South Korea to revive visa waiver for Vietnamese

By Hoang Phong   May 4, 2022 | 11:44 pm PT
South Korea to revive visa waiver for Vietnamese
Tourists visit Jeju Island in South Korea, 2020. Photo by Reuters
South Korea will again allow visa-free entry for Vietnamese tourists to Jeju Island and Yangyang County from June 1 under a policy that was suspended during the Covid-19 outbreak.

On Wednesday Interior and Safety Minister Jeon Hae-cheol announced that the government is set to revive the waiver program that would enable tourists to visit for 30 days without a visa, Yonhap News Agency reported.

In Yangyang, a popular destination for surfers, visitors can stay for 15 days without a visa but tourists need to book tours through travel agencies designated by Gangwon Province.

Jeon was quoted by Korea JoongAng Daily as saying, "By streamlining the entry procedure, we hope to increase the number of tourists and revitalize the tourism industry."

South Korea had become a favorite tourist destination for Vietnamese before the pandemic.

In 2019 over 550,000 had visited the country.

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