Continuing my South Korea series, I’d like to share the tips I have on how to apply for a South Korean Tourist Visa without an ITR (Income Tax Return).

As freelancers, there are a lot of reasons why some of us do not have ITR. When I applied on Nov 3rd, I was so anxious because my flight was already on Nov 15th. I forgot that I needed to secure a visa and I didn’t have enough time for to request for an ITR. Plus, the company I was working with was new so I knew that if I wanted an ITR, it would take days and I wouldn’t be approved in time for my trip.

So I applied without one, got approved, and here’s how I did it!

How do I apply for a Korean Visa without ITR? The answer? Create an explanation letter.

How To Apply For A Korean Visa without ITR

Since my letter has some sensitive information, I’d rather not share the format here. But here 5 parts that you ABSOLUTELY must include in your letter (after the general info like date, address, to whom it may concern, etc) to get approved of a Korean visa without ITR.

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Part 1: Introduction – Introduce yourself properly.

  • Name
  • Passport info
  • City you’re from
  • Kind of visa you’re applying for

Part 2: Travel History – Show the consulate that you are merely a travel lover and not a person who has other intentions (like finding work there).

  • Travel History
  • Countries you’ve been to
  • How long your trip usually lasts
  • How often you travel
  • You love for tours, etc.

Part 3: Why South Korea? – Share your admiration for South Korea!

  • Why would you like to go to South Korea? Culture? Shopping? Food? Love for Kdramas?
  • Where do you plan to go?
  • What activities are you looking forward to?

Part 4: Travel Plans & Support – Be specific about your travel plans.

  • When do you plan to go there?
  • How much money do you have?
  • How much have you saved?
  • How can you pay for your trip?

Part 5: Honest Reason – Explain exactly and truthfully why you don’t have an ITR.

  • Is the company you’re working for new and you’re still about to apply?
  • Are you paying taxes elsewhere (like in the US, for example?)
  • What is YOUR reason?

And there you have it! My 5-part explanation letter that you absolutely need to create to be approved of a South Korean Visa without an ITR. Hope this helps and if you have any question, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂


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