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Envoy: Korea to give e-visa, visa-free entry privileges to Pinoys

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By Jonathan M. Hicap

Filipinos and other Southeast Asian tourists will soon be able to visit South Korea easily under special conditions.

Philippine Passport (Flickr/Eusebio Barrun Jr.) | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Passport  (Flickr/Eusebio Barrun Jr.) | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez said that the Philippines is included in the plan of the Korean government to issue electronic visas and allow visa-free stay in mainland Korea for five days to Southeast Asian nationals who are visiting Jeju Island via Incheon or Gimhae airports in order to boost its tourism industry.

“Yes, the Philippines is one of the beneficiaries but only selected tour agencies are included in the program,” he told Manila Bulletin. “But based on the latest info, they are still working on the guide for implementation.”

In an email to Manila Bulletin, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) said 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.”

“It is true that at the moment, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia among the Southeast Asian countries are being considered to be included in the electronic visa program,” it added.

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 electronic visa, since it can be issued through the accredited travel agency.”

On the other hand, the five-day visa-free entry scheme for group tourists from Southeast Asia will be implemented starting in June.

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.

 

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  • Aylmer Arellon

    When war erupts between S. Korea and N. Korea or China and Taiwan the Philippines will be their 2nd country it is but just proper that we will extend help to each other.

  • Khaye Flores

    I want to visit Korea. Can i have the privilege to have a visa to go there..

    • Feather Trompeta

      I don’t know, because, according to the article, its a group tour. You have to visit Jeju Island first (which you really don’t need a visa to go there), and then once you go from Jeju to SK, then they will give you an e-visa.

      But what if you’re a solo traveller and wanted to go to the mainland directly? do you still need to go to the SK embassy to get a visa?

      • Mitchy

        Yes :(

      • Allan Rodriguez

        yes you will. i can assist you if you’re interested. but make it sure all of your documents are original.

        • Yam

          I’m a house wife my partner is an e9 visa holder in sk is there a posibility that I can visit him there

        • Jasper Julao

          hi Mr Allan, i think i need your help, I’d like to inquire and know about that process. how can i contact you?

        • Cassandra Marie Tuazon

          I think we need your help sir