How to Apply for Korean Visa as a Family

Our family recently applied for a Korean Visa and thankfully, we were all granted one. Whew! The new and stricter requirements implemented early this month (March 2015) gave us quite a scare.

I’ll detail here the steps and requirements for a typical family consisting of an employee, a housewife, and children. If the wife is employed, just follow the employee requirements.

1. Complete the Requirements as Detailed Below

Korean Visa Requirements for Families

  • Application form may be downloaded here. Must be printed on A4 size paper.
  • OECD Member Countries may be checked here.
  • The highlighted section above (items 6-9 for Employee) means that section is the same for all the other members of the family, just give everyone a copy (though for us, the consul returned the copies but it’s better to be sure and prepare them anyway).
  • UPDATE:  BDO Cardholders are exempted from submitting Bank Certificate and ITR (Income Tax Return) when applying and are eligible to have multiple entry privilege. (Employment Certificate / Business Permit is still Required). Present the eligible BDO Credit Card and a copy of your monthly billing statement (MBS) upon submission of the application form. This offer is valid until December 31,2016 2017 only. More info about this promo here.
    • Eligible BDO Credit Cards:
      • 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

 2. Proceed to the Korean Embassy

  • Application is only from Mondays to Fridays and at 9AM-11AM only.
  • Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
  • Fee: FREE for 59 days or less. P1,800 for 60-90 days.
  • No need for physical appearance of the applicant, a representative is okay.
  • Once there, just follow these simple steps to submit your application:
    1. Go to the front desk to get your number and to show your requirements.
    2. Wait for your number to be flashed on the screen.
    3. Once it’s your turn, proceed to the designated window (indicated in your waiting number slip), and submit all your requirements.
    4. Once done, you’d be given a slip of paper with the date when you can come back to claim your passport.

3. Claim Your Passports at the Designated Date

  • Claiming is from Mondays to Fridays and at 2PM-4PM only.
  • Bring your claim stub and write the name(s) of the applicant(s) and a contact number.


  • Fill up the application form completely. If a field is not applicable to you, place an N/A.
  • Don’t forget to affix your signature. For children, have a parent sign it and indicate the relationship beside the signature.
  • Have a copy of all the documents that need copied. Although there is a copier inside, the line is usually long and it’s at P3 per page.
  • Arrange the necessary documents according to the order above. We had to resubmit our requirements because they were not in order.
  • Go there early. They stop accepting at exactly 11:00AM so it’s better to be early to avoid being told to come back again.
  • When your queue number is near, try to stay in front already as they only give a few seconds for you to appear in the window. If no one comes, they move on to the next number immediately.

Best of luck in your Korean visa application! 🙂

77 thoughts on “How to Apply for Korean Visa as a Family

  1. Do you have an idea how much savings do we need to have in our bank account to be able for them to approved our application? Thanks!

    1. Hi Emms, I’m not sure of a particular amount that gets the application accepted. I suppose it depends on the length of stay and the number of family members you are supporting. P50k should be a good starting point.

  2. Thank you so much for this post. Very informative and has helped me every step of the way. Just submitted our application few days ago and hoping to get an approved visa by Monday.

  3. Hi, I stumbled upon your post and I find it very helpful as we have the same situation (applying as a family, employed, housewife and child). Just a question, did you check unemployed or did you choose others then wrote down housewife in the employment question?

    1. Hi Mel 🙂 I just checked the Korean embassy website for the form and it seems that it’s a new one, different from the old one we accomplished. In the old one, the occupation is a field with a blank, to which I wrote “housewife”. I suppose what you said is okay too, just check other and write housewife in the blank.

      1. Hi Cheryl! Thank you! I’ve read some comments from other sites lately that its strictly no work no visa policy now so I’m a little worried. We’ll be submitting our requirements next week and I guess the waiting part is the most nerve wrecking >_<. By the way, Jeju is on our destination list too, and I am really glad to have read your post on it. Crossing our fingers for the visa application.

