MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipinos can now visit South Korea’s Jeju Island and Yangyang without a visa beginning in June, as the country reopens to tourists after a two-year hiatus, according to a Facebook post by the South Korean Embassy in Manila on Tuesday.
“The Embassy of the Republic of Korea is very excited to announce that the Korean Government will allow visa-free entry to Jeju Island and Yangyang starting 1 June 2022,” the embassy said.
Filipino tourists may visit Jeju Island visa-free for up to 30 days, while those who wish to tour Yangyang have 15 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,” the embassy said.
For Yangyang, which is located in South Korea’s Gangwon province, “Filipino tourists are required to book a group tour program arranged by a designated travel agency,” according to the embassy.
“They are allowed to stay up to 15 days and travel around the cities and places in Gangwon Province and Seoul Metropolitan Area only. Please be advised that they must travel back to the Philippines via the Yangyang International airport,” it added.
South Korea also announced earlier this month that it will resume issuing tourist visas in June. The embassy stated that Jeju has been closed to tourists since February 4, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following its reopening, the embassy stated that entry to the island would only be possible via direct flights.
Moreover, the South Korean Embassy also noted that health protocols are still required and that Filipino tourists should comply. “Please note that foreign tourists are still required to comply with the existing health protocols,” the embassy said.
“The Korean Embassy hopes that the visa-free entry will promote people-to-people exchanges between Korea and the Philippines via tourism.”
Filipinos visiting Jeju Island are not allowed to go beyond other regions outside of Jeju, unless they are given the go signal by the Head of the Jeju Immigration Office. Meanwhile, Filipinos looking to visit Yangyang must join a tourist group of at least five through a travel agency recognized by the embassy.
The agencies are:
- Ark Travel Express Inc.
- Grand Hope Travel Inc.
- Horizon Travel & Tours Inc.
- Island Resort Club Tour Services Inc.
- Marsman Drysdale Travel Inc.
- Pan Pacific Travel Corp.
- Rajah Travel Corp.
- Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc.
The group should board the same flight that arrives and departs from Yangyang International Airport. Tourists from the Philippines will be permitted to visit places in Gangwon Province and the Seoul Metropolitan Area while in Yangyang.
Meanwhile, the Korean Embassy earlier announced that it will resume the issuance of all visas including tourist visa to Filipinos starting June 1. This will allow Filipino tourists to visit Korea including those who want to watch K-pop concerts or visit Korean drama filming sites.
Source: Manila Bulletin