March 23, 2017 10:08
The government is streamlining customs procedures and expanding visa-free entry for Southeast Asian tourists in a bid to counter a Chinese boycott.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Wednesday said it will enable electronic visa processing for tour groups from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in May.
Groups of five or more people from those countries can get visas through their travel agencies without having to visit the Korean embassy.
Until now, only "zero-dollar" package tourists from China were allowed to apply for their visas online.
Starting in June, Southeast Asian tourists will be allowed 15-day, visa-free entry to Jeju Island without needing a transit visa for the Korean mainland, the ministry said.
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