My family members and also I are intending to take a trip to South Korea this wintertime so, recently, we requested a visa at the Oriental consular office in Cebu. Our tickets are arranged for launch mid-November so we still do not recognize if we have actually obtained accepted for a visa– maintain your fingers went across for us, please! In the meanwhile, I assumed I would certainly share our Oriental visa application experience below, in the hope that candidates around will certainly locate it beneficial.

Firstly, request a visa ASAP!

Buddies that have actually been to South Korea prior to inform me they obtained their tickets back within 3-5 days of using BUT that’s no more the instance. Obviously, there’s been a terrific rise in the variety of candidates this year, therefore the Oriental consular office has actually needed to considerably prolong its visa handling time.

In our instance, we requested a visa in Cebu on October 8 and also were informed ahead back for our tickets on November 13– that’s approximately 25 service days refining time.

The extended handling time worked simply the day prior to we existed and also took lots of by shock (although there had actually been news in their web site). What’s even worse was that they no more deal “rush” visa handling other than in unique conditions. I do recognize of a minimum of one candidate arranged to take a trip in very early November that begged with the team and also had the ability to acquire an earlier launch day, so if essential, you can attempt that, however I question that will certainly function when the brand-new handling times come to be a lot more commonly recognized.

The Oriental consular office has actually required to uploading handling times in their web site BELOW– maintain on your own upgraded due to the fact that handling times can differ from week to week, depending upon the variety of applications they’re getting. I have actually seen handling times varying from 24 to 35 days however, truly, to maintain points straightforward, simply use as quickly as you can, beginning as early as 3 months prior to your desired day of separation.

Walk-in candidates are still approved in Cebu

Travellers requesting a visa at the Oriental consular office in Manila are needed to involve the solutions of a certified holiday company.

My sibling, that operates in Manila and also decided to use there, needed to search for an additional company after the very first one she came close to informed her they would certainly not have the ability to send her papers and also come back her ticket in time for our journey. Obviously, firms have a “quota”– an optimum variety of applications they can send in eventually– and also the very first one my sibling came close to currently had a two-week stockpile of applications that required to be submitted. The good news is, the 2nd company she mosted likely to had just a one-week stockpile and also had the ability to send her application in the nick of time (hardly– her ticket launch day is the extremely day prior to our journey).

The Good News Is, already, candidates can still stroll right into the Oriental consular office in Cebu and also directly hand in their papers.

This would certainly have been my sibling’s Strategy C: to really fly house to Cebu and also send her application below. Ultimately, she really did not need to, however this is still a minimum of an alternative for various other candidates.

Having stated all that, if you wish to obtain a travel bureau to refine your visa for you below in Cebu, you definitely can. Some close friends utilized and also advise Bindle Traveling & Tours and also I have actually inquired for aid with airplane bookings prior to, so I can directly advise them also.

Exactly how to reach the Oriental consular office in Cebu

The consular office lies at the 12 th flooring of the Chinabank structure in Cebu Company Park– you can look for “Korean Consulate in Cebu” in Google Maps.

If you’re going there by public transport, you can take any kind of jeepney mosting likely to Ayala and also merely stroll over. If you desire, you can likewise take a 13 C jeepney from their drop in Ayala (the one near the Terraces, on their method midtown) and also leave right before the Chinabank structure.

If you’re driving, there are really garage outside the structure, and also you can locate a place if you get here early sufficient. Auto parking was complete when we got here right before 9 AM, however, so we simply parked at Ayala– that is, my father did, after kindly dropping us off ^_^– and also strolled over.

What to anticipate

  • When you get in the structure entrance hall, a guard will certainly ask you to check in and also leave your ID so see to it you bring one ID that you will not require to offer as component of your needs. If you remain in a team, just one individual requires to leave his/her ID.
  • At the 12 th flooring, the guard at the door will certainly check your bags, after that the guard at the very first table within will certainly offer you a top priority number, ask you to visit, and also placed tape over your phone’s cams. (You’re not enabled to take images or video clips inside.)
  • There are a great deal of seats within, though they do often tend to fill rapidly. I needed to mean a number of mins– 10, claim– prior to a seat was left.
  • While awaiting your number to be called– or even better, before mosting likely to the consular office– organize your papers according to the checklist of needs in the Oriental consular office web site. If you have not done this, and also you failed to remember to publish out the checklist, the guard that offers concern numbers likewise has small cabinets filled with listings.
  • The procedure was relatively quickly. We came to around 9 AM and also were provided a #62 concern number– simply one number for all 9 people taking a trip in a team– however we were still able to complete at around 10: 30 AM. It was simply adequate time for us to enjoy one Kdrama on the TELEVISION they attentively offered in the waiting location (having fun soundlessly however with captions). (It was Pose, if you wish to know.)