  4. husband and I submitted our family application last friday and I had a mini heart attack when the consul said “no work no visa but let’s see” she returned all of husband’s coe and itr that was attached to my application while for our son, she only got his school certificate, id, birth cert and marriage contract and returned the other docs as well. Now we have to wait for 7 freaking days for the result.

    1. Hi. May I know what happened with your application? did you get approved? I got concerned with the “no work no visa policy” that i learned here because i am also an unemployed housewife. If i have my own bank account, will it help? would appreciate your reply

  5. Hi. Will be applying likewise for a korean visa as family. I am a housewife and both our children are already employed. The “no work no visa” policy that i just learned now has me concerned ? if I have my own bank account, will it increase my chances of getting approved? it will be a shame if i’d be the one to get disapproved as I am the one wanting this trip badly…would help to hear more tips and comments from you.

  6. Hi pahelp po pleaseeee.

    Original Plan: Sasabay ko mama (as housewife, primary cardholder) and sister(as student,supplementary cardholder) magapply since BPI Gold Cardholder din sila. For the sake lang na baka mabigyan ng ME. Unang plano is, ako magssponsor sakanilang dalawa, para maging sigurista, magpapasa parin kami ng financial docs (bank statement, bank certificate). Ang kaso, around 120k lang yung nasa bank ko. Kung around 30k lang yung lalagay namen sa Estimated Travel Cost, kaya naman no? Or masyadong mababa?


    Second Plan: Naisipan ni Mama na magbigay nalang din ng personal bank statement niya and bank certificate and lalagay niya sa sponsor niya is “Myself” nalang, US dollars yung andoon (around 200k, joint account nila ni Papa ito), kaso hindi na gumagalaw yung laman ng money don. Okay lang kaya yun? Or may bearing yung deposit/withdraw sa bank statement? And housewife siya, so pwede bang siya magsusupport sa sarili niya pero sa akin parin yung “CoE” and “ITR”?
    NOTE: May US VISA pala si Mama and nagUS siya last April 2011.

    hindi ko na tuloy alam kung ano dapat gawin or saan kami magsstick na plano. Or baka may maisuggest pa kayong plano para sa scenario nameng tatlo. hehehehe.

    Next week nadin kasi magaapply and nalilito pa rin kami. Pasensya na sa madaming tanong.
    Maraming Salamat Talaga!

    1. Hi Antoine, I think ok naman for your mama to support herself kung may laman naman yung bank account niya. No matter that it’s not moving. Nung sa amin kasi lahat under husband, itr and coe kasi siya yung may work. Pero I put in bank certificate under my name also. Hope that somehow helps. Good luckon your application. 🙂

      1. Okay lang po na si mama po support sa sarili niya, pero sa akin po yung CoE and ITR? And one more thing, kahit isang original copy lang po? or need kahit photocopy each for the three of us?
        Thank you so much!

        1. In our case, I provided photocopy for all of us, just in case na hingiin..but yung actual na kinuha is yung original lang. Better to be prepared na din. In our case kasi si husband yung ginawa kong magsupport.

          1. Okay sige po! Thank you po! Pero wait po clarification lang po, nag pasa din po kayo ng sarili niyong bank certificate?

    1. One last question po! 🙂 Ano po masusuggest niyo, sumama sila sa pagapply or kahit ako nalang po magisa magpasa ng requirements? Thank you po! 🙂

        1. Okay thank you! last na last na last po, anong window kayo po nagpasa? 🙂
          SALAMAT! apply na po kami bukas! Goodluck samin! hehe

          1. Yay, I fogot which window na hehe. Kasi depends on who gets freed up and then tatawagin nalang yung next number e. Good luck, good luck! 🙂

  7. If both of us are employed.. and both of us are sponsoring our kid’s travel expenses.. pareho namen iaattach sa application nung baby namen ung mga coe, itr, bank cert etc? 🙂

  8. Hi. Ask ko lang sana. I will be travelling kasi with my sister but she’s still a college student what i have read kelangan po ng parents docs etc. what if wala na sya sa puder ng parents nya. So wala syang mapapakitang kahit anong docs(Anyway magkaiba kami ng mother) ako yung mismong guardian nya ngayon. Is it okay if yung mismong ITR and banks details ko yung isusubmit ko para sa visa nya? Hope i can get an idea from you. Thanks

