South Korea relaxes visa requirements for Filipinos

South Korea relaxes visa requirements for Filipinos

South Korea seems to be the preferred choice of Filipinos when visiting an Asian country.

The land of the K-Pop, K-dramas, and samgyupsal just made things much easier for Pinoys to visit the land of Anyeonghaseyo.

South Korean ambassador Han Dongman said they are simplifying  visa requirements and relaxes the application process to ,entice more Filipinos to visit South Korea.

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In 2018  half a million Filipinos visited Korea, Han  said during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Filipino-Korean diplomatic ties in Manila. 

Ambassador Han said, Visa applications can now be coursed through travel agencies to reduce the lines at the South Korean embassy

For qualified professionals, media, and government workers, the volume of documents needed has been lessened. This are the sectors which will be eligible for multiple entry visas valid from 5 to 10 years. 

"For those qualified for the multiple visa, they can submit only one paper saying I am working for this company," Han said. 

South Korea is also doubling the number of scholarships offered to Filipino students to also get more to study there. 
"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 scholarship," he said. 
In the business side of things, Ambassador Han said South Korea will work to increase the amount of trade and visitors from Korea to the Philippines, aiming to reach up to 2 million arrivals this year. 
South Koreans have topped the list of foreign tourists arriving in the Philippines for the past 10 years, Han said.

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