this and said it was OK since they cannot erase any details in the letterhead. In any case, just make sure that the embassy can contact your company in at least one of the details provided. But of course, much better if all are working!
  • Request for additional copies if you are travelling with a dependent. In my case, I requested two. One for me and one for my wife.
  • The details above are part of the new requirements effective March 1, 2015.

7. Original Personal Bank Certificate
(must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

  • You request this at your branch of account. I requested mine at BDO where I paid P100 for each certificate (I requested two, one for me and one for my wife). Just tell the staff at at your bank you are requesting such for a Korea VISA Application.
  • If you have several bank accounts, choose the one that you seldom withdraw money. So if you often withdraw money in your payroll account (which I am highly sure you do), don’t choose that. Choose an account that has a steady amount of cash and much advisable if there are more deposits than withdrawals.
  • How much do we need in our bank account? This is not set in stone. I guess you should also ask yourself first. If you are staying in Korea for around 5 days, how much pocket money do you need then for your expenses? If you say your budget is P10,000 a day, then P50,000 is enough to have in the bank account. But if you are staying for 30 days, then logically, you should have a bigger amount in your stash. Also, since they ask for the ADB (Average Daily Balance) for 6 months, make sure that the amount you estimated to spend in Korea matches or close to the ADB in your account. In my case, since I’m also sponsoring the expenses of my Wife, I have to double the estimated expenses per individual. I also steadily increased my BDO Savings for the last 6 months and I seldom withdraw large amounts. Basically, if you are just staying around 5 to 7 days, I think P50,000 is a safe bet. Just make sure you don’t withdraw that P50,000 for 6 months before your VISA application. 😉
  • If you have a BDO Gold and Elite card, then you are not required to submit this. But as you can see, I still requested and submitted this document. This is me in segurista mode.
  • This is part of the new requirements effective March 1, 2015.

8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

  • This is different from the Bank Certificate. It is a list of your transactions with your Bank (credit, debit items) for the past 3 months just like what is shown in your passbook.
  • You also have to request this in your branch of account. I requested mine at BDO and paid P100 for a printed bank statement.
  • If you are travelling with a dependent, then request a copy for each dependent.
  • I advise that the account for the Bank statement must be the same with the account in the Bank Certificate. So if you have a Savings and a Checking/Current account printed in the Bank Certificate, then you also have to request for the printed Bank Statements for both accounts. Be a segurista like me because you’ll never know.
  • This is part of the new requirements effective March 1, 2015.

9. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316

  • You can request this from your HR.
  • You only need to submit a photocopy. I prepared two, one for me and one for my wife.
  • Make sure your TIN number appears in this document.
  • If you don’t have an ITR yet because you are fairly new to your job, then I think you can prepare a letter stating your situation.
  • If you have a BDO Gold and Elite card, then you are not required to submit this. But as you can see, I still requested and submitted this document. This is me in segurista mode.

10. Photocopy of NSO certified Marriage Certificate (For Housewife category only)

  • You can request a certified true copy of your Marriage Certificate in NSO in their e-census website. No need to go personally in their offices.
  • This is the proof that you are married to each other.
  • You only need to submit a photocopy.

11. BDO Gold/Elite Visa Card

Announcement for Eligibility for Multiple Entry VISAs for BDO Gold and Elite cardholders

Announcement for Eligibility for Multiple Entry VISAs for BDO Gold and Elite cardholders

  • This is the fun part. The time I saw they have this offer in the announcement section I immediately called BDO if it is possible to upgrade my BDO Classic card to at least a Gold credit card. After some minutes of checking, they happily upgraded it since I have good credit standing and my current credit limit is more than enough to be eligible for a Gold BDO VISA card. Please note though that the new card might take a while to be delivered to you. In my case, it took them a month to deliver the new card! I don’t want to relate what happened anymore but if you are going to apply for a BDO Credit card for this purpose, then it’s much better to apply now so you can adjust whatever time frame you have for the VISA application.
  • According to what I saw in the embassy, you are required to submit two months recent credit card statements with the BDO Gold/Elite VISA card printed. I only have one credit card statement for the BDO Gold since I just upgraded my card so I got a little worried. To be sure, I also printed the credit card statement for the BDO Classic (the month before the new statement). Fortunately, the consul accepted it since she saw the BDO Gold VISA statement and she said that’s sufficient.
  • UPDATE: May 10, 2017 – You need to submit the latest ORIGINAL Credit card statement (not printed or photocopy). See below copy pasted from the Announcement section of the Korea Embassy website:

Latest original credit card account statement and photocopy of the credit card should be submitted.  Original credit card should also be presented. For applicants who receive their statement through e-mail, they should visit the bank to acquire the original copy of the statement.

They are exempted from submitting Bank Certificate and ITR(Income Tax Return)when applying.

  • Provide a photocopy of your credit card too (front only) and bring the actual credit card.
  • Though I am the only one who has a BDO Gold card, my wife was also granted Multiple Entry since we provided all the documents required especially the NSO Marriage Certificate.
  • Please note that even if you have a BDO Gold/Elite card, that doesn’t mean you are automatically granted a Multiple VISA or even a Single entry VISA! Make sure you still provide all the necessary documents and all the information in the application form is true.
  • You will line up at Window 3 and you will claim your passport 3 days after the application.
  • Korean embassy grants 3 years Multiple entry for BDO Gold cardholders while for BDO Elite cardholders, they grant them 3 to 5 years.
  • The offer is only valid until December 31, 2015.

TIP: Arrange your documents in the order listed above. If you are a BDO Gold/Elite cardholder, the guard will insert the credit card statements and credit card photocopy after your application form.

More awesome TIPS:

  • No need to submit your itinerary, plane tickets, hotel bookings, tickets to Everland/DMZ, etc. Just submit what is required in the application.
  • Bring a Valid ID (aside from your passport). You need this to enter the Embassy.
  • What is advisable, book a flight then apply for a VISA or apply for a VISA first before booking?
    • For me, it depends on your risk appetite 😀 There’s no right or wrong here and it all depends on what are you willing to risk. In our case, we booked our flight 6 months before our application so we can avail of the low fares. My primary concern is our budget so I wanted to book a low fare so even If we were not granted a VISA, then it won’t hurt so much (but it would still hurt though). But if you really really want to be sure (ultra-mega segurista mode), then apply for a VISA first and once approved, book your flight and hope that there are promos lying around with travel dates on the next 3 months (for Single entry VISAs. If you have multiple entry, of course you don’t need to worry and you can book a flight in the next 3 months or so). Of course, if budget is no issue, you can book a flight right after you are approved 🙂
  • How can I be exempt from securing a VISA? Read from this link or see details below:
    • If using Philippine Official and Diplomatic Passport.
    • If transiting only and going to the U.S., Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  But must not stay beyond 30 days and with confirmed onward ticket to the 3rd country.
    • If the individual has been to Korea for four (4) times within the past two years with a C2 or C3 visa.  Or has been to Korea for more than ten (10) times already.
    • If Nationality is among the list of those exempted from securing a visa.  For information, or list of these nationalities, you may visit the website.http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/en/info/popup/icis/VisaWaiver_pop.htmfor other visa information , you may also refer to this site:

      http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_kr.pt
  • Reasons why the embassy denies an application:

You can check the details here. But for your convenience, I screen grabbed it:

Reasons why the embassy denies an application

Reasons why the embassy denies an application

  • Address of the Korean Embassy is:
    • 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
  • I will bring my own car to go to the embassy. Where can I park?
    • You can park in Tuscany, where the restaurants are at. Parking fee is P40 for the first 4 hours (I think? But I’m sure it’s P40).
  • This is not a tip, but If your application is denied, you have to wait for 6 months to re-apply. So be a segurista like me.

Conclusion:

So guys, it is advisable to check the Korean Embassy’s site from time to time for new announcements. If I didn’t have a BDO Gold credit card, I might be very nervous about our application even though we have complete documents. And If we were not granted a VISA, I have no one but myself to blame.

If you have read this post and you think you are ready for the application, then by all means go for it! We too are very excited on our first South Korean trip this September! Woohoo!


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  • AdrianLenn

    Hi thank you for this blog, it is very helpful information.
    Makano po nabayaran ninyo sa Multiple entry visa? plano ko din kasi mag apply sayang din yung promo ng BDO

    • Hi AdrianLenn,

      Thank you for visiting!

      Application is free if you are staying in Korea 59 days or less. Please see below:

      Visa Fee:
      59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
      60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

  • Platisha Platt

    Hi! Just want to clarify some things. If one is a BDO Gold cardholder, then he/she is only exempted from submitting ITR and Bank Cert, but not Bank Statement? And, about how long yung submission process? May interview part pa ba?

    • Hi Platisha Platt!

      Thank you for visiting!

      Yes, if an individual is a BDO Gold/Elite cardholder, then submitting an ITR and Bank Certificate is not required but you still need to bring your Bank Statement.

      Operating hours of the embassy for VISA Application is from 8:30AM to 11:00AM. We went there at 8:00AM and was finished by 9:00AM. It only took 30 minutes waiting time from the start of the operating hours. No more interviews. HTH.

      • Platisha Platt

        Thank you for the reply. I am planning to apply for one this September. Your entry is really informative.

        • No problem Platisha Platt and goodluck in your application!

          • Platisha Platt

            Thank you for your wonderful post. I am granted a multiple entry visa, too!

          • Awesome! Glad to be of help! We just got back from South Korea… stay tuned for heaps of blog posts about our trip!

    • Also, just to be clear, If you are a BDO Cardholder then you will line up at Window 3 and you will claim your passport after 3 working days.

  • Blog post updated! There’s a new application form to be used. Please check the VISA Announcement section in the embassy’s site here -> http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/announcement/index.jsp

  • AdrianLenn

    Hi! yung sa photo ba na isusubmit kailangan ba naka business attire or ok na ang tshirt with collar na picture

    • Yes that is allowed. The embassy didn’t mention any required attire but it should be taken within the last 6 months – full face, front view against white or off-white background. But it doesn’t hurt if you get your picture taken in photo studios in malls like Great Image. Don’t worry about bringing a coat and tie, they will just edit your picture in Photoshop and place your chosen coat and tie in the pic.

  • Maricar Topular

    Hi, ask ko lang since sa BDO ka din kumuha ng bank cert, paano mo napalagay yung ADB mo for six months and account opening date? Nagrequest kasi kami ng bank cert from BDO and hindi nakaindicate yung dalawang yun nung nakuha na namin siya. We tried to ask if pwede na manual editing and hindi din daw pwede kasi nakatemplate sila (tumawag na din kami sa customer service nila pero ganto din yung explanation). Natatakot kami kasi baka mareject yung documents namin because of this. Thank you. Malapit na din kasi kaming mag-apply.

    • Hi Maricar!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Actually, I just told them that I’m requesting a Bank Cert for application of a S. Korean Visa and they already knew what details to put as they already have a template for it. I’m wondering why the BDO staff in your branch doesn’t know that? Try to visit your branch again and ask if they can re-print the Bank Cert and tell them it’s for a S. Korea Visa application. HTH.

      • Maricar Topular

        Hi, thank you 🙂
        Problem solved. Nakakagulat lang kasi a few hours after, tinawagan kami ng BDO to say na they can provide the bank cert with complete details. Siguro hindi lang aware yung nakausap namin na may specific template for S. Korea sila 🙂

  • Charm Brillante

    Hi 🙂 question.. For bdo gold credit card holder, what if i apply this coming october but april pa ung flight. Okay lang ba? Or should i still follow the 90 days rule? Thank you 🙂

    • Yes, the 90 days rule should be followed. Hanggang Dec. 31, 2015 lang kasi yun promo… So if you will apply for the Visa next year, hindi na siya valid. 🙂

      • Charm Brillante

        Ahh. So kahit multiple entry mabigay sayo, you should use it within 3 months pa din?:)

        • Ahh wait sorry, mali pala answer ko.
          Yes, you can apply on October and if they will give you a multiple entry visa, then you can use it on April. My only concern is that it is very early to apply for a VISA and the embassy might have second thoughts because the documents and funds that you have in October might be different from what will you have by April kasi you’re applying 6 months in advance.
          Kapag po multiple entry, for BDO Visa gold, good na po yun ng 3 years. 🙂 Hope this clears it up. Thanks for visiting!

  • anne

    thanks for the great info, just want to ask since i want to play safe, ung accommodation ko kasi is thru airbnb ok lang ba ung address ng place ung ilagay ko tsaka ung phone number ng host ko, everything is booked na kasi from accommodation to tiket kaso wala pa akong visa, then pag uwi ko pa lang sa pinas ako mag apply since ung bank ko kasi nsa pinas for the requirements, also any idea if enough na ung OEC to replace ITR coz im ofw, hope you can help me on my concerns.

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Yes that’s ok, you can put their address and phone number.
      Yes, just don’t forget the COE as that’s the proof that you’re an OFW and you don’t have an ITR. My friend knows someone who is a fresh grad and doesn’t have an ITR but was given a VISA. Just to be safe, you can also write a short letter stating the reason why you don’t have an ITR (OFW). And of course, bring your original and photocopy of valid visa and arrival stamps in OECD countries.

      • anne

        Another question, my paid booking is 13 days, should i put 13 days on my intended stay? would 2000$ be enough for my 13 days stay? My flight is already booked on dec 15 and i will apply my visa on dec 1. I dont have stamp yet for oecd country but i have i dubai residence visa, any thoughts on this? Thank you in advance.

