Malacañang welcomed the decision of South Korea to relax visa requirements for Filipinos planning to visit the Asian economic and cultural powerhouse.
South Korea’s envoy to the Philippines Han Dong-Man said they will reduce the number of requirements for visa applications especially for qualified professionals, media, and government workers as the two countries celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations.
“The Palace appreciates the kind words of ROK Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man when he announced that his country will start moderating visa requirements, as well as relaxing their application processes, among others, in favor of Filipinos,” said Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Han said his government eyes to attract two million Filipino tourists.
South Korea also aims to increase the two-way trade and double the number of scholarships offered to Filipinos.
“The Philippines is the first among the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK). Both countries have shared history, a brotherhood forged in blood when together we fought in defense of freedom and democracy in the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War,” Panelo said.
South Korea is the Philippines’ seventh largest trading partner, fifth largest official development assistance partner, one of the foremost defense and security partners and top source of foreign tourists.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his working visit to Japan last week that he was invited to visit South Korea alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Duterte visited South Korea in June last year.