Korean gov’t launches visa-free travel to Seoul


Starting today, June 1, the Korean government will allow visa-free travel to Filipino tourists who plan to visit the Seoul Metropolitan Area, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines announced.

To take advantage of the visa-free travel, Filipino tourists should book a group tour program arranged by any of its eight accredited travel agencies.

The visa-free travel will remain valid up to May 2023, according to the embassy.

Filipino tourists are allowed to stay up to 15 days and travel around the cities and places in Gangwon Province and Seoul Metropolitan Area only. Travelers are required to return to the Philippines via the Yangyang International Airport.

The embassy also offers visa-free travel for tourist heading to Jeju. Filipino tourists are allowed to enter the beautiful island via direct flights only and stay up to 30 days. Some airlines are reportedly planning to schedule direct flights from the Philippines to Jeju soon. However, tourists are not permitted to travel to other regions outside Jeju.

All foreign tourists are still required to comply with the existing health protocols, the embassy stressed.

Tourist are advised to visit the embassy’s website for more information on the eligibility for the visa-free entry to Korea as well as the health protocols.

The Korean Embassy hopes that the visa-free entry will promote people-to-people exchanges between Korea and the Philippines via tourism.