        • Yes, put 13 days on your intended stay.
          Yes, that’s more than enough.
          Yes that’s ok. Once you arrive, get the necessary documents (bank docs) ASAP.
          Oh I thought you meant OECD, meron pala talagang OEC. If you haven’t been to any OECD country, then that’s ok. The consult would understand that you don’t have an ITR. HTH

      • Karl

        I am a fresh college grad (unemployed). What are the chances na makakakuha ako ng visa?

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  • RebelSweetHrt

    Hi! My son and I were granted a 3-year multiple visa as well, thanks to this BDO promo. 🙂 I presented SOAs of my American Express card, but being a segurista like you, I also presented an ITR and a Bank Certificate. I was sleepless for the next three nights, hoping that we’ll be given a visa kahit single entry lang. Much to my surprise, we were granted multiple entry visas! We’ll be spending Christmas in Seoul! 🙂

    • Hi RebelSweetHrt!

      Thanks for visiting!

      That’s great! It really does help to be a segurista! 😉 Enjoy Seoul! It’s really beautiful there.

  • Angelica Craig

    Hi! Thank you for a very detailed explanation on the visa application. Are you sure that a photocopy of the front AND back of the credit card is required? That is very risky on the part of the cardholders. With the card number, expiration, cardholder name and address and the 3 digits at the back of the card, anyone can use your card for online transactions. I am planning to apply as well. I have prepared the docs but I didnt photocopy the back side of the card. Thanks.

    • Hi Angelica,

      Thanks for visiting!

      That’s a very good observation. As far as I remember, the guard who is checking the documents required us to do so. But if you’re apprehensive, then maybe you can just photocopy the front of your card.

      So far, nothing bad happened to my account yet hehe… Cheers and goodluck!

      • Angelica Craig

        Thanks for the reply. I’ll bring a photocopy of it then. But to be safe, will block out the last 3 digits at the back of the card. 😀 happy travels to you and your wife.

        • Thank you! Happy travels too! 🙂

          PS: Bring your credit card with you too, they might ask you to show it to them. 😉

          • Angelica Craig

            Hello. Thanks for the follow up. I went there this morning. I did bring it but they didn’t ask for it. 🙂 It took me 3hrs to go there from QC. I reached the embassy around 9:30 am and I was out by 9:45. I waited about 7 mins sa documents verification line. I was given a number with the designated window (window 3). There were about 8 people before me. Waited another 5mins before my turn. The lady at window 3 took about 30 seconds to check my documents; then I was given my claim stub. Tentative releasing is on Friday (Nov. 13). Sobrang bilis. Thank you for your help. Actually, I wasnt really planning to go to Korea anytime soon. I applied for a visa so i can be eligible for an e-visa to Taiwan and Turkey. No definite plans yet but since the k. visa is free and it’s multiple entry, that means i have about 3 years to plan my travels 🙂 I miss Korea though. 🙂

          • That’s great Angelica!

            Now, I have a question… If you got a Korean Visa, do you still have to pay for a fee for the Taiwan Visa? What’s the advantage of having a Korean Visa in applying for a Taiwan Visa? Thanks!

  • Elizabeth_Pearl

    Hi! Great post you got here. Recently discovered my dad’s AMEX is qualified for the promo. Currently doing my best to apply for a supplementary card now.

    Anyway my question is, aside from the copy of the credit card statement and the card itself, what should I bring? I read from the embassy’s site that BDO cardholders are exempted from passing an ITR and bank certificate. But I read in the comments I still need to bring a bank statement?

    After reading your post, figured out I still need to answer a form (seriously thought all I need to pass were the credit card and the credit card statement) HAHA

    • Hi Elizabeth_Pearl!

      Thanks for visiting!

      If you are a Filipino Employee, below are the requirements:

      VISA Requirements for Filipino Employees:

      1. Fully accomplished VISA Application Form
      2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)
      4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
      5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)
      6. Original Certificate of Employment
      (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address).
      7. Original Personal Bank Certificate
      (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
      8. Bank Statement
      (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
      9. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316

      Now, If you have a BDO Gold and Elite card, Items 7 (Bank Certificate) and 9 (ITR) are not required to be submitted… But, just to be sure, I also prepared these documents and submitted it to them. There’s nothing to lose if you be a segurista 😉 But if you really can’t submit these documents then it’s ok. Just make sure you bring your credit card statements. They actually require two months of recent statements but I was only able to give them one (one is for a classic BDO card, the other one, the most recent is a BDO Gold statement) but they accepted it. Please do note that this promo is up to Dec. 31, 2015 only.

      And yes, the form is very important. You won’t be able to apply without that.

  • Hmm I think Korea is an OECD member country too…

    http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/list-oecd-member-countries.htm

    Ok, found it… but looks like having a Korean Visa doesn’t exempt you for visa-free entry in Taiwan.

    http://www.roc-taiwan.org/PH/ct.asp?xItem=409174&ctNode=4712&mp=272

    • Angelica Craig

      yes it doesn’t. that parenthesis (or any oecd…) is supposed to refer to turkey visa. wrong phrasing and placement. antok na yesterday 🙂

  • Does it also apply for supplementary cards? 🙂 Or kailangan ikaw yung main na credit cardholder? Thanks! 🙂

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  • Angel Mendoza

    Good day, pwede po ba mag apply as BDO Gold holder kahit kaka activate lang ng credit card? Thank you!

    • Hi Angel!

      Thanks for visiting!

      You mean you now have a BDO Classic and you want to have it upgraded to a Gold type? I’m just not so sure about that, I guess the best thing to do is call BDO for such inquiries. I think they will check your credit history if you’re eligible for an upgrade. HTH.

  • Evy Tibayan

    Hi, Planning to go there on Spetember but I also want to avail BDO’s promo sana. Okay lang kaya to apply for a visa as early as December this year?

    And okay lang ba to book the flight after the visa is granted? If yes, any idea ano iindicate ko sa fileds na intended perio of stay and intended date of entry?

    Thanks

    • Hi Evy!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes you can try to get a multiple entry visa using the promo from BDO. Worst case scenario that you will be denied or will be given a single entry visa only, then you can re-apply after 6 months. So that’s in June 2016, but no more promo from BDO… maybe they’ll have a promo from other Banks.

      Yes, that’s ok. Airline tickets and hotel reservations are not part of the requirements.

      If you’ll ask me, if I’ll be applying this December, I’ll write down February or March 2016 as intended period of stay even if that’s not the dates you plan. Reason for this is for the consul not to assume that you expect you will be given a multiple entry visa. September is still far away and they might think your financial capabilities will change by then. So to be safe, just put a date that’s near your date of application. HTH.

  • Dannah Antipasado

    Hi! Im planning to apply for the BDO gold card this week. Habol ako before this month ends. Pde ko bang ipresent ibang bank account sa bank certificate at bank statement? Wla naman kc akong account sa bdo, mag aapply lang ako ng card para sa application ng visa sa korea. Tnx!

    • Hi Dannah,

      Yes I think it’s ok (Bank cert and bank statement from other bank), but remember that the Embassy requires you to have 2 months of recent credit card monthly statement of the BDO Gold/Elite Card (Or just one monthly statement as per my case). So even if you got approved of the BDO card now, you still need to wait for a month to get a monthly statement to be eligible of the promo. Remember that the promo ends on December 31, 2015. Better call BDO for more information/queries regarding this to be sure. HTH

      • Dannah Antipasado

        Hi Thank you sa response mo po! Anyway di na ako makaka apply ng bdo gold card for some reason, 🙁 Ask ko lang sana kung may invitation ako from a company sa korea, kelangan ko din po ba i-submit yung mga certificate ng company na yun like yung mga kelangan isubmit ng mga filipino employee? Thanks! ^^

        • Hi Dannah,

          As per the requirement, see below.

          If invited by Company in Korea:

          – Invitation Letter

          – Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required)

  • Panchoo Choo

    Hi! May binayaran po ba kayo nung nag-claim na kayo ng passport? Sa monday ko pa kasi ipapakuha yung sa amin. Gumamit din kami ng BDO gold. Sana ma-approve ng multiple entry.

    • Hi Panchoo,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Wala pong bayad unless you’ll stay for 60 to 90 days. See below:

      Visa Fee: 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
      60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

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  • Claudine Saga

    Hello, I just recently opened a savings account po. I’m quite confused about the 6 months ADB. Does it mean po ba na kaylangan more than 6 months or at least 6 months old na yung savings account ko? Even if I’ve got the right amount needed? Thank you po. I’ve already booled a flight na kasi and I can’t help getting nervous. Will appreciate your reply.

    • Hi Claudine!

      Thanks for visiting!

      May I know when is your flight? Yes, as far as I know, your bank account should at least be 6 months old. They imposed this requirement because there are some people who are just borrowing money from relatives/friends to make their bank accounts look ‘Big’ then after they are given a VISA, they will withdraw it and give it back.

      Much better if you can call the Embassy or your Bank to clarify further.

      All the best,

      Travel Debugger

      • Claudine Saga

        My flight would be on July po. I booked in advance to take advantage of the promotion. I’m not the person who keeps my money in the bank kasi. I’ve sent an email to the embassy already and I hope they reply back. I’ve got a payroll account though which is like a year old but I don’t think it’s advisable to submit it since I’ve got lots of withdrawals and I’ve read in some blogs that they do not advise to use it. Sigh.

        • Hi Claudine,

          Just FYI, the BDO promotion has already expired last December 31, 2015. The new promo this year is for BPI credit cards (promo is up to December 15, 2016). You can check it in the announcement section here -> http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/announcement/index.jsp.

          If your flight is in July then you might want to take advantage of the promotion of the BPI credit cards (see announcement section for the type of BPI cards). July is still far away, you can just apply for a VISA by June and have a Bank Certificate with 6 months ADB by then. HTH.

  • Nicole Cano

    Hi! My husband and I will travel to SoKor on February. We are going to process our visa this week. Since i am in the province and he’s in Manila, can he submit my application? Or do i need to do it personally? Thanks!

    • Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for visiting!

      The answer is Yes! Just provide all the necessary documents/requirements.

      HTH.

      • Nicole Cano

        Thanks! And also, i have the bpi gold but supplementary card only. Card’s monthly starement is addressed to my mom. Can i still use it?

        • Hmm I’m not sure with that. There was no mention in the Embassy’s VISA announcement page regarding supplementary cards. Better call BPI for clarification.

          • Nicole Cano

            Thanks! One last question. 🙂 Can i still use my passport with my maiden name?

          • Hmm… what we did was we just renewed my wife’s passport to her married name just to make sure and as a proof that she is my dependent. As far as I know, if you’re going to apply with your Maiden name, then you’ll apply as ‘Single’, not ‘Married’. Better call the embassy for more clarifications on this. HTH.

          • disqus_xgfFMdQ40V

            I called BPI a month ago, the phone banker said only principal cardholders are eligible…

          • Thanks for this info! FYI everyone…

  • Etche Mateo

    Hi! Ask ko lang po if you also submitted a photocopy of your old passport (Including the stamps from all of the countries that you have visited in the last 5 years) together with all the basic requirements like ITR, bank cert, COE etc.? I read somewhere kasi na wag magsubmit na docs na hindi naman nirerequire sa list ng basic requirements for applying. I’m not sure though so I’m quite confused kung okay lang submit ung doc regarding my old passport. I will be renewing my passport prior the visa application. All of my previous travels for the last 5 years including my Korean Visa last year were all posted in my old passport.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Etche,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Definitely bring your old passport especially if you have your Korean VISA there last year. They will look at it briefly.

      For the photocopy of old stamps, see below requirement:

      Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)

  • This is useful information! Just a question, did your PHP50,000 travel budget included your wife, or does that mean for your own expenses only?

    • Hi Patria,

      Thanks for visiting!

      The budget is for both of us. You can check our detailed expenses here:

      http://www.thetraveldebugger.com/2015/09/27/south-korea-diy-trip-6d-5n-itinerary-expenses

      Thanks!

    • Sorry, just thought about it now… are you asking about the fund for your Bank Certificate (with 6 mos ADB)? If yes, I put more than 50K to my account since my wife is my dependent. So to be sure, I doubled it (even tripled I think). But if it’s just the pocket money in Korea, 50k is more than enough for the two of us. 🙂 Hope this clears it out.

      • Cleanex

        6 months adb po ba kelangan? 3 months lang kasi ung nakalagay sa korean embassy website kaya 3 months lang ung nirequest ko sa bank. pero ung bank account ko has been active since 2012 pa. do u think it will cause problems?

        • Ruby D

          That is fine as long as your other documents are okay naman 🙂 – mariatherese123456789@gmail.com

        • Hi Cleanex,

          Please see below revised and additional requirements (this can be seen in the announcement section) from March 1, 2015 onwards:

          1. Certificate of Employment

          – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address.

          2. Bank Certificate

          – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)

          3. Bank Statement

          – original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months

          4. Income Tax Return copy

          – with personal tin number

          Bank statement/passbook is for the last 3 months while Bank Certificate ADB is 6 months.

      • 변은별

        tama po ba, ung estimated travel costs po ung nidouble nio? magkano naman po nilagay ng wife nio?or maglalagay pa po ba ung iisponsoran?

