UPDATED : JULY 2018
K-Pop, K-Drama, Samgyeopsal, Tteokbokki, Kimchi, Jeju and Nami Island, etc. You’ll all find these in one country, KOREA! My wife has been a fan of K-Drama for a few years now. As a result, with her influence, I’m now familiar to some K-Drama personalities and watched a few as well. Since we love to eat, we also tried to eat some Korean Food here in Dubai. We even found some Korean Stores in Karama and Al Barsha. All of these made us decide to go to Korea. In this post, I will share all the necessary information you need on how to apply for Korean Tourist visa in Dubai.
Documents Required for the Korean Tourist Visa Application
1. Completed and hand signed Application form.
It should be answered completely and accurately; and it should also be signed by the applicant. If applicant is less than 17 years of age, signature of parent or guardian will be accepted.
2. Original Passport and Copy
It should be valid for 6 months from date of travel and has more than two blank visa pages left and the passport copy in A-4 size .
3. UAE VISA
Photocopy of UAE Visa page which should be valid for more than 6 months, if not a UAE national. (This is for strict compliance, if less than 6 months, you can apply from your home country.)
4. One Passport size photo
It should have a white background ( not more than 6 months). Printed photographs are not accepted. Paste the photo on the space provided on the first page of the application form.
5. Employment/No Objection Letter
A signed and stamped employment/no-objection letter from the company which clarifies the applicant’s full name, nationality, passport number, position, salary, contact information of the authorized signatory on this letter for verification purposes, the purpose of the visit etc. Or a copy of the trade license, if self-employed.
*If the applicant has another UAE visa sponsor aside from the company he/she is currently working for, or in case the applicant is unemployed, then we also need to get a NO OBJECTION LETTER from this sponsor and a copy of the sponsor’s ID or passport for reference.
6. Bank Statement
Recent original stamped bank statements and/or financial records in order to determine your financial stability for three months. If you are a salaried or waged employed, you must include bank statements that show your earnings being deposited regularly. The money in the account should reflect your capability to finance your travel to South Korea.
Note: If the applicant has a financial sponsor, then it is required to provide the sponsorship letter and a copy of the sponsor’s ID or passport for reference.
7. Tour Details
Copy of the hotel reservation, round-trip ticket and itineraries in South Korea. You may use our sample itinerary on this link for your reference.
*** Additional documents may be required.
It’s easy to plan and manage a DIY (Do It Yourself) travel tour in South Korea as they have a massive train network and efficient transportation. Which is why all the tours on our itinerary are much cheaper compared to having your tours organized by an agency. Furthermore, you may consider to minimize the activities you will list on your itinerary that requires too much money. The consulate may look for bigger amount on your bank account if you have expensive activities. Also, I made a checklist which is very helpful in completing the requirements. Here is the link.
Most noteworthy, you can find the updated and complete requirements on the website of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai.
Submission of Requirements
Submit your complete requirements personally to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai.
The easiest route for me will be via Metro and Taxi. Take the Dubai Metro Red line bound to UAE Exchange and off to Business bay Station. You can take a taxi from the opposite side of Sheik Zayed Road and it will only cost around 15-20 dhs. Most of the taxis are not familiar with the exact location of the Consulate, so you will have to advise the driver of the exact location as per the map showing above.
I suggest you to come at around 8:00-8:15AM. The consulate opens at 9:00AM but they allow people to wait inside around 8:30 AM. Please note that it is on first come first serve basis. Therefore, the earlier the better. Inside the Consulate, the security guard will ask you to get your ticket number. Wait for your ticket number to appear on the TV screen. Then, submit all your requirements for verification on window 2.
Make sure that your requirements are complete. Because if not, you’ll be advised to come back to complete your requirements. If complete, you will be asked to sign the log sheet and pay the visa fee (FREE for Philippine Passport Holder). Then, a receipt will be provided which you will present upon collection of your Visa. The application is from 9:00 – 12:00 noon only but if you are still not called and it is already past 12:00 noon, don’t worry, you’ll still be accommodated as long as you already got the ticket number.
Passport and Visa Collection
On the receipt you received when you submit your requirements, the date and time for passport/visa collection is stated. It is usually 4 business days from the day you submitted your complete requirements. You can only collect it between 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Get a ticket number again for visa collection. Once your number appeared on the TV screen, go to window 2 and handover your receipt. Finally, you will receive your passport and you will be asked to sign the log sheet again.
In my opinion, the Visa Application for Korea seems to be easier compared to getting visa from other countries like US, Canada or Europe (Schengen Visa). As long as your requirements are complete, there is a big chance that you’ll get your visa approved.
God Bless on your visa application and enjoy South Korea.
***The information stated on this post are the information we got from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai and based on our own personal experience. For suggestions, questions or additional information, please do not hesitate to comment below.