[MANILA, PHILIPPINES TRAVEL ADVISORY] Korea Embassy (Manila, Philippines) Notice on Resumption of Korean Proficiency Test for Spouse Visa Applicants

The Embassy will be resuming Korean language proficiency test for spouse visa (F-6) applicants (for those applicable only) at the Embassy which was suspended due to the outbreak of COVID19 in the Philippines.

Start date: September 14, 2020

Method: Appointment system (1 person per day)
- Korean language proficiency test will be held on the date of visa application.
- Appointment for the date of test should be made before visiting the Embassy
 * If an applicant visits Embassy without appointment, the applicant will NOT be allowed to take the test on the same day of visa application. Applicant will be asked to come back on the date of appointment, and his/her visa application will be pending approval until date of appointment.

How to schedule an appointment
- Applicant may check available dates through Embassy landline(+63-2-8856-9210) or (ph_visa@mofa.go.kr) and schedule an appointment. (Name and birthdate of the applicant is required when scheduling appointments)
- Even if the slot for the day is not taken, test cannot be taken on the same day of scheduling since advance preparation is required.
- Reservation period allowed is within 3 weeks only
* Example: Slots within Sept. 15 
 Oct. 2 will be allowed for reservation on Sept. 14.

Test method
- Same with existing Korean test (25 items, 40 minutes time limit)
- Test result will be announced on the date of release, NOT on the date of test

Caution: Even if there is a reserved appointment, Korean proficiency test may be suspended without prior notice in case of emergency such as closure of Embassy or enhanced community quarantine by the Philippine government  due to COVID19.

 Korean test will be held in order of appointments after Embassy resumes operation.

Reference:  Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines


How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?
With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.
·         Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.
·         Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
·         Stay home when you're sick.
·         Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. 
·         If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.  
·         For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.
·         If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask. 

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