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How to Get a Multiple-Entry Visa to South Korea up to 5 years Without ITR and Bank Statements

Buti pa sa visa to South Korea, hindi kami single.

South Korea is a dream destination for every Kdrama and Kpop lover but going there requires an approved visa for Philippine passport holders. Prior to applying, we have personally heard stories of application denial but our desire to go there was stronger than our fears. Lavern lang!

It is adviseable that you secure your visa first before booking a flight. Though in some cases, you just wanted to book that promo fare to South Korea, which I did on my first trip there. I took the risk kaya dasal dasal na lang talaga.

So here are the Tourist/Business Visa Requirements for Employees via Regular Route:

1. Application Form

2. 1 piece of passport size colored picture (Please attach on the application form)

3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)

4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)

5. Original photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)

6. Original Certificate of Employment (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)

7. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

8. Bank Statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

9. ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy.

10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

Processing Time: 

  • 3 working days (for those who have been to OECD member countries within 5 years as tourist)
  •  5 working days (for those who have not been to OECD member countries within 5 years

Visit Korean Embassy website for the complete details:

Mga bes, madami kaya nakaka-shookt but BPI made the best happen for us!

We were given a 3-year multiple-entry visa. Pwede na magpabalik-balik. We didn’t even have to submit our ITR, bank statements and bank certificates. Mas nakaka-shookt!

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So here’s how…

1. The promo is open to existing:

  • BPI Express Credit Gold MasterCard
  • BPI Express Credit SkyMiles Platinum MasterCard
  • BPI Express Credit Amore Visa Platinum
  • Gold BPI Express Teller Debit Card
  • …in good credit standing.

2. Promo period is until December 31, 2019.

3. Cardholder should use any of their abovementioned cards to qualify for the promo.

4. BPI Cardholders must present the physical card and submit a photocopy (front side only) of any of their qualified cards.

In lieu of presenting financial documents (ITR, Bank Statement and Bank Certificate) required for a Korean Visa application, the following must also be submitted:

  • BPI Credit Cardholders must submit the original and photocopy of the recent Statement of Account. If no paper SOA, download it from your BPI Express Online (EOL) Account.
  • BPI Gold Debit Cardholders must submit a screenshot of the BPI EOL Account.

5. Submit the complete requirements at Window 3 of the Korean Embassy. (Remember this mga bes!). [SEE UPDATE BELOW]

6. Cardholders will be provided with multiple VISA with respective validity:

  • BPI Gold MasterCard : 3 Years
  • BPI Platinum* Credit Card : 3-5 years
  • Gold BPI Debit Card : 3.5 years

*BPI SkyMiles Platinum MasterCard or BPI Amore Visa Platinum

Note: Issuance of any VISA shall be at the sole discretion of Korean Embassy. Korea Embassy and Korea Tourism Organization represent and warrant to BPI Cards that all necessary approval, consent, waiver relating to the personal information of the availing BPI Cardholder to be disclosed to BPI Cards for the issuance of any VISA have been validly and legally obtained.

For the full promo mechanics, visit:


1. Primary carholder lang ba ang qualified?

  • Promo extends to your supplementary or extension. Just provide a copy of SOA to your supple/extension.
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2. BPI credit card lang ang meron ako, do I have to open a savings account? 

  • If your credit card is included on the list, you are not required to open a savings account.

3. Did you purchase using the card before going to the embassy? 

  • Yes we did. We actually waited for our transactions to appear in our Statement of Account (SOA) before printing it. Para sigurado na. But in the event na hindi nasama sa cut-off ng statement mo yung transactions, you can just print the screenshot of your online account showing the transactions posted after cut-off.

4. Nagsubmit pa ba kayo ng other requirements?

  • Yes, we still submitted all other requirements except ITR, bank cert nd bank statements.

5. Pano mag-apply ng card sa BPI? 

6. May promo din si BDO, same lang ba yun? 

  • Yes, they also have a promo. You can visit their website for more info

7. May show money po ba? 

  • In our case, we didn’t have to show our bank documents so wala kaming “show money”.
  • May portion sa visa application form that you have to indicate how much is your travel funds. So nag-estimate na lang kami ng $100 per day.