  • Mary Angeline De Guzman

    Hi tanong ko lang po, nabanggit niyo po na kung 5-7 days sa korea dapat ang laman ng account mo ay nasa 50k 6 months before your travel sa kaso ko po kasi nasa 20k palang and sa May na ang alis namin, makakaapekto po kaya ito?

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Not set in stone naman yun 50k, pero ideally sana para mas mataas ang possibility na ma-approve. Kung sa May ang alis niyo po, pwede pa kayo magdagdag ng kahit paonti onti sa 20k niyo… Iwasan na lang po ang pagwithdraw sa account na yun.

      Thanks! HTH.

      • Mary Angeline De Guzman

        Thank you po~

  • Rhen

    Hello..ahmn adik kdrama at runningman ako kaya gusto ko pmunta ng S.Korea….ask ko lang kung pwede ba ipasa ang bank account ko na 2 months pa lang???

    • Hi Rhen!

      Thanks for visiting!

      When are you planning to go to Korea?

      For Bank statement, I think pwede pero much better if at least 3 months na. For Bank Certificate, they indicated an Average Daily Balance of 6 months… So dapat at least 6 months na yun account mo para greater chance of getting approved.

      • Rhen

        Thank you sa answer……
        Sa march po…ppunta kmi sa embassy 3rd week ng feb..ska 35 po nsa account ko..pwede na ba yun for 5 days

        • Hi Rhen,

          If you’d ask me, 35k is more than enough for a 5D trip to S.Korea but it doesn’t hurt if you can still add more funds to your account to show in your statement when applying a VISA.

          • Rhen

            Thank you for always answering…..hope makarating din kami ng S.Korea like you and your wife. Thanks again.kamsamnida

          • No problem! Glad to be of help! Good luck in your application!

    • Ma
  • clarissa

    Hi , Pwede po bang mangaling sa Pinas papuntang Korea pero dito po kami mag apply sa Dubai ng tourist visa.. Since nadun po sa pinas ang mga kids.

    • Ma

      Yes Clarissa, walang problema yan 🙂

    • Hi Clarissa,

      Thanks for visiting! Yes pwede po. 🙂

      Thanks!

      • clarissa

        Thank you 🙂

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  • Mae Malicse

    Hello, we have a ticket for Busan in July dhil promo sayang naman kya grab na.. Family of four kami, me, hubby, student teen college, at son 5yrs old. Gold card holder, w airfare ticket for july4-9, hotel booking okay na rin.. Ask ko lng nung mgaaply ba kyo ni wifey mo sinama mo ba yung plane ticket at hotel booking sa application ninyo? Plan ko kasi i attach? Marami din kmi travel kaya lng Japan nmin is 2009 lampas na sa 5yrs, pero pina copy ko pa rin at plannko rin i attach? Okay kaya ito? at dalhin ko pa rin old passport w japan visa? Beijing 2012, Hk 2007-2012-2015 macau 2011, 2013 singapore, malaysia.. Etc, yrly lumalabas ksi kmi.. Bank cert, Itr pg Gold not required according to their website. . So bank statements need pa? Paano dun sa students 2 anak ko need pa rin yung Bank cert? Plan ko na kumuha ng visa this March 1st week e of last wk feb okay lng ba yun khit july pa flight namin? Ksi pra worry free at okay na lhat.. Bale 4banks nman meron na bank Cert at Bank statements. Ung iti flight at Hotel booking nlng pde ko nb din isama sa application? Please advise! Thank you po sa pgreply!

    • Hi Mae!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Nope, we didn’t include the plane tickets and our hostel booking. It isn’t required, so you don’t need to.

      For the past 5 years lang yun sa OECD member countries eh, so even if you attach it, it won’t count anymore. Dalhin mo n ln yun old passport with Japan Visa.

      Yup bank statement need pa rin, kasi di naman siya kasali sa mga not required to submit kapag gold holder ka. Though may nagmessage sakin na naapprove naman siya without submitting the bank statement basta sinubmit niya yun credit card statement niya… But I wouldn’t advise that to anyone else though, just submit what is required.

      Since dependents mo sila at gold holder ka, no need to submit Bank Cert po. Automatically sakop mo na sila nun.

      Masyado po maaga ang March sa pagapply since July pa flight niyo… I suggest kahit around 1st week of May po. HTH!

      • Mae Malicse

        thanks for your reply ngyn ko lang nabasa.. kasi mabuti at me deposit pa e bka di na kayanin ma maintain lahat ung banko maganda amount show money bank cert./ bank dep.. secondly100 each bank cert/ statement so laki na rin gastos dhil lahat un meron ko pra sure visa kami family. Multiple visa naman pg Gold di po ba? so sabi ko bka pwede na March end bka kasi mg expire ung cert/statements e mgkaproblema pg need budget mbawasan pa deposit dun sa iba.. what do u think po!

        • Hi Mae,

          That’s why it’s better to apply at least a month or two months before so that the embassy will see your financial statements as recent and updated. Isipin kasi nila na pag masyado ka maaga nag apply (3 months or so) e madami pa pwede mangyari sa account mo, like mawidraw mo sya for emergency or baka may show money lang dun at wiwidrawhin mo din after ka mabigyan ng VISA.

          Yup multiple visa ang Gold card.. 3 years po. Try niyo na lang po wag mag submit ng Bank Cert since Gold card holder kayo. Pero kelangan pa rin submit bank statement. HTH.

  • Cleanex

    i submitted my korean visa application through a travel agency yesterday. i have 600k adb (bdo bank account) . but salary ko sa itr ko and coe hindi magkamatch.do u think i have a chance to be approved?

    • Hi Cleanex!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Ideally, all information about you should match on your documents. I think if the embassy sees that discrepancy then they will call your HR department to verify that information. That’s why it’s important to put the contact number of your HR department in the application form and perhaps in the COE as well.

      Well, let’s see.. Rest assured that the embassy will verify your information so it’s not an automatic denied visa.

  • Cleanex

    ung sa promo po ba sa bdo gold expired na?if i apply now , would i be able to use it for my second visa application? i plan to leave december/january,incase di maaporove ung visa ko

    • Hi. I just updated this blog post as the BDO credit card promotions is extended up to December 31, 2016.

      Yes, magagamit mo po in your second visa application basta until December 31, 2016.

  • Cleanex

    nagsubmit ako ng visa application through an agency (ADVENTURE INTERNATIONAL TOURS, INC.

    (doing business as AMERICAN EXPRESS TRANSNATIONAL) last friday.

    these are the docs i submitted:

    visa application form (purpose of tour ko is to attend a hallyu concert)

    passport

    photocopy of passport (page 2)

    coe with my hr’s contact number

    itr with tin number photocopy

    prc license photocopy

    bank statement

    bank certificate (adb for the last 3 months is 600k)

    isa palang stamp ng passport ko (singapore) . i traveled 4 days last january. i have purchased an accomodation via sm global package. sa i.e. youth hostel ako magstay , pero i wasn’t able to submit my accommodation receipt. do you think that would cause problems? tumatawag ba sila sa hostel? cuz I’m not sure kung icoconfirm ng hostel my booking with them.although i can provide a legit receipt incase they ask.and chine check ba nilaannual gross income sa itr ? hindi kasi magkamatch salary ko sa coe, sa salary ko sa itr.my annual gross sa itr (i submitted yr 2014 photocopy)is 178k lang then salary ko sa coe is 32k. ano kaya ang chance na migrant ako ng visa kahit single entry lang.and kelan ba sila tumatawag sa hr?business hours? i asked if may tumawag na from the embassy last friday.wala pa daw.

    • Hi Cleanex,

      No need to submit your booking receipt of your accommodations. It is not required.

      For your ITR and COE, please see my reply in your previous comment. I’m sure they will call during business hours. 🙂

      • Jin

        Hello po,
        Kinakabahan ako magapply. First time ko kasi magtravel outside the country.
        My questions are:
        (1) Okay na po ba ang 50k sa 5 days na stay ko?
        (2) What if po after ko maapproved ng visa ay gamitin ko yung pera ko sa bank pambili ng round trip ticket at pang book sa hotel madedetect po ba ng embassy na binawasan ko yung 50k na pera at bawiin visa ko? LOL Pasensiya na wala po talaga ko alam pa sa pagtravel outside the country.
        (3) May bumabagsak po ba sa immigration kahit approved na ang visa?

  • mjmoney

    question po dun sa mga nakaexperience na tawagan ng korean embassy ung mga hr/employer . filipino po ba talaga tumatawag? not the korean employees who works there? sabi nung employer ko,may tumawag daw from the korean embassy na name is maricel to verify my job regarding my visa application

  • bb-8

    Good day Sir. About the credit limit of your bdo gold credit card. Consider ba nila na dapat malaki ang credit limit like it should be more than 50k or 100k? Meron kasi ako gold bago lang last december. And mababa lang credit limit. By the way thank you for your very informative blog. ;’)

    • Hi bb-8!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Wala naman required na credit limit basta po at least Gold yun credit card mo. HTH.

      • bb-8

        Ok thank you.

  • Vibson Que

    Hi! What if my Gold BDO card is an extension card from my parents? The account is technically in their name, would I still be considered for multiple entry? Also I am not going with my parents on this trip.

    • Hi Vibson!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, supplementary card holders are eligible for this promo. HTH.

  • mjmoney

    denied *** visa ko. may nakapagtry na ba dito magappeal? tumawag sakin *** sm company . i bought a global package kasi for their hallyu tour . they can provide me visa assistance daw. kaso diba 6 months pa ulit reapply in case nadeny? do u think its worth it pa na magpunta ako embassy to appeal to get my visa granted. tourist lang naman talaga *** purpose ko.

    • Hi mjmoney,

      Sorry to hear that. Yup 6 months to re-apply. I have no idea about appealing your case to the embassy. Maybe others can shed light to this.

      • Cleanex

        so nag appeal ako yesterday , ayaw talaga. moving on, I’m going to jakarta na lang on the 27th. may stamp passport ko na korean visa application received and may nakastaple na white paper for my reason of denial( i removed it na ). do u think i will have a hard time passing the IOS. pal flight ko terminal 2 (economy) . solo female traveler ako and second time ko palang to leave the country . my first trip was to singapore last month lang din and i plan to leave again next month to malaysia naman. hindi ba ako maququestion why i leave every month? vacation lang purpose ko and watching concerts. I’ve saved up enough money kasi last year so i want to do more traveling.

        • Hi Cleanex,

          Well… if it’s not time, then it’s not time… I’m sure you’ll have a good time in Jakarta and Malaysia.

          Frequent traveling shouldn’t be an issue. From what I heard, as long as you have a ticket back home to Manila, then you’re good. 🙂

  • Eleonor

    Hi, what should we put in “Type of Support” field in the form?
    I’m paying for my own travel. Tips please. Thanks!

    • Hi Eleonor,

      Thanks for visiting!

      When we applied for a VISA last year, we didn’t get to use the new application form yet that has these new fields. But from what I read, they put ‘Financial Support’ in this field. HTH.

  • Raine Mamaril

    Hi, since you’re exempted for submitting Bank Certificate and ITR because you’re a BDO gold cardholder did they still asked to submit your bank statement?

    • Hi Raine,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, I still submitted my Bank statement since it doesn’t state in the promo that the bank statement is exempted. HTH.

  • Hi Lee,

    Thanks for visiting!

    Why not increase your estimated travel cost? As long as you can show proof that you have the financial capacity, I don’t think you’ll have a problem. It is just an estimate anyways, not the real budget. HTH.

  • Marnelle Ubay

    Hi Sir, how much did you pay for the multiple entry visa? Last September 2015 I also applied, I also availed the promo for BDO Gold Card holder. I paid 4050 and they granted me a multiple entry visa but valid only for 6 mos….. anyways I applied here in Cebu.

    • Hi Marnelle,

      Thanks for visiting!

      We didn’t pay anything. Applying for a VISA directly in the embassy won’t cost you anything if you are staying 59 days or less. See below:

      Visa Fee:
      59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
      60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

      Did you go through a Travel Agency? Also, based on their promotion, you should be given at least 3 years multiple entry if you applied with a BDO Gold/Elite card. Do you know the reason why they only gave you 6 months?

      • Marnelle Ubay

        hi sir, i applied directly here sa cebu may consulate na cla dito eh, no reason given :(… sayang lang talaga yong bayad na 4050 tapos 6mos lng…

  • Hi Dhess,

    Thanks for visiting!

    I applied as an employee, my wife applied as housewife. My wife stated in her application form that I will be sponsoring our trip, so I guess we applied as family.

    Yes my wife was also given multiple entry visa. So yes, there’s a chance her grandchildren will be given multiple entry too.

  • Michelle

    Hi, your blog is very helpful, i just have some questions, i hope you can help me. Our company are sponsoring us a tour to Sokor..however not all of us have a bank statement but our boss are willing to provide us bank cert (show money), is this okay? Are they going to accept it? We will also provide some documents like the ITR of the company and the Affidavit that they will sponsoring the tour. Did you encounter someone in the Embassy who only submit Bank Cert instead of having it with Bank Statement? Also, i went to one of the OECD country last year but my visa is no longer valid (temporary), do i still have to submit my ITR or kahit wag na? I read kasi that if you have BEEN in one of the OECD country, okay lang kahit wala ng ITR.. but you know..there’s a lot of information kasi.. so it’s confusing na talaga. 🙁

    Thank you!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Sorry but I’ve no idea about company sponsored trips. Is the Bank certificate you mentioned states your personal account or the company’s account?

