How I obtained My Korean Tourist Visa (Multiple-Entry Valid Till 2021)

I was idled for the time being and cant able to update you all here with some informative posts that you might need in the future though as you are ready to lodge your own Korean visa application,soon. I know majority of the people, Filipino to be specific, are too fond in the Korean culture and to the country itself thus a lot of Filipino were applying for a visa each day. Hence, if you are keen to have your visa application to be lodge soon you’d be better to read up this article till the end as I was sharing my first hand experience on how I obtained my Korea Multiple-entry visa without me a proper or regular job to attend with.

A little bit background about my profile. I am working as a full time blogger and other than this so called “job” I don’t have really any that could give me income hence this was my only resort to present at the embassy to get me a visa.

Firstly, all you have to do is to gather all the general Korean visa requirements that you can see at below list. And if you’re lacking in some of the required documents, please don’t fret yet as you can still make your own explanation letter, addressing to the embassy, stating why you couldn’t able to pass on the other required documents. This is worked on me though and it might work for you as well.

KOREA, Embassy of the Republic of
Address Tel. Nos. Fax
E-mail Office Days Office Hour
: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Centre, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City : (632) 856-9260
: (632) 856-9024
philippines@mofat.go.kr
: Monday to Friday
: 9:00am – 11:00am (filing)
2:00pm – 4:00pm (releasing)

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

• DULY FILLED-UP VISA APPLICATION FORM
• TWO 2X2 OR PASSPORT SIZED COLORED PICTURE (WHITE BACKGROUND)
• ORIGINAL PASSPORT(6MONTHS)
• COPY OF PASSPORT DATA PAGE
• ORIGINAL & COPY OF VALID VISAS & ARRIVAL STAMPS TO OECD MEMBER COUNTRIES FOR THE
PAST 5YEARS
• ORIGINAL PERSONAL BANK CERTIFICATE (must include account type, current balance, account
opening date, 6 months average daily balance (ADB)
• ORIGINAL BANK STATEMENT or CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF PASSBOOK FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS
• COPY OF RECENT PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN
EMPLOYEES:
• ORIGINAL EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address and landline numbers, and email address)
• COPY OF PRC/IBP ID (if professional)
• COPY OF COMPANY ID
• COPY PO COMPANY ALPHA LIST (form 1604 CF with BIR received stamp) together with form
2316 (for first time applicants)
• COPY OF FOR SELF EMPLOYED: BIR form with corresponding payment receipt from BIR
authorized bank. (for first time applicants) BUSINESSMEN:
• COPY OF BUSINESS REGISTRATION FROM DTI OR SEC
• COPY OF BUSINESS PERMIT OR MAYOR’S PERMIT
• COPY OF NSO MARRIAGE CONTRACT (IF TRAVELLING WITH SPOUSE)
STUDENTS:
• ORIGINAL SCHOOL CERTIFICATION
• COPY OF SCHOOL I.D.
• COPY OF NSO BIRTH CERTIFICATE (IF TRAVELLING WITH IMMEDIATE FAMILY)
• COPY OF PARENT’S DOCUMENTS: ORIGINAL BANK CERTIFICATE, ORIGINAL COE OR BUSINESS
DOCUMENTS
RETIREE:
• COPY OF SENIOR CITIZEN CARD OR RETIREMENT DOCUMENTS
• COPY OF NSO MARRIAGE CONTRACT (IF TRAVELLING WITH SPOUSE) FOREIGN NATIONALS:
• COPY OF ICARD IF INVITED TO KOREA
• ORIGINAL INVITATION LETTER NOTARIZED IN KOREA
• COPY OF 1ST PAGE OF INVITOR’S PASSPORT
• COPY OF BUSINESS PERMIT FROM KOREA
IF THE COMPANY WILL SHOULDER THE TRIP
• GUARANTEE LETTER FROM COMPANY
• ORIGINAL BANK CERTIFICATE OF THE COMPANY
• COPY OF BUSINESS DOCUMENTS AND ITR OF THE COMPANY
NOTE: ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED UPON RELEASING OF PASSPORT.

