Pinoys can soon enter Korea visa-free!

  • Filipinos and other Southeast Asian tourists may soon visit Korea without visa
  • This is available for those traveling to Jeju Island via Incheon International Airport
  • Korea will also issue e-visas for citizens of Southeast Asia

Annyeong-haseyo!

It is no secret that there are a lot of Filipinos who are fans of the Korean culture. There are K-pop fans, K-drama addicts, samgyupsal foodies, and of course, those who swear by Korean cosmetics and beauty products.

Because of this, it is almost certain that a lot of Filipinos are itching to visit the origin of all these cultural wave. Well, visiting South Korea will be easy breezy soon enough as Southeast Asian citizens, Filipinos included, may soon enter the country visa-free.

Manila Bulletin said in a story published April 13 that Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez confirmed this plan of the Korean government.

Hernandez said that those traveling to Jeju Island with a connecting flight to Incheon International Airport – Korea’s main hub – may be allowed to enter and stay in the mainland for five days. This venture will be available for group tourists from Southeast Asian countries starting June.

Aside from this, the Korean government is also issuing electronic visa to Southeast Asian tourists.

The Jakarta Post said in a story published March 22 that the Korean government will start rolling out this project to boost local tourism to offset the effects of the tension between Korea and China.

“In opposition of last year’s joint decision by the Korea-US alliance to station the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system here, China has been curbing Chinese tours to Korea. This includes the reported order by Beijing to ban its tourism agencies from selling Korea-related programs,” wrote the Jakarta Post.

Almost half of Korea’s visitors last year, 8 million out of 17 million, were Chinese. An influx of Southeast Asian tourists was also seen last year but this only reached 200,000.

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