      Actually someone messaged me that she was granted multiple entry visa without a bank statement but only presented her BDO Gold card and credit card statement. She was exempted because of the promo, so I’m sure you still have to submit a bank statement if you don’t have these type of cards.

      Only valid visas in OECD countries are accepted. But yes, no need to submit ITR if you have been to an OECD country in the last 5 years but I think the Visa should be valid.

      HTH

  • Mae Malicse

    hi, we are planning to submit our visa form this march end because we are so busy in the coming months.. our travel will be in july4 only 5 days in Korea, only for tourism. Do you think it is okay to submit or apply our visa this end March? all the requirement needed are ready including bank cert/ bank statements from 5 banks.. ( dated January 28,Feb 25, March2) iba iba date ksi sobra busy tagal din mgasikaso ng mga requirements so singit singit lng sked to secure these) even though were gold card holder too, like you segurista mode din ako and we have 1 minor and 1 20yrs old daughter w us( she also has her own account maliit lng 32k kasi student pa lng sya). i have another bank plan ko sana ay March 20 pa kumuha ng bank certificate/ statements..
    As of March 28, two months old na ung bank certificate na isang bank issued jan28. Three months naman yata from date ng bank cert/ statements pde pa?
    Any comment please? thanks for your blog here.. mabuhay po kayo

    • Hi Mae,

      I usually advice to apply a month before your travel date so that your Bank certs/statements are up to date. In your case, since you are a BDO Gold card holder then I think you have a better chance of having a multiple entry visa since you don’t even need to submit a Bank cert and ITR. Just provide them your credt card statements for the past two months. Then if you want, you can also submit your Bank cert and ITR just to be sure (like me).

      Regarding the time of application, I suggest you apply at least 2 months before your travel date. Your target application date is beyond 3 months of your travel date. But if you are really busy, then you can try to apply on April 4 (onwards).

      HTH.

      • Mae Malicse

        Got my multiple visa today! yey….! our travel would be in july and filed this April19 our application.
        When i filed our family visa application i was given a number to Window3 because of my gold card bank statement..
        Each one of us have all the attachments needed as per their website requirements. We are couple w teenager student and kinder son. So i got all bank cert& statements.
        When my number was called and i give my papers to the girl she removed many attachments and said too much papers.. i was in trouble because the original bank cert. & the largest bank deposits we have was also removed by her. We are four in the family and my daughter has only 39k in her own acct so to make sure for approve visa i sponsor her too.
        The girl only got 1 copy each only (we have 4 bank cert/statements) for the whole family.
        only if i knew that hindi na san ko gumastos for so many copies from the bank..
        Anyway, Im sooo happy that weve got multiple visa and i thank this blog for tips,

        • Mae Malicse

          our 2 bank certificates dated January 25 pa so April 19 ko filed okay naman.. other bank cert dated March.. my hubby also has his 2316 Itr, and we provided too our small businesess SEC, DTI, etc..
          All of us got multiple visa. i fortgot to write Financial to the question what type of support, i filed it blank.. so thank God no effect naman!
          I think an applicant need to establish his/ her ties to our country and for sure will come back. There must be sufficient funds or deposits. it helps too i think of our passport stamp of travel Yearly, semi yearly travels..

  • Mae Malicse

    follow up question please… anong number po kya pde toll free tawagan or khit hindi toll free sa korea embassy pra ask ko kung pwede mg apply ng maaga from date of travel.. nka book na kasi kmi at me hotel na rin booked.. thank you!

    • That I don’t know, sorry. This is the contact details in their website:

      Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines

      Tel : (63-2) 856-9210

      Fax : (63-2) 856-9008

      E-mail : philippines@mofa.go.kr

      ph04@mofa.go.kr

      Hours of Operation : Monday~Friday 08:30~17:00

  • Cherry Morales

    hi The Travel Debugger, nice blog by the way, especially for the tips 🙂
    Just want to ask sana if ever may idea kayo, my mother kasi is housewife, so the requirements is yung husband’s COE,ITR and bank cert, pero father ko kasi ay senior citizen na, age 84yrs na. since nagwork siya self employed lang. wala din siya sss or anything, senior citizen ID lang. pano kaya yun? Thank you in advance 🙂 hope you can help

    • Hi Cherry,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Are you joining them in your trip? I don’t know about retired seniors on how their application goes unless their trip is sponsored by someone (you for example). In this case, it will be a family trip.

      But sorry, that’s all I know. Try calling the embassy, I’m sure they have a better answer.

      • Cherry Morales

        Ive been trying to call and email the embassy kaso no luck. ako lang and mother ko ang mag apply for korean visa. she have her own bank account naman. our only problem is the husbands coe.itr and bank statement. hehe. thank you for replying. 🙂

  • remedios tumang

    Hi Sir!

    I am reading your blog and sobrang kinakabahan ako.My friend and I
    are booked to Korea already for April 18-24 kinakabahan ako since we
    already bought our hotel and ticket for a kpop con in Busan. We are
    planning to submit our visa requirements this March 28, I’m going to be
    using my payroll account which is personal naman pero magrereflect ba na
    masyadong maliit yung ADB ko? what we are planning kasi is to slowly
    deposit 60,000 to my account para hindi naman masyadong halatang show
    money. I already requested my COE and our payroll manager attached his
    calling card since ganun daw ginagawa nila pag may kumukuha ng embassy
    coe or should I request a new na parehong pareho sa template nila?

    sobrang nerbyos ko na i dont know how to survive the next 47 days!

    • Hi Remedios,

      Thanks for visiting!

      How much do you think is your ADB for the past 6 months? How many days will you be staying in Korea? You are on the right track that you are slowly adding funds. I think I read somewhere that someone only has 30K in his account and he got approved. So if you have at least 30k then I think that’s a positive note.

      Regarding COE, just tell them to indicate these fields:

      – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address.

      HTH

      • remedios tumang

        Hi Sir!

        Thanks so much! We will be staying at Korea for 7 days with 24th our flight. Nakabili na kami ng lahat including the concert tickets. Hindi ako kinakabahan sa friend ko since she was issued a Korean Visa twice before, ako actually ang kinabahan. Im going to use my payroll account so I’m pretty sure na baka mababa siya? I have 50K+ in my bank already we are planning to apply sa last date ng March.

        Questions:
        1) My other friend who was supposed to fly this 12th for a concert too got denied ang reason: failure to prove purpose of entry in Korea, according to her hindi daw na-contact yung HR nila. Kinabahan ako kasi since my payroll manager attached his calling card (besides the one in the coe template na directory namin) madalas kasing wala sya sa table niya since busy siya i’m thinking if I could add another contact number? pero i cant obviously tamper our template, should I just attached it?

        I’m seriously stressed and will be really devasted!

        • Hi,

          50k is more than enough for 7 days stay. Maintain or increase that amount until your visa application.

          If the number of your HR is indicated in your COE then I think that’s the first number they’ll call. The HR’s number is sufficient as long as they are always available to pick up the call.

          HTH.

  • Eunice Salvador

    how long did it take for bdo to give you your new card? 😀

    • Hi Eunice!

      Thanks for visiting!

      In my case, it took about a month because they got confused with my address. But I think it should only take less than 2 weeks. 🙂

  • bb-8

    Good day po. May quetion lang po ako. Kasi I was granted multiple visa entry for 3 years. Navisahan ako nung february 29. May nakapagsabi sakin na dapat within 3 months magamit ko visa ko. Hindi pwd maglapse ng more than 3 months. Ang balak ko pa naman para sa first tour ko sa korea eh sa september pa. May alam po ba kayo about sa rules na yun? Pahelp naman po please…

    감사합니다 (kamsahamnida)

    • Hi bb-8,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Hmm who told you that? As far as I know, as long as you have multiple entry visa, then you can use it anytime within the years they allotted you. Single entry on the other hand is only valid for 3 months. Maybe he told you it is for a single entry visa, not a multiple entry. HTH.

  • Jaimee Velchez

    Thanks for the helpful blog post regarding BDO and Korean Embassy Promo. By reading your blog and following your sigurista tips, I was able to secure a 3year multiple entry visa 🙂

    My next step is to plan for our DIY tour 🙂 Can you suggest a good location hostel and places to go in Seoul? Thanks 🙂

  • Bryan Belo

    Hello, online job freelancer po ako. I pay taxes pero di naman po ganoon kataas ang nasa ITR ko. Supplementary card holder din po ako ng friend ko. May chance po kaya akong magka multiple entry visa sa South Korea?

    • Hi Bryan,
      As long as you provide all the requirements at yes khit supplementary card pwede basta elite at gold. HTH

      • Bryan Belo

        Im worried kasi na baka ideny din ako sa visa kasi mababa lang ang income ko as per itr. Tsaka sabi sa website nila dapat may phone number ang company. Eh online po ang trabaho at sa US ang clients ko. Wala akong maibibigay nga landline number dito para pwede nila iverify ang employment ko.

      • Bryan Belo

        Hello po, update lang po, sinubukan ko po mag apply last week. nakapasa po ako sa visa at 3 years multiple entry din po… 🙂

  • Cleanex

    hi kung may bdo gold ,you dont have to submit an itr right ? and also dun sa coe na nasubmit nyo ng wife mo , may i ask if the korean embassy called you to verify ? also may stamp na ba ung passport nyo? ill be applying with my renewed passport kasi so malinis ung passport ko, would that be a hindrance in getting a visa?

    • Hi Cleanex,
      Yes you don’t have to submit an ITR.
      i have no idea if they called. Our HR didn’t inform me if they called.
      Yes yun sakin may stamps na… un kay misis nagrenew rn sya passport with married name kaya no stamps nun nagapply.dinala na ln namin old passport na may stamps dn para sigurado.
      HTH

  • candy mendoza

    Good day 🙂

    Hingi sana ako ng help kasi hindi ko alam kung paano ako magprocess..

    Wala po akong maipapakitang ITR dahil ang work ko ay online. ESL Tutor po ako.
    Paano po kaya iyon?
    Kung sasabihin ko naman na ang husband ko ay nasa Korea baka naman po isipin nila na hindi na ako babalik sa pinas…at isa pa hindi pa kami kasal ng aking partner. Paano naman po masusuport ang relationship namen?

    Balak ko po sana isama un daughter ko sa pagtravel.
    So ayun nga po ang problema ko , wala po akong ITR, kng idedeclare ko nmn na housewife ako, hindi naman kami married nun magsusupport po sa akin.

    Paano po kaya ito? please help me po.

    • Hi Candy,

      Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late response as we’re traveling.

      I honestly don’t know the answer to your question as I just base my response to my experience and the requirements of the embassy. I guess if you can’t produce an ITR, then your best bet is to apply for a BDO gold/elite or the BPI card that is stated in the promo so you don’t have to submit an ITR.

      HTH and goodluck.

  • Keirth Uy

    Hi, I’m planning to get this multiple entry visa kahit wala pa nman akong balak mag Korea as of this moment. I just want to get this just in case may mag aya mag Korea in the near future. My problem is, anong ilalagay ko dun sa section 9.4. Address in Korea / 9.5. Phone No. in Korea and sa section 10.1. the estimated travel cost (in USD)? Pwede ko bang ilagay na “undecided” sa mga section na yan?

    • Hi Keirth,

      Thanks for visiting. For 9.4 and 9.5, you can put undecided. For 10.1, please follow my tips on my post above. HTH.

  • Kenneth

    Just wang to ask if kailangan din ba i-photocopy ang back ng credit card? Is it safe kasi diba ichecheck ng guard ng embassy ang requirements. Thanks.

    • Hi Kenneth,

      So sorry for the late response. No need to photocopy the back of the cc. But bring your card just in case.

      Thanks.

  • Haru Haru

    hi.. tanong lang sana ako ksi may parts na nalilito aq konti.. im employed for 3months pa lng and we’re planning on a trip for korea in 2months na together with my mom and bro and mg aapply na sana kami ng Visa next week.. we booked our tickets already.. my questiion is, my Dad will fund our trip.. kanino po bang employment cert, bank cert/statement yung i susubmit ko, sa Dad ko who will fund our trip o yung sa akin? kasi nka indicate din sa Visa application yung employment status q pero 3months palang kasi aq sa work.. thanks.. Hope i’d get a response.. or email me @ harubaozi@mail.com.. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Haru,

      Thanks for visiting!

      In your case, definitely Dad mo dapat yun mag submit ng bank cert/statement… tapos lagay mo n ln dun sa form mo sa funding details na supported ng Dad mo yun expenses sa trip. Para sure na rin, gawa ka na lang ng letter explaining na bago ka pa lang sa work kaya wala ka pa ITR at small pa funds mo sa bank at si Dad mo mag-sponsor ng expenses.

      HTH.