8. Saan ba location ng Korean Embassy? 

  • Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
  • Tel : (63-2) 856-9210 local no. 270, 500
  • FAX : (63-2) 856-9008, 9019, 9024
  • E-Mail :
  • Office Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Filing: Mon to Fri, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Releasing: Mon to Fri, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

9. Dapat ba completely filled out yung visa application form? 

  • Yes! If not applicable, put NA
  • Make sure that you have the address and contact numbet of the place that you’re going to stay there. You can temporarily book a place or look for a place there na may address and contact number
  • You also have to indicate your travel period pero plane ticket is not a requirement naman.
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10. Do I have to show my plane ticket? 

  • Not necessarily.


Starting July 1, 2018, visa application will be processed through designated travel agencies — Korean Embassy

See list of designated travel agencies here.

※ Designated travel agencies for the processing of Group Visa and E-Group Visa which were selected last year are automatically included as designated travel agencies for the processing of temporary visitor’s visa

※ Details will be notified individually to the agencies soon


  • This is not a sponsored/paid advertisement. We just wanted to share our own experience and our thankfulness to BPI for making our Seoul Searching and future South Korean trips possible.
  • We are not in any way related to or working at Korean Embassy thus, we might not be able to answer all your questions about their visa application process. We suggest that you give them a call or email them on their contact details provided.

And of course, dahil ingat na ingat kami sa passport namin na may visa na, we protected it with customized passport covers from Customazing Shop

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  1. Hi ! Additional info lang po. Gnmit ko dn ung bpi cc ko. Newly approved lng cya. Wala pa akong n ppurchase using my bpi card pero na approve dn po ako ng multiple visa. 😊

    1. hi Raqs, hindi ka na rin ba nag submit ng bank statemebt and bank cert? Medyo nalilito kasi ko if I need to submit bank statement pa.. per korean embassy kasi ang nakalagay na exempted lang is ITR and bank cert. I have both BDO and BPI.. tingin nyo submit ko both para higher chance? Hehe

    2. sure po na ni need to submit bank statements, and bank certificate if you are a bpi goldcard holder? and if you dont have any airline bookings yet?

      1. Complete na requirements ko nung dumtng ung bpi cc ko. So tnry ko lang tlaga cya isama para mas higher chances na maapprove hindi ko inexpect na multiple ung mggrant skn since wla pa kong nappurchase using my bpi card and first time ko mag out of the country masaya na ko sna sa single entry pero mas sumaya ako kasi multiple nabigay skn thanks God hehe. May ticket na kmi before ako nagapply ng visa kasi nagpromo ung visa card nsa 4800 lng RT na kaya nagbook na kmi kht wla pang visa. Pero hindi naman required n may tcket kna pag nagapply ka.

      1. Hi! Can I use my payroll account bank statement and cert? Will it cause a problem to approve my visa or not? Should I open another account? Pwede ba yung 5 months old na bank account?

  2. Hi if ever hindi na magsa submit ng itr, bank statement and certificate dahil may bdo cc gold ako kailangan ko pa ba magsubmit ng letter why hindi ko nacomplete yung requirements?

    1. And kailangan ba present ako sa embassy to submit or prsent yung cc kung yung friend ko ang magaapply ng visa namin? Thank you

  3. Complete na requirements ko nung dumtng ung bpi cc ko. So tnry ko lang tlaga cya isama para mas higher chances na maapprove hindi ko inexpect na multiple ung mggrant skn since wla pa kong nappurchase using my bpi card and first time ko mag out of the country masaya na ko sna sa single entry pero mas sumaya ako kasi multiple nabigay skn thanks God hehe. May ticket na kmi before ako nagapply ng visa kasi nagpromo ung visa card nsa 4800 lng RT na kaya nagbook na kmi kht wla pang visa. Pero hindi naman required n may tcket kna pag nagapply ka.😊

  4. Hello po! I’m a housewife planning to go to korea with my friends sponsored ni hubby. Sya yung may bpi credit card samin na gold can i use it since lahat naman ng documents nya ang gagamitin ko? Will i be granted multiple entry visa? Thanks!

  5. Hi, Yung monthly income qualification for applying credit card nasusunod po ba? Halimbawa po sa BPI Gold dapat po bang 40k ang monthly salary kapag nag apply?

      1. HI question , if we intend to travel by late december , pwede na ba mag apply ng visa now? and we dont have plane tickets yet.

        thanks a lot!

  6. I am a supplementary card holder and will be applying for a visa using it. Do I have to bring birth certificate or any document stating my relationship with my dad who gave me the supplementary card?

