How I got a South Korea Tourist Visa in Japan

UPDATED LAST: November 2020

I’m sharing with you my experience of getting a South Korea tourist visa from the South Korean consulate in Tokyo. I would like to state my facts first:

  1. My husband is Korean. I am Filipino.
  2. We are both expats in Japan.
  3. He holds a Permanent Residence Card.
  4. I’m currently not a permanent resident here. To be specific, the status is Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident.
  5. A housewife for the time being.
  6. Have never been to Korea but to other (3) Asian countries.

I did the application last month and I must say it surprised me how easy and fast it was. I was asked to submit these:

  1. Valid signed passport
  2. Japan Residence Card (photocopy and original)
  3. Completed Application Form
south korea visa application form
5 pages, written both in Korean and English, from the embassy

4. Passport size colored photo (should be pasted on the Application Form)

I was granted a C-3-9 single entry visa without any problem 2 days later and the cherry on the cake was I didn’t get to spend a single coin for it. Yes, it was for free!


Visa Application/ Issuance is on the 3rd floor.
Application: Morning only (9 – 11)
Issuance: Afternoon only (2 – 4)

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75 thoughts on “How I got a South Korea Tourist Visa in Japan

  1. Hello! how do we go about applying for a multiple entry visa? I’ve been to Korea once, just last summer and I’m thinking of going back again by the end of November and late January.


    1. Hi! It’s as simple as applying for a single entry visa. You just have to pay for it.


  2. hi po. me and my friends wanted to travel to korea this coming december. With regards to bank acc. and cert. is it really necessary? because we only have cash card and we dont have savings acc.


    1. Hello po. I’m not quite sure sa case nyo po. But is there any way to show them that you have the money to cover all your travel expenses? That’s actually the purpose of the bank certificate.


  3. Arjeel Dimailig March 18, 2019 — 8:56 PM

    Hello poh in currently working at japan. Me and my friends wants to go to korea are they strict on the photo size?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi po! Yes, po. Please follow the advised size.


  4. Dre! I wanted to inquire how do I acquire a tourist visa via my Korean fiancee sponsorship? Currently I’m unemployed because I’m 7 months pregnant with our first baby and he wants me to stay with him till I give birth and planning to get married after. What are the requirements for me and him aside from my passport, his passport and sponsorship letter? Closed na din yung bank account ko kc na maximize namin yung pera when his about to return to Korea. What are my options? My possibility bang ma-grant ako ng visa?

    Hoping for your soonest reply

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi there! Are you currently in Japan?


  5. Hello. Thanks for the very informative blog.
    I’m also working here in Japan and got a working visa. So, I’m planning to travel in Korea this year (without sponsorship) and I’d like to know if I’ll be asked for a bank account or certificate? THANK YOU.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi there! Last time I checked, there’s a possibility that they’ll ask for your bank certificate or income certificate. I suggest you secure those two just in case.
      Thanks for dropping by!


      1. Hello there! I’m planning to visit Korea on April 4-8 and I just renewed my Japan visa last March 11. So, probably the result of my visa will arrive next week or by the end of March. Is it possible to apply a Korean visa, a week before the traveling date? Thank you!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Hi! It’s advised to apply for a visa at least a month before the traveling date.


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