      • Haru Haru

        Hello. Additional question lang po.
        1. Ill ask my mom to apply for BDO gold pwd po ba ako yung maging supplementary holder? If ganun po, is there a possibility to apply for multiple entry visa even if 3months palang aq sa work if mgka supplemenary card aq?
        2. What if ngsubmit kmi ng requirements with BDO pero hndi shoulder ng mama q yung dad and bro ko sa BDO gold but we’re traveling as a family mabibigyan kaya cla ng multiple entry visa? Ksi mom q will apply with her own COE/banks while my dad will cover my bro.
        3. Ok lng bah to give bank statement ng BDO gold but we’re not planning to use it kasi we’re not really using credit cards but we will apply for BDO gold just for the sake ng visa nmi kasi malaki gastos nmin sa tickets? What if wlang transactions yung card nmin for two months??
        4. Regarding sa Bang cert and bank statements kasi susundin nmin yung sa inyu na mgpass ng bankcert and itr kahit may Bdo gold, would it be okay if ang bank cert if from another bank and bank statement is yung sa BDO gold?? Or kailangan pareha?? Kasi my mom gamit nya yung Landbank and ipapaapply q xa sa BDO Gold..
        5. Regarding my employment kasi 3months pa aq sa work, if ganun wla pa po ba akong ITR?? But i have ipon na ksi 40k as of now sa BDO debit card q, what if ill submit as an employee like submitting COE/bank cert/statement/ITR(ifmeron) and supplementary card if mka apply ako, even if my dad will fund the trip ksi baka ma question ksi aq sa ties q sa country if ilagay q sa application form q na employed pero dads COE/banks nmn ibibigay q??

        Thankyou again.. Kasi kinakabahan na ksi aq .. Sorry ang taas ng mga questions q i hope I’d get a response. Godbless

        • Hi Haru,

          I’ll try to answer your queries but I’m not 100% sure ha…

          2. Sa case kasi namin, I am shouldering the expenses of the trip with my wife. So yes, parang trip as a family kaya nabigyan din siya ng multiple entry visa kahit housewife lang siya. I think pag inindicate mo na ang magsho shoulder ng expenses ay yung bdo gold cardholder, pwede ka din mabigyan and as long as family member ata.. but not really sure kasi nag-base lang din ako sa experience namin.

          3. Hmm… they require two months credit card statement… Di lang ako sure kung pano kapag walang transaction ni-isa… Siguro naman ok lang. Tinitignan siguro nila yun pag may late payments ka…

          4. Ok lang yun.

          5. Ok din yan, magbigay ka na rin ng requirements mo as an employee… Wala ka bang previous employer? Kasi kung nag work ka na dati may ITR ka na nun, pero kung as in first job mo… wala pa yan. So I suggest, magbigay ka na rin requirements then indicate mo Dad mo as sponsor ng trip/funding the trip.

          6.See my answer sa number 5.

  • che serafino

    Hello.. Very helpful po yung infos here. But i have a question.. Sa case ko po i am employed a week ago palang and we booked tickets for Korea this coming October 2016.. Kasama q po mom, dad and kapatid q.. I planned to apply for a korean visa sa 2nd week September and by that time 3months palang aq sa work. I cant provide ITR pa.. Ano po better gawin??

    • Hi Che,

      Sponsored ba yun expenses mo ng parents mo or mag-aapply ka talaga as Employee and submit its requirements? If yes, understandable na wala pang ITR kung first job mo siya… Mag-handa ka na lang po ng letter stating na wala ka pang ITR since first job mo pa lang po.

      Thanks.

      • che serafino

        Actually my parents has been planning for this trip since last year so cla yung mgshoulder ng expenses nmin for korea.. I just read from previous comments here na like them, i just have to sumbit the Coe/bank cert of my parents? Okay lng ba yan?? Even though employed nmn ako ?first job q po to, just passed kasi the licensure exam.. ☺️☺️
        Thank you !

        • Hi Che,

          Yep, they should submit their requirements then indicate mo sa form mo sa funding details na sila ang sasagot sa expenses mo. Submit ka na lang din ng mga what is required sa employee except the ITR kasi wala ka pa nun. Kahit bank statement lang siguro para lang sure.

          Thanks.

  • Beatriz cremat

    Hello there! I learned a lot from your blog because I’m also a segurista :))

    I will ask my parents to sponsor me for my visa

    I just wanted to ask if you filled up the “Details of Sponsor” for your wife’s application form or just the “Funding Details”?

    I’m confused 🙂

    Thanks a lot!:)

    • Beatriz cremat

      Or should i fill up both

      It’s indicated kasi for the

      Sponsor detail (korean, foreign resident in korea, institute or company)
      Or should i just check (NO)

      • Hi Beatriz,

        Thanks for visiting!

        No need to fill up Details of Sponsor. Just tick ‘No’ there. It means someone from Korea (resident) will sponsor your visa.

        In your case, no one is sponsoring your visa. However, your parents are sponsoring your expenses. So only fill up the ‘Funding Details’. HTH.

        • Beatriz cremat

          Noted! Thank you so much! I will apply next month 🙂

  • Julie Marie

    hi.. ask lng po if the personal bank account should at least 6 months talaga? I just opened my account this month and I am planning to apply for a visa this coming october..thanks

    • Hi Julie,

      Thanks for visiting!

      As per the requirement posted in the embassy’s website:

      2. Bank Certificate

      – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)

      My opinion:
      You can still try and submit the requirements. Just make sure to increase the balance and avoid big withdrawals.

  • Karen

    I just want to ask if I need to fill up this part (10.2 경비지불자 Who will pay for your travel-related expenses ? (any person including yourself and/or institute) if it will be my own expense?or just put N/A.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late response.

      Just put ‘myself’ in that field.

      HTH.

  • anya11

    btw ask ko lang may nakapagtry na to na magapply 5 months or less after being denied with a renewed passport ? i was denied last feb 16. incomplete kasi documents ko. and isa pa lang tatak ng passport ko. now I’m confident i can pass as complete na documents ko, I’ve been to 3 other countries and i have a bdo titanium (according to korean embassy website,possible na 3-5 years makuha visa if elite cc *** submit ko) .problem ko is if i wait na exact na 6 months, 3rd week of august pa ko pwede magapply. gusto ko sana pumunta korea 3rd week or last week of july. may record ba talaga sila or sa passport lang nila tinitingnan kung nakapagapply and nadeny na ng korean visa before?

    • Hi Anya,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Better call the embassy for more clarification on this. They stated that you should re-apply 6 months. I have no idea how strict they are with that policy.

      HTH.

  • Thank you for the detailed information! But I am wondering if your wife still submitted a copy of her own bank certificate and statement? Im a housewife too, but I have my own savings account. So im wondering if I still need to submit a copy. And also, did she mentioned you (the husband) as the one funding the trip? Thank you! 🙂

    • Hi Albee,

      Thanks for visiting!

      She did submit her copy of Bank statement but not bank certificate. Also, I have updated the requirements for housewife above (copied from Korea embassy’s website), so you’ll see that the housewife doesn’t need to submit her personal bank statement if she doesn’t have one but she needs to submit the bank statement of her husband. So it’s either you submit your bank statement, or your husband’s.

      Yes, she indicated that I am funding the trip.

      HTH.

      • Thank you po! Sa 10.1 estimated travel cost po, ano inilagay mo sa form? total for both you and your wife? and how about sa wife na form po? ano inilagay nya sa estimated travel cost? Thank you!

      • Thank you po! Sa 10.1 estimated travel cost po, ano inilagay mo sa form? total for both you and your wife? and how about sa wife na form po? ano inilagay nya sa estimated travel cost? Thank you!

        And if you dont mind po, sa stay nyo sa korea, magkano po inilagay nyo sa 10.1 estimated travel cost sa form mo and wifey? hehe Thanks!

        • Hello Albee,

          Actually, yun lumang form pa yun naabutan namin. Hindi po yun new form na may estimated travel cost kaya wala po kami nilagay na ganun.

          To answer your query:

          10.1. Write here the estimated travel cost (in USD) of your whole trip in S. Korea. Be realistic and maybe increase it a little but make sure that what you write here is equal or lesser than the fund in your bank statement or bank certificate. For example, if your fund in your Bank is 50,000 (reflected in the Bank statement), then put around $857 USD (PHP40,000). I subtracted PHP10,000 assuming that the maintaining balance in your account is PHP10,000.

          I suggest na ilagay yun total estimated cost per person na lang. Makikita naman sa form nun dependent na may magfafund sa kanya. Medyo taasan niyo rin basta hindi lalagpas sa bank account balance na pinakita niyo sa consul. So halimbawa nasa 100k ang balance ni mister, gawin niyong 30k or 40k ang travel cost. So 40k * 2 = 80K… di sya lumagpas ng 100k. Basta dapat yun realistic na estimate talaga ng expenses niyo para sa stay niyo tapos taasan niyo lang ng konti. HTH

          • Thank you so much! 🙂

  • mg060579

    Hi, question for the Original Personal Bank Certificate
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

    I’m travelling to Korea this October (last week) so I plan to apply for the visa in the last week of Sept/1st week of Oct. My problem is that I just opened my savings account last April so by the time I apply for the visa, my account will just be a little more than 5 months old (so it doesn’t reach their requirement w/c is 6 months) Would that be a reason for them to deny my application, if ever? Thanks!

    • Hi mg060579,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Your account is close to 6 months, so I guess that’d be fine. Or to be sure, maybe you can try to apply on the 2nd week of October?

      HTH.

      • mg060579

        Hindi naman ba mabibitin if I apply on the 2nd week then my trip will be on the last week? Do they release the visa at most ng 5 days na?

        • Hi mg,

          Yes 5 days max released na (3 days for credit card promo and those who have been to OECD countries). I think they’ll call you if they still need something from you.

          • mg060579

            Question again, nareceive ko na kasi COE from our HR. Told her to indicate email add but she did not put it. And my compensation, annual gross income, not monthly. Would that be fine? Thanks

          • Hi,

            Yes that is fine. Mine’s not complete too but I got approved. The most important is the phone number of your company. They’ll call them if they need more details.

            Annual gross income is fine. HTH.

          • mg060579

            I’m kind of confused in the section 2 (DETAILS OF VISA ISSUANCE CONFIRMATION) of the visa application form because it says “(Section 2 is only for those who possess confirmation of visa issuance issued by the Immigration Office of the Republic of Korea)”. So do we fill that up or is it the embassy who will answer the fields from section 2? thanks!

          • Hi mg060579,

            No need to fill that up.

            Thanks.

  • Vivian A

    Hi, we’re planning to go to Korea spring time next year. Just bought promo tickets and my husband will sponsor the trip since will indicate na housewife lang ako (i’m working from home and no ITR). We will submit two sets of his bank statements and bank certificate and NSO Marriage cert po ba? For his application and mine or 1 lang for both of us?

    • Hi Vivian,

      Thank you for visiting!

      Here are the requirements for housewife (also posted above):

      Visa Requirements for Housewife:

      1. Application Form
      2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
      4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
      5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)
      6. Additional documents
      – If husband is employed : Husband’s Employment Certificate Original [must include position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address]
      – If husband is self-employed : Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy), Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
      – Original Personal or Husband’s Bank Certificate [must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)]
      – Personal or Husband’s Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)
      – Husband’s Copy of Income Tax Return(ITR)
      7. Copy of NSO Marriage Certificatee

      I would suggest to request for 2 copies, one for you and one for your hubby. HTH.

  • Ren vill

    Hi,

    When u applied for a multiple visa for 3 years using your bdo gold card, did u pay for it?

    • Hi Ren,

      Thanks for visiting!

      No, we didn’t pay anything. It’s free.

      Thanks!

  • Lou

    Hi, would you know if embassy accepts bank certificate without ADB? Apparently, my bank doesn’t indicate ADB even if it’s requested for visa application.

    • Hi Lou,

      Thanks for visiting!

      I’m not sure with that, but based on the requirements, it should have the ADB. Please ask your bank again, they should be able to put the ADB. HTH

      • Lou

        Hi, thanks for your reply. Just want to ask again. Mag apply kami as family, mom and dad naka BDO gold. Im employed and will finance my own trip. Will they grant me multiple entry visa too? Or mas mabuti magpasupplement ako? Thank you:)

        • Hi Lou,

          Much better if you avail a supplementary card to have a high chance of getting a multiple entry visa. If not, then just do the normal application with employee requirements. Just tell the consul you’re applying and traveling as family and your parents has a BDO gold card. HTH.

  • Rica

    Very insightful. 🙂 I am a housewife traveling with my husband and my in-laws. I would like to ask if it is possible for me to submit my personal bank certificate and statement and put “myself” in the “funding” part even if I am applying for a housewife visa. Thank you and hope to hear from you. 🙂

    • Hi Rica,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, you can do that as long as you can prove that you are able to support yourself on the trip. HTH.

  • kathleen

    Thank you for the information. My mother-in-law has the gold credit card and she went to australia (oecd member) two years ago. She wants to go to S.Korea with me and my husband.
    1.Can we write her as the one who will finance our trip and use her gold card to support our application? Or that’s for husband-wife only?
    2. If yes, should my husband still pass his bank certificate and bank statement, or we should use my in-law’s documents?

    Hoping for your response. Thank you

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Thanks for visiting!

      1) I don’t know how financially able your mother-in-law is but if she can prove that she can shoulder all the expenses of your trip, then I think, yes you can indicate that she’ll fund the trip.

      2) I would suggest that you still pass the requirements for employees or businessman then just put your mother-in-law as the one funding the trip.

      HTH.

  • Mai

    Hi. Your blog is very helpful. Just want to ask about the multiple entry visa since that is what I am targeting (re: BDO / BPI cardholders promo which was extended until December 2016). If you are granted a multiple entry visa then it means you are not required to enter the country within the next 3 months right? You can visit anytime within the validity of your visa even if it’s 6 months or 1 year from the issuance date? I’m just concerned since you have to put your tentative date of visit in your application form.

