Posted On 2015/07/01 By In Behavior, Business, Chinese Perspective, Economics, News, China Outbound, Destinations, Health With 346 Views

South Korea waives Visa fees to attract Tourists amid MERS

South Korea on Wednesday said it would waive visa fees for visitors from China and Southeast Asia as it struggles to recover from the MERS outbreak which has seen tourist numbers plummet. The justice ministry said visas which had been already issued would be extended for another three months as South Korea enters its peak tourist season of July and August.

“These measures are aimed to help boost the tourism industry, which has been affected by the MERS outbreak”, it said in a statement.

The outbreak has dealt a serious blow to the tourist industry, with the southern resort island of Jeju suffering a 46 percent fall in Chinese visitors in June compared with last year. Vice tourism minister Kim Chong has warned the country’s earnings could be slashed by up to $2.3 billion if the number of foreign travellers drops by 50 percent.

South Korea will waive tourist visa fees, worth $15, from July 6 through to September 30 for those travelling in groups. They include tourists from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, the ministry said.

The validity of one-off visas issued between March 1 and June 30 would be automatically extended from three months to six months. More than a million tourists have been issued these visas.

Chinese tourists travelling in groups with Japanese visas will also be allowed to enter South Korea visa-free for stays of up to 15 days, it said.


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Article: Yahoo News / Image: Kimmo Räisänen

South Korea on Wednesday said it would waive visa fees for visitors from China and Southeast Asia as it struggles to recover from the MERS outbreak which has seen tourist numbers plummet. The justice ministry said visas which had been already issued would be extended for another three months as South Korea enters its peak tourist season of July and August. "These measures are aimed to help boost the tourism industry, which has been affected by the MERS outbreak", it said in a statement. The outbreak has dealt a serious blow to the tourist industry, with the southern resort island of Jeju suffering a 46 percent fall in Chinese visitors in June compared with last year. Vice tourism minister Kim Chong has warned the country's earnings could be slashed by up to $2.3 billion if the number of foreign travellers drops by 50 percent. South Korea will waive tourist visa fees, worth $15, from July 6 through to September 30 for those travelling in groups. They include tourists from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, the ministry said. The validity of one-off visas issued between March 1 and June 30 would be automatically extended from three months to six months. More than a million tourists have been issued these visas. Chinese tourists travelling in groups with Japanese visas will also be allowed to enter South Korea visa-free for stays of up to 15 days, it said. Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: Yahoo News / Image: Kimmo Räisänen

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Stefan

Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds two Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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