On 31 May 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines officially announced that the Korean Government will allow visa-free entry for up to 30 days to Jeju Island and Yangyang starting 1 Jun 2022.
They hope that this program will create friendly exchanges between Korea and the Philippines. Read more about the official announcement here.
Here’s how Filipinos can travel to Jeju Island visa-free
As of writing, there are no direct flights from Manila to Jeju Island, but some airlines are already planning to schedule direct flights from the Philippines to Jeju Island soon.
What you can do, however, is to book a flight that will transit to other visa-free countries like Singapore, Malaysia, or Thailand. In fact, Scoot already launched direct flights three times weekly from Singapore Changi Airport to Jeju International Airport — just in time for your Korea winter experience!
Always remember to check the respective countries’ entry requirements before planning your trip. You may read the following articles:
- South Korea Travel Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders
- Singapore Travel Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders
- Thailand Travel Requirements for Philippine Passport Holders
How Filipinos can fly to Gangwon visa-free
Jeju International Airport won’t be alone in welcoming tourists back to South Korea. Yangyang Airport in Gangwon Province will also reinstate the waiver for Filipino group tourists. Entry will only be permitted through the arrangement of designated tourist agencies from the Philippines. Its enactment was done ahead of international events taking place in the province, making it an opportune time to enjoy local festivals.
If you want to stay in these provinces for a while, you may do so. This program allows international tourists to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jeju Island for up to 30 days. Tourists going to Gangwon Province can stay for up to 15 days. That’s probably enough to adapt to local life in the provinces.
This visa-free program was enacted as early as 2002 as a campaign to pump up tourism on Jeju Island. But, it was suspended during the height of the pandemic in South Korea last February 2020.
So, if you want to experience Jeju Island or visit the filming locations of your favourite K-dramas like Boys Over Flowers, Secret Garden, and The Legend of the Blue Sea, this is your chance!
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