My nephew, who is a Filipino green-card holder, will stop by Korea next week on his way back to Los Angeles. He asked me if he could get out of the airport and explore Seoul since his layover is for 14 hours ~ a stopover in Korea! Does he still need a visa? He needs to give me the new Panasonic camera that my ever-so-generous older brother bought for me as an early birthday cum Christmas gift. LOL!
I reminded him that his grandmother, my mother, was able to get out of the airport when she was here for a 12-hour layover too. Her carrier, Asiana Airlines, provided a free accommodation but she waived it when we pick her up and brought her to an island near Incheon. We took her to the filming locations of “Full House” (drama starring Rain and Song Hye Gyo) and “Sad Sonata” (Kim Hee Sun and Kwon Sang Woo).
According to the G4F website:
Transit tourists bound for another country
Applicable to all countries (save for Cuba, and Macedonia) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
*Those with a visa or a re-entry permit for U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (5 countries) and traveling to any one of those countries through Korea.
*Those traveling from any one of the five countries mentioned above, whose final destination is not Korea.
Must have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering Korea, in addition to having no record of criminal offense in the five countries mentioned above.
Since my nephew will be traveling to the United States, he doesn’t need to get a tourist visa anymore. So for those of you who have the same question, just check the G4F website!