After you compiled up all the required documents and still you aren’t feeling uncomfortable yet and needing for more justification for you visa application, you can freely add up any additional data and documents that you feel would it be a big help for your application. In case though, I had passed on my another plane ticket that is dated after my Korean trip, meaning I will go back to my home country after, to fulfill my next destination. In this way, the officer who will reviewing your application might have a hint that you’re not intending to stay to the country, Korea, indefinitely which will result of your visa approval.

In other case though, you can pass on your BDO or BPI Gold and Elite Credit card as the these banks are “kinda” partnering to the embassy for the people to obtained the visa easily and hassle free. Please check the photo below for further details:

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Information linkhttp://overseas.mofa.go.kr/


After the tiring times in gathering up all the documents needed for the visa application, you may now lodge it via at the travel agency that Korean embassy approved. Yes! Korean visa application would have now lodging through at accredited travel agencies below which I’ve got, the list, at https://manilaxseoul.com/basics/korean-visa-application-accredited-travel-agency;

1. Aboex Travel and Tours

  • Est. date not known
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,500

MANDALUYONG OFFICE:
Unit 14 Upper Ground Globe Tower Plaza 1, Pioneer St., Cor. Madison St., Mandaluyong
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141 or 02-246-1518

VIGAN OFFICE:
Room 32-34 Colegio Business Center, Nueva Segovia  St., Vigan
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141

LAOAG OFFICE:
3/F LC Square, JP Rizal St. cor. Balintawak St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Email: N/A
Call: 077-722-2141

2. Adventure International Tours, Inc.

  • Est. 1996
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱700 (Promotional rate)

MAKATI OFFICE:
G/3-4F Eurovilla 2, 118 V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines
Email: reservations@tdgtravel.ph
Call: (+632) 884-9400

CEBU OFFICE:
2/F, Mahogany Place, Pope John Paul II Ave., Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
Email: cebu@tdgtravel.ph
Call: +63 (32) 238-3076

3. Ark Travel Express Inc. 

  • Est. 1984
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,500 (Processing time of 7 business days)

MAKATI OFFICE:
Unit Lower Ground 3, 4 & 14, 146 Alfaro Place (formerly Cityland Condominium IV), L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: inquiry@arktravelexpress.com
Call: (+632) 816-6416, 816 2201, 815 2296, 893 7294, 893 4979 or 894 3372

4. Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1981
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
23/F, Pacific Star Building, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila
Email: info@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-2) 988-5000

CEBU BRANCH:
MSY Tower, Unit 10F, Pescadores Road, Cebu Business Park
Email: cebu@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-32) 232-8886

BORACAY BRANCH:
46-D, D’Mall de Boracay, Balabag, Boracay Island, 5608 Malay, Aklan
Email: boracay@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-36) 288-4901

BOHOL BRANCH:
Mezzanine Floor, Sarabia-Co-Torralba Bldg., CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Email:  bohol@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-38) 411-2984

QUEZON CITY BRANCH:
Shop 47, Shopwise Arcade, Times Square Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Email: cubao@bluehorizons.travel
Call: +(63-2) 352-7466

5. Budget Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1993
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
Suite 3, Metropolitan Tower, Mabini St. Malate Manila
Email: kat_aguilar@budgettrvl.com.ph
Call: (+63 2) 523-8120 to 26 or (+63 917) 806-2459

MUNTINLUPA BRANCH:
Unit 4018, 3/F Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa  City, Philippines
Email: kat_aguilar@budgettrvl.com.ph
Call: 850-5456 or 807-6821

6. Casto Travel Philippines Inc.

  • Est. 1996
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
2/F Tuscan Bldg. 114 Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: travel@casto.com.ph
Call: (+632) 810-0079

7. City Travel and Tours Corporation

  • Est. 1992
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱700

MAKATI OFFICE:
LG8 Cityland 10 Tower 1 H.V. Dela Costa St. Makati City
Email: info@citytravel.ph
Call: (02) 812 9111, 0918-291-9977, 0923-733-2780 or 0917-855-2780