      1. I applied last Tues (Feb. 6) and got my passport last Friday. Multiple entry for 3 years! I’m sooo happy! Thanks for the tips! 😉

  7. I am a supplementary card holder of my dad’s cc and I’ll be using it to apply for a visa. Do I have to bring Birth Certificate or any document stating our relationship as father and daughter?

      1. Hi. I just submitted the latest statement of account of my dad’s cc, a photocopy of both our cc.

  8. hi. we want to apply for tourist visa, but the problem is since we are from the province we need the help of an agency.. we will use my bpi gold, as well as my husband, required ba talaga ang card, or ok lang na photocopy?

  9. Hi. Clarification lang po. Dun sa recent SOA ng Credit Card, okay lang talaga na hindi original? I have both BPI and BDO Gold CC kasi, kaso same sila na online nakikita yung SOA. Wala bang magiging problem if printout from online lang yung i-submit?

    Also, hindi na required mag-submit ng Bank Statement?

      1. Recent lang po ba yung experience nyo? Lahat kayo nabigyan ng multiple entry na visa? Mag-isa lang kasi ako mag-aapply, kaya kinakabahan ako. :-/

    1. This is also my dilemma. Gusto ko na kasi mag apply next week kaso di pa dumarating yung physical SOA ko.Is it okay po ba tlaga if iprint na lang ung softcopy statement?

      Thank you so much for answering! (kahit d pa man din, thanks in advance haha, really nervous sa pagpass ng VISA reqts, already have a ticket and I just barely reached yung 50K sa bank statement ko — wish me super luck guys!)

      1. Hello! Ilang days kayo sa korea and how much nilagay nio sa application form? Will be applying nextweek. Wait ko lang ung COE ko. 🙂

      2. Uuuuy! Kelan ka sa April punta? I’ll be there too pag naaprub!! hehe. Will submit na my requirements on Monday! whaaaaa!

        1. dun sa purpose – ung “Tourism” box lang tick niyo? or may other pa kayo sinulat under “Others”?

    2. This is also my dilemma. Gusto ko na kasi mag apply next week kaso di pa dumarating yung physical SOA ko.Is it okay po ba tlaga if iprint na lang ung softcopy statement?

      Thank you so much for answering! (kahit d pa man din, thanks in advance haha, really nervous sa pagpass ng VISA reqts, already have a ticket and I just barely reached yung 50K sa bank statement ko — wish me super luck guys!)

      1. Hi, for credit card SOA, printed copy lang yung pinasa namin. Not sure about bank statement. Baka they might require for a copy signed by your branch. I suggest that you call the korean embassy just to be 100% sure kasi we can only speak about our own experience eh.

      2. Hello. Nag-apply na ako ng visa kahapon, printed copy ng SOA (both BDO and BPI) lang yung pinasa ko. Bukod sa hinanap yung mismong Credit Card (BDO) para i-compare dun sa SOA, wala ng ibang tinanong or hinanap sa akin. Hindi rin ako nag-submit ng Bank Statement, Bank Certificate at ITR. (Btw, sa Interview Room 1 pala ako na-assign.)
        Update kita kung ano magiging status ng application ko. Feb 20 kasi tentative releasing date na nakalagay sa claim stub ko.

      3. Hi livingmorethanexisting! Approved na yung status ng application ko dun sa online portal. Bukas ko pa nga lang malalaman kung ME or SE lang yung inissue. Good luck sa application mo. 🙂

      4. Yay, ME yung binigay sa akin. 🙂 Be positive lang and good luck uli livingmorethanexisting.

        Btw, thank you so much Annyeong Oppa! 🙂

      5. Hi Levi Guevara! Ako wala pang ticket nung nag-apply ng visa, even my officemates. Kahit may BDO/BPI Gold cards kami, di kami kampante na ma-approve kasi first time namin. And may mga nabasa din kasi kami online na denied kahit nag-avail ng promo. Kanina nga lang kami nag-book ng ticket eh. Hehe

  10. Hi!

    Ask ko lang, sa BDO credit card, pwede din ang supplementary card holder? And also, yung older sis ko kasi, naka BDO gold cc na siya, nag apply na kami last year ng visa last year, na grant na siya ng 3 years visa… ngayon lang naming na laman na pwede pala supplementary card holder.. balak naming mag apply na supplementary niya ako.. so pag nag apply ba ako ng visa, okay lang kahit di kasama primary card holder???

