Flying to South Korea will be easier than you thought. Read full details below before you ready your credit cards!
To all ye’ travelers who are eyeing to fly to the Land of the Morning Calm THIS 2020, according to reports starting next year, group tourists from three major Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, will be able to travel inland in South Korea with visa-free.
The transfer program for group tourists is a system that allows them to enter airports in inland areas such as Seoul, Incheon and Busan for up to five days without obtaining visas if Jeju is to be their final destination. It will allow airports such as Seoul, Incheon and Busan to stay adjacent for up to five days in the process of transferring to Jeju Island as the final destination.
Solo travelers, fret not, as the reports also mentioned that visa-less scheme for foreigners from Southeast Asia will be allowed for a 72-hour stay at South Korean regional airports. Although no official list was provided, said airports may include those located in Busan, Jeju, Cheongju, Muan, and Yangyang County. Projected to take effect in 2020, included in the list of SEA countries are the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Until now, visa-free entry for group tourists in Southeast Asia has been allowed only in Jeju, where foreigners can tour without having to get a visa. Southeast Asian tourists who arrived at an airport in inland areas and headed to Jeju had to get visas due to possible illegal stay. However, as visa-free entry is allowed in inland areas other than Jeju Island, group tourists from Southeast Asia will be able to travel in inland areas such as Seoul and Busan without a visa starting next year. (www.habkorea.net)
As South Korea’s tourists are expected to reach an estimated 17.4 million by the end of the year, its government hopes to promote the country’s regional provinces as well by directing foreign nationals into its visa-free areas.