May 22, 2017
My first trip to Korea was through the visa free transit to US (AU, JP and some other countries qualify too, I think). My next one is a week long stay, and not for transit. So I had to apply for a visa. (I’m from the Philippines. I almost always have to get a visa everywhere. *what-can-I-do-countries-are-afraid-of-us sigh*)
Unfortunately, there’s not much information about Korean Visa application in Japan. (the Japanese don’t need a visa. can i be Japanese, pls?) Even the Korean Embassy’s website is not really useful considering it’s either in Japanese or Korean. Thanks to google translate, I managed!
How to Prepare
- Online application – your picture will be uploaded there. I think it functions as a manually written application that is legible and saved them typing time.
- Resident’s ID copy
- Bank account copy (I’m a student so I don’t have a tax return)
- Original certificate of enrolment
- Student ID copy
- Invitation letter
- Passport, of course
- Photocopy of valid visa for OECD countries visited. I think you should give copy even for those invalid visas, if they are on a different passport.
- Copy of birth certificate
How to get there
1. Go to Azabujuban station, Oedo line. Take exit 2.
2. There is a separate office for the visa application. So with google maps, I suggest you just search for Olympic Inn in Azabu. The Korean Embassy’s consular office is right there.
In the Embassy
It’s in the third floor. Once you get in, go to the reception guy and take a number by pressing the icon with visa written on it . He will ask you if you have filled up an application form – just show him all your papers (even before he says anything) and that should settle the language issue. If you speak Korean or Japanese, go ahead and chat him up.
In case you need the services of a photocopying machine, they have one inside for JPY10 a page. (I had to photocopy my resident’s ID. Given the lack of information, I used the Korean Embassy’s requirements in the Philippines, and of course a resident ID is not on the list)
Once they called my number, I just submitted my papers. She simply asked where I’m staying (the address in my application form), and I showed her the invitation letter.
They then gave me a slip of paper saying I can pick up my passport in two days. I didn’t pay anything. Hmm. Is it because I’m a student (with an invitation letter) or is it because it’s single entry that it is gratis?
Application time is from 9 to 11:30am. Claiming is from 2 to 4pm (you’ll have it in your slip). Unfortunately, they will not mail your passport so you actually have to go back and claim it.