Layover in Korea with Philippine Passport

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  1. Hi, I’m planning to visit Philippines in December and am trying to get the JFK – ICN – HK and MNL – ICN – JFK flights. Also, I’m considering the 15-hour layover in Incheon, so does this mean that I can go outside the airport and roam around Seoul in that matter? I am also a US green card holder but have a Philippine passport πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  2. Pauline says:

    Thank you so much! I don’t have to do anything other than the usual, right? 😊 I think I would have to go there too

  3. Cecil Frances says:

    Hi, I’m a Filipino and I have a PH passport and a US Visa. I have a 25 hr lay over in Korea. Do I still need a Korean Visa? I asked some travel agencies here and they said that I still need to. Is it true?

    • Betchay says:

      You don’t need a Korean visa if your final destination is the US or if you have a US resident visa. You can even stay up to 30 days.

      • Cecil Frances says:

        I am not a US resident visa holder. Just a J1(exchange student) visa. Is it still possible? I heard from a friend that it’s possible to stay up to 72 hours as long as you have an outbound flight within 72hrs. *I hope it’s true for getting a visa Korean visa this late is a little bit impossible*

  4. SHB says:

    So if my final destination is Australia and I plan to book my flight from Philippines to Korea to Australia, I can stay for up to 30 days right? What would the Immigration require then so I can prepare pls πŸ™‚

  5. Daniel Thomas says:

    Hi I am a filipino passport holder and I have Chinese Resident & Work visa. And I will be flying through Incheon Airport in S. Korea. Unfortunately I will have 7.5 hour layover. And since my brother was staytioned in Gunsansi at the US AirForce base. Anyways, to make a long story short. Would I need a visa to go outside the airport and visit my brother for a couple hours?

  6. Ferdy says:

    Hello, I have a Philippines passport and traveling from Canada. when I come back here in Canada, I have a layover in Incheon, South Korea for 12 hours. Do I need to apply for South Korean visa? Thanks

    • Betchay says:

      HI Ferdy! No need to apply for South Korean visa. You just tell the immigration that you want to spend your layover outside the airport. My sister was here last month on a layover from the US, she was given 1 month to stay.

  7. Gladiel says:

    Hi my wife is a filipino passport holder and with canada visitor visa her flight have 6 hours layover to Incheon. Do we need to get Korea transit visa?

  8. Phem G. says:


    Good day. Thanks for the information.

    I would like to confirm again tho. I will be traveling to USA using K1 Visa 2nd week of January and I’m planning to stay in Korea for 2 days to visit a friend.
    Do I still need a visit visa or is it alright to use my K1 US visa?

    I appreciate your answer.


  9. Jomelyn Borlaza says:

    Hello. I have a Philippine passport and a working visa. I am bound to Saipan. Layover is 22hours. Do I need a transit visa? Thanks in advance for your response.

  10. Angelie says:

    Hi! I just wanted to asked, I’m a US greencard holder but holding a Philippine passport do I need to have a visa going to Korea? It’s not a layover but I wanted to visit Korea and stay there for a week would that be possible for me? I’ve been searching for the last two months if I really need a visa going there and I still don’t have a clear answer to it. I hope you could help me thank you so much

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Angelie! When my sister (a green card holder) visited last April, she was told to get a Korean visa and so she did. She went to the US in May and she traveled back to the Philippines last November with a layover in Korea and she was given a 30-day permit (stamp) to stay in Korea.

      • Angelie says:

        so the stamp was for the layover if you want to stay in kore right? and I will need a visa if i go there from the US? Am I correct? i kind of get it a little thank you

  11. ds says:

    Hi there, So I’m living in Canada (permanent resident) but holding a PH Passport. After my vacation in Philippines I’m planning to visit S.Korea for 5-7 days then fly to back to Canada. In my case, do I still need to apply for Korean Tourist Visa?


