South Korea easing visa process for qualified Filipinos

South Korea is easing process and relaxing requirements for visa application for qualified professionals, media, and government workers.

“For qualified people such [as] the business people, media people of course, and government officers, we give them a multiple visa at least five years or 10 years with one single document saying that I’m working in this company,”  South Korean ambassador Han Dongman said.

“Among the ASEAN countries, Philippines only is the country to be allowed of multiple-entry visa,” he added.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador S. Panelo said in a statement that “the Palace appreciates the kind words of ROK Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man when he announced that his country will start moderating visa requirements, as well as relaxing their application processes, among others, in favor of Filipinos.”

The Philippines and South Korea are celebrating this 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.

“The Philippines is the first among the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK). Both countries have shared history, a brotherhood forged in blood when together we fought in defense of freedom and democracy in the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War,” Panelo said.

“South Korea remains our steady partner and true friend even as we scale new heights in our diplomatic relations. ROK is our 7th largest trading partner, 5th largest official development assistance (ODA) partner, one of our foremost defense and security partners and top tourist source of the Philippines,” he added.