(Update as of June 2015: This blog post is based on my personal account and circumstances uniquely personal to me based on four (4) separate applications for a tourist visa with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines—all of which have been approved. I have been to South Korea four (4) times since my first visit in 2012 and I now hold a multiple entry visa (in the interest of full disclosure, my passport contains valid visas and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the last 5 years, which is one of the factors that the Korean Embassy considers for granting visas). The information contained in this post are based on my personal experience and also includes the experience of people I personally know but is not intended to be official, definitive information. All official information and requirements regarding visa requirements can only be found in the Embassy website. If you want official answers to your questions or require further clarification, call the Korean Embassy through telephone number 8569210. If you want my personal opinion and answer based on my experiences with my own visa applications to Korea, then you may post a question in the comments section below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not liable for any visa denials or delays due to sole reliance on the information and experiences published in this post. This post is further subject to all disclaimers contained in the bottom of this post, as well as the general policies of this blog. Thanks!)
I am going away on holiday with my girlfriends to spend a few days of summer in Seoul! But before we can leave, we had to apply for a visa for tourists at the Korean Embassy in Manila. It was a relatively painless process, as long as you submit complete documents and follow instructions. I’ve also included some tips based on our experience, so you don’t have to mine through the information in the Korean Embassy’s website.
For the usual single-entry visas that allow up to 59 days stay in Korea, there is no visa fee. Certain qualified applicants may also avail of a multiple entry visa, and subject to a fee of P3,600.00.
– You failed to prove the relationship with your inviter.
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