PAMPANGA BRANCH:
Unit 201, 2/F Diamond Spring Hotel Bldg. Mc Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Email: info@citytravel.ph
Call:  (045) 405 0317, 0918-233-2144, 0922-863-6006, or 0915-762-2882

8. Come on Phils. Golf & Travel Agency Inc.

  • Est. date not known
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Website | Facebook (not found)

PASAY OFFICE:
A-36 HK Sun Plaza Macapagal, Pasay
Email: N/A
Call: 02-810-1959

9. Constellation Travels, Inc.

  • Est. 1978
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
11/F Pryce Center Condominium 1179 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Bagtikan St. San Antonio Village, Makati City
Email: reservations@constelltravel.com.ph
Call: +63 (2) 224-1730, +63 (917) 813 7180 or +63 (917) 565 7694

ILOILO BRANCH:
G/F Door 2, Manfred’s Building, 22 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City, 5000 Philippines
Email: ctiiloilo@constelltravel.com.ph
Call: +63 (33) 514 1066 or +63 (917) 823 8655

10. First United Travel Inc.

  • Est. 1982
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
Garden Level, Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Makati City, Philippines
Email: info@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: (+632) 818-7181

BULACAN BRANCH:
2/F Abary Square Bldg. 1733 Año St. Corner F. Vergel De Dios St., Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan
Email: nethele@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: +63 44 892 0746 or +63 44 766 1939

CEBU BRANCH:
Unit #118 The QC Pavilion, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, 6000 Cebu City
Email: katmlupisan@firstunitedtravel.com
Call: +63 32 266 1841 or +63 32 412 0863

11. Getaway Tours International Inc.

  • Est. 1979
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
576 GTI Bldg, San Andres St. Brgy 704, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call:  (+632) 400-8745, 400-8746, 354 4760 or 400-8745

PARAÑAQUE BRANCH:
Ground Floor WSCT 026 Waltermart, Brgy. San Isidro, Dr. Santos Ave., Sucat Paranaque City
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: (+632) 820-1707, (+632) 820-1504 or (+632) 820-4238

CAVITE BRANCH (DASMARIÑAS):
UGF 156, SM City Dasmariñas, Sampaloc 1, Dasmariñas City, Cavite
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: (+046) 435-3387

CAVITE BRANCH (GENERAL TRIAS):
Level 2 – Unit 200-A, Robinson’s Place, General Trias, Cavite
Email: packages@toursgetaway.com
Call: ( +046) 436-2112

12. GrandHope Travel and Tours

  • Est. 1995
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

CEBU OFFICE:
Lower Ground Level, SM City, Juan Luna Avenue Extension, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhopesm@gmail.com
Call: (032) 233-8530, (032) 234-0764, (032) 233-8263 or (032) 234-0767

CEBU BRANCH (FUENTE):
G/F Dona Luisa Building, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhope_travel@yahoo.com
Call: (032) 255-4089 or (032) 255-4091

AYALA BRANCH:
Ayala Center Cebu, Level 4, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Email: grandhope_ayala@yahoo.com
Call: (032) 268-9009 or (032) 268-9008

BOHOL BRANCH:
Galleria Luisa Building 2nd Floor, C. Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines 6300
Email: grandhopebohol@gmail.com
Call: (038) 501-8588

13. H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp.

  • Est. 2009
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

TAGUIG OFFICE:
2/F Serendra Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio
Email: info@his-manila.com
Call: 02-718-5002 or 02-822-4496

14. Hanatour Manila Inc.

  • Est. date not known
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

PASAY OFFICE:
2/F Damon Bldg., Macapagal Avenue, 1011 Pasay, Metro Manila
Email: N/A
Call: 02-403-3993

15. Hankookceb Corp. 

  • Est. 2012
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱800

CEBU OFFICE:
Trans Asia Building Room 301 Cor. MJ Cuenco Ave, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City
Email: karenabella2@naver.com
Call: (032) 238-2595

MAKATI BRANCH:
Unit 201, Buma Building, 1012 Metropolitan Ave., San Antonio, Makati City
Email: karenabella2@naver.com
Call: (02) 776-0253

