UPDATE 03/29/2017: Since my last Korean Tourist Visa has expired, I had to apply for a new one. I actually wanted to apply before my visa even expired. I was gonna go together with my cousin but it was not allowed. You can only apply for another visa once your current one has expired. It was the same requirements and process. What was different this time is I applied with their BPI and BDO promotion.
BPI SOUTH KOREA MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA PROMOTION
The Promo Mechanics essentially is if you have any of their following credit cards, you can get either 3-5 years tourist visa. They run these promos on certain period so be sure to check first. Their most recent promo (which I availed) is available until December 31, 2017. Along with financial documents required. If you are submitting any of the credit cards included in the promo, you must also submit the Statement of Account. If you are a Gold Debit Card Holder, you must submit a screenshot of your BPI Express online account.
|Card Type||Validity Period of VISA|
|BPI Gold MasterCard||3 Years|
|BPI Platinum* Credit Card||
Gold BPI Express Teller Debit Card
Direct link: http://www.bpicards.com/RealThrills/Details/7399
BDO SOUTH KOREA MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA PROMOTION
The BDO Promotion is also valid until December 31, 2017. The ones listed below are the qualified cards. Cardholders must present the original card and the recent Monthly Billing Statement.
- Gold Visa Credit Card
- Gold Mastercard Credit Card
- Gold UnionPay Credit Card
- Gold JCB Credit Card
- Platinum Visa Credit Card
- Titanium or Platinum and World Elite Mastercard Credit Card
- Gold, Platinum, Cathay Pacific and American Express Charge Cards issued by BDO
- Diamond UnionPay Credit Card
- Diners Club Premiere
Direct link here: https://www.bdo.com.ph/personal/credit-cards-promos/view/korean-embassy-multiple-visa-entry-privilege
DISCLOSURE: These are really good promotions if you already have the card. Always take into consideration that granting of the visa is still in the discretion of the embassy. Having one of these cards DOES NOT GUARANTEE that you will be granted a visa.
Sorry, I’m just too happy today to not share this. I got a Multiple Entry Korean visa for 3 years!!! I was wishing I would get one but I didn’t exactly expect I would get it so I’m very pleasantly surprised. This means I can just go to an EXO concert or book really cheap tickets ahead of time without worrying about getting a visa. Thank you, Thank you!!!
This post is about How I got my Multiple Entry Korean Tourist visa in the Philippines. We sent in our application last Monday and just got them today. My cousin was the one who picked them up from the embassy and she told me right away that I got multiple entry and she got single entry. Yay, we’re going to play with snow in Korea!!! I’m sure you’re curious how to get a multiple entry visa for 3 years. Well to be honest I wouldn’t really know. I just applied for a visa like anyone would normally do and I was just happily surprised to get a multiple entry visa good for 3 years. 🙂 Both me and my cousin have previous Korean tourist visas, we got one in 2011 so I’ve only been to Korea once. Some of the information I’ve read on the internet says that you must have traveled to Korea at least 4 or 5 times in the last 2 years so I thought it would be impossible for me to get multiple entry. So, before I went to their embassy in Manila (no need for appointments), I had to get all my papers ready so I won’t have to cram. These were the documents I submitted:
- Fully filled out Application form (download it here). Don’t leave anything blank, put N/A if for information you don’t need to fill out.
- 1 piece Passport size colored picture (attached to the application form)
- Original Passport (valid for more than 6 months)
- Photocopy of Passport Bio Page (page 2)
- Original and Photocopy of valid visas and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (if applicable, and Korean visas will not be counted). For a list of OECD member countries, you can click here.
- Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI
- Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit
- Original Bank Certificate (not Bank Statement)
- Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
So, it’s time to submit my application and the address is listed below. It’s about 5-10 minutes walking distance from SM Aura. NOTE: Visa Applications are processed from 9am – 11am, Monday-Friday except Holidays. REPUBLIC OF KOREA EMBASSY in the PHILIPPINES 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines Make sure to bring an ID since you need to sign up at the front and get a guest pass in exchange of your ID. If you’re in a group, you’re only required one ID but just bring one anyway to be sure.
Once you’re in the premises, you just show your documents to the guard and get a number. Since we have an OECD member country visa in the last 5 years, we were given a number for Window 3. There is only one number given to us since we were submitting our application together. On our first visa application when we didn’t have an OECD member country visa in the last 5 years, we queued at Window 1. We came in at around 10am. Once our number showed up on the screen, me and my cousin approached the window and submitted the papers. The lady checked them, then we were given a paper with a stub and a date. We were informed to come back in 3 days. Before leaving, I asked the guard if we need anything to present since I won’t be there when we have to pick up our passports, only my cousin will be there. He said none, only the stub they provided would be good. We were out of there around 10:30am. It was really quick. They were very efficient in handling all that.
NOTE: Processing Time: 3 working days (for those who have visas of OECD member countries) and 5 working days (for those who do not have visas of OECD member countries) Visa Fee: 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS (FREE!!!) 60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,350.00
Fast forward to 3 days: Pick up time for visas is from 2-4pm only. We got our visa and we’re now looking forward to winter in Korea. This would be my cousin’s first time to see snow. 🙂
Visa Requirements – http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement/index.jsp
CHECK OUT MY SOUTH KOREA EXPERIENCES:
2014 BUSAN SEOUL
Toyoko Inn Hotel Station 1 (Busan Station)
Gamcheon Cultural Village, Nampodong,
PIFF, Famous Hotteok stand
Shinsegae and Lotte for a bit
Spa Land at Shinsegae Mall
KTX Train to Seoul
Hotel Icon in Insadong
Bukchon Hanok Village
Lotte Department Store and Myeongdong
Bongchu Chicken in Myeongdong
Ehwa Women’s University
Last minute pasalubong shopping at Insadong
fly back home
Namsan / North Seoul Tower
Artsy Hongdae – Hello Kitty Cafe
Trick Art Museum
Korean Cute Picture Booth Experience
Getting a Hair Cut in Korea
Coffee Prince Cafe
Karaoke the korean way
Ehwa Woman’s Universtiy