Demands for an Oriental visa

You can download and install a listing below:


  • The web page for workers presently states “Frequent travellers who have travelled as tourist to OECD member countries (excluding Japan) within 5 years are exempted from submitting ITR.” Nonetheless, at the consular office, there were a lot of notifications on the wall surface specifying that previous site visitors to OECD nations are not excused from sending an ITR, so I would certainly recommend simply preparing an ITR to be risk-free.
  • There’s likewise a notification on the wall surface stating that the embassy/consulate will certainly not be returning papers– simply the ticket– therefore candidates ought to see to it they just offer copies of PSA certifications and also things like that. I really placed both the initial and also xerox in the documents I sent due to the fact that I anticipated the woman that obtained them would certainly validate the credibility of the xerox by contrasting it with the initial, however she really did not trouble. So … that’s my originals opted for absolutely nothing. Oh well.

Assorted pointers

  • Individual look isn’t truly essential as long as your papers remain in order. Not every person in our team also satisfied the stringent meaning of family members– allow’s see … apart from the 4 people, there was my relative, 2 nieces, and also my 2 godmothers– however we had the ability to offer our papers en masse. The children really did not featured us to the consular office, as they had institution. Unlike Schengen visa applications where you truly need to be literally existing due to the fact that they need to take biometrics and also such, individual look isn’t definitely obligatory for an Oriental visa.
  • Concern numbers are given out beginning 7: 30 AM. Despite the fact that the procedure is relatively quickly, attempt not to go far too late– specifically the day after a vacation, when you can anticipate greater than the typical variety of candidates– due to the fact that the consular office just approves applications in the early morning. A close friend of mine obtained a top priority variety of #123 (yes, truly) however regrettably can not be suited prior to 12 twelve noon. Considering that the team break for lunch from 12 to 2, and also mid-days (2-4 PM) are set aside for ticket launching, she was asked to simply return the following day.
  • I asked my close friends that had actually formerly obtained an Oriental visa if they likewise sent their airplane tickets, resort reservations, and so on. They stated no– one attempted to however he was provided the hard copies back. So I really did not include them in my documents either. Nonetheless, there belongs in the application that asks what your approximated allocate your journey is. I composed the quantity plus “see attached budget.” I after that consisted of an additional sheet of paper which contained our plan– including our trip information, lodgings, ground transpo, scenic tours– in addition to the matching allocate each. I have actually reviewed some blog sites that advise you simply increase X quantity with the variety of days you will certainly exist however I constantly seem like it assists your integrity if you truly have a close price quote of your spending plan based upon things that you will really do and also the areas you will really check out or remain in. I scheduled with these web sites:
    • Hotels with totally free termination–
    • Explores with totally free termination– Klook
    • Ground transport– due to the fact that we’re taking a trip in a big team, it made far better feeling (and also commonly appeared more affordable) to publication exclusive transpo
      • Flight terminal transfers– BELOW, BELOW, or BELOW
      • Exclusive cars and truck charter– BELOW, BELOW, or BELOW
      • Shared transfer to Nami Island– BELOW
      • 4G SIM card– BELOW (far better than pocket WiFi as you will not need to make the effort to return it and also you can constantly utilize your mobile as a Wi-fi hotspot if you require to)

Oriental Visa Website for Monitoring Application Condition

There’s this Korea Visa Website where you can allegedly inspect the standing of your application however I can not truly claim that it’s been extremely beneficial to me as an [anxious] candidate. It just claims “Application received” from the day you submit your application approximately the day you come back your ticket– like, I essentially examined it right before leaving house to head to the consular office and also its standing was still “Application received”– and afterwards when I got here back house the standing had actually been transformed to “Approved” which behaves however kinda anticlimactic as I would certainly currently seen my ticket.

I assume it’s better for individuals that are obtaining a company or somebody else to refine their visas, due to the fact that they simply offer their documents to the company, and also they can make use of the site to learn when the company has really sent their application to the consular office. Likewise, if their company informs them when their tickets are because of be declared, they can validate that they have actually obtained a visa, also if they have not had the moment to come back their ticket from the company.


Well, we obtained our visas, so … yay! Many thanks to every person that desired us well.

The treatment for asserting tickets was essentially the like throughout application. We obtained a top priority number from the 2nd guard and also waited till our number was called. When I was called, the woman examined her documents, asked me if I was just one of the candidates (I was asserting for our team of 9 individuals), after that stated to wait a little bit a lot more– she would certainly simply call my name when our tickets prepared. The very same point took place to individuals that followed me. After she called 4 even more numbers, she called my name and also handed me our tickets. The entire point took … perhaps 30 mins? Sufficient time to enjoy completion of My New Sassy Woman and also the start of Pose (once again!).