S. Korea resumes processing of short-term visa for Filipinos, except for tourism

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2020 08:43 PM

Arriving passengers undergo mandatory body temperature scanning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, June 24, 2020.

MANILA - The Embassy of the Republic of Korea on Wednesday announced it would resume processing of short-term visa for Filipino travelers after the Philippine government allowed non-essential travels overseas of its citizens.

In a statement released on its website, the embassy said short-term visas would be issued for spouses of Korean citizens or entrepreneurs "with urgent business purposes."

"Due to the decision made by the Central Disaster Safety Headquarters to prevent the spread of corona in Korea, short-term stay visas are not issued for sightseeing and tourism purposes," it said.

The embassy said those who are candidates for marriage immigrant visa (F-6) under visa regular may not apply for the short-term visa.

Upon arrival in South Korea, short-stay visa holders are "required to go to the government isolation center for their quarantine period."

But spouses of Korea citizens may transfer to their homes for self-quarantine, the embassy said.

Meanwhile, the embassy said that short-term stay (C-3) multi-visa issued before April 5, 2020 would not be available even if it is still valid.

"Please apply for a new visa in order to enter South Korea," it said.

The Palace said Tuesday non-essential travel, including tourism-related ones, would be allowed provided that travelers adhere to certain conditions.

Travelers must have adequate travel health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses, submission of confirmed roundtrip tickets for those traveling on tourist visas, and execution of a declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque had said.

A running tally from US-based Johns Hopkins University showed that South Korea has so far recorded 13,244 coronavirus cases, including 285 fatalities, since the pandemic began.