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Guide for Applying Korean Visa in the Philippines: KVAC Korea Visa Application Center in BGC

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Are you planning a trip to South Korea and struggling to secure that online visa appointment? Good news for Hallyu fans! The Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) has finally opened its doors in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), and they are welcoming all walk-in applicants with open arms.

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No more frustrating online reservations – the KVAC is now your one-stop destination for all your South Korean visa-related needs. Whether you’re a tourist, a student, or a business traveler, you can now apply for your visa at the new center, conveniently located in the Brittany Hotel in BGC. And the best part? The application fee is a flat rate of P900, regardless of the type of visa you’re applying for.

Things you need to know about the new Korean Visa Application Center:

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The KVAC is located at the 9F~10F, Brittany Hotel BGC, 6 McKinley Pkwy, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila. You can visit them from Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please note that the center is closed on weekends, Philippine holidays, and Korean consulate holidays.

Application Process

Say goodbye to the complexities of the visa application process at the South Korean embassy. The KVAC is here to simplify the process as ALL types of visa applications are accepted, and it typically takes around seven to eight working days for your visa to be processed. Once your application is complete, you’ll receive a text message from KVAC with your visa status.

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Tourist visa requirements

Here are the visa requirements for Employed Individuals (C-3 Short-Term Visit):

  • Application form
  • 1 Passport-size colored picture
  • Original passport
  • Photocopy of passport bio-page
  • Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card, if applicable
  • Original and photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD-member countries, if applicable
  • Original Certificate of Employment, including applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, and HR landline number and e-mail address
  • Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
  • Original Personal Bank Certificate, including account name, account number, account type, current balance, account opening date, and 6-month average balance (ADB)
  • Bank Statement, original or certified true copy for the last 3 months
  • Visa fee: PHP 2,000 for a 60 – 90-day stay in Korea

See the list of requirements for other visa types here.

Passport Release

For a smoother experience, consider visiting the KVAC in the afternoon for passport release. Mornings tend to be busier, so arriving later in the day can save you some valuable time.

Alternative Application Methods

In addition to in-person applications, the KVAC also accepts visa applications through its 35 designated travel agencies. However, it’s important to note that visa applications for diplomatic passport holders, official passport holders, and those with urgent humanitarian reasons requiring a visa within one to two days will still be processed at the South Korean embassy.

Efficient Service

The KVAC is well-equipped to handle the influx of applicants efficiently. With a total of 20 reception counters, four release counters, and four payment counters, they are committed to reducing waiting times. You’ll also find computers, photocopiers, and writing desks available for your convenience.

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No Daily Application Limits

Unlike some visa processing centers that restrict the number of applications they accept each day, the KVAC has no such limits. However, keep in mind that during the initial weeks or months following the center’s opening, there may be long lines. Some dedicated applicants even arrive as early as 5 a.m. to secure their spot in line.

Parking Convenience

Parking is available at the KVAC building, making it easy for applicants to access the center. Alternatively, you can park at SM Aura, which is just a short three-minute walk away from the KVAC.

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The Korea Visa Application Center is poised to make the visa application process for South Korea more accessible and hassle-free for travelers from the Philippines. Whether you’re planning a vacation, studying abroad, or embarking on a business trip, this new facility is set to be a game-changer. So, pack your bags, prepare your documents, and head over to the KVAC for a smoother and more convenient visa application experience.

For more information and inquiries, you can reach the Korea Visa Application Center at 02-8248-5440 or visit their official website. Get ready to explore the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of South Korea!


Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.