New visa rules for visitors to South Korea
Currently if a Filipino wants to visit Korea, he should submit all the required documents at the Korean Embassy in Makati. He’ll have to wait for five business days to know whether his application is granted or denied. It is a little difficult to get a tourist visa to Korea since they usually don’t accept incomplete documents.
The tourist visa is only good for one visit. If one would like to tour Korea again, then he should apply for another visa. There is no such thing as a “multiple-entry visa” similar to that of the United States.
This is expected to change as South Korea is easing visa rules for South Asian who would like to visit the country. Eleven countries are included in their list that will benefit from the new rules. Here’s an excerpt the from Korea Herald:
Under regulations to come into effect next week, nationals from 11 major South Asian countries will be issued a double-entry visa, which allows them to freely revisit Korea within six months, in between or after transits to other countries.
This measure came in response to the growing reputation of Incheon International Airport as a flight transit spot, according to the ministry.
Tourists will also be required to submit fewer documents to prove their financial credit and employment status, officials said.
Group tourists, especially, may have their visa issued based on guarantees from their local tour agencies alone.
Also, a multiple-entry visa, which enables the holder to freely reenter the country for three consecutive years, will be issued to those who have a Korean university graduate degree and families of immigrants married to a Korean spouse.
Family members of multiple-entry visa holders are to automatically enjoy the same benefits.
Up until now, the special visa had been available only to those who earn over $10,000 per year, pension recipients, and professional workers such as doctors and media-related employees.
The beneficiary states include India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal, Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Myanmar, according to the ministry.
Not only will ordinary tourists benefit from the new rules. Families of married immigrants will also benefit as well as families of multiple-entry visa holders. Now it would be easier to come to Korea be it in spring, summer, fall or winter —
As the article says, the new rules will take effect next week. However, there is still no information on the Korean Embassy site in the Philippines. Let’s just wait for more info ;p