If you’re planning a trip to South Korea soon, then we’ve got good news for you: A new Korea Visa Application Centre (KVAC) will be opening in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on 14 Aug 2023.
Heading there ASAP? Not so fast. During the pilot operation period of KVAC from 14–25 Aug 2023, only visa applications with online reservations will be accepted at the new facility. Once official operations begin on 29 Aug 2023, walk-in applications will be accepted even without an online reservation.
Expect changes in South Korea visa application policies, too
In line with the upcoming launch of the Korea Visa Application Centre, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will be implementing a number of changes in its visa application system.
For one, all submissions of visa applications and release of passports will be at KVAC upon the opening of the new centre. That means the embassy will no longer be accepting visa applications or releasing visas after 14 Aug 2023.
Additionally, the current online visa appointment system will no longer be operational after the last opening of slots in August. Starting 29 Aug 2023, online reservations will no longer be required and walk-in visa applications will be accepted on weekdays. The embassy won’t be setting a limit on the number of visa applications accepted daily.
Keep in mind that starting on the official operations of the centre on 29 Aug, visa applications in KVAC will only be accepted if they’re filed in person or through one of the designated travel agencies.
Dates to remember
- 27 Jun 2023: Opening of online reservation slots for August
- 1–11 Aug 2023: Online reservations will be accepted at the Korean Embassy
- 14 Aug 2023: Opening of KVAC
- 14–25 Aug 2023: Online reservations will be accepted at KVAC
- 29 Aug 2023 onwards: Walk-in applications will be accepted at KVAC
For more information and updates, visit Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines on Facebook.
KVAC Address: 9F~10F, Brittany Hotel BGC, 6 McKinley Parkway, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Well, it looks like we’re all booking a flight and preparing our South Korea visa application soon. If you’d rather visit visa-free Korean destinations, check out our guides to Jeolla-do, Jeju Island, and Yangyang.
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