Revealed: 2022 • 09 • 21
One of many international locations I’ve nearly wished to return to is South Korea. So when the Korean authorities introduced that they might lastly begin accepting vacationer visa functions once more, I used to be the primary to e book flights.
The issue is that Korea is a particularly standard journey vacation spot, particularly amongst Filipinos. Whereas the Korean Embassy in Manila continues to be making an attempt to return to regular operations, visa functions started to pile up. However that is not all. The embassy has additionally posted an alert warning towards submitting solid claims reminiscent of employment certificates, financial institution certificates, ITRs or different paperwork, suggesting a rise in questionable paperwork it receives. In line with journey businesses we have now spoken to, it’s due to this that the embassy grew to become stricter and extra cautious in assessing functions.
All of those led to the embassy limiting the variety of functions it accepts per day. Stroll-in candidates fashioned lengthy strains as early because the evening earlier than simply to verify they made it to the cut-off. I do know this as a result of I’ve tried a number of instances! I stood in line for hours solely to be advised that they may not settle for my utility as a result of they’d already reached their quota for the day.
Fortuitously, the Korean Embassy lately launched a web based appointment system! The excellent news is that it eliminates the necessity for candidates to bodily spend the evening in line. The dangerous information is, as with all new system, it may possibly nonetheless be fairly complicated. Fortunately, I used to be capable of reserve a seat whereas documenting your entire course of. On this article, I’ll share with you precisely how one can safe a visa utility settlement with the Korean Embassy.
However first, some reminders:
- Ensure you have the next with you:
– a working e-mail tackle. You want this to retrieve an authentication code.
– your passport particulars, particularly title and passport quantity.
- You may prepare an appointment ONLY for your self, mother and father and youngsters. Other than these circumstances, it’s not permitted to use for a bunch or different individuals.
- The very best time to e book is Tuesday, when the embassy opens locations for the approaching week. Nonetheless, some locations open up on different days if different candidates or the embassy itself cancels the appointment.
- Use Google Chrome. I discover it extra appropriate with the location than different browsers.
- Be fast. The variety of slots drops FAST and disappears inside minutes.
- This information is for particular person candidates solely. You can even apply by way of a chosen journey company.
The best way to get an appointment with the Korean Embassy for visa utility:
WHAT IS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
You will discover it at https://consul.mofa.go.kr/en/essential.do.
Beneath the APPLY FOR CONSULAR SERVICE tab, click on on RESERVATION TO VISIT A DIPLOMATIC MISSION. It’s the first button below this tab.
On the following web page, a popup seems: Log in as a non-member to entry this service. Click on OK. Then observe these steps.
- Enter your title because it seems on the passport you may be utilizing.
- Enter your e-mail tackle.
- Click on SEND AUTHENTICATION NUMBER. The system will ship a code to the e-mail tackle you simply entered. It normally takes a minute or so, however throughout rush hour it may possibly take so long as half-hour.
- Enter the authentication quantity you acquired and click on CONFIRM.
- Beneath contact info, enter your phone quantity or cellular quantity.
- Click on NON-MEMBERSHIP LOG IN.
Earlier than reaching this kind, chances are you’ll be redirected first to a digital “ready room”, relying on the quantity of customer site visitors at the moment. The web page will present you the way a lot time (in seconds) it’s important to wait earlier than it takes you to the reservation web page.
If you end up on the reservation web page, choose the next:
- Beneath SELECT A DIPLOMATIC MISSION, choose EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES. That is the Korean Embassy in Manila. (It is in direction of the underside of the listing.) Discover that there are two Philippine missions on the listing. The opposite is the Consulate Normal in Cebu. Ensure you select the proper one.
- Beneath SELECT A CONSULAR SERVICE, choose VISA (INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS FOR TOURISM). After which, below it, tick the field subsequent to VISA (INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS FOR TOURISM). It’s the solely selectable field.
You will notice that not all dates are clickable. The grayed out dates can’t be chosen. Select a date.
After choosing a date, click on the radio button subsequent to 9:30 AM. That is the one accessible time of submission for vacationer visa candidates. These are the time allocations:
- 8:30 a.m. – Accredited Journey Businesses and Particular person Candidates for Household Visits and Filipino Spouses of Korean Residents
- 09:30 – particular person vacationer visa candidates solely
- 10:30 – businesses for PEA or seasonal employees and particular person candidates for official convention, leisure, sports activities, enterprise, research, non secular go to, international diplomat, worldwide group, and many others.
