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Hello, South Korea! Simplified visa application announced for BPI, Metrobank, RCBC cardholders

By Camille Santiago Published Jul 09, 2024 9:20 am Updated Jul 09, 2024 5:01 pm

Your dreams of visiting South Korea are within reach now that the country has expanded the list of simplified visa requirements to more credit card holders.

When applying for a tourist visa, Filipino visa applicants with certain credit cards from BPI, RCBC, and Metrobank may no longer need to secure financial documents such as bank certificates, bank statements, and income tax returns starting July 22, 2024 to December 31, 2024.

Instead, they may secure a copy of the front of the credit card with complete information and the latest three months' credit card account statements. Proof of relationship must also be included if immediate family members are joining as this courtesy extends to immediate family members such as their parents, spouse, minor children (applicable for adult children who can prove to be students through documents), and their spouse's parents.

Note that all applicants should still submit proper visa application documents like a valid passport, visa forms, travel insurance, employment documentation, and travel itineraries are still required.

“Please be informed that the bank documents are the ONLY exempted or substituted documents in the said simplification process and all other general documents must still be submitted,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.


  • Gold: Gold Rewards
  • Elite: Platinum Rewards, Amore Platinum Cashback, Signature Card


  • Gold: Mastercard Gold, Visa Flex Gold, JCB Gold
  • Elite: Black Mastercard, Diamond Mastercard, YGC Rewards Plus Platinum, Hexagon Privilege, Visa Platinum, JCB Platinum, UnionPay Diamond, Visa Infinite, World Mastercard and its variants (RCBC Hexagon Priority, RCBC Balesin World, RCBC The City Club World)


  • World Mastercard, Femme Signature Visa card, Travel Platinum Visa card, Platinum Mastercard, Dollar Mastercard

Earlier this year, the embassy announced that travelers from certain categories such as elected politicians, government officials, professional license holders, and BDO Gold or BDO Elite credit card holders are exempted from submitting financial documents when applying for a South Korean visa.