How I got a South Korea Visa in Japan

UPDATED LAST: December 29, 2017

22 days to go and I’ll be flying to my ultimate dream place! I couldn’t be more wired up. The reason for going there is quite special for me. I’ll definitely let you know soon. Stay tuned! 😄

Sharing with you my experience of getting a South Korea visa would be an utmost fulfillment of the day.

I would like to clarify things out first. These are my facts and may also be true to you:

🔶 My husband is Korean. I am Filipino.

🔶 We are both expats in Japan.

🔶 He holds a Permanent Residence Card.

🔶 I currently am not a permanent resident here. To be specific, the status is dependent.

🔶 A housewife for the time being.

🔶 Have never been to Korea but to other (3) Asian countries.


I did the application last month and I must say it was completely opposite to my expectation. In point of fact, it did give me a big surprise. Getting a Korea tourist visa in the Philippines is a bit complex particularly if the applicant doesn’t shoulder all travel expenses. A load of documents must be given and the issuance of a visa is not that much of a sure bull’s-eye. Knowing this beforehand and planning for the application caused me to be a little worried. I can be a worrywart at times. 😌

The first time we went to the Embassy of South Korea in Tokyo was when Danny had to ask for a document from them and at the time, we decided to inquire about the procedure of visa application. I tried hard to understand the Korean front desk officer’s explanation in Korean so I could be informed first hand but I gave up. Too many difficult words. 😂

I was asked to submit these:

🔷 Valid signed passport

🔷 Japan Residence Card (photocopy and original)

🔷 Completed Application Form

south korea visa application form
5 pages, written both in Korean and English, from the embassy

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


The procedure was quick and easy. The next thing I knew was to come back after 2 days for the result. 2 days! My husband was even surprised for he was expecting it to be given after 3-5 days. I honestly wasn’t that hopeful for a positive outcome but I prayed to God that whatever the result was, He’d be with me through it all. I had proven once again that God is undeniably good! He has always been and that I’ll be forever grateful. 💞

I was granted a C-3-9 single entry visa without any complication and the cherry on the cake was I didn’t get to spend a single coin for it. Yes, it was for free! 😄 I can recall the officer even suggested me to just apply for a multiple entry ’cause the procedure is pretty simple. I just couldn’t ask for more. A single entry is all enough for me. 😍


I mistook the South Korean Consulate for the embassy. Applications are accepted at the office of the consulate just a few minutes away from the embassy. Kindly refer to Google Maps for the address.


Visa Application/ Issuance is on the 3rd floor.

Application: Morning only (9 – 11)

Issuance: Afternoon only (2 – 4)


44 Comments on “How I got a South Korea Visa in Japan

  1. Hi sheryl!
    Im planning to visit south korea with my japanese husband and we already have our plane tickets and hotel(March7-10). Im wondering about the visa, now Im a housewife here in japan so if I apply for tourist visa is it okay ill submit my husband’s bank certificate and business permit etc?
    Here’s my email:
    Whats your facebook account? ☺️
    Thank you

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    • Hi I have a question I am currently living in Tokyo but planning to go to Korea for a short vacation this December of next month. According to the requirements it says.* A valid passport(The period of passport is needed more than 6 months.) * my passport will expire on March 2018 but I am planning to have it renewed this December as well. I have 4 months remaining passport validity does this means I am not qualified to apply for the visa. Hoping for your advice on this. Thank you

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      • Hello Katya! Your passport should be at least 6 months valid. If it’s less than 6 months, I’m afraid your application will be questionable. You might want to renew it first.


  2. Hi!.,
    Is personal appearance necessary to submit the requirements in order to get the visa? Do I need to show up at the embassy or can I just ask someone else to do it for me? This is due to my rigid work schedule. I hope you can give me advice on this. Thank you.

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  3. Hi there!., Thank you for this helpful info. I am an OFW here in Japan. By the way, is it possible to just download the application form online and where can I possibly download it? Is it true that both single and multiple entry visas are just for free? I am planning to spend my winter vacation in Korea this year. Thank you.

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      • Hi!., Thank you SheryL. I appreciate your prompt response. By the way, one Filipino friend of mine is coming with me in December too. But her passport is still on the process of renewal and she’s getting it back in November. Do you think it will be too late if she still has to wait for her passport before she applies for visa? Do you have advice as to when it is appropriate to purchase our flight ticket? Is it before or after we acquire the visa? Since we are trying to consider the affordability of the ticket price. What do you think would be the best? Thank you once again.

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        • You’re most welcome!
          The embassy of Korea in Japan releases the visa application result after 2-3 days. So it’s not much of a problem. It’s best to get your ticket right after acquiring the visa. Also why don’t you apply for your visa a month or 2 months before the planned date? That way you might be able to find affordable tickets.


  4. If memory serves, there are a couple of buses going there, one from Tokyo station (minamiguchi), and one from Nishi-Shinjuku. They were quite convenient. Haven’t been there in ages though…

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  5. Hi sheryl, i currently have a resident visa here in Japan and I am also a FilipinA. I want to ask where you could download the link for the visa application. Will it be okay if you would email it to me? Thanks a lot and if I would want to ask for multiple entry visa is it easy to get it too? Thanks

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  6. Hello there! This is a very informative and helpful blog.

    I also want to apply for South Korean tourist visa. Been living here for 4 months now. Due to the complexity of my work schedule, I was wondering if it’s possible to apply online. It’s also not that cheap to go to Tokyo. Or maybe, can someone else process it for me instead ?

    Thanks in advance for your response.


  7. Hello, thanks for this informative post. I am also Filipino and residing in Japan for the time being. I want to ask, is it possible to apply for a Korean Visa before buying the ticket? I am worried that the ticket expense mught go to waste if I am denied a visa. Thank you!


  8. Wuaaaa, can’t wait to read your experiences in your dreamland country, even though, I am a little bit taken aback by the truth that u have never been there. 😀 😀
    Congrats for getting the visa. I’m preparing for my next visa to both Japan and South Korea for this October. Wish me luck. 🙂 🙂

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    • Yeah.. There was an attempt (Jeju Island, South Korea), but something happened which was so unfortunate. We lost all the money we spent for plane tickets and hotel. Perhaps, it wasn’t my time to be there yet. Hopefully this time will be it. 🙂
      Thanks! Best of luck! ❤


  9. Enjoy your trip. I find that applications for things seem to proceed pretty much as one hopes here in Japan. For example, when I applied for permanent resident status, there were tons of documents to get, but once everything was gathered up and submitted it was almost a certainty. Less random than I’m used to, I guess is what I’m saying.

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  10. Woah!! Good luck on your visit and don’t forget to share your pictures in South Korea. My dream place tho😢 Have a safe flight and comeback with interesting experiences.😊😊

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