Checking Korean visa status online

How to Check South Korean Visa Status Online - BRYOLOGUE

Note: There’s a November 2017 announcement of visa-free entry in South Korea for Filipinos (as well as Indonesia and Vietnam nationals) for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Details at the end of this post.

After four years, Mon and I will be visiting South Korea again! Just like in 2012, we will be there during winter. It is not without its roadblocks, though.

First of all, Mon had a problem with his passport. I was too afraid that he would be held up at the immigration in the Philippines when he followed me to Bangkok last October after my training. Our flight back to the country was on the 31st of October. Two days after that, his passport would have been less than 6 months. Provided that it was still within the validity period during his stay with me, it nevertheless made me quite nervous.

(Need a copy of the South Korean visa application form? You can download from the Embassy’s website, or click these forms to download: South Korean Visa Application Form – Word Document or South Korean Visa Application Form – PDF Document . Don’t forget to print it on an A4 paper i.e. 210mm x 297 mm.)

The earliest schedule for his passport renewal was on November 18. Counting the days for an expedite processing, his passport should have been released on the 29th. But, alas, it was not the case. We had quite a scare and his passport was due to be available on December 9. We still have to process our visa and we were already stretched thin. Good thing he took a chance the other day and got his passport 3 days ahead of the already-delayed schedule.

Word of advice: please make sure your passport’s validity is well more than 6 months your travel date. It is very stressful, given that the release date set by DFA is getting too unreliable for comfort.

As I write, his visa is on process, while I already got word that my visa was approved. How? I checked it online.

Waiting for my turn at Window 3 - Korean Embassy Philippines visa

Waiting for my turn at Window 3

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Our visa for South Korea got approved!

Two weeks ago, I started preparing for the requirements of our visa application for South Korea, but slowly psyched myself out until last night — what if I got denied. O_O

I arrived in the office very eager to leave and immediately go to McKinley Hill. I was so eager that I have even foregone paying my cellphone bill and forgotten that something would arrive in the mail today:

JRS Express Parcel - Letter Pouch, Manila, Philippines

Nothing makes me happy than seeing any JRS parcel. Just kidding.

Black Prada Tessuto Zipped Pouch - Manila, Philippines

Black Prada Tessuto Zipped Pouch - Triangle Logo - Manila, Philippines

It’s no coin purse but I think I can put more things inside! Plus, I need not worry about water stains because tessuto is definitely water resistant.

Back to the visa question, I immediately used the pouch and we went right away to McKinley Hill. I was very anxious because Raisa has still not replied whether she had already obtained my visa from the consular services. When she informed me that Mon was granted one last Monday, she was very quick to let me know. My paranoia kicked in and I called her just to clear things up. Turned out, something was just wrong with the network (damn you, Globe!) and Mon’s cellphone even has no signal.

Chancery lobby - Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines - McKinley Hill


(Not so sure if taking of photos was allowed, but I went for it anyway)

We arrived in the embassy and went immediately by the lobby of Chancery, where we waited for Raisa. The receptionist was already waiting for us and handed out our passports back to us. My first action was to shake the passport for signs of that dreaded white slip/paper, then search for my visa inside. It was on the 21st page and I heaved a sigh of relief (though I’m wondering why the visa was stamped way back into a much latter page of the passport, skipping exactly seven blank pages).

My Korean Tourist Visa for 2012 - South Korean Visa, Manila, Philippines

While waiting for Raisa

When Raisa arrived, we had a quick chat and was even teased over my paranoia, and how she was confident that I will be given one, especially I was also granted a year before. I was also surprised when she said that the results of our comprehensive exams might even reach the first week of November. I initially thought that the results will be out by the last week of October, but either way, they can push the results back to December as long as I pass.
We weighed our chances for the umpteenth time but as we can no longer do anything but wait and pray, we just promised each other that we’ll let each other know of the results once they are already out.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait for our trip this December! We plan to spend the last day in Incheon and see what we can do there. See you again South Korea!

Anticipating results: visa and exams

I got word yesterday from my friend Raisa (who is working in the South Korean Embassy in the Philippines) that Mon’s tourist visa has been already approved. We submitted our application last October 2 and it only took him three working days to have his visa processed because he had a US visa (albeit expired). However, even if I was already granted one last year, my application still takes five working days to process. Tomorrow will be my judgment day.

I’m so eager to get my passport tomorrow and see the result for myself. Frankly, I’ve been trying to contain myself from planning what I will be wearing for five days because what if I were not granted one? *knocks on wood* Anyway, at the back of my mind, I’ve been seriously planning on what clothes to bring. We don’t have winter here in the Philippines and I’m very curious on how I will handle winter fashion-wise, so this December trip will be very interesting. Heck I even stated point-blank in my visa application the ‘Purpose of Entry’ as “TOURISM – TO EXPERIENCE WINTER IN SOUTH KOREA”!

Winter gloves from Saizen - Philippines

Just last week, we even bought two pairs of gloves from Saizen for Php 85.00 a pair and I love the one with the ‘grips’. Well, we will most probably NOT be going skiing but I love the ‘grips’ anyway. Don’t get me started with the jackets because I’m already planning to go out of my ‘neutral zone’ and be more playful. I’ve been eyeing this leopard print jacket online, which is probably women’s but I don’t care. A good bunch of scarves will do the trick.

Leopard print jacket - Manila, Philippines

But then again, before I even go full throttle over this trip IF EVER I will be issued a visa , I have to first deal with the results of my comprehensive examinations. As it is already the second week of October, it will only be two weeks more before I find out how I fared last August. I’ve been keeping the subject of the exam results out of my head because the mere thought of them makes my stomach turn. Again, you can offer to pay me money but I will never want to have another go with the whole preparation process. The anticipation is killing me.

August was stressful. September was testing. October, on the other hand, is the month of anticipation. I just hope that things will turn out well this month for a change.

Supporting your niece’s first dental appointment

When I went to the dentist last week, I asked if I can go back to have my niece’s teeth checked — it was Brie’s first dental appointment!

Her face was quite unreadable

I still remember her brother’s and it was a mayhem. He kept on thrashing around the dentist chair so we were anxious on how she will receive her first time. Fortunately, it was peaceful, save from 10 seconds of screaming because she felt some pain in the particular tooth that bothers her.

Big AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH - First dental appointment


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