By Jonathan Hicap
The Korean Embassy in the Philippines announced on Tuesday that selected travel agencies will process temporary visitor’s visa applications starting July 1.
It said the move was due to the increase in the number of Korean visa applicants, which rose to 160,000 in 2017 compared to 120,000 in 2016 and 90,000 in 2015.
“This increase in 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. To avoid such inconvenience, the embassy has designated 35 travel agencies to process temporary visitor’s visa application,” the embassy stated in an announcement.
According to the embassy, starting July 1, walk-in applicants for temporary visitor’s visa will no longer be accepted at the embassy. However, it will accept applications only for spouses and children of Koreans, holders of visa issuance number, government employees with official business trip and those with humanitarian reasons to travel to Korea urgently.
Travel agencies that can accept Korean temporary visitor’s visa applications are Aboex Travel and Tours, Adventure International, Blue Horizons Travel and Tours Inc., Budget 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., H.i.s. (Philippines) Travel Corp., Hankookceb Corp., JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corp. and KP Joeun Consultancy Inc.
Also selected as designated travel agencies are Las Palmas Tours and Travel Agency Inc., MNK Travel & Tours Corp., North Star International Travel Inc., Party-on Travel and Tour Community Inc., Reli Tours and Travel Company, Sharp Travel Service (Phils.) Inc., Swire Travel Phils Inc., The Baron Travel Corporation, Travel Pros, Travelservices Inc. and Uni-orient Travel Inc., Rakso Air Travel and Tours, Hanatour Manila, Island Resort Club Tour Services, International Journeys, Pan Pacific Travel Corp., Rajah Travel Corp., Marsman Drysdale Travel, Grand Hope Travel, Horizon Travel & Tours and Ark Travel Express.