How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa in Qatar

With the global phenomenon of Korean fever (or K-fever) sweeping across the world, we know you would want to visit South Korea even if you are currently working in Qatar. And it’s not just the TV shows, since you can actually see the real-life filming locations of your favorite shows.

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But first, there’s a little paperwork involved. Before you can see the incredible places in South Korea, you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa. Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, you can kickstart the application process and begin your journey to the land of the morning calm.

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South Korea Tourist Visa for Filipinos

The South Korean government has established an agreement with several countries, including the Philippines, regarding the application process for a tourist visa.  If you’re a Filipino passport holder and have been living in Qatar for at least 2 years, you’re in luck! You can now apply for a tourist visa without any hassle This agreement covers both the tourist and business visa. 


To apply for a tourist visa, make sure to have the following ready:

  • Duly filled visa application form 
  • Residency permit valid for at least 3 months, along with photocopies of both front and back sides on a single page
  • Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, along with a photocopy.
  • Documents proving that you have been a resident of Qatar for two years. You have two options:

Option 1

    • Employment certificate from your current company, stating your position or salary. If you choose this document, there’s no need for MoFa notarization.
    • Certificate providing details of your residency permit. Access this document online via the Metrash site and make a copy from immigration.

Option 2

    • Certificate of employment indicating your start date and salary, to be notarized by the Consular Department of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  • Company ID with both front and back portions clearly visible.
  • Invitation Letter (if applicable) stating the purpose and duration of your visit, along with information about the sponsor and company registration.
  • Travel history
  • Recent passport photo with a white background, taken within the last 6 months.


Step 1. Prepare all the necessary documents

Step 2. Once all the paperwork is ready, you can go to the embassy to submit the requirements. There is no need to request an appointment.

Step 3. Provide any additional documents that the consul might require from you. 

Step 4. Upon a successful application, the embassy will inform you by issuing a “Visa Grant Notice.” Print this document and bring it along with your passport when you go through immigration. 

The tourist visa is valid for 3 months.

How to Verify the Visa Notice 

Step 1. Visit and navigate to the Application Status/ Issue page. Once you’re there, click on “Check Application Status and Print.”

Step 2. Enter your passport number and personal details, including your name and birthday. Then click on “Search.”

Step 3. If your application is approved, you will find your visa details at the bottom of the page

Step 4. Click on the “Visa Grant Notice” tab to print it


Here is the schedule of visa processing fees. Please note that payment must be made in cash, and it is non-refundable in case your application is denied.

  • Single entry; QR 160
  • Double entry: QR 280
  • Multiple entry: QR 360

Contact Details: Embassy of Republic of Korea in State of Qatar

  • Address: P.O. Box 3727, New Diplomatic Area, Onaiza-66, Al Shabab Street, Doha, Qatar
  • Phone: +974-4483-2238-9
  • Fax: +974-4483-3264
  • Facebook: @mofakr.eng
  • Twitter: @MOFAkr_eng

Location Map: Embassy of Republic of Korea in State of Qatar

Video on Applying for a Tourist Visa

For more tips on how to succeed in your visa application, you can watch this YouTube video from Simply Nottie. The vlogger showed her six-page application form, and mentions the platform she uses to get hotel bookings. She also explains the documentary requirements and even provides details about her flight to South Korea. 

You can watch the full video here:

Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the OFW shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.

How to Get to South Korea from Qatar

The travel time from Doha to Seoul is approximately 8.5 hours, and a direct flight typically costs around $544. Several airlines operate this route, including Qatar Airways, VietJet Air, Nepal Airlines, IndiGo Airlines, and others. However, as mentioned in the earlier vlog, it is also possible to return to the Philippines and then catch a flight to Seoul.

Popular Destinations in South Korea

With so many places to see and things to do in South Korea, your vacation might not be enough to accomplish everything on your list. Here are some of the popular destinations to help fill up your itinerary:

Nami Island

Tourists flock to this island because it was the shooting location for the beloved TV drama, Winter Sonata.This small island is a perfect vacation spot, throughout the seasons. If you’re a fan of the Korean show, you can find life-size replicas of the main characters in the park.

To reach Nami Island from Seoul, you can take the train to Gapyeong Station. From there, proceed to Gapyeong Wharf to access Nami Island. Apart from taking the ferry, you can also use the Zip-wire, but please note that this is a one-way trip only.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

This palace is the first and largest of the 5 Grand Palaces during the Joseon Dynasty. The place is also ideal to visit any time of the year. When you visit, you can see the Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony and you can also enjoy a guided tour. 

Located in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace is easily accessible if you are in the city. You can walk from City Hall or take a taxi to reach the palace. Alternatively, you can take the train and use either the Gyeongbokgung or Gwanghwamun station. 

N Seoul Tower

While you are still in Seoul, you can visit another popular destination in the city. At this tower, you can find the spot where the lover’s padlocks are located. To reach the observatory, you can take a cable car.

Outside the tower, you can also take the tour bus to take you to select destinations all over the city. 

Bukchon Hanok Village

This is a perfect destination for those who want to know more about traditional Korean culture. The hanoks (traditional houses) scattered throughout the village have stood since the Joseon dynasty. You can rent themed hanboks and recreate scenes from your favorite Korean TV dramas for a memorable photo shoot.

To reach the village from Seoul, you can take the train. Hop on the Seoul Subway Line 3 and disembark at Anguk Station. Take Exit 3 and turn right. Simply continue walking for 200 meters until you spot the directional signs guiding you to the Bukchon Village Walking Tour.

Naejangsan National Park

If you plan to visit in October or November, don’t forget to include this national park in your itinerary. It’s the perfect spot to admire the beautiful autumn foliage in the country. The park offers various attractions, such as waterfalls, temples, and cable car rides.

The most convenient way to reach the park is by train. From Yongsan Station, take the KTX train and get off at Jeong-eup Station. Then, you can hop on a bus to Naejangsan National Park. However, this option can be confusing and expensive for first-time travelers, as it involves transferring from the train to the bus.

Alternatively, if you have your own vehicle, driving to the park is a great option. Keep in mind that the park can get crowded during peak season, and arriving late might make it challenging to access the mountain. Additionally, you should allocate more travel time if you choose this option.

For all these suggested destinations, you can also join a local tour. Be sure to compare prices to get your money’s worth. You might also want to check whatever fees they cover so you will have enough funds with you on your trip.

Learn More About Korean Culture

You might believe that you’re familiar with Korean culture and customs from watching shows. However, before your trip, it’s wise to review some social etiquettes:

  • Bowing is the traditional greeting
  • A deeper bow indicates trust, respect, and satisfaction towards the other person
  • Respect personal space and avoid touching or hugging those you aren’t close to
  • In cities, it’s more common for people to push or bump into others without apologizing. Don’t take offense if you encounter this behavior

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • If I have a multiple entry visa, how often can I return to Korea?

It is not advisable to re-enter the country immediately after leaving. There is a chance that the immigration officer may deny you entry. Additionally, make sure not to exceed the 180-day limit allotted for tourist stays.

  • How long can I re-apply for a tourist visa if my application is denied?

You can reapply after a period of 6 months.


A Korean tourist visa allows Philippine passport holders to stay in the country for up to 3 months. To start your application, make sure to have your passport, photo, bank statement, QID, travel history ready. Visit the Korean embassy to submit your requirements. To check the status of your application, you can do so online.

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