Even when it is the one possibility, remember to tick 9:30am. In any other case, you will be unable to proceed to the following step.
If all dates are grayed out and never clickable, it implies that there are not any extra slots accessible at a time. You may wait and proceed to refresh.
NOTE: The embassy solely opens locations for the approaching week each TUESDAY. This makes Tuesday the perfect time to attempt to get an appointment. Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that you just will be unable to discover a slot on some other day. Typically the embassy or the applicant themselves cancels the settlement, and affords renewed locations.
‼️ Beneath SPECIFIC REQUEST, enter your passport quantity! In case you are additionally making use of in your mother and father/youngsters below this settlement, it is best to state all of your full names and related passport numbers.
If you don’t fill within the SPECIFIC REQUEST discipline, the embassy will mechanically cancel your appointment and it’s important to discover a new slot machine. I realized this the laborious approach, so do not make the identical mistake.
When the whole lot is so as, enter the CAPTCHA code and click on ORDER.
A notice will seem. Examine if all the small print are appropriate. You will not have the ability to change it afterwards. If it’s worthwhile to change something, you will need to cancel and make a brand new reservation. If the whole lot is appropriate, click on OK.
You can be taken again to the RESERVATION web page, which can now present your scheduled appointment. On the far proper, below RESERVATION RECEIPT, click on PRINT.
It seems to be that approach:
‼️ IMPORTANT! Remember to print or save a duplicate of this receipt. They may test it once you go to the embassy on the agreed date. With out it, you may be refused entry to the premises.
Additionally, you will obtain a affirmation by e-mail.
Convey the next:
- a tough copy or comfortable copy of the reservation affirmation
- Accomplished visa utility kind
- Passport and identification card
- All different mandatory paperwork
‼️ IMPORTANT! Solely the visa candidates themselves whose title and passport quantity are said on the reservation receipt will likely be allowed entry to the embassy. In case you are caught soliciting somebody aside from your self, your mother and father or your youngsters, you may be blacklisted by the embassy.
I have never made an appointment. Can I nonetheless go to the embassy?
NO. Stroll-in candidates are not accepted, no matter the kind of visa you’re making use of for.
An settlement is required to achieve entry.
I can not discover a hint. Is there some other approach to apply for a visa?
YES. You may apply by way of a chosen journey company. They get their very own slots and time.
Nonetheless, businesses are additionally topic to a sure quota or restrict set by the embassy. Relying on the variety of functions, journey businesses could select to refuse to just accept functions, particularly if the journey date is approaching.
Ought to I nonetheless e book an appointment on-line if I apply by way of a journey company?
NO. The appointed journey company should make the settlement in your and different candidates’ behalf.
Can I make an appointment for my partner (husband/spouse) or sibling (brother/sister)?
NO. You may solely apply for your self, your mother and father or your youngsters.
Somebody requested this query on the Korean Embassy’s official Fb web page. In line with it, husbands should agree individually. I do know it sounds inconvenient, however here is a screenshot:
All messages printed by the embassy refer solely to oldsters and youngsters. Spouses and siblings will not be included, even when they’re additionally shut kin.
The embassy provides: “Your appointments in your cousins, nephews, nieces and different kin will likely be canceled by the embassy.”
Can I make an appointment for my associates who will likely be my journey companions to Korea?
NO, they need to safe an appointment on their very own even in case you are touring collectively.
Every applicant can solely order for himself or for a dad or mum or a toddler. In case your companion shouldn’t be a dad or mum or youngster, they need to safe a separate settlement.
Can I make extra appointments below my title?
NO. Solely appointments for your self, mother and father or youngsters will likely be accepted. All of your appointments will likely be canceled by the embassy.
In case you are caught making two or extra appointments below one title, you and all the opposite candidates related to you may be blacklisted by the embassy.
I maintain getting this error: The system has briefly failed. Attempt once more later. What does that imply?
It says: The system has briefly failed. Attempt once more later.
You may simply refresh the web page as a result of it’s going to maintain giving this error it doesn’t matter what you click on.