      1. Hi!
        Pero if pwede, is it possible na si supplementary lang ang mag apply for visa?? hindi kasabay at kasama si Principal cc holder?

  11. Ano pong preferred n days of stay ang ilalagay s application.?tsaka tatanungin po b ako kung multiple or single entry?

    1. it’s actually up to you kung ilang days ka magstay dun. For multiple-entry visa thru BPI card, sa window 3 yun ipapasa. But to be sure, ask mo na lang din yung guards na nag-aassist a loob. They are very helpful naman and approachable din ☺

  12. Quick question, I’ll be applying for a visa via an agency since I live way down south of the country. Is it okay to just submit a photocopy of the BPI Gold CC (along with the SOA of course)? I’m way too hesitant to send along my real card. I’ve searched everywhere and haven’t really found anyone who used the promo while using an agency to apply for a visa.

      1. Hahahhaha. Okay I understand naman be. Simpleng employee lang kase ako. I dont know if makaavail ako ng cc sa list haha

  13. Hello! Were you able to track your application status online? If you were able to know if you’re application is approved or denied? Is it possible online? If yes, ilang days sayo from your experience? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!! 🙂

    1. Hi Elle, when I applied last 2016 wala pa kasi yung online status inquiry eh. But I think meron na ngayon. Since I applied thru BPI route, TAT was just 3 working days

      1. I see. Ang dyahe ng 5 five days kasi nakakaloka maghintay. Haha! Anyway, thank you!! 💓

  14. Hello, kung 5 days po yung inindicate mo sa application form pwede mo pa ba machange yun sa actual flight mo? For example from 5 days naging 9 days?

  15. Hello! Ask ko sana if what time kayo pmunta embassy to claim your passports? May cutoff time din ba sa releasing?

    Share ko lang experience ko sa mga mag-aapply palang ng korean visa.. Be early. As in be there like 4am. Nung Monday, dumating ako ng 8am pero nagcutoff na sila. Pagbalik ko ng Tuesday ng 4am sa embassy, 63rd ako in line. 630am palang, cutoff na dahil 282 lang iaaccommodate nila!

    @AnnyeongOppa, many thanks sa tips! Sobrang helpful ng blog mong ito 🙂 sinunod ko ung sinabi mo and sinabi ko sa guard ba nagbigay sakin ng number na BPI promo ako and bngyan ako number for window 3. 🙂 And upon checking nung status ko online, APPROVED na ako! Yahooo! Tom ko pa mlalaman kung SE or ME binigay sakin. Thankyou so much! 🙂

    Share ko lang din background ko:
    First time ko mag international trip..
    I submitted Appform with passport pic, photocopy ng bio page, original COE (kahit wala email ng HR namin), latest credit card billing ko (printed from BPI online) and photocopy ng credit card ko (front only).


    1. You didnt submit Hotel Booking Confirmation or Airline Ticket? You have any idea about the fee for the Multiple Entry Visa?

      1. Hi, we didn’t submit. We only submit the documents that are written in this article.

        The fee was also mentioned here 🙂

        Visa Fee:

        59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
        60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

  16. Hello. Ask ko lang sana kung may interview pang naganap? At ano yung tinatanong sa interview? Will be applying visa for the whole family. At ako yung magsusubmit. Thanks!!!

  17. Hi po, my nakatry na bang mag apply ng visa to SK na ang gamit is supplementary card ng BDO gold? thank you in advance sa sasagot 🙂 🙂

  18. Hello I would like to ask if i am supposed to fill up the Visa Application Form + attach Hotel Bookings & Travel Itinenary for the trip to Korea. I have a BDO Platinum Credit Card and was told by BDO to only submit the Credit card copy, SOA and certification from BDO. Thats all. I need your help as to this issue of mine.

    Plus my wife is a Supplementary Card Holder to the same BDO Platinum Card. Is she qualified for this promo as well? And how much do we need to pay for the Multiply Visa? Is it free of charge or is there a fee for that?

  19. Sis ask ko lang if mag aappy for visa may minimum ba ang bank account? And kasi I don’t have ITR pero may kasama ako sis. Na approve siya 5 yrs.. siya lang guarantor ko.. and i have naman bank state and cert kaso sis pag nag aapply ako nasa 36-38k lang palang laman nun wala pa till mag book ako.. May possibilities ba sis na ma approved din visa ko?

