The New Look of Korean Visa

Korea is one of the go-to  travel destinations in Asia and visa is a major requirement to prepare. Usually, Korean visa is aesthetically attached to a qualified person’s passport but, this will no longer be the case moving forward.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea(ROK) in the Philippines recently announced that the Embassy will not be issuing visa label for visa application handled in the Philippines starting July 1, 2020.

With the latest of technology, ROK immigration will be using a new system to check and verify the visa status hence, a visa label will not be required to be attached on a certain page of a passport.

Visa details will be provided by the Embassy by issuing “Visa Grant Notice” on their official website. From there, the applicants can print out the document by entering their passport number, birth date and other necessary information.

How to print out the Confirmation of Visa Issuance document

1) Visit
2) Click Check Application StatusCheck Application Status & Print menu

3) Fill out Passport no., Name, Date of Birth and Click the Search button
4) If a visa application is approved, the Certificate button will be activated

Process on how to print Korean Visa

5) Print out the Confirmation of Visa Issuance either in colored or in B&W.

The Visa Grant Notice will contain the following information of applicants:
  • name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • visa details including visa issuance number
  • status of stay
  • period of stay
  • number of allowed entries
  • date of issue
  • validity of visa
  • issuing authority
Sample Visa Grant Notice document

The Visa Grant Notice is required to be presented by all foreign visitors to Korean Immigration Officers during immigration inspection in Korea. Meanwhile, presentation and submission of passport by applicants is still needed to serve as a document and as a proof of identification.


20 thoughts on “The New Look of Korean Visa

  1. Dominique says:

    Oh wow! that’s cool. We were planning to go to Korea sometime during our trip to the Phils. Do you already know how long it will take to be granted a visa? Because we will then need to plan that in that maybe we would need to do it long before our trip to the Phils just to get things sorted.

    1. CarolCE says:

      Based on what I know, the requirements and processing time of 3 to 7 days will still be the same. It’s the provision of the type of visa has been changed.

  2. Jan Darren Guiwan (KapampanganTraveller) says:

    This is a good decision of SK Government to minimize handling of documents during the pandemic. However, a bad news for passport stamp collectors. Either way, it is convenient on both parties.

  3. Ivan Jose says:

    Nice. This is good news if it means streamlining the process and minimizing handling.

  4. WanderWoMom says:

    looking forward to finally visiting the country ive been dying to visit since 2005! sana umayos na ang mundo soon!

  5. Rae says:

    Taking note of this! I’d love to try Korea soon, it’s my second choice next to Japan. hehe 🙂

  6. Polly says:

    Been meaning to get one since last year but unfortunately, I was not able to. I’m one of those who collects travel stamps so this is kind of sad for me. But I understand that we need to lessen our interaction with the officers at the immigration. Thank you for the updates!

  7. Jayne says:

    Thank you for this! Been wanting t ofo to korea. Now at least i know what to take care beforehand so that when everything is fine and back to normal, i’ll be visiting korea

  8. Christian Foremost says:

    Ohh, I’m sure this is ill be helpful to those planning on visiting Korea some time. Hopefully, it will be safe to travel again, right?

  9. dory says:

    such a good news for those who like to visit and explore Korea. thanks for sharing..

    1. Dems says:

      Sad news for visa stamp collectors. I’m worried that people might lose or misplace this. If you have multiple visa entry, do you need to produce this document every trip?

      1. CarolCE says:

        Interesting question. Let me get back to you on that.

  10. Wendy says:

    i agree, Korea is a go-to place. if not for the pandemic, ang daming natuloy ngayon. korea is always innovating and improving its services for tourists and locals alike. mabuti you shared your korean visa experience here.

  11. Franze Garcia says:

    Never knew about this until I have read it, at least now I have by far already get an idea of how it should be now, for anytime soon we’ll be here.

  12. Hazel says:

    So meaning the korean visa will not be imprinted/attached on our passport anymore? Like it’s a separate document na lang? I remember when i got my korean visa a few years ago, nakalagay sa passport ko 😅 i would still prefer it that way though.

    1. CarolCE says:

      Yes, it will be a separate document and will no longer be attached to our passports. 😕

  13. Dale says:

    ohh, haven’t applied for a korean visa yet but this is such a nice tip. thanks for sharing

  14. Mumshie Nica says:

    This is a nice move of Korea to lessen document handling. Hoping to be in Korea para sa aking Kdrama dreams!

  15. may palacpac says:

    that’s cool. they have adapted a new way to grant the korean visa. they’ve always been progressive to the times.

    would love to see korea someday.

  16. Janella Herrera says:

    Keeping this in mind since I am now investing for my future international travels. Very helpful! It make take a long time before I can actually apply for mine, though.


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