16. Horizon Travel and Tours, Inc.

  • Est. 1977
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MANILA OFFICE (Ermita):
490 Potenciana Mansion, Sta. Monica St., Ermita, Manila
Email: info_main@horizontravel.ph
Call:  02-521-2586

MANILA BRANCH (Binondo):
345 San Vicente cor. T. Pinpin St., Binondo, Manila
Email: info_main@horizontravel.ph
Call: +632 3102308 to 09 or 9862717

17. International Journeys Inc.

  • Est. 1967
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱500

MANILA OFFICE:
Unit 2, 3/F Altra Center, 1663 Jorge Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila
Email: internationaljourneys@gmail.com
Call:  (632) 400-0550 or +63917-5372-038

18. JOINENJOY (Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.) 

  • Est. 2002
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,000

PASAY OFFICE:
Unit 109-P, G/F Five Ecom Center, Pacific Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Email: joinenjoy@hotelclick.com.ph
Call: +632-7082000

19. JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.

  • Est. 1912
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

TAGUIG OFFICE:
18/F, Unit 2, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center 26th & 25th Streets, Bonifacio South, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila,Philippines 1634
Email: leisure_jtbmnl.ph@jtbap.com
Call: 894 5528

PASAY BRANCH:
259-EM, SM Mall of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City 1300
Email: N/A
Call: +63 0949 994 0249

CEBU BRANCH:
2F, J Centre Mall, V.Albano, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Email: N/A
Call: +63 032-260-8024

QUEZON CITY:
4/F Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4, Ayala Mall (Vertis North), Quezon City
Email: N/A
Call: (+632) 932-5600

20. KP Joeun Consultancy Inc.

  • Est. N/A
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

PASIG OFFICE:
Retail 9, Goldland Millenia Tower J, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-854-5514, 02-4511282, or 02-998-6639

21. Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.

  • Est. 1984
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
Unit B2, G/F Imperial Bayfront Tower 1642 A, Mabini Street, Brgy. 699, Zone 076, Malate, Manila
Email: laspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 711-7069, 711-7072, 711-7074, 711-7075, 711-7076 or 7117069

MAKATI BRANCH:
UG1 146 Alfaro Place Bldg, LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: laspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 840-1363 to 65, 810-0107 to 08, 810-0226 to 27, 817-1224, 892-3663 or 810-0172

PAMPANGA BRANCH:
Unit 2, Consunji Street . Brgy. Sto Rosario, 2000 San Fernando, Pampanga
Emaillaspalmastoursandtravel@yahoo.com
Call: (045) 435-1177, (045) 435-1977 or (045) 435-1016

22. Marsman Drsydale Travel Inc.

  • Est. 1979
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
19/F Robinsons Summit Center 6783, Ayala Avenue Makati City, Philippines
Email: inquiry@ph.hrgworldwide.com
Call: +63 2 887-0000

23. MNK Travel and Tours Corp.

  • Est. date not found
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Website | Facebook

PASIG OFFICE:
802 One Corp. Center, Julia Vargas cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-687-4443

24. North Star International Travel, Inc.

  • Est. 1990
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
19/F Trident Tower, 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1200 Philippines
Email: inquiry@northstar-travel.com.ph
Call:  +63 2 485 7272

25. Pan Pacific Travel Corporation 

  • Est. 1978
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱800

MANILA OFFICE:
353 E.T. Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Email: panpacifictravel@gmail.com
Call: (63-2) 243-6666

MANILA BRANCH (Ermita):
G/F Pacific Place Apartelle Suites. 539 Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Email: trafalgarmanila@panpacifictravel.com.ph
Call: (632) 523-1990 or 526-6427

MAKATI BRANCH:
Unit LG-1 Herrera Tower Condominium. # 98 V.A. Rufino St cor. Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Email: pptcmkti@yahoo.com
Call: (632) 810-8551 to 56

CEBU BRANCH:
Diplomat Hotel, Suite No. 6, 90 F. Ramos Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Email: panpaccebu@gmail.com
Call: (032) 254-0343/45/47/49

26. Party-on Travel and Tour Community Inc.

  • Est. date not found
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Website | Facebook (not found)

PASIG OFFICE:
Unit C2 17/F, Strata 100 Bldg. F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Email: N/A
Call: 02-470-2000

27. Rajah Travel Corporation

  • Est. 1972
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed
  • Designated to process group Korean visa application

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F 331 Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines
Email: webinquiry@rajahtravel.com
Call:  +63 (02) 894 0886

MANILA BRANCH:
G/F GLC Building, A. Mabini cor. T.M. Kalaw Sts., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Email: webinquiry@rajahtravel.com
Call: +63 (02) 523 8801

28. Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.

