How to get Korean Tourist Visa in Dubai, UAE

 

One day, I told myself that I want to travel to South Korea to witness the way of living in that country, to taste their authentic Korean cuisines, to be amaze with their beautiful tourist spots and if lucky, meet and greet my favorite Korean Oppas (term used by girls when speaking to guys – older brothers and cousins/ term of endearment used by females for their boyfriends who are older than them) – Nam Joo Hyuk, Jung Il Woo, Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook oppa. <3

The initial plan was travel with my college best friend Balky last November 2016. However, I had a hard time getting a visa. Because of the following reasons:

  1. If you are a resident of UAE and will be applying your SoKor Tourist visa here, then you need to have a residence visa with a validity of more than six (6) months. Mine is valid till January 2017 so I only had 3 months valid RV;
  2. So plan B is to apply in Manila. I prepare all documents (stamped original bank statements & Bank certificate), certificate of employment, OEC (Overseas Employment certificate, etc. HOWEVER, when I went to submit my documents in South Korean embassy in Manila, they asked for my LOCAL bank statement which I don’t have since I had my bank accounts closed when I decided to work and reside in UAE.
  3. I only have 3 days left prior to our flight so it is quite impossible to rush the visa and they don’ expedite visa also. Therefore, we’re left with no choice but for Balky to go on his own and for me to reschedule my flight this February 2017.

Come January 2017, I made sure that I prepare everything. I renewed my residence visa as early as possible and I requested for the recent 3 months stamped bank statements, No-Objection letter from my employer and completed my application form. I also submit my ticket itinerary and hotel confirmation. I locate their embassy here in Dubai and allocate half day to submit my application. They checked my documents and gave me a piece of paper with schedule date as to when I can claim my passport and visa. I am so excited that until now I still can’t figure out where to go first in my travel itinerary. 😀 So if you are planning to apply for Korean visa and you are residing here in UAE, please feel free to check the procedures and tips below. 🙂

Procedure in applying for Korean Tourist Visa:

  1. Make sure you have completed the following requirements:
    • completed and signed application form. (if applicant is under 16 years old, then parent or guardian should sign the form); Do not staple your form. I will post another entry on how to complete this form.
    • One passport sized photograph which was taken within the past 6 months. Printed photographs are not allowed;
    • Signed & stamped No Objection/employment letter from your company which indicates your complete name (name that appears in your passport), nationality, Passport number, position, salary, purpose of your visit, hiring date, etc. OR if you are self-employed, then you need to submit copy of your trade license.
    • Recent original stamped bank statements within the last 3 months. It is important that your wage/salary is shown to be credited to your account regularly;
    • Copy of your hotel reservation, Round trip ticket or itinerary in South Korea;
    • Original passport which should be valid for more than six (6) months and has two more blank pages left. Copy of your passport. and
    • copy of you UAE residence visa (in A4 size) which should be valid for more than 6 months if you are not a UAE national.
  2. Submit your complete documents to their embassy in Dubai located in Villa #39, Street 24b, Area 342, Jumeirah 2. Personal appearance is a MUST. Note that visa application submission is from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday.
  3. Once you are in the Visa consular office, secure a ticket number and wait for your number to be called. There’s four windows – two for Korean nationals and two for Foreign nationals.
  4. Approach the window when your number is flashed on the TV screen, hand over your documents including original passport. Consular officers will check and might ask you some questions to verify some things. They might also ask you to call your bank and request you to provide them authorization so that they can verify your bank account details from the bank agents.
  5. Once done, you will then have to pay the visa fee of AED 160.00. Single entry tourist visa fee is free for Filipinos. You cannot apply for multiple entry if it is a tourist visa and it is your first time to travel to SoKor.
  6. After payment, they will provide you with receipt (white paper) indicating the amount that you paid, the visa you applied and the scheduled date when you can collect your passport and visa. Visa collection is from 3:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

You may also visit their website at Consulate General of ROK in Dubai

Where to Hang out: Picnic & Camping Spot in Al Qudra Oasis

One of the lakes in Al Qudra Oasis

 

Out of nowhere, we decided to take a road trip on a cold Friday afternoon. And since I have been following Prince Hamdan (@faz3) IG story, I always see that he’s been doing a lot of cycling and jogging in Al Qudra. So, off to Al Qudra we go, not to stalk him but to check out the amazing place.
It was quite a long drive, I remember we passed by Arabian Ranches and Dubai Studio City (see below link for google map). I am not good with locations so you can definitely check them using the google map. 😁

One of the beautiful swans in the Al Qudra Lake

We had so much energy on our way coz we were singing and laughing inside the car. The next thing we know, we are already in Al Qudra. And guess what lovelies? There’s gonna be Last Exit (foodtruck) in Al Qudra – it’s being constructed so anytime soon it will be open to the public. Yahoo! So no need to go to Dubai and Abu Dhabi boundary to visit Last Exit.

 

Al Qudra is a vast place where you can enjoy cycling, jogging and camping. I am sure you are going to love the place since it is near the city and the sunset view is amazing even your pets will enjoy walking and running around the place. You’ll love the feeling of being with nature since there are trees, plants, birds, ducks, flamingo and lots of man-made lakes. 😍 Camping and picnic is recommended BUT PLEASE make sure that you will not throw or leave your trash/garbage in the area. Don’t even mess with the lakes. It is just so annoying to see cigarette butts and trash near the lakes or scattered around the area. Come on! Why make a beautiful place dirty? People should be considerate enough to keep the place clean and to consider collecting their trash and throw it in the proper place. There are trash bins in the area. It’s just so frustrating when people enjoy the place yet leave their mess behind. Poor nature. Poor animals. Poor future generations. Let’s not waste the effort of the Dubai government to create places like this yet we mess them up.

 

So again, come visit Al Qudra lakes and you will fall in love with this simple place. Just a friendly reminder again, Do NOT leave your trash. Note that it is a bit hard to find the exit, so make sure that you memorize your way going in and out of the Oasis.

Google Map:

Al Qudra Lake Entrance