    • Mai

      Also, how do you relay to the Embassy that you are applying for the multiple entry visa with the on-going promo? You just have to submit a copy of your atm or credit card?

      • Once you’re inside the embassy, a guard will inspect your documents. Tell him you’re availing the promo and he will assign you to Window 3 for multiple entry.

        Bring 2 months of your latest credit card statement, photocopy of the front of the card and the other requirements stated above. HTH

        • Mai

          Thanks so much for your replies. Really appreciate it. 🙂 Last question, is the visa in a way transferrable to a new passport? My passport will expire 3rd quarter of next year but I have to apply for the visa before December to avail the BDO/BPI promo. So if I’m granted a multiple entry visa, can the visa be actually transferred to a new passport?

          • It’s not transferrable but you can bring your old passport and show your VISA to the immigration officer. It will still be valid. HTH.

    • Hi Mai,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes that’s correct. You can visit anytime within 3 years (or 5 years).

  • abby

    Hello, ininvite po ako ng boyfriend ko papuntang korea this year kaso unemployed po ako, sya lang gagastos sa lahat ng travel expenses ko. Ano po bang magandang gawin kasi wala naman ako maisusubmit na itr or employment certificate.. Thanks po

    • Hi Abby,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Actually, what I can only suggest is get a tour package from a Travel Agency? Maybe they can help you tour Korea even if you’re unemployed.

  • DJMM

    just wanted to clarify lang po, your wife is not a supplementary card holder right? thanks!

  • wanderingcookie

    Hello! My friend and I applied for our visas earlier today. We’re both medical students and are applying for student visas. I just realized now we might have made a big mistake on our application forms. We submitted complete documents. But on the questions where we answered “no” we didn’t put N/A to the succeeding details if our answers were “yes”. I AM BEYOND ANXIOUS RIGHT NOW. Kasi we thought na ticking the no box is enough since logically you should put some answers only if your first answer was yes. 🙁 I don’t know what to do. The consul in Cebu accepted our applications naman and we’re supposed to get it on the 7th. I’m freaking out right now.

    • Hello wanderingcookie,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Don’t worry about it. I’m sure they would not mind it so calm down now. 🙂

  • Ghine

    Hi! The Travel Debugger, ask ko lang pag nag apply ba ako ng multiple Entry for 3 years pwede ko na bang isama yung 2 daughters ko kung magtratravel ako.

    • Hi Ghine,

      Thanks for visiting!

      You will also have to apply your daughters i.e. they will also submit an application form then declare that you will be funding their travel and you will be travelling as a family. Hopefully they’ll get a multiple entry too (highly possible if you avail the credit card promo). HTH

  • Katrina Perez

    Hi! Do you still need a Bank Statement if you’re using your BDO Card to apply? Or is it included in the exemption same as the ITR and Bank Certificate? Thanks!

    • Hi Katrina,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, you still need to submit a Bank Statement as it wasn’t stated that it’s part of the exempted requirements. HTH.

      • Katrina Perez

        In my case, i’m only a supplementary cardholder. I have no account on BDO but I have on other banks. Do you think it’s okay if I don’t submit the bank statement anymore? I have both Korean (expired) and Japan visa to back up. But i’m still worried about the Bank Statement. Thank you!

        • Hi,

          The bank statement doesn’t have to be with BDO or BPI (The 2 banks that has a promo here). You can ask it from your main bank.

          Anyway, I read somewhere here or from one of those who PMed me that she was granted a multiple entry visa even though she didn’t submit a bank statement. But I still do suggest that you provide one. HTH

  • mg060579

    Regarding the visa application form, is it required to print it in A4 paper? Because I read a blog that it needs to be in A4. Thanks!

  • Maureen Ladao

    Hi, just a quick question– did you also submit an affidavit of support? Thanks!

    • Hi Maureen,

      Thanks for visiting!

      No, we didn’t submit that document.

      • Maureen Ladao

        Thanks for the quick response! I am also a BDO gold card holder and will be sponsoring my mom. 🙂

        Last question– did you have visas for OECD countries that is why it took only 3 days to process your visa? or it’s because of the promo? 🙂

        • Hi Maureen,

          It’s just because of the promo. 🙂 HTH

          • Maureen Ladao

            Thank you! One more– the credit card account statement that you are referring to is the same as the monthly billing statement, is that right? And would an online copy suffice as I am on paperless billing? 🙂

          • Hi,
            Yes both correct.

  • Talat Nazir

    hello
    i have visit to Korea Two times through single Entry i need to check after how many entry i can apply multiply entry visa

  • Talat Nazir

    i visited to Korea two time through single entry now i want to apply multiple can you suggest us after two entry i will able to get multiple visa or after 3 entry i can ???

    • Hi Talat,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Based on the Korean embassy website in the Philippines:

      “For those who have travelled to Korea, only those who have visited more than twice within 4 years will be considered frequent travellers.”

      HTH

  • Mhaeyz

    hi question lang po,
    im applying for BDO Gold promo, ok lang po ba, ilalagay ko ng estimate travel expense ko is 1000usd for 6d2n?
    yung adb ko 35k, then Credit Limit ng BDO 100k? nde ba nila questionin yung 1000usd?
    thanks po!

    • Hi Mhaeyz,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Change it to 700 USD to be safe. 🙂

      HTH.

      • Mhaeyz

        thanks travel debugger =)

  • Claire

    Hi,

    Just a question. My mom is a housewife but she has a BDO gold CC. Can she indicate that she’ll fund for herself (using the CC) while unemployed or would it be better for her to get sponsored by my dad (employed and also a BDO gold CC holder; but he will also sponsor my new grad sibling(CC holder also))? If she’ll get sponsored, she needs the same paperwork as my dad’s, is that right? Would it be possible to get denied kung dalawa ang iso-sponsor?

    Can you suggest a game plan if we are all cc holders who can avail of the promo? (1 housewife, 1 employed (can sponsor), 1 employed (not realistic na magsponsor), 1 fresh grad)

    Thanks and hope you can help me. 😀

    • Hi Claire,

      Thanks for visiting!

      If your dad will truly be the one to sponsor their expenses, then they should put him as the one who’ll fund their expenses. As for the requirements, just follow the steps above — No need for ITR and Bank certificate. Furnish a copy of your dad’s bank statement though.

      HTH

  • Lorena Marimon Lagura

    Hi,
    I have question and I hope you would able to answer;
    1. I just finished working in a company last April 22, 2016. I dont have work for almost 3 months (April 23-July 20, 2016). I started my new company last July 21, 2016 up to present. I have an ITR 2015 from my previous company and since end of project my former company gave me also an ITR for 2016 which covered from Jan-Apr 2016. Do I need to submit my 2 ITR or just only the 2015?
    2. My husband and I has started opened a joint account last March 2014. My husband has much bigger salary than mine. In the portion who will support your travel can I still put MYSELF only?
    3. I went to Japan last March 2007-March 2010 (3 years) as trainee. Do I still have inculde this in my application since it’s been 6 years already? This time i’m single pa.

    Thanks
    Lorena

    • Hi Lorena,

      Thanks for visiting!

      1) Latest ITR, but bring your 2015 in case they need it.
      2) Yes you can, as long as you submit the requirements under self-employed/businessman.
      3) Within 5 years as a tourist po, so di na po pwede.

      HTH

  • Joana Abadilla

    Hi travel debugger! I and my mom want to go to Korea on March in time for the Cherry Blossoms. My mom has a BDO Gold CC and she will be sponsoring me (a college student). Since the promo is until Dec 31, 2016 only, we will be applying next week already. Is it advisable that we put March as the intended date of entry or is it better that we put December or January? Kasi baka i-decline yung application namin since matagal pa travel date. Hope you can help me po. Thanks in advance!! More power.

    • Hi Joana,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Better to put December or January then go for multiple entry using BDO Gold. HTH

  • Joana Abadilla

    Hi! Is sister in law considered as family? THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • Hi Joana,

      I actually have no idea on their rules but I assume that it’s always immediate family (siblings, parents, kids). Why have you asked? Is she sponsoring the trip or the other way around?

      • Joana Abadilla

        Thanks for the reply! We’re going to apply with my mom cos my mom has BDO Gold. I was wondering if my sis in law can be “sponsored” by mom para lang makakuha ng multiple visa. Hehe. Thank you so much!

        • She can put your mom as the one who’ll pay for her expenses in the Funding Details section but I’m really not sure if she would be given a multiple visa too (always worth a try). That would mean that your mom should show financial proof that she can support you both, that means, more money in the bank statement and certificate.

  • HI Badette,

    Thanks for visiting!

    You can tick ‘Unemployed’. Don’t worry about it as long as your husband can show proof that he is capable in supporting your expenses in S. Korea then you’re all good. My wife is unemployed yet she was given a multiple entry VISA. HTH.

  • Yes, matic na yun. Tatanungin din naman ng consul kung mag-asawa kayo 😉

    • Badette Formentera

      Thnk u so much! God bless!

  • Mae

    Hello po,

    May idea po ba kayo kung anong requirements for non working Mom? Nakapunta na po ako ng Seoul, gusto ko sana bumalik with my Mom.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Mae,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Sino po mag-sponsor sa Mom mo? Ikaw po ba? You can check the requirements for Housewives and Retired Senior citizen in the embassy’s website:

      http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement

      Kung ikaw mag-sponsor, sasubmit niya po yun documents mo sa consul. Or as indicated dun sa requirements for seniors, pwedeng documents ng ibang tao like ikaw or Father mo. She’ll indicate you as the one who’ll fund the trip. HTH

    • Hi Mae,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Sino po mag-sponsor sa Mom mo? Ikaw po ba? You can check the requirements for Housewives and Retired Senior citizen in the embassy’s website:

      http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement

      Kung ikaw mag-sponsor, sasubmit niya po yun documents mo sa consul. Or as indicated dun sa requirements for seniors, pwedeng documents ng ibang tao like ikaw or Father mo. She’ll indicate you as the one who’ll fund the trip. HTH

      • Mae

        I’ll check the link po. Thanks much. ^.^

  • Ghine

    Ask ko pag nag apply ba ako ng multiple Visa with my BDO gold pwede din bang iapply ko yung 2 kids and my husband. Each of us will fill up the individual application Visa or ako lng ang mag fifill up ng form at nakalagay na sila sa application form 9.8 for travelling with the family member.

    • Hi Ghine,

      Thanks for visiting!

      You all have to fill out an application form. HTH

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  • camille jay malit

    Hi,

    Im also planning mag apply ng korean visa using Gold Bdo mastercard. ask ko lang po ilan months po ng statement of account ang ipinasa mo?kc yung skin kakaapply ko plang at kaka approved ng bdo card. and ng pasa kpa din po ba ng bank statement po at bank cert ?kc as per dun sa bdo no need to pass ang bank statement and bank cert.

    Thank you

    • Hi Camille,

      Thanks for visiting!

      The required is 2 months of credit card statement. Pero sa case ko, ang nadala ko lang nun yun latest ng BDO Gold, at yun latest ko ng BDO Classic since 1 month old pa lang un BDO Gold ko nun. Tinanggap naman ng consul.

      Yes, nagpasa ako pero segurista lang ako nun since sponsored ko kasi si Wife. But yes, no need to pass bank certificate and ITR. Submit your bank statement though. HTH

  • Maryl Ng

    Hi! Question. im an ofw and i decided to tour korea this november. i brought all my docs even bank cert and statement of my uae bank acct. However, they didnt accept it and informed me na they need the PH ban account which i dont have. Pwede ba joint account namin ng mother ko?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Joanne Arones

      Hi Ms.Maryl. natuloy po kayo sa SK? Na approved po visa nyu? same situation here kaya na curious ako what was your remedy. 🙂

  • Maryl Ng

    Hi guys! Share ko lang. Ofw from UAE. brought all my docs – including bank cert and authenticated bank statement ng bank ko abroad. I dont have a bank here coz I maintaining everything abroad.

    The lady in Window 2 didnt accept my docs. She asked where I work to which I answered Dxb. She said we need PH bank account. I said I dont have one coz I am living overseas so everything is in UAE. She said no only PH bank accounts. Amf… i was like…duh fudge! I wasted 100 dhs for the bank cert and auth statements tapos di pala tatanggapin. She didnt even bother to tell the applicant if there’s any substitute. Omo!

    I spoke to a friend and he said to attach my mother’s bank statement and cert and my nso birth cert. I thought that it’s not sufficient since I am not a student but an OFW. So i decided to change my mother’s bdo account from individual to joint account since that is the account to which I transfer my remittances. We went to the bank earlier and they processed it. I will be able to get the bank cert on monday however for the statement of account, since it is a savings account eh passbook lang daw. So photocopy ng passbook pwede? But yung passbook is nakapangalan kay mama. Magiging issue kaya yun? TIA.

    • Hi Maryl,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Ask your bank to print you out 3 months latest balance of your joint bank account. Di lang po yun dapat basta photocopy ng passbook. Ask them to print out a certified true copy. HTH.

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  • Hello! I’d just like to ask: I’m employed but if my grandparents will be sponsoring my trip, would I still need to submit my own bank statement/certificate? Or I would just need to submit theirs? Would I also need to submit an ITR?

    • Hi cat,

      Thanks for visiting!