  • Est. 1999
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱1,000

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F Rico Building, 112 Aguirre St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Email: support@raksotravel.com
Call:  (+63) 02 651 9000

MANILA BRANCH (Ermita):
Unit G-06 Malate Adriatico Grand Residences, 1415 Adriatico Street Ermita, Manila
Email: mnlsales@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 02-354-1000

MANILA BRANCH (Binondo):
517-519 Tomas Mapua St, Santa Cruz, Manila, Metro Manila
Email: jek.uyjamisola@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 2443501/02

PAMPANGA BRANCH: ************************
2/F #1 Quad 2 Plaridel ST. Nepo Center, Brgy. Sto. Rosario Angeles City, Pampanga
Email: br_angeles@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 045 888 1010

BORACAY BRANCH:
Regency Lagoon Bldg. A, Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Email: br.sales@raksotravel.com
Call: (+63) 036 288 2419 / 036 288 2420

CEBU BRANCH:
2/F The Walk Cebu IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, 6000
Email: sales.ceb@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 032 340-2000

DAVAO BRANCH:
Level 1 Unit 111B-112, Robinson’s cybergate Mall Davao, J.P. Laurel street, Bajada, Davao City
Email: m.repolles@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 82 287 8200

DAVAO EXPRESS:
3/F Floor Gaisano Mall, JP Laurel Avenue Bajada, Davao City
Email: m.repolles@raksoair.com
Call: (+63) 082 255-6456 or 09399374559

29. Reli Tours and Travel Company

  • Est. 1988
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F Dusit Hotel cor. Edsa Pasay Road, Makati City
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  (632) 867-3655, (632) 894-1214 or (632) 893 9226

PASAY BRANCH:
SM Mall of Asia, Bay City Pasay City, Metro Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  632-556-1445, 556-1446 or 556-1447

MANDALUYONG BRANCH:
5/F SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call: 632-637-4694, 637-4695 or 637-5020

MANILA BRANCH:
4/F Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regonte St. cor. Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call:  632-242-0640

LAS PIÑAS BRANCH:
SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City
Email: relitours@yahoo.com
Call: 632-800-4948, 02-800-4949 or 02-800-4950

30. Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc. 

  • Est. 1952
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱700

MAKATI OFFICE:
Suite 501-504 Alexander House Bldg., 132 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229
Emailstsdocumentation@cfsharp.com or stssales@cfsharp.com
Call:  +63-2 817 0071 to 74

31. Swire Travel Philippines Inc. 

  • Est. 1979
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
6/F Country Space Bldg., Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Email: reservations@swiretravelphils.com.ph
Call:  +632 8171082, +639773879721 or +63 9330439594

32. The Baron Travel Corporation

  • Est. 1967
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
3/F, PCCI Corporate Center, 118 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Email: contactus@barontravel.com.ph
Call:  +632 817 4926

CEBU BRANCH:
Unit H Capitol Commercial Complex, N. Escario Street, Cebu City
Email : cebubtcmgr@yahoo.com
Call: +6332 255 6095

33. Travelpros

  • Est. 1993
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: ₱950

MANDALUYONG OFFICE:
5/F SM Megamall Building B, Julia Vargas Ave. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Email: main@travelpros.ph
Call: 634-0265 to 67 or 09178866578

TAGUIG BRANCH:
SM Aura Premier B1, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Email: aura@travelpros.ph
Call: 556-3007 or 09228161707

