Entering the Embassy of South Korea, the guard just welcome us with a smile on his face knowing that we will apply for tourist visa, and followed it with a response, “Oh! someone just got rejected today.”
Something about South Korea that makes it extra special and irresistible for Filipino travelers is for sure the dramatic sights, exquisite foods and just as like me who is also eyeing for K-pop idols and Korean cosmetics.
Facts have been delivered in many other blog posts how majestic the beauty of South Korea in each different season. Four seasons, each has its unique way of delivering the beauty and will put you in awe.
If ever that you come up to visit very soon your dear Oppa, here’s the complete guide in visiting the land of kimchi.
HOW TO APPLY SOUTH KOREA TOURIST VISA FOR FILIPINOS AND OTHER EXPATS RESIDENTS IN QATAR
Complete ALL basic requirements. The documents that you will submit plays a significant factor in getting your visa approved. The following documents shall be provided:
optional: you may add an additional document if ever you have a Korean friend who is willing to provide you an Invitation letter. (click here for the form)
Visa Form: Click here
Submit your complete documents to Korean Embassy. You can either submit it personally or ask someone to submit it for yourself but I strongly suggest to do it on your own. Note also that the visa application is FREE in case you are planning for a short visit with less than 59 days.
The embassy is located at Diplomatic Street, Westbay Doha Qatar and you may click here for the map. The Consular Office is open every Sunday to Thursday, 7.30AM to 3PM and closes for lunch break for 12PM to 1PM.
The embassy itself is not crowded and there is no queue for you to wait. Hence, I advise to be extra patient since the lady in the Consular office is not accommodating and friendly.
They will give you a claim stub for you to check and wait online to get your visa approved. Visa approval and processing takes 3-5 working days.
Pray perpetually to get your visa approved. You can religiously check the status of your application here.
To check the application status, enter your passport number, name in passport and birthdate. Note that you should choose Diplomatic Office as the type of application.
Check the example below:
To claim your passport with approved visa, you should present the stub to the Consular office and voila, get ready for your trip!
**The applicant will be notified by the Embassy through email or call in case that there should be a need to submit further documentations.
TIPS FOR GETTING APPROVED VISA
- Make sure that all your documents are COMPLETE and with VALID DATES. Company documents of your sponsor should also be updated and your passport should be valid 6 months before your intended trip.
- Make sure to leave no blank space in the Application Form and should there be no answer for it, you may write N/A. Avoid erasures too.
- Have sufficient savings in your bank account to fund your trip. Most people suggest that a safe amount of 1000 QR for every day that you will spend there will likely increase your chances to get approved. Most importantly, since they are looking into the SALARY BANK ACCOUNT, make sure that your salary in 3 months is in unified and consistent amount. (Not decreasing, due to loan and deductions)
So there you have it, I hope this article guides you all the way through it!
Lee Jong Suk, Song Joong Ki, Jin Goo, Lee Min Ho, Ji Chang Wook ~ we’re coming for you all guys! Charot! 😛