Some weeks ago I saw this press release post by Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office (KTO Manila) in their Facebook page. My heart seemed to leap when my eyes came to these words: “Filipinos who have visited Korea at least once are now eligible for a one-year multiple-entry visa under the new rules.” OMG! I’ve been to Korea once in 2010 and I’m planning to visit again by end of this year. So this is really very good and timing news not just for me but to all Filipino Korea lovers out there. I think this is the time to visit Korea again and tag along first timers.
Read on the full article below on relaxed South Korean Visa rules. Credits to KTO Manila Facebook page. As I googled more about it I discovered that it has been out in Philippine publications websites as well since the latter part of August this year.
“Press Release: Pinoy tourists to South Korea expected to increase following relaxed visa rules
When the South Korean government relaxes its visa rules starting September 1, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Manila Office expects more Filipino tourists to Korea.
Filipinos who have visited Korea at least once are now eligible for a one-year multiple-entry visa under the new rules.
Those who have visited Korea more than twice are eligible for a three-year multiple-entry visa.
And visitors who previously held a three-year multiple-entry visa can now obtain a five-year visa.
Rules have been relaxed for Chinese and other Southeast Asian nationals, too.
Mr. Sangyong Zhu, director of KTO Manila, is positive that easing visa rules will translate to more visitors to Korea.
“Korea is always ahead in visa processing compared by other countries. We are confident that visitor arrivals to Korea will surpass more than 12.5 million visitors again this year, “he said.
From January to July 2013, Korea welcomed more than 6.3 million visitors.
This year, tourists from Philippines alone increased by 61.5% in March, 8.5% in April, 12.1% in May, 47% in June, and 74.4% in July compared to 2012.”
Isn’t this info so adrenaline-rushy? 🙂 I personally called the KTO Manila office and posted a question on this post. I asked them if I’m eligible for a one-year multiple entry even when my first visit was 3 years ago and they replied back that “Yes you are eligible, but it still depends on the Consul’s decision”. So that explains it, it’s not a 100% guarantee but still the chance of a multiple entry is there and it’s easier now compared to before that you have to have visited SK multiple times in two years (as far as I know and have read in blogs). And they also mentioned that the visa application procedure is still the same, they just relaxed the multiple entry visa eligibility. Just a disclaimer though that KTO Manila is not in any way responsible for approving or granting South Korean visa. The application is made through the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines. You can refer to this link for the requirements and procedure.
I can’t wait to go to the Korean embassy to apply for my second South Korean Visa. I might be given a multiple entry for a year, and so that means I can go back and forth next year to experience the different seasons and at the same time to wave goodbye to my well loved k-drama and k-pop celebrities who are rumored to enter the military by 2014, hahaha, OMG!!! So excited, but then again I’m just praying for an approved visa may it be single or multiple. I do really hope to see and feel Seoul again, the happiest land for a k-fangirl by heart. ♥ Hwaiting! 🙂