QUEZON CITY (Fairview):
Lower Ground, Main Bldg., SM City Fairview, Quezon City
Email: fairview@travelpros.ph
Call: 939-6023, 938-8742 or 09178866575

QUEZON CITY (North EDSA):
G/F SM City North EDSA, The Block, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
Email: northedsa@travelpros.ph
Call: 332-9678 or 09176232668

QUEZON PROVINCE:
2/F A-Square Town Center, Doña Tating St., Tiaong, Quezon
Email: tiaong@travelpros.ph
Call: 09228161703

34. TravelServices Inc.

  • Est. 2009
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MAKATI OFFICE:
2/F Trinity Insurance Center 7504 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio, Makati City
Email: sales@ph.fcm.travel
Call:  (+63 2) 706 8600

LAGUNA BRANCH:
2/F J. Alcasid Business Center, Crossing Street., Calamba City, Laguna 4029
Email: corplaguna@ph.fcm.travel
Call: (+632) 806 7503 or (+63 49) 508 2512 to 13

CEBU BRANCH:
4/F, Metrobank Plaza Building, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City 6000
Email: corpcebu@ph.fcm.travel
Call:  (+632) 806 7505 or  (+63 32) 253 5808

35. Uni-Orient Travel Inc.

  • Est. 1976
  • Korean Visa Processing Fee: Undisclosed

MANILA OFFICE:
447 Juan Luna St., Binondo, Manila
Email: marketing@uniorient.com
Call: 02-243-3888 or 0998 555 2083

CEBU BRANCH:
2/F Capitol Square, Escario Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Email: N/A
Call: +6332 253-1866


For all the first applicants and the one who never been to any OECD Countries. You will have to wait 5 business days before the embassy will released your passport with hopefully the visa labeled to it. While, to those who are frequent travellers and been to any, at least one, OECD Countries the releasing will be a short as 3 days…

If you have any questions about the Korean visa or if you need a help? you can freely contact me at ronel.marin2002@gmail.com and I will be happy to give a hand for this matter.

 

Applying for A Visa As A Freelancer In The Philippines

Struggle is real when it comes in applying for a visa, in my case though. Because I have myself an third world passport that is in need to justified the reason(s) why I do want to go in a certain countries or places hence it’s really painful to my end when the time I lodging my visa application in any embassies that I wanna go to. Thus mostly I do, is to wait patiently with a prayers that soon the embassy releases the passport it got me a visa labeled to it already which am gonna thankful for when it’s happened. I know most of you would relate in this because the agony of waiting ( for the result) is really not a joke at all. Because we already invested our money and our precious time by just having the visa on and even proofing ourselves that we are an bonafide tourist to their country by providing them some sorts of documentations that are sometimes hardly to obtained for.

In my case though, as a freelancer, it does hard for me to provide the certification of employment hence the Tax Forms too from our local Tax revenue office. Because these 2 are the most crucial for me as I don’t have a certain clients to work with and my Taxes doesn’t declared at all due to my ignorance on how to apply my freelancing job in the government, but I am working on it today. And if you does have the same situation as mine, no worries at all because you can still obtained a visa in several embassies by just providing the cover letter stating why you are lacking of a certain documents, and this one I made for my Japan, South Korea, China, New Zealand and UK Visa and with my surprised all visas got approved.

Hence, let me share with you the format of the cover letter when applying for a visa, especially when stating or writing your further explanation why you cant provide the documents they had required with.

Example:

To: Consular Officer

In line with my Visit Visa requirements, I am unable to provide a certificate of employment and ITR for the reason(s) of:

Or you can also put or address of the Embassy you are writing for, such like this:

THE HONORABLE CONSUL
EMBASSY OF JAPAN
2627 Roxas Boulevard 1300
Pasay City, Philippines

Sub: Ronel Marin ( Your Name), Philippine Passport No. ———, JAPAN Visa for Tourism

Dear Sir/Madam:

I would like to apply for Japan Tourist visa for a very short vacation, 4 days in total. For the reason(s) of:

Just state well your reasoning and support it with your other documents for them to believed your explanations why you aren’t able to provide the proper documentations they required with for their visa application.

