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)

Author: Sheryl Gim

1990 | Filipino living in Japan | Believer in love | Bitten by the travel bug | Caffeine intolerant

75 thoughts

  1. Hello po. I’m going po to Korea late March. I’m living in Ibaraki and currently holding the Instructor’s Visa. I have already processed the renewal of my visa since we renew it every year. Plan ko po sanang mag.apply ng visa on the 1st of March coz yun lang available na day ko. My questions po are:
    1. Since taga-Ibaraki po ako, Tokyo po na Korean Consulate po pwede mag-apply?
    2. Is it possible to have my passport be delivered through mail? I heard po kasi sa Sendai na Korean Consulate pwede. I don’t know if okay rin ba sa Tokyo.
    3. Sa pag.claim po, for example po they instruct me to claim like March 7 , pwede po bang i.claim mga March 15? Yun lang po kasi available schedule ko because of work.
    4. Do I also need certificate of employment from my company?

    Thank you po for reading. Hoping to hear from you soon.

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    1. Hi Mark! Thanks for dropping by! For your questions:
      1. Opo sa Tokyo po kayo mag.apply.
      2. I’m not quite sure po ngayon pero last time po kasi I had to go back there to pick it up. Just mention it to the receptionist.
      3. You’re obliged to return to the office on the written date po sa claiming slip.
      4. I think your payslip is enough, but just in case, prepare nyo lang din po.

      You’re always welcome! Don’t forget to bring with you the required documents. 😉


  2. Hello.I live in Tokyo and I just got my single entry visa today and was wondering if you know how or what’s the process for getting a multiple entry? Thank you so much for this.. it helped me a lot when I tried for the first time 🙂 Have a good day!

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    1. Hi Aki! Sorry for the late response! Much the same as applying for the single entry visa according to the officer whom I asked the same question. There might be a few additional documents depending on your case. This time you have to pay for the visa.


  3. Hello Ma’am. Do I still need a korean visa pa po ba kung entry point ko po is from foukoka,japan to busan? Bale po, manggagaling po ako sa Manila to foukoka then foukoka to manila. balak ko po sanang mag side trip to busan south korea. enough na po ba ang japan visa ko? wala kasi akong nakita ibang blog other than this po. thank you in advance for your response.

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    1. Forgive me for butting in po, but pagdating mo sa Korea, regardless kung san ka nanggaling, need mo ng visa unless sa Jeju Island po kayo pupunta. Iba po ang Korea visa sa Japan visa. Iba lang po experience ng blog owner kasi nakatira na siya talaga sa Japan na may Philippine (I assume) passport.

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  4. Hi! Planning to visit korea on my birthday this spring. My question is – is it okay to apply for the visa his march when my flight is in april already? Also, is there a need for a physical appearance when claiming your visa or can they send it to us thru COD perhaps. Thank you.

    I am quite scared it is my first time appying for a visa, scared they wont approve it. 😭

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