MANILA - Filipinos hoping to visit the land of K-dramas, K-pop and samgyupsal can expect an easier route to South Korea as the Asian country relaxes visa requirements and eases the application process, South Korea's envoy to the Philippines said Sunday.
South Korean ambassador Han Dongman said they are simplifying the process of visa applications to encourage more Filipinos to visit South Korea.
Half a million Filipinos visited Korea in 2018, Han said during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Filipino-Korean diplomatic ties in Manila.
Visa applications can now be coursed through travel agencies to reduce the lines at the South Korean embassy, Han said.
They are also decreasing the volume of documents needed, especially for qualified professionals, media, and government workers.
Han said these sectors 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.
Aside from that, South Korea is also doubling the number of scholarships offered to Filipinos 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.
At the same time, 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.
Koreans have topped
the list of foreign tourists arriving in the Philippines for the past 10 years, Han said.
Article by: Anjo Bagaoisan of ABS-CBN News