South Korean Embassy Launches Electronic Visa Appointment System

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MANILA—The South Korean Embassy in Manila will introduce an online appointment system from 2 p.m. on September 14.

This system will allow travelers to South Korea to apply for a visa by booking a schedule online.

The embassy will no longer accept walk-in visa applicants from Thursday, September 15.

Some applicants like “Kristina” were willing to wait all night to catch the half-day walk-in application.

“Ginusto naman namin na maghintay, kasi gusto ko sana makahabol o magbakasakali na makakuha ng visa bukas. Pag-itaboy kami ng guard lalayo naman kami,” she said.

Scheduling a visa appointment will only require passport numbers, mobile phone numbers and an email address.

The visa for tourists to South Korea can also be applied for through accredited agencies.

There will be three timings as indicated by the Embassy:

  • 8:30 a.m. will be dedicated to accredited travel agencies and individual applicants for Filipino spouses of Korean nationals or visiting family
  • 9:30 a.m. will be for visa applicants as tourists, and
  • 10:30 a.m. will be allocated for those traveling to South Korea on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or for official conferences, business, entertainment, sports, study, religious visits, foreign diplomats and international organizations as well as seasonal workers.

Once the appointment has been secured, applicants should bring an electronic or printed copy of their emailed booking confirmation; duly completed visa application form; required documents listed; passport and other valid identification documents.

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