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By Bae Hyun-jung of The Korea Herald
People and God-centered Association
The Justice Ministry will ease visa regula-tions for South Asian visitors, who have be-come a major group for the Korean touristindustry, according to officials Tuesday.Under regulations to come into effect nextweek, nationals from 11 major South Asiancountries will be issued a double-entry visa,which allows them to freely revisit Koreawithin six months, in between or after tran-sits to other countries.This measure came in response to the grow-ing reputation of Incheon International Air-port as a flight transit spot, according to theministry.Tourists will also be required to submitfewer documents to prove their financialcredit and employment status, officials said.Group tourists, especially, may have theirvisa issued based on guarantees from theirlocal tour agencies alone. Also, a multiple-entry visa, which enablesthe holder to freely reenter the country forthree consecutive years, will be issued tothose who have a Korean university gradu-ate degree and families of immigrants mar-ried to a Korean spouse.Family members of multiple-entry visa hold-ers are to automatically enjoy the samebenefits.Up until now, the special visa had beenavailable only to those who earn over
10,000 per year, pension recipients, andprofessional workers such as doctors andmedia-related employees.The beneficiary states include India, Bangla-desh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal,Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia andMyanmar, according to the ministry.So far, visa regulation benefits have beenlimited for these countries in fear of an in-flux of illegal immigrants.
“We expect the
new visa regulations to attract a greaternumber of South Asian tourists, whose num-ber has been growing at a fast speed over
the past few years,” said a ministry official.
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“Also, South Asia, holding over one fifthof the world’s population, is a tourist
marketing source with even further po-
tential in the future.”
The ministry will also enact measures toprevent illegal immigrants from abusingthe new system, he added. The numberof visitors from the eleven beneficiarystates reached 357,932 last year, up21.2 percent from the previous year,according to the ministry.
Seoul will once again set the stage for genuine and meaningful multicultural fanfare as the Philippine
Embassy organizes the “Philippine Festival in Yeouido,” a daylong celebration of Filipino culture
through songs, dances and traditional games scheduled to be held at the Yeouido Hanggang Park on29 May 2011.The annual Festival, which attracts hundreds of Filipinos, Koreans and enthusiasts of Filipino culturefrom all over South Korea, will include a housing fair and other onsite services such as labor counsel-ing and medical services. Cultural performances and traditional Filipino games for multicultural chil-dren will follow a brief ceremony in the morning, when the Philippine Embassy will hand out awards toindividuals and groups who provided invaluable assistance to Filipino migrants in 2010.Organized in commemoration of the 113
anniversary of Philippine Independence and the 16
grant Workers’ Day of the Philippines, the Festival is being arranged in partnership with the Ministry of
Employment and Labor, the Human Resource Development of Korea, the Seoul Metropolitan Govern-ment, Seoul Global Center , and the Philippine
Home Development and Mutual Fund.
The ministry enacted a similar set of easedregulations for Chinese tourists last year,which resulted in a visible increase in vis-its.The number of Chinese nationals enteringKorea last year rose by 42 percent fromthe previous year and the number of visaissuances by 47.5 percent, according tothe ministry.
Philippine Festival in Seoul