      I’m really not sure about your situation because usually the parents (for students) or the spouse (for househusbands/housewives) is the one sponsoring. Are they your legal guardians? If yes, I think it’s ok to submit their documents. But if I were you, I would submit their documents plus I will bring my own documents too just in case the consul ask for it. HTH

      • Oh, I see – there’s that as well. My problem is I’ve never gotten around to opening my own savings account (I hoard my savings at home) so I don’t know if a newly-opened savings account this month would meet the requirements. Someone suggested presenting the trip as sponsored, even if it’s actually my own money I’ll be using. 🙁

        • As answered to a reader above:

          “You can always submit your documents and maybe show more proof that you can support your stay in Korea, like an ITR, credit card statements, payslips, etc. HTH”

    • mikgoo

      I did this before when I applied for a Taiwanese visa and it might be applicable to you, have your grandparents write an “Affidavit of support” and in that affidavit, they must include their financial information and just attached their bank cert/statements. Also, since you are already working then you have to submit your own requirements as well like COE since those are proof that you have something to return to.

  • Zyra Gerardine Padilla

    One of my travel companion just opened a bank account this month and plan namin mg apply for korean visa on Jan 2017. Pwede na ba gamitin yung account nya for application?

    • Hi Zyra,

      Embassy’s requirement for bank statement is at least 3 months and bank certificate is the average daily balance for 6 months. A new account doesn’t fit this requirement but you can always submit your documents and maybe show more proof that you can support your stay in Korea, like an ITR or credit card statements. HTH

  • Hi Zyra,

    Thanks for visiting!

    I’ve already discussed that in my blog post above. Here is my answer to that:

    “For me, it depends on your risk appetite. There’s no right or wrong here and it all depends on what are you willing to risk. In our case, we booked our flight 6 months before our application so we can avail of the low fares. My primary concern is our budget so I wanted to book a low fare so even If we were not granted a VISA, then it won’t hurt so much (but it would still hurt though). But if you really really want to be sure (ultra-mega segurista mode), then apply for a VISA first and once approved, book your flight and hope that there are promos lying around with travel dates on the next 3 months (for Single entry VISAs. If you have multiple entry, of course you don’t need to worry and you can book a flight in the next 3 months or so). Of course, if budget is no issue, you can book a flight right after you are approved”

    No need to purchase another ticket. That’s just the Korean embassy’s suggestion, not a requirement.

  • Hi! First of all, I love reading your blog!! Sobrang practical and informative 🙂

    I do have a couple of questions regarding sa pagkuha ng korean visa

    1) We’ve been to japan last month as a tourist and of course expired na ung visa namen pag magaapply kame for korean visa next year pero we have the travel stamp naman, pasok po ba yun dun sa OECD part? haha di ko kase alam if okay lang na isang stamp lang

    2) Me (student) and my mom (housewife) are thinking of applying for 3 years multiple entry visa she has BPI Gold Mastercard and inannounce sa website ng embassy that extended yung promo until 2017 yey! Pero ill be funding for myself and sya naman sa sarili din nya, pwede ba akong magapply din for 3 yrs ME or need na dependent nya ako? We’re also thinking to pass the ITR and bank certs of my dad na ofw para sure den 🙂

    Thank youuuu 🙂

    • Hi Janusz,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Please see my answers below:

      1) Yes pasok pa as indicated in the requirement (Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only) )

      2) Since student ka, I suggest mag apply ka for the requirements of a student plus apply as a family and submit your mom’s documents (including bank statement and BPI Gold mastercard statements for the past 2 months)

      HTH

  • bt b

    Hello! I just wanted to ask if you guys had to get medical screenings like chest x-rays, TB tests, etc.? I heard of so many people needing to do them, but I’m not sure of the who/what/why/when/and for what entry/travel requirements they are needed. Thank you so much!!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for visiting!

      In our case, nope. And we went there just after the mers-cov outbreak.

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  • Erika Nuque

    Hi, Sir. Your article is really helpful. Question, I am a supplementary BDO Gold cardholder so my SOA is under the name of my father, the principal cardholder. It only indicates my card number, not my name, on the transactions details of the billing statement. Do you think it will be a problem? Do I need to show them my father’s card too? Thanks

    • Hi Erika,

      Thanks for visiting!

      As per Korea embassy’s website, a supplementary BDO Gold credit card is included in the promo.

      My suggestion is, bring a photocopy of the front of the credit card of you and your dad’s and bring 2 months latest billing statement. HTH

      • Erika Nuque

        Hello, Sir. Thanks so much. I did not get to attach a copy of my father’s card so I was so nervous. But I finally got my visa and was so surprised when my passport was handed over! I was granted a 5-year-multiple-entry one. Surprised because my card is just gold. Hehe. Now I can’t wait to visit Korea! Thanks again!

        • Wow! That’s so cool! 5 years! Enjoy your trip Erika!

        • Sherry

          Hi miss, i saw your comments here.. I have the same concerns. Im also a supplementary card holder. What should i do? Am I still eligble for the promo?thanks alot

  • Raniñad Nadado

    My bank account only has 25k in it but open since 2009 with an
    opening amount of 200k. Can I add money to it and apply for a visa?

    • Hi Raninad!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes of course, more balance in your account the better. Try to increase it to at least 50k. HTH

      • Raniñad Nadado

        Thanks. Can i use more than 2 bank accounts from 2 different banks by the way?

        • I suggest to submit them just one of your bank accounts. Focus on one bank account and add more money into it. Avoid many withdrawals on that account. HTH

  • Hi mikgoo,

    Thanks for visiting!

    Are your parents Senior citizens already? You can check the embassy’s site for the requirements for retired senior citizens here: http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement

    Re OECD country, arrival stamp is sufficient. Bring original and photocopy. HTH

  • Hi Sherry,

    Thanks for visiting!

    Yes it’s extended but the embassy haven’t posted yet with the details. I assume the promo mechanics will be the same as last year i.e. supplementary card holders for BDO are included.

    Re bank cert, which account has a higher balance and less withdrawals? Base your answer from that question.

    HTH and goodluck.

    • Sherry

      Thank you for your immediate response!☺

      Regarding my bank account. usually kasi yung current account ko mas active siya cause almost everyday yung deposit ko dun. All of my transactions kasi nandun. But my savings account although I don’t withdraw often but i seldom make transactions dun. Always lng na sa maintaing balance dun. So that is my main concern.

      Can I call the korean embassy regarding the promos?and as well as my other concerns?

      • I suggest yun savings account na lang as long as yun balance nun at least 50k (the higher the better). Pag kasi madaming transactions na deposit at withdrawal, i-aassume nila na very liquid yun account na yun at anytime pwde mo mapang-bayad lahat yun especially sa checking account na used talaga for payments.

        Yes, I suggest you call them if you have more questions.

        • Sherry

          Thank you so much!

          Lastly po, yung savings account ko po kasi less than 50k ang balance, can I deposit po ba like 100k? Will it affect my credibility? Or something?like baka mgduda cla? or mas ok na if pa kunti2 lng ako magdeposit?like 10k per day? Ano po sa tingin niyo? Since mga last week po naman ng feb ako mgapply ng visa? And is it true na if individual kang mgapply(im having vacation for 5days lng naman with 2 friends) ng visa mas less yung chance to get approval? Mas better ba na personal mag apply or thru agent? Im from Iloilo pa kasi.

          • Hi Sherry,

            Siguro pwede na twice, isang 50k, tapos 50k ulit next deposit. As far as I recall sa BDO, tinanong ako kung gusto ko ipalagay sa kanila kung yun Savings at Current account ilalagay sa bank certificate. So check mo din sa bank mo kung ganun. Kung pwede, ipalagay mo na rin yun checking account mo. I suggest din na mga March ka na mag apply, a month before your flight.

            Hmm wala naman ako nabalitaan na less chance ang approval pag mag-isa lang mag-apply.

            Kung from Iloilo ka, meron silang consulate sa Cebu pero I suggest na through agent na lang, malayo rin kasi sayo yun.

          • Sherry

            Thank you talaga.. you’re a big help!

            I’m really sorry po if I have plenty of questions.
            And btw, yung current account ko kasi na sa PNB. While my savings na sa BDO( I have my own personal account which I had since elementary years pa and I also have joint account with my brother for business). And I also have other accounts sa ibang bank. Should I submit all of them from different banks?

            Yes I saw it on the website po na meron na daw sa cebu na consul. And I read somewhere po na meron po na deny dahil through agent sila nag process. And some naman po daw na less ang chances na ma approve dahil solo po mgtravel.

            And its not my first time to be out of the country po. Should I photocopy the stamps pro from my previous passport po?or just bring the original old passport kasama po ng mga other documents?

            But i really appreciated your advice. Huge help na po ito. Thanks

          • Hi Sherry,

            Sufficient na yun savings account sa BDO as long as sufficient din yun balance mo to prove na you can support your travel to Korea.

            If it is an OECD member country, then bring the original and photocopy. See below:

            Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)

            Bring your old passports.

          • Sherry

            I have additional questions po.
            1. My choices po kasi sa application form about passport info (Diplomatic, Official, Regular, others) I checked the Regular na box, tama po diba?

            2. Purpose of visit to korea
            Tourism/transit
            Business trip
            Etc. Others

            My purpose po is vacation only, what should i check?
            And if ever po na business trip ung e check ko my additonal requirements ba silang hihilingin?

            3.Which do you advice po, in filling up the form. Db lahat should be in block? Pwede bang e type using computer?or dapat hand written talaga?

            4. Will a recommendation letter from a korean increase the chances of approval? Or much better walang letter nlng?

            5. Meron din po na question na yes or no. If NO po sagot ko kailangan pa bang e fill up ung space ng N/A?

            When you say do not leave any space except for
            “Official use only” should I put N/A to all the spaces that I answered NO?? Or just leave it as is?

            Who will pay for your travel? MYSELF??

            And 700USD enough for 5days??

            And did you receive any assistance in completing this form? My answer is NO.

            Please verify each of my answers if its right. And correct my mistakes or something..

            Thank you! ☺

          • 1) Yes regular
            2) Tourism. Kung business trip baka hingan ka pa docs regarding your business agenda.
            3) I suggest handwritten with no erasures.
            4) Ok lang naman, but still not a guarantee or will it increase your chances unless you’re invited to some occasion like wedding siguro. Consul pa rin magdedecide.
            5) Answer it with yes or no only. No need for n/a.

            Pag chineck mo yun NO, no need to fill up n/a like dun sa 8.1 details of sponsor.

            6) myself
            700USD is more than enough
            No.

          • Sherry

            Ok thank you Sir!

            Another thing po sa page 5 ng form ang declaration po, saan po ako magsasign dito? beside ng date of application po ba? Thanks https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/114d557a6bd86dbfbdf686b1417848a3117aeaf83b63aaad5f63cd52fedd903d.jpg

          • Yes tama dyan.

          • Sherry

            Sir, sa may purpose of entry po pala. I checked the tourism/transit na choices and aside from that can I check “OTHERS” then after that isulat ko sa my blank space yung specific na itinerary ko sa pagvisit sa korea. Like “shop and explore street food in myeongdong” “visit nami island” “experience spring in korea” etc. Parang ganun po?ok lang po ba na my additional na ganun? Thank you po ☺

          • Hi Sherry,

            No need na… Check mo lang yun tourism/transit.

          • Sherry

            Thank you po. And sa apppication form, dapat A4 size ng paper? Long bond paper po dapat?

          • Yup A4.

          • Sherry

            Hello, I’ve question po ulit.
            Regarding the Form 2316 na requirements. Kailangan po ba my received stamp ng BIR? Yung binigay kasi ng HR namin wala namang stamp. I read po kasi sa iba na dapat my nka tatak dun.

            And yung sa birthdate po sa section 1, ano po yung format na ginamit niyo on your application?
            1990/08/18 or dapat 1990 AUGUST 18??

            And if since solo po akong magapply through travel agency since nsa Iloilo pa ako, do you think mas less po ang chances ma approve if Solo mgtravel?

            My documents pro is complete and my bank cert, statement po is good naman. I’ve work po and 6 yrs na sa company. But still I’m worried cause hindi po ako personally magpaprocess ng application ko.

            Bukas ko na pala e submit lahat ng requirements sa agency then sila na bahala mgprocess sa Manila.

            Sorry po I’m paranoid na kasi ngayon. Thanks sir

          • Hi Sherry,

            1) Wala naman din atang stamp un sakin. Pero mas ok siguro may stamp. Pero ok lang siguro, wala naman nakalagay na dapat may stamp e.
            2) yyyy/mm/dd – 1990/08/18 – tama
            3) Kahit solo ok lang basta maprove mo na kaya mo mag travel dun sa Korea with sufficient funds at babalik ka sa Pinas.
            4) Masyado malaki. 1000 USD pwede na.

          • Sherry

            Ok thanks po. Na submit ko na po. Update kita sa result. God bless

          • Sherry

            Hi, ask ko lang po sana.. when you first applied for your korean visa po ba my tumawag din po ba sa office niyo na from korean embassy? and nag verify ng mga info? Like if dun tlga ngwork or address ng company etc.?

          • Hi Sherry,

            Walang tumawag sa HR namin nun.

          • Sherry

            Ah ganun po ba. Kasi po my tumawag sa office namin kanina. Ng verify lng naman po if dun ako ngwork tska position and address ng company. Ano po kaya yun? My kakilala po ba kayo na same din sa akin?