  12. Michelle says:

    Hi, I have a flight Cebu, Philippines to Korea (for layover of 9hours) I just wonder if its enough to see the city and how does it work to get like a day access? My connecting flight going to Canada will have a layover in Korea. Im holding a Filipino passport, and Visitors Visa then Work Permit for Canada. Thank you

  13. Hi, I’m a Philippine passport holder but I will not go to the five countries stated above. I will be having long layovers in Incheon bound to and coming from Rome. Should I apply for a visa to Korea as well?

    • Betchay says:

      Transit visa is not necessary for long layovers as long as you stay inside the secured perimeter of the airport. If you have less than a day-long layover, you could join the transit tours being offered by Incheon Airport and you won’t need a visa.

  14. paoperiano says:

    Hi again, Ms. Betchay! I just got a little confused here; so before I actually book another flight, I wanted to make sure of this:

    So I have this confirmed return flight from Manila to the US on February 5 – Manila to Seoul (with 6 hour layover) to NY. I am aware that I do not need a visa to go around South Korea during my layover, and that I am allowed to stay there for 30 days. But I was thinking of not boarding my flight from Seoul to NY on the same day, but get an outbound ticket a which departs a couple days later – Seoul to Beijing to NY.

    My concern is, if my Seoul to Beijing to NY flight is a valid requirement for them to let me board the flight when I leave Seoul. I mean, will they consider the original flight which is Manila to Seoul to NY in allowing me to enter South Korea? I am worried about the Seoul to Beijing to NY flight if it would cause me any problem during my stay and departure in/from Seoul.

    Hoping for your response!

  15. Hi! So I have residence permit from Uk my husband and daughter is British citizen and I have Pilipino passport we were planning to stop over in korea for 48hrs before we go back to uk,do I need to get a visa?thanks

  16. Karina Briguera says:


    I am a Filipino living in the Cayman Islands and have a valid Canadian Tourist visa. I am travelling home via Toronto to Incheon to Manila this February. I am planning to a few stay days in Seoul. I am ready to book my tickets but I am a little hesitant as I am not sure if I will be allowed to stay. My final destination is Manila. Would this be an issue?

  17. Min says:

    Hi! I just want to clarify this statement: Only transit tourists going to or coming from the UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND are allowed visa-free entry to South Korea for up to 30 days!

    Is it also applicable when going back from US to PH? I have 17hrs layover in Incheon before I go back to the PH.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Min! Yes, my sister was given a 30-day stay when she had a layover here last November on her way to the Philippines from the US. I met her at the airport to get some stuff πŸ™‚

      • Min says:

        She only has a regular tourist visa, right? Or was she a green card holder? Thank you so much for your reply, Miss Betchay!

  18. Alejandro says:

    My parents granted with a super visa in canada, i just want to ask if they still need to apply for a transit visa in korea because there flight is manila- inch- toronto

  19. Maria says:

    I live in Canada and have my Permanent Residence yet a Philippines passport holder still. My question is, Do I need to get a visa to visit/tour in Seoul or S. korea for 1 week. and What are the other requirements needed to apply if ever.

    Thank you.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Maria! If you are traveling to or from Canada then you don’t need to get a visa. If you will just visit South Korea, you need to get a visa. My sister is a US green card holder, when she visited Korea last year from the Philippines she had to get a tourist visa. But when she was here in Korea for a layover from the USA, she was given a 30-day stamp on her passport.

  20. Hello Betchay! Thanks for your blog. It’s really informative and helpful. 😊

    I just have questions tho regarding with transit visa application to korea since we are planning to have jeju backpacking next year with my friends. We are planning just to take a flight from Ceb to Incheon since it’s pretty expensive if we’ll do a connecting flight in Japan or China. Then suddenly I realized that we need to take a ride from incheon to gimpo to take a flight to jeju. 😒😒

    Anyway, my questions are: On # 9 that says “details of visit” then “Others”, do I still need to specify that my purpose in visiting korea is to have a connecting flight to jeju? Or what is the best desription that I can write to that field that most likely my visa would be approved? Also, with the number of days I’ll stay in Korea, do I still have to include our stay in Jeju? I badly need this. Huhu! Thank you so much. 😊😊

    • Betchay says:

      Just be as honest as you can with your application. If your purpose is to take the connecting flight from Gimpo, then write as it is.

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