After a great travel news announced yesterday (TAIWAN VISA-FREE for FILIPINOS starting June 2017), here’s one more to look forward too, Pinoy travelers!
Filipinos and other Southeast Asian tourists will soon be able to visit South Korea under special conditions.
According to a report from Manila Bulletin, Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez said that PHILIPPINES is included in the plan of the Korean government to:
1.) Issue Korea ELECTRONIC VISAs under accredited tour agencies
2.) Allow 5-DAY VISA-FREE stay in mainland Korea to Southeast Asian nationals who are visiting Jeju Island via Incheon or Gimhae airports.
These efforts are done in order to attract more Southeast Asian visitors and boost Korea’s local tourism industry.
SOUTH KOREA E-VISA
Though it’s still in the works, the Philippines will be one of the beneficiaries, alongside Vietnam, and Indonesia among the Southeast Asian countries, to be included in the electronic visa program. Under the electronic visa program, the MCST said, “group tourists will not have to go to the Korean Embassy to get a visa, if your country is eligible for an electronic visa since it can be issued through the accredited travel agency.” It is still in discussion with relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Justice on this matter but hopes to implement the detailed plan within May of this year.
5 DAYS VISA-FREE STAY to MAINLAND KOREA for JEJU ISLAND VISITORS
On the other hand, the 5-DAY VISA FREE entry scheme for group tourists from Southeast Asia will be implemented starting in June, the Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) said. Under this, those who are bound for Jeju Island but with connecting flights at Incheon or Gimhae Airports will be allowed to enter mainland Korea for five days without a visa.
What a great news for Filipino travelers! Start saving for your Korean Trip now!