South Korea to relax visa application requirements for Filipinos

South Korea to relax visa application for Filipinos
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  • South Korean Visa applications can now be processed through travel agencies
  • South Korea tops foreign tourist arrival in the country last 2018

Manila, Philippines — Have you’ve been dreaming of touring the land of K-Pops, K-Dramas, and the famous Samgyupsal? Here’s good news for Filipino who wants to visit South Korea.

Seoul South Korea Brady Bellini via Unsplash
Seoul South Korea Brady Bellini via Unsplash

South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man announced on Sunday at the Philippines and South Korea 70th anniversary celebration of their diplomatic relations that Seoul will relax the requirements for Filipinos who want to visit.

“For qualified people such the business people, media people, of course, and government officers, we give them a multiple visa at least five years or 10 years with one single document saying that I’m working in this company,” Han said.

Tourists in Korea
Tourists in Korea

Han also said that Visa applications can now be processed through travel agencies to reduce the lines at the South Korean embassy.

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Apart from tourism, Han said they are opening more doors to Filipino students to study in their country as they also encourage Korean students to study in the Philippines.

“We are encouraging people-to-people exchange, not only tourists but also students. So we are inviting many Korean students to study in the Philippines, and also we are inviting many qualified, talented Filipinos, in particular, university students to get a scholarship,” Han said.

South Korea to relax visa application for Filipinos
South Korea to relax visa application for Filipinos

Han added that they are aiming to reach up to 2 million Korean tourist arrivals in the Philippines this year. He cited that Koreans love the Philippines because Filipinos are friendly and hospitable.

Last year, the Department of Tourism said that 7.1 million tourists arrived in the Philippines in 2018, an all-time high record even if top destination Boracay was closed for 6 months. South Korea was still the top tourist market for the Philippines with 1.58 million arrivals.

China ranked second with 1.25 million tourists while USA remained at the third spot with 1.03 million followed by Japan with 631,801 arrivals, and Australia with 279,821 visitors.

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels in Seoul, South Korea via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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