Due to the increase in the number of visa applicants for South Korea, the Korean Embassy in the Philippines delegated select travel agencies to process visas next month.
The only walk-in applicants who will be accepted are spouses and children of Korean Citizens, holders of visa issuance numbers, government employees with official business trips, and those with humanitarian reasons to travel to Korea urgently. Visitors visa walk-in applications will not be allowed starting July 1.
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines posted a list of designated travel agencies to process temporary visitor’s visas to their website today.
They are as follows:
Aboex Travel and Tours
Ark Travel Express Inc.
Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc.
Casto Travel Philippines Inc.
City Travel & Tours Corporation
Come on Phils. Golf & Travel Agency Inc.
Constellation Travels, Inc.
First United Travel Inc.
Getaway Tours International Inc.
Grand Hope Travel, Inc.
H.I.S. (Philippines) Travel Corp.
Hanatour Manila Inc.
Horizon Travel & Tours, Inc.
International Journeys Inc.
Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.
JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp.
KP Joeun Consultancy Inc.
Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency, Inc.
Marksman Drysdale Travel Inc.
MNK Travel & Tours Corp.
North Star International Travel, Inc.
Pan Pacific Travel Corporation
Party-on Travel and Tour Community Inc.
Rajah Travel Corporation
Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.
Reli Tours and Travel Company
Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc.
Swire Travel Phils, Inc.
The Baron Travel Corporation
Uni-orient Travel, Inc.
“[The] increase in the number of visa applicants caused the applicants to stand in hot weather outside the embassy for hours to wait in line for their turn to apply for respective visas,” the Embassy said in a statement.
The agency reported that visa applications have increased since 2015. There were approximately a total of 90,000 visa applications in 2015, 120,000 in 2016, and 160,000 in 2017.