Filipino tourists who have visited South Korea at least once can now qualify for a one year-multiple-entry visa, whereas those who have visited the country at least twice are eligible for a three-year multiple-entry visa.
Tourists, coming from Southeast Asia, who formerly held a three-year multiple-entry visa, can apply for a five-year visa.
A few years ago, when I applied for a visa at the Korean embassy in the Philippines for the first time, I remember how scrupulous the whole process was. The Korean government was very strict on giving visas to Filipinos back then. After my first visit to Korea, I didn’t go back to the country for another visit, although I was invited by some Korean friends a couple of times, because I didn’t want to go through the tedious process of getting a tourist visa again. Only after I got married did I apply for another visa, a spouse visa.
This year, the number of Filipino tourists who have visited Korea has increased. With the new visa rules, the country is expecting more Filipinos to come.
The setting of new tourist visa rules may be South Korea’s way of attracting more visitors from Southeast Asian countries.
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