    1. Hi Gen, I think she needs to present the docs of kung sinong magsposponsor sa kanya (in this case, you), not necessarily naman parents. Hope that helps. 🙂

      1. Hi Cheryl, ask ko lang kasi ung father ko na main sponsor namin sa korea travel is currently abroad in middle east. So ang mangyayari mauuna kme magapply ng korean visa ng mother and siblings ko. Kaya nirequest na namin sa father ko to send ung mga required docs/original thru LBC ung mga Bank Cert, COE, Bank statement. Kaso ang tanong nya is if ibabalik pa daw ba ng korean embassy etong mga original COE, Bank Cert/Statement, kasi paguwe nya sa pinas solo sya magapply ng korean visa wherein same docs din ang isusubmit nya sa embassy. Or do i tell him na to request 2 orig copies ng Bank Cert/Statement and COE ? One copy is para sa min na unang magapply ng visa then ung isa copy para sa pagapply nya din paguwe nya sa pinas?

  9. Hi! I’ve been reading lots of blogs about getting a korean visa. My husband and I will be applying for a korean visa next month. Im an unemployed housewife.. i just want to ask what will i check in the employment (unemployed or others) will i write housewife below? Thanks.. i just dont know what to do..

    1. Hi Badette, we filled up a different form before where there were no choices given. With the new form though, I would check “Others” and write Housewife on the blank below. Hope that helps! And good luck! 🙂

      1. Hi! I just want to say thank you😊 for replying sa mga questions ko.. nung time na kinakabahan ako about sa visa application namin ni husband. We passed our requirements last week.. and got our passport with SK Visa 😍. Im an unemployed housewife.. tama ka i ticked others and wrote “housewife” sa blank.. Only 1 set of requirements ung kinuha samin.. super dali and super bilis ng visa processing and mababait din pati mga pinoy na guards! Thanks again!

  10. Hi!

    Just curious. you indicated the word “copy”. does this mean a photocopy or will I submit the original one? I’m asking because I’m not quite familiar with the requirements for my 2-year old son, if I’m going to submit the original birth certificate or just photocopy it.

    Thanks for your response.
    – Melvin

  11. hi..gud eve..wat are the requirements in getting a korean tourist visa for a public school teacher like me.,our family is planning to have a short vacation there.,thank u..

  12. Hi Cheryl, thanks for your blog! we are going to apply for korean visa next week as a family. My husband and I are traveling with our 7 y.o. son. I am just confused on what am I suppose to put in the estimated travel cost since the application is filed as individuals. Shall I put N/A on me and my son’s application form respectively, or should it be divided into us three? thanks in advance for your response.

    1. Hi! We filled up an older form before where the funding details were not asked for. If I were to answer this however, I would put the value and indicate that it’s for the entire family e.g. $XXX (for 3 pax). Hope that helps. Good luck in your application! 🙂
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  13. Hi! Thanks for this blog! I am planning to apply for a Korean visa soon but I am confused with regards to other requirements that I may be requested to comply. Anyway, my situation is that I am married and I will be travelling to Korea with my younger siblings. My husband will not be coming with me. Just me and my 2 siblings. Do I still have to pass an NSO copy of my marriage contract? Also, since one of my siblings is still a college student but with legal age, he still don’t have the capacity to travel. Same with my other sibling who is still a minor (age 17). Seems like I will be the one to declare that I will be financing our whole trip since I am currently employed in a private institution. Do you have any idea what other requirements am I supposed to pass given our situation? Thank you so much! God bless! 🙂

    1. Hi Maureen, in your case, you’ll prepare your requirements as an employee. I think there’s no need for NSO marriage certificate. As for your siblings, they fall under students. They may provide documents that support/show proof of sufficient finances from your parents, plus their birth certificates. If it will be you who’ll finance their trip though, then they’d have to prepare also all your documents (just to see the relationship and proof of your finances as well). I hope that helps. 🙂

  14. Hey Cheryl !!

    Great share !!
    The list of requirements per applicant type are stated in the embassy’s website which you can access here. For easier comparison, I have enumerated below the list of requirements I submitted for each of my family members. From experience, there is no need to produce multiple copies of the same documents for each applicant.

