Seoul to renew visa waiver in Jeju and Yangyang starting June 1

2022.05.04 15:39:56 | 2022.05.04 16:05:41

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South Korea will re-allow no-visa trips to the resort island of Jeju and for group tourists to Yangyang, a popular destination for surfers, starting June 1 as the country returns to normalcy in everyday life and across borders.

Citizens from countries other than 24 countries including Iran, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Myanmar can stay in Jeju for 30 days without a visa. Japan is also included to the list although the mutual visa waiver agreement between South Korea and Japan remains suspended.

The visa-free entry into Jeju Island will be resumed in two years and four months after suspension due to the pandemic.

From next month, group tourists of more than five persons from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia who are recruited through a travel agency designated by Gangwon Province will be able to enter Korea through Yangyang International Airport and travel to the province and the metropolitan area for 15 days without a visa.

Meanwhile, Korea will promote remote working environment as a benefit from pandemic.

Under a measure release by the labor ministry on Wednesday, the government will provide site-specific free consulting services for 12 weeks and financial support worth up to 20 million won ($16,000) in telecommuting system installations to help more enterprises introduce and expand working from home. Eligible companies will also receive up to 3.6 million won per year for the additional personnel and labor management costs to be incurred by telecommuting, depending on the number of times telecommuting is used.

The measure reflects public opinions that telecommuting is necessary for not only quarantine purposes but also improvement in working conditions as it has become a new normal in the Korean industry although most of social distancing rules are lifted.

“It is more desirable to work from home in areas where telecommuting is required at a time of coexistence with Covid-19 for the time being. Establishing telecommuting as part of work culture is a necessary step for work-life balance,” Sohn Young-rae, a senior health ministry official said during a policy briefing session.

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