The recent changes in the length of time in processing Korean Visa made Filipinos upset. Just last November 7, 2019, the Embassy of Republic of Korea in the Philippines made an announcement about the 3 ways to go to Korea visa free!
Can Filipino Travel to Korea without Visa?
Yes. There are three ways to visit Korea without visa. Read the entire article to know more about it.
1. Tourists in transit to Third Countries
You can avail this if you have a visa to US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that has a transit through Korea to enter the above mentioned countries or if you stayed in and departed from one of the above mentioned countries and transit through Korea bound for the country of origin or a third country.
People who hold a visa to at least one of the 30 European countries (Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary), who transit through Korea bound for one of the 30 European countries can also avail this.
NOTE: You must have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering Korea.
2. Visa Free Entry for foreign transfer passengers
For foreign transfer passengers, eligible applicants are those transferring through the Incheon Airport and taking part in the Transit Tourism Program on their way to a third country or country of origin or those referred to as “general transfer passengers.”
General transfer passengers should have a transfer ticket to be able to stay in the Seoul capital for up to 72 hours, while Jeju transfer passengers or Chinese tourist groups organized by a Korean travel agency under the Transit Tourism Program with tickets for a domestic flight or ship to Jeju are allowed to stay for up to 15 days.
3. Visa Free Entry to the Jeju Area
The third way for travelers to get to Korea visa-free is by flying directly to Jeju Island. Travelers are allowed to stay on the island for 30 days.
People from Syria, Sudan, Iran, Macedonia, Cuba, Republic Of Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameron, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Egypt are not qualified to avail all of the ways above.
For a more detailed information, visit the Visa Announcement section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.
Read more about my other blogs about Korea:
- Korean Visa Requirements + Tips
- Reasons for Denial of Korean Visa
- Best Travel Agency for Korean Visa
- Filipino Budget Trip to Korea
- South Korea: 4 Days Budget Itinerary
- 7 Days Itinerary in Seoul
- Tips for First Time Travelers to Korea