Visa-Free entry to 2018 Winter Games: South Korea

Philippines: South Korean Government has announced on 3 November that it will allow visa-free entry for tourists from 3 Southeast Asian countries – the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam until April 2018.

According to the sources, visitors entering through the Yangyang International Airport will be allowed free entry into the host city of 2018 Winter Olympics- Pyeongchang.

A news source said: ‘As part of a broader effort to boost the tourism industry, the government said Friday it will temporarily allow tourists from three Southeast Asian countries — Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines — to enter the country without a visa.

Under this plan, tourists in groups from the three countries will be allowed to come to the host city of Pyeongchang until April 2018 if they enter through the regional Yangyang airport.’

The Winter Olympics are scheduled for February 9 to 25, a measure taken by the South Korean government which plans to boost tourism riding on the wave of Winter Olympics in the country.

South Korea’s decision to allow US’s THAAD missile defense system to be installed within its territory will also improve its bilateral relationships with China attracting Chinese Tourists.

South Korea will also extend $15 visa fee waiver for Chinese tourists with electronic passports until the end of 2018.

Currently, there are no direct flights from Dubai to Yangyang International Airport.