The government of Korea on Sunday announced that visas would be declared for travelers who are abroad and are in a plan of visiting the southern resort island of Jejudo through Gimpo International Airport which is in Seoul.
According to the employers of Justice Ministry, foreigners who are destined for Jejudo Island are allowed for a five day stay without having a tourist visa, starting from next month if a transfer is made by them at Gimpo. It is -the seventh-largest Korean airport, which is 15 kilometers west of Seoul and it is designated as visa-waiver airport for overseas travel said the authorities.
Visas were waived by the government for people in abroad, traveling from the other Korean countries to Jejudo since May 2013 making efforts to attract more number of tourists. Incheon and Gimhae started with the policy and later expanded to other four airports along with Daegu and Cheongju during the last year said the officials.
Gimpo’s visa waiver is likely to attract more number of visitors, especially tourists in groups from China who would like to travel to Seoul and the cities nearby, said the authorities.
They said, the visitors have increased in number from when the visa waiver program came into effect.
The Chinese travelers moving from the local cities to Island Jejudo have increased in number averagely for about 50 percent from April 2014 to August 2014, showed the public data.
In the Yangyang International Airport in Gangwon Province case most of the visitors from the neighbored country listed about 59,000 in the previous year, by jumping 470 percent, said the officials.
The ministry has said to accept the visa online applications in order to make the visitors more comfortable. The foreign visitors have to visit the Korean country embassies in order to get their visa. The authorities said that they would tighten the checks in order to prevent the entry of the criminals and the officials also said that passenger’s identity will be expanded by the Justice Ministry as checking process in advance before boarding to stop the criminal’s entry.
If any wrong information is provided by the immigrants to obtain the stay permit, then the candidate will be jailed for a term of three years or will be fined nearly 20 million($18,000) with deportation.