    Keep sharing !!
    Warm regards
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  15. Hello! Thanks for the information you have provided. Learned a lot.

    What if it is the other way around, I am the one working and my husband is a stay at home husband as of the moment. Is there a slimmer chance of being approved? Thank you!

  16. Hi, on total cost secction, for kid’s form (mine is 2 years old), does it need to put the same amount as parent or is it ok to put amount based on itinerary? (Since he wont need to pay for most of transportation & tickets there)

  17. Hi Cheryl ask ko lang… Balak kasi nmin magapply as family and my sister will sponsor the trip..kaso problema I don’t have work. in case nman sa father q may work sya pero senior citizen na sya… may chance kaya aq na mabgyan ng visa kung lahat ng bank related documents na ipapakita q ung sa ate q sinceaya nman magiisponsor ng travel…? kinakabahan kasi kami magapply… sya kasi nagapply na sa UK sincedun sya nagwork at nabigyan na sya… kami nlng tatlo sa pilipinas ng tatay at nanay q wlang visa… ang problema kasi ako pinakamaliit na chance e. kasi no work aq at d nman aq retiree…

    1. Hi Arlon, as long as lahat ng documents ni ate mo that will prove her capability to sponsor your trip meron ka, I suppose enough na yun. And then hope and pray for the best nalang. 🙂

      1. ok sana makalusot aq… sa march29 kami magpapasa ng ate q pag uwi nya. sana talaga bigyan ako … balitaan q kayo kung ano mangyari hahaha…

  18. Hi Cheryl, will be applying for korean visa as a family with my wife (housewife) and 2 adult kids recently graduated from college and no work yet. We have travelled to OECD countries in the last 5 years, and have a BPI gold card. These are my assumptions and please correct me if Im wrong:
    1). No need for ITR for all of us, having had OECD travels .
    2). No need for bank certificate for me being a BPI gold cardholder. Would this exemption extend to my wife and kids as well since we will be applying together?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ronald, yes, from what is stated in their guidelines, no need to submit ITR and Bank Cert. If you’ll be the one supporting the whole family’s travel then no need for them to provide those also. 🙂 Hope that helps.

  19. Hi! I just wanna ask, magiging unemployed na kasi ako after July and I am planning to go to Korea on October, but I can shoulder all the expenses for my travel, pwede kaya akong mag apply ng visa?

    1. Hi Elen, this is tough. Maybe you can push your travel to a nearer date so you can apply while you are still employed. Baka kasi may factor pag unemployed e.

  20. Good day po

    My husband is a Australian, am a filipino were both immigrants in korea pero very soon mag susubmit na kami ng alien card, or finished contract, im pregnant now & babalik ako ng korea para mag undergo ng IVF again,after 1 or 2 years pa siguro, mag aaply ako ng family application for my baby now, me & my 17 year old SISTER, yun sa sister ko lang ang medyo concern ako, pwedi po bang i support ng husband ko trip ng sister ko? Unemployed kasi both parents ko, any word’s from you will be a help thAnk you.

    1. Hi Lady Lyn, yes, I think pwede naman si husband ang magsupport sa sister mo. Submit it as a family siguro and indicate properly kung sino magsusupport ng trip and include all necessary documents to prove financial capacity. Hope that helps! Good luck in your application!

  21. Hi, ms. Cheryl! I’ll be filing my application together with my 12 year old daughter. Does she need to sign the application or will my signature alone suffice? The Dfa did not have her sign when we applied for passport. Thanks.

  22. may tanong pala aq totoo ba ung ibang nabasa q sa comment sa ibang blog na hnd daw pde ung bank statement at bank cert pag galing sa ibang bansa ung bank? kasi ung sa ate q sa abroad yung bank nya e

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