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South Korea Is Relaxing Its Visa Requirements for Filipinos

Now it's going to be easier to pay the land of Hallyu a visit.
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South Korea is relaxing visa requirements for Filipino visitors.

According to South Korean ambassador Han Dong Man, the nation is simplifying its process of visa applications to encourage more Filipinos to visit South Korea. He added that visa applications can now be coursed through travel agencies to reduce the lines at the embassy, and that a decrease in the volume of documents neededfor qualified professionals, media, and government workers, in particularis to be set in motion. In addition, those working in these sectors will be eligible for multiple-entry visas valid from five to 10 years.

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South Korea is also doubling the number of scholarships offered to Filipino hopefuls. "We are encouraging people-to-people exchange, not only tourists but also students. So we are inviting many Korean students to study in the Philippines, and also we are inviting many qualified, talented Filipinos, in particular, university students to get scholarship," Dong Man said.

Roughly 500,000 Filipinos visited Korea in 2018, and, in turn, Koreans have consistently topped the PH's foreign tourist arrivals list for the past decade. 

This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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