          • Yep yun iba tumatawag talaga just to verify.

          • Sherry

            Kuya, aware po ba kayo aa website ng korean embassy na http://www.visa.go.kr??? Someone told mo po kaso na I can check my visa application online.

            And as of today po, application status ko is Approved na ang nkalagay dun. Accurate kya dun?

          • Sorry no idea ako dyan

          • Sherry

            Hi po, update ko lang po kayo na approved na po korean visa ko. And just wanna share lang din po sa mga readers niyo dito about the korean visa portal. Accurate po siya and you can check your application status online. ☺

          • Thanks Sherry for this info and congrats on your visa!

  • Ayel

    Hello! im planning to apply a tourist visa on march because i want to watch a concert there. my problem is im unemployed right now but i have a bf who works at Sokor and he will be the one to finance my trip. what will be the docs that im going to submit?i dont know the requirements for unemployed and im afraid that my application will denied.do you have any tips?thank you!

    • Hi Ayel,

      Thanks for visiting!

      I’m really not confident answering your question regarding your situation. Sorry I can’t help you with this.

      • Ayel

        aww ganun ba. hayyyy lalo akong kinabahan. pero thank you pa din.

  • Undercover_wife

    Please answer my question please….

    I’ve been to sokor last april, they issued me a single entry visa. If i apply for another visa what requeirements do i need to give? I dont have an itr, can i pass the requirements without it?

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  • Kathrina Bordios

    Hi! I am planning to go to Korea on January 2018. I have a BPI Gold Credit card which entitles me to the BPI and BDO Visa Promo. May I ask kung magkano po yung binayadan nyo for the Visa fee para dun sa 3 years multiple entries? Thanks.

  • Sharleen Gayle O. Tagab

    hello,

    im quite confused about the personal bank certificate, that it should indicate a 6 mos ADB, as per checking at the embassy website, this was only stated:

    7. Original Personal Bank Certificate
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

    i need your insight. thanks!!

    • Hi Sharleen,

      You can check the announcement for the additional requirements here in the announcement section entitled: “Announcement on the new requirements for Korean tourist visa effective March 1, 2015”

      http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/announcement/index.jsp

      Additional requirements:
      1. Certificate of Employment
      – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address.
      2. Bank Certificate
      – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)
      3. Bank Statement
      – original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months
      4. Income Tax Return copy
      – with personal tin number

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  • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

    Hi! We’re going to apply for visa this February. My mom is a housewife. Is it okay if she put her name and my dad’s name sa funding details? Thank you so much!

    • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

      e.g. Name of my mom (Myself)/ Name of my dad (Husband)
      THANK YOU SO MUCH! 🙂

      • Hi Lyzzette,

        Thanks for visiting!

        Yes that’s ok. Just tell your mom to bring the financial documents of your dad for proof.

        • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

          Thank you so much for replying, Sir! 🙂
          I have a follow-up question. My cousin is going to travel with us. What do you think is her estimated travel expenses? My mom is going to be her financer since she’s a student pero we have her mom’s bank statement. We’ll be staying in Korea for almost a week. Thank you and God bless!

          • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

            Also, my mom and dad has a joint account. Yun yung ipapass ng dad ko. Then me and my mom has a joint account din. Pwede ba ipasa ng mom ko yung joint account nya w/ my dad and yung joint account namin? Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

          • Yes, that’s ok.

          • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

            Thank you so much! My mom is a housewife so unemployed yung iccheck nya sa application form right (Me being super sigurista!)? Also, do you have any idea if ano yung ibig sabihin nila na sa list of requirements- Original and photocopy of OECD countries visa? Yung original attached na sa passport po di ba? THANKS!!!

          • Hi,

            Yes, unemployed or para mas ok siguro, ‘Others’ then put Housewife na lang.

            Yes kung may visa and arrival stamps na sa OECD countries for the past 5 years, bring passport na nakalagay dun yun VISA (it can be the old passport) at photocopy nun. See below:

            Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)

          • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

            Hello! We got our visas na! Your blog and replies helped me a lot! Thank you so much! 🙂

          • She can put around 500-700 USD.

        • Lyzzette Shamyrle Rivera

          Nin

          Also, my mom has a Canadian visa but she hasn’t used it yet. Do I still have to photocopy it? Thank you!! 🙂

  • Erik Go

    Hi! My mom is bdo elite card holder pero i won’t be travelling with her. applicable pa po kaya yun sa promo? nagdadalawang isip kasi ako kung ipapasa ko pa yun since di ko naman sya kasama. I’ll be applying po pala as a student

    • Hi Erik,

      Thanks for visiting!

      I think hindi pwede since di mo naman pwede magamit credit card nya kapag nasa Korea ka na di ba? Unless you get a supplementary card, ayun pwede mo pakita yun. HTH.

      • Erik Go

        Thanks po for replying 🙂 i have another question. Mag reretire na po kasi sya this april eh april din po ako magaapply for the visa yung pang employee pa ba na requirements or yung pangretiree na ang kailangan nya? Kaso kailangan ng senior citizen card kapag retiree. pano po kaya yon? Naisip ko po kasi baka po pag tumawag yung embassy sa work nya e di na po maconfirm na dun sya nagwowork since nagretire na po. Thank you po

        • Hi Erik,

          How about you apply for the VISA in April before her last day in office? 3 months valid naman yun VISA.

  • Justin Badong

    Hi po,

    If group po kami mag a-apply for korean tourist visa (less than 59 days) for the 1st time, is it possible if 2 out of 3 lang ang pupunta mismo to submit and apply? Out of town pa kasi yung isa po naming kasama e.

    Thank you so much sa sagot mo 🙂

    • Hi Justin,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes a representative can submit your documents for the whole group. hth

  • 박희영

    Hello. Thank you so much for this informative blog. It’s going to be my first time to travel and apply for a VISA. I am not much confident since my Pasaport is less than 6 mos. Will it be considered as invalid? 🙁

    • Hi,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Less than 6 months meaning is it expiring or is it new? If it’s new then nothing to worry about. If it’s expiring for the next 6 months, then try to renew it asap. hth

  • Arianne Abella

    Hello! I have been using your blog as a reference since we booked our flights to Korea last year, thank you talaga very informative and detailed.

    I just want to ask lang, kasi I just got my BDO Gold credit card this week and wala pang statement of account talaga, will it be okay if I’ll just photocopy the letter attached to the credit card when I received it?

    Also, for the list of countries visited within the last 5 years, if it’s more than 3 countries, should I right it all down on the separate sheet of paper instead or right the first 3 countries and then the rest on the separate sheet?

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Arianne,

      Thanks for visiting!

      That’s ok, just explain to the consul that your card is new. Just photocopy the front of your card too.

      You can write down the first 3 countries then the remaining ones in a separate sheet.

      • Arianne Abella

        Thank you so much for your reply! Very timely kasi we will be going to the embassy tomorrow and file our application. Thanks again!

        • Erik Go

          Hi Arianne

          Ask ko lang kung tinanggap ba ng consul yung kahit letter lang nung sa cc kakadating lang din kasi nung sakin e wala pa din soa. Thanks

  • gc smith

    Hi,

    I’m planning to go with my boyfriend on September but the thing is his credit record is not really that strong so I’m thinking of putting in the application for visa that I will shoulder his and my expenses since I have a better credit record.

    My question is, will this diminish his chance of getting a visa since it would seem like he can’t afford to shoulder his own expenses?

    I’d appreciate your thoughts.

    thank you!

    • Hi gc,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Is he employed? Does he have at least 30 to 50k in his bank account? If yes, then it might be better if he will declare that he’ll shoulder his own expenses. I think the embassy is ok with this if he is your immediate family or husband but if not, then it might raise some questions.

      This is just my opinion. You can always ask someone who had the same experience. Goodluck!

      • gc smith

        Hi there!

        Yes he’s employed but he has little savings in the bank. His mom died a year ago and afterwards they found out she had a huge debt, so he ended up paying for it and still is paying for it. So he has little savings at the moment.

        That’s what I’m worried about. I’m really thinking that it would be questionable if we apply it in this manner since we are not yet married.

        Thanks for your time!

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  • rika

    Hi! I would also like to apply Korean visa using my BDO gold credit card but my name stated in my card is my maiden name then my name in my passport is updated to my married name, is it still okay to use my BDO card?

    • Hi rika,

      Thanks for visiting!

      When are you going to apply for a VISA? Do you have the time to request for a new card with your married name in the card?

      But anyway, I guess this is ok. Just bring your birth certificate with you in case they ask you for proof. hth

  • Hi,

    Thanks for visiting!

    Parang wala naman ako naencounter na affidavit of support from the embassy. Kayo na lang siguro ang gumawa.

    • 변은별

      ah cge po. ung sa estimated travel costs po nung wife nio po naglagay pa po ba xa?

      • Actually yun lumang application form pa yun nafillupan namin. Wala pa yun tanong na estimated travel cost dun sa form. Inupdate ko lang yun blog post ko according to the new form.

        Pero sa brother mo, lagay na din sya ng estimated travel cost. Mga 500 USD pwede na yun.

        • 변은별

          btw may gold cc din po ako. san po makukuha ung bank statement nia? sa bank din po ba or ung SOA na po nia?

  • J O I C I E

    Thank you for making this! Very informative! 🙂 I hope I can successfully get my multiple entry visa for our June 2017 trip. Thanks so much for this! God bless you!

    • Thank you Joicie! That’s really nice to hear 🙂 Goodluck to your application.

  • jennalyn reyes

    Hi. I am planning to ask my husband to apply for a visa since he’s a Bdo Gold Cc Holder. I am currently unemployed and We are planning to visit Korea with my baby. My question is since husband has card na, no need for ITR and bank statements anymore, and do we only need Marriage certificate for my visa and my baby’s? 🙂 Thanks

  • Rose Brenda

    Hi! I applied for visa last March, I got denied. Sad 🙁 Laman naman ng bank ko 50,000 and 3 days lang naman nilagay ko na tour sa korea. Di ko alam bakit ako nadeny. Huhu 🙁 Sabi nila becoz im OFW huhu.

    • Hi Rose,

      That’s sad to hear. Did you submit all the requirements? I assume you don’t have an ITR but you could’ve shown them a letter stating why you don’t have an ITR. Anyway, there’s Japan and Taiwan naman muna 🙂

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  • AJPASION20

    Hi, you have very informative blog and thank you for your tips. 🙂

    Just want to know your insights on the following questions I have.

    1. I just want to ask, if my mom is Senior Citizen and is not employed. What should I check in the employment Status? Retired, Unemployed or Others (will indicate Housewife)?

    2. We are planning to stay in SoKor for 8-10 days, what is the ideal estimated amount I should put in my travel costs? is $1,200 ok? or is it too much?

    3. In the funding details, me and my mom have our own bank accounts, and we will not fund each other (no dependents), we will just put “myself” and what will I put in the Type of Support? Savings account? or Financial support?

    4. In no. 11 (Assistance with the form), I was the one who filled out the form for my mom, will I put my name on it or not?

    5. Lastly, In the personal details section, what will I put in 1.2 because there is no english translation.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1b3be7f58b689c8a23195a9d43a60560123012c7defccbf0e635de8eb076fe1.jpg

    • Hi AJPASION20,

      Thanks for visiting!

      1. Retired. She should also get the requirements for the ‘Retired Senior Citizen’ category.
      2. Yes that’s fine but also make sure that you have at least twice of that amount in your bank account.
      3. Financial
      4. Yes put your name in it.
      5. No need. I think that’s for Chinese name.

      • AJPASION20

        Thank you for this. I will submit my requirements today. Hoping and praying for the best.

  • Nadia A. De Guzman

    hello po.. ano po ibig sabihin ng c39 visa/multiple visa? tas nakalagay 30 days stay? at nakalagay na valid for 3 years..
    does it mean na multiple entry eto sa korea tas bawat entry ay maximum stay lang 30days?

    • Hi Nadia,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes multiple entry yan and you can stay for 30 days max.

  • Michelle Caltino

    Hello can i ask if there is a format for invitation letter from korea?
    And is it good to ask someone to invite you? Or not? My bf wants to invite me but im afraid i might ne denied because of proof of relationship?
    Please help me

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for visiting!

      I don’t know if there’s a format for the invitation letter. I checked the embassy’s website and there’s no downloadable form whatsoever.

      I’m not really confident answering you regarding the invite from your bf. Maybe others with the same experience can help you better.

  • Valerie Bulusan

    Sir, Paano po kung OFW, Ang original plan ko po kasi , pagbakasyon ko direct na ako From Dubai to Korea then, From Korea to Philippines, Possible po ba yun?

    • Hi Valerie,

      Thanks for visiting!

      May embassy ba ng Korea dyan sa Dubai? Baka pwede dyan ka apply?

  • Congrats! Enjoy Korea!

  • am i cute

    Hi! I was given a multiple visa and used it once already last January. Do I need to present anything more during my next visit, or just the visa will do? And is there like a limit to how many entries we can do? Thank you so much.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for visiting!

      Just your VISA. I don’t know of any limit per year, but per entry is 30 days.

  • white m

    wow!! thank you for this!! does anybody know if BDO bank branches can produce orig copy of statement of account? the challenge is, i enrolled to online banking, and now they require orig copy which I no longer receive thru mail 🙁