Please read my other blog before you continue to read this. This is my second time to apply for a Korean tourist visa and I was so happy that my application was approved. The last time I went to Seoul was in November 2017 (autumn) for 5 days and this time it was spring (April 3-9, 2019).
I am an independent contractor who works as a home-based Virtual Assistant. I work by project and my clients are from Upwork. Other details about me:
- Registered to BIR last October 2016 as Self-Employed Professional
- Other countries I’ve been to:
- Singapore – 2012
- Indonesia – 2013
- Indonesia – 2014
- Indonesia – 2016
- Hong Kong – 2016
- Macau – 2016
- Indonesia – 2017
- South Korea – 2017
- Taiwan – 2018
- Vietnam – 2018
- Cambodia – 2018
- Thailand – 2018
- Malaysia – 2018
I submitted the same documents except for the photocopy of my first Korean tourist visa and arrival stamp.
- APPLICATION FORM
- 1 PASSPORT SIZE COLORED PICTURE 35mm X 45mm (WHITE BACKGROUND)
- PHOTOCOPY OF PASSPORT
- ORIGINAL & PHOTOCOPY OF VALID VISA AND ARRIVAL STAMPS TO OECD MEMBER COUNTRIES FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS
- CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF 2017 ITR FORM 1701 WITH BIR STAMP (My 2018 ITR is not yet available)
- PHOTOCOPY OF BIR CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
- UPWORK CERTIFICATE OF EARNINGS
- SCREENSHOTS OF ACTIVE CONTRACTS FROM UPWORK
- BANK CERTIFICATE [ACCOUNT TYPE, CURRENT BALANCE, ACCOUNT OPENING DATE AND AVERAGE BALANCE (ADB)]
- BANK STATEMENTS – 2 ACCOUNTS
- EXPLANATION LETTER ABOUT MY JOB
Visa Fee when you apply at the Consulate in Cebu:
- 59 days or less – Free
- 60-90 days – Php 1,800
This time, I didn’t go to the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu City. My friend was the one who submitted our requirements last March 20, 2019. I checked the status of my application online (https://www.visa.go.kr/openPage.do?MENU_ID=10301) and it was Application Received.
On March 27, 2019 at 5:34PM, it changed to Approved. Even if it was just Single entry, I’m still happy that me and my 3 friends got approved.
When I arrived at Incheon International airport, the IO just stamped my visa with 2 “USED” stamps and gave me a small Entry Confirmation paper.
How much did I spend?
*Food, drinks and pasalubong not included
It was my first time flying with Jeju Air. If you want to add an additional baggage allowance for check in, do it online before your flight to Incheon. We had to purchase an additional 15 kilos for check in at the airport counter for 85,000 won. It could’ve been 50,000 won only if we purchase it before we left Cebu.
We stayed at 24 Guesthouse Myeongdong Avenue. The guesthouse reception is on the 6th Floor and our room is on the 4th Floor. We haven’t tried their free breakfast. There’s a fridge, TV and hair dryer in our room. I like the location coz it’s near Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong Shopping Street and some tourist spots are just walking distance. It’s also near the train station and bus stop. There are convenience stores and a lot of restaurants outside our place.
We rented our portable wifi from T mifi – SK Telecom (for 3 devices only) at the airport between Exit 5 and 6 or Exit 9 and 10. It’s cheaper compared to Flytpack. We had no problems with the internet connection and it was fast. They will ask for your passport and credit card. I think the deposit they took from my credit card was just ₩2,000 (₱91.05) but they will refund it after a few days once you return the portable wifi. We only paid ₩23,100 (₱1,052) for 7 days.
Photos From Our Trip
We went to the places where we weren’t able to go to last November 2017 except Myeongdong.
Disclaimer: Everything that is written here is based on my experience as an Online Freelancer. This post only serves as a guide and inspiration for your South Korean Tourist Visa application and does not guarantee approval since it’s still a case-to-case basis. You can check the Korean Embassy’s website or other blogs for the complete/other requirements.