I hope this post will help you out a bit for your visa preparation and if you wanna get the whole draft I have, you can simply email me using my contact details on the side and I’d be happy to sent it over for you to have an idea on how you can explain your situation well.

Thanks and Good Luck on your Visa application!

 

MY UK Visit Visa is Approved!

After the days of waiting anxiously. I finally got my passport yesterday (April 27, 2017) with my UK visa labeled on to it. The whole process takes 10 business days that begins to the date I lodged my application to the VFS Manila. But base to the (UK) British Embassy website they process each visa application up to 15 business days hence you dont have to worry as you haven’t heard anything from them within 10 business days prior to your last date lodgement.

Anyway, you can always up an query regarding your visa status at this page: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/ and an email will be send over to you that contains your visa current status for your convenience, just dont forget to include out your reference visa number that begins with: GWF******* that you can find at your VFS Receipt. You can also use this reference number by tracking down your passport at 2GO courier once the VFS made the shipment already.

Also, UK Embassy doesn’t disclosed the information regarding your visa application yet ( approved or denied) until you gets you passport back and see if there’s a visa labeled to it…

Don’t forget to check my other entries regarding on applying UK VISIT VISA:

  1. Applying for a UK VISIT VISA  2. Acquiring UK VISA: Appointment Day!

 

 

 

Acquiring UK VISA: Appointment Day!

As I’ve said, If you done completing your online application, have it printed out and already got your appointment date for the submission of your application package and for collecting Biometric and next step was to present yourself at the VFS ECO Plaza Makati Manila. Be sure that you’re 15 minutes early upon your appointment time as they’re allowing applicant to enter the building 15 minutes early.

VFS Manila ADDRESS:

VFS Manila Visa Application Centre
Mezzanine Floor, Unit M01 Ecoplaza Building
2305 Chino Roces Ave. Extension
Makati City 1231
Manila

United Kingdom Visa center was located at the second floor and as you goes up you may see a guard there asking for your appointment letter to present hence dont forget to printed out your appointment letter or less they cant allow you at all to enter the building.

Tips:

Don’t bring bag inside, actually you can but you’ll have to deposit it over to the locker beside to the guard area and it has a fee ( 75 PHP) which is not reasonable at all because you’ll probably staying at the building for like 10 minutes, in my case, so paying for the locker is not really a good idea. Better to have a companion who will wait you outside who can carry your belongings for awhile.

Also, make sure that you have your checklist ready as well that you can download beforehand over this link: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/philippines/Document-checklist.html. Because the representative will ask it over but if you forgot to brings yours, dont fret! as they have a spare checklist to give out for you to fill it up. 🙂

VFS Fees?

This is only optional though: if you opt to have your passport delivered at your home address there was a corresponding fee for that and it’s : PHP 525.00 and if you want an SMS update you can also get that by paying PHP158 which I dont recommend at all. Why? because they just texted me once stating that my application was being forwarded to the UK Embassy and after than I haven’t received any from the Text. haha! But they do email you as well regarding on the updates and status hence you’ll be not needing the SMS for that matter.

What to wear inside VFS?

Please dont overdress! VFS is not a embassy they’re just collecting our applications hence you can wear sort of “casual” wearing while lodging your application. Actually me, am just wore my obey sweat shorts and a basic plain tees when the time I lodged my application and still I can able to enter haha just dont wear tank top/sando and slipper, I guess.

 

 

 

Applying for a UK VISIT VISA

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Who wants to see the queen in the Buckingham palace? I know most of you out there are raising your hands and me included, as it was my dreamt to see UK, London specifically, because the city has a lot of majestic views to appreciate and the culture itself is quite specially I think, though I haven’t expose myself that much in it and still, I was fascinated in what am seeing over the postcard that a friend always bought home for me hence it pushes me to apply for my very first UK Visit Visa.

Applying for a visit or general tourist visa in the UK is the most painless and easiest than to the other embassies that I’ve been through. Because all you have to do is the complete your application forms, get your documents ready and filed them in order base on the checklist and lodge them out in the VFS office in manila if you are in Luzon particularly but to those who are residing in Visayas and Mindanao no worries though as they have an VFS office in Cebu that you can visit for your visa lodgement, and I’ll be writing down the address below for your convenience.

