Did you know that other than Jeju Island, another region in South Korea has also opened visa-free entry for Filipinos? Enter Yangyang, an under-the-radar destination in Gwangwon-do just two hours away from Seoul!
As of June 1, 2022, nationals of the Philippines—one of only four countries—can travel to Yangyang without going through a visa application. And the best part: You get the chance to visit Seoul too!
Get to know Yangyang and how you can visit visa-free in this guide.
Where Is Yangyang?
Yangyang or Yangyang-gun is a county on the coast of Gangwon-do. It is an off-the-beaten-track beach destination, headlined by Hajodae Beach featuring a soft sandy beach and rock formations.
Other than its many beach attractions, it also has a great local scene — traditional markets, beautiful temples, and delicious delicacies.
It is home to Yangyang International Airport, which also serves the neighboring Gangneung and Sokcho. It only takes two hours from Yangyang to Seoul by bus.
Yangyang Visa-Free Entry Guidelines
- Who can go?
Filipinos who are fully vaccinated can go to Yangyang. You should have booked a tour group with at least five people with an accredited travel agency.
The tour group should be booked on the same flights coming in and out of Yangyang.
- Where can you go?
Outside of Yangyang, Filipino tourists have a chance to visit the Seoul Metropolitan Area, along with other parts of Gangwon-do.
However, during your tour, you should be accompanied by local staff and pay the service fee.
- How long can you stay?
Filipino tourists can stay for a maximum of 15 days without a visa.
Designated Travel Agencies for Yangyang Tour
Currently, there are eight designated travel agencies for group tours in Yangyang, with one located in Cebu City.
- Ark Travel Express Inc., Makati City
- Marsman Drysdale Travel Inc., Makati City
Contact: 02-8887-0000 loc 375
- Rajah Travel Corp., Makati City
- Rakso Air Travel and Tours Inc., Makati City
- Horizon Travel & Tours Inc., Ermita, Manila
Contact: 02-8521-2586 / 02-5328-3388 / 02-5310-2308 to 09
- Pan Pacific Travel Corp., Binondo, Manila
- Island Resort Club Tour Services Inc., Pasay City
- Grand Hope Travel Inc., Cebu City
Contact: 032-231-7955 / 09173243373
Get the most out of visa-free travel to South Korea! Also check out the guidelines for Filipino tourists to Jeju Island here.
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*Featured image via Yangyang County