    1. Sa long as you’re able to prove your financial capability, there’s a chance na maaprove. In our case kasi we didn’t have to show our bank statements.

  20. is this still active? ask ko lang po kung kailangan ba talaga lahat ng documents ay a4 size? yung bank cert, school cert, at bank statement po kasi nakaprint sa short and long bond

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your experience in applying a Korean Visa. I’m wondering if the new application policy will take effect this July 1, 2018, will the Visa promo for CC holders are still valid? You’ve mentioned that physical CC must be presented upon submission of Visa application and I don’t think I can leave my CC to any travel agent. Hope you can also provide additional info regarding this new policy especially for those who want to skip the ITR and bank statement requirements. Again, thank you.

    1. Hi, the BPI promo is still valid until Dec 31, 2019. You can provide the agency for a copy of your front card (never give a copy of the back). The process now would really depend on the accredited agency. I suggest that you take the opportunity to avail the promo even before July 31, 2018.

    2. Hello! nakapag-apply ka po ba sa agency? eto din prob ko, hindi ako confident na iwanan ang card ko sa agency. Can you let me know kung ano na nangyari sa application mo? Thanks 🙂

  22. Hi, i just want to know if ok lang ba na hindi nakapangalan saken yung statement of account? Im a secondary credit card holder. Kasi yung soa naka connect sa principal cc holder. Pano po yun?

      1. good day, oppa! Sorry, alam ko this aint the first time someone asked. So I have couple questions.
        1. Since I am supplemental card holder ng mama ko na naka gold. g kami sa promo kahit di ko sya kasama?
        2. Do I need to provide her soa as she’s the primary holder o ung akin lang?
        Thanks oppa!

      2. 1. G lang kahit hindi sya kasama 🙂
        2. Yes, SOA nya talaga kasi wala namang separate SOA ang supple eh

  23. Sad to say sa window 3 palang denied na yung application namen 🙁 Kagagaling lang namen ni gf kahapon, nakarating kame mga 4am, pang 3 kame sa pila. Naka attached saken yung original soa, while online copy naman yung kay gf (pero sya yung principal card holder) Hindi na kame nakapag request ng another original soa, kasi baka matagalan at abutin kame ng july 1. Baka idaan na lang namen sa travel agency yung application namen at kukumpletuhin na lang namen.

  24. Annyeong “Annyeong Oppa”! Hahaha! Ask ko lang po kung pwede po na ung sa supplementary sa card is friend lang? (hindi po ka-family). Thanks in advance 😀

  25. hello! talaga po bang no need na for bank statement and bank cert for gold cardholders. medyo na confuse lang kasi ako kasi sa website only ITR and bank cert ang exempted. so ibig bang sabihin, bank statement still required? can you please enlighten me ? thanks!

      1. Thanks for the reply. I was in Korea in October :). I was able to made it through there hehe. It was such a very good and unforgettable experience. 🙂 Planning now to go there with family this time.

  26. Mag aapply sana kami ng friend ko, Ginawa nya akong supplementary card holder recently, kaso yung darating na SOA hindi pa daw magrereflect dun na supplementary nya ako. okay parin ba yun?

  27. Hi, what if po yung gold card mo eh kaya na attain mo kasi yung funds non provided ng parents mo. Now, will it affect if yung sa coe mo hindi ganun kataas yung sweldo mo? thanks po sa sasagot!

  28. Hello, ask ko lng po. Pagmag issue ba ng visa, merong date na kelangan maka enter na ng korea? I was planning to just apply for the visa considering may promo sa credit card and multiple entry pa for 3 years (most likely). So, i may not travel to korea within the next few months, but maybe after a year pa. Yun lng concern ko, kasi i think yung ibang countries, pagnaissue na yung visa, kelangan makatravel na within the next 3 months, otherwise, invalid na ang visa. Thanks po.

    1. Yes, you have to indicate your travel dates on the form. I suggest that you apply for a visa pag malapit na yu g flight mo like a month or 2 months prior. Anyway, the credit card promo is until Dec 31 pa naman 🙂

  29. Hi! Can I use my payroll account bank statement and cert? Will it cause a problem to approve my visa or not? Should I open another account? Pwede ba yung 5 months old na bank account?

  30. Hi! ask ko lang if yung Bank Statement from BDO po ba dapat may Bank Logo and signature from the Branch Manager? Thanks

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