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South Korea now has three visa-free destinations

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Mar 06, 2023 6:34 pm

Getting a Korean visa seems to be a challenge to many Philippine residents lately as the Embassy of the Republic of Korea have changed some rules. Now, applicants must first secure a visa appointment slot at the Embassy's website (which is very limited) before they can submit their requirements.

Well, here's some good news: the Manila office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has announced that there are now three destinations in South Korea that you can fly to visa-free!

Back in June last year, the country reopened its entry to Jeju Island and Yangyang County to most countries, including the Philippines, without the need of a visa through its international airports. 

In an announcement by the KTO Manila Office dated March 3, the Muan International Airport in the province of Jeollanam-do is now included in the visa-free destinations, but that this won't take effect until March 15. 

"Visa-free travel to Korea is possible via three airports: Yangyang International Airport in Gangwon Province, Jeju Island, and now Muan International Airport in Jeollanam-do," the office stated.

With regards to Jeju, it is important to take note that tourists are not allowed to travel to other regions outside the island. Meanwhile, those who wish to visit Yangyang can only go around the cities and places in Gangwon Province and Seoul Metropolitan Area. 

As for Muan, South Korea has yet to establish official guidelines for the the newly added entry spot.

For more information, you may visit the Embassy’s website for details on the eligibility for the visa-free entry to Jeju Island and Yangyang.