Documents To Provide?

For the first timer in applying for a visa, I know the concern you may have was, what are these documents to present to have my visa application be approved? Well, there’s no specific documents needed that the embassy requires beside to your bank statements, employment certificate, your current passport that should be valid 6 months prior to your travel in the UK, evidence of your income that indicates your monthly salary, ITR and a letter from your HR stating the total amount you getting as an employee for the monthly basis – you can also include this details on your employment certification. And of course all applications or applicants has different situations to established for you to have the visa approved. Might most of you has a family member sponsoring you for the trip or a friend perhaps that might shouldering all your expenses while in UK and so – for that matter, you should provide an additional documentation that can justified your application like a letter from your sponsor stating that she or he shouldering all of your expenses while in the UK. And for the applicants that has a family member in the UK you should established your relationship by giving out a proof of relation – what are these docs? You can provide your both birth certificates for the legal basis and you can always show some of your old pictures together hence the officer may see that you have a strong family relationship.

And to those who haven’t an ITR & COE to present like myself, Please dont fret as you can always write an explanation letter stating why you’re lacking to these documents. Yes! I did this and luckily I got my visa approved!!! Yes to that!! hehe

If you do have your courage to apply for your UK Visitor Visa now, you can start completing your application form by making your online account here: https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and for the fee, please do check it below and make sure you know the visa category you’re applying for as I included all the fees per visa category:

Standard Visitor

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 116 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 438 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 796 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 997 Visa application guide

Short-term study

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Short-term study (up to 6 months) 121 Visa application guide
Short-term study – To study English Language 233 Visa application guide

Business visitors

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12 months) and dependant 233 Visa application guide
Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental observation and PLAB/OSCE test 121 Visa application guide
Diplomatic courier 116 Visa application guide
Permitted Paid Engagements 116 Visa application guide
Prospective Entrepreneur 116 Visa application guide

Special visitors – marriage or civil partnership

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Marriage or civil partnership 116 Visa application guide

Special visitors -parents of children at school

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Parent of a child at school (up to 12 months) 645 Visa application guide

Special visitors -child visitors

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 116 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 438 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 796 Visa application guide
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 997 Visa application guide

Diplomatic/Official Visitor

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge

Course F visitors

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Course F (main applicant and dependants) 116

Visitors in transit

Visa types Visa application fee (USD) Visa application guide
Visitor in transit 81 Visa application guide

Once you’ve done your application online and had made your payment already and got your appointment date for lodgement in the VFS office – (you can all do these on your VISA4UK account). You can now relax and wait for the day given for you to visit the VFS. Addresses are listed below:

VFS Manila Visa Application Centre
Mezzanine Floor, Unit M01 Ecoplaza Building
2305 Chino Roces Ave. Extension
Makati City 1231
Manila

VFS Cebu Visa Application Centre
503, Keppel Building, Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cor Samar Loop,
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Please do read my post “Acquiring UK VISA: Appointment day” for you to know my personal experiences inside the VFS office and on how convenient and smooth their procedure was.

 

Taiwan Immigration News: Southeast Asian Countries Can Now Enter Taiwan Without Visa

Good news folks! Starting this June 2017 mostly of the southeast Asian Countries, Philippines included, are now able to enter taiwan without a visa. Unlike when the last time where you’ll have to have this travel Authorization Certification that you can only acquired if you have any of these first world countries visas that you can pass in the details through to Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs online. But not no more as there’s a news made already and we can take advantage on this for one year as this free enter is on the trial base for one year as states on the Taiwan’s immigration website. For more details you can always check Taiwan’s Immigration website because this might change in due time hence checking it yourself before flying is a great practice to avoid a future trip in trouble.

These are the countries that will benefit this Visa free Entry; Philippines, India, Indonesia, Myanmar Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

UPDATE: Taiwan’s Immigration has postponed the free entry visa privilege for Filipino this June and moving it up by September but let’s all wait for their proper update regarding this so better not to book yet your tickets.