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Filipinos Can Now Visit South Korea Without a Visa

Time to visit the land of skin care!
Filipinos Can Now Visit South Korea Without a Visa
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Time to visit the land of skin care!

Feeling inspired by Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff's latest photos in South Korea? Well, it seems that the stars have aligned! Getting into South Korea just became easier—Manila Bulletin reports that tourists who want to visit the land of K-beauty can do so visa-free. However, there's a catch: they need to enter the country through the YangYang International Airport in the Gangwon province, which is located 158 kilometers from Seoul.

This perk—to be enjoyed only by the three neighboring countries of South Korea, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam—is part of their efforts to boost tourism, which has been suffering due to security and political issues. This is also to promote the upcoming Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang in February 2018.

Finance minister Kim Dong-yeon explains in a news report, "Tourism is an important industry that creates more jobs than other sectors. The Winter Olympics is about 100 days away and the improved relations with China will give fresh momentum to the local tourism industry."

So are your bags packed yet? You better plan that trip fast because the visa-free entry will only last until April 2018.

Update, November 9, 2017, 9:00am: In a phone inquiry with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, the embassy cleared that no official announcement has been released. Please watch this space for updates on the official statement and other details regarding this news report.

Sources: Manila Bulletin, Yonhap News Agency Korea

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