Filipinos encouraged to visit Korea

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Signing the memorandum of agreement (from left) Kyusuk Ahn, Immigration Attache and Consul of the Korean embassy; Aileen Lamasuta, vice president of Bank of the Philippine Islands; Inshik Park, director of Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office

Signing the memorandum of agreement (from left) Kyusuk Ahn, Immigration Attache and Consul of the Korean embassy; Aileen Lamasuta, vice president of Bank of the Philippine Islands; Inshik Park, director of Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office

Cardholders given chance to avail of multiple-entry visas

Despite the drop in number of Filipinos visiting South Korea because of the recent MERS virus outbreak, statistics released by the Korean Embassy in Manila shows that the Philippine market has recovered. Filipino tourists going to the neighboring Asian country have grown to 7.5 percent this October compared to last year.

Because of this positive growth, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea partnered with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to provide its cardholders easier application of multiple-entry visa.

The memorandum of agreement between the two organizations were signed by Korean immigration attache and consul Kyusuk Ahn, BPI Vice President Aileen Lamasuta, and KTO Director Inshik Park on December 10 at the KTO-Manila Office.


“Based on this promotion, we are expecting more travelers visit Korea this year and in succeeding years,” Park enthused at the signing.

The Korean embassy has exempted these cardholders from submitting financial documents such as a copy of their ITR and bank certificate. Instead, they simply need to submit photocopy of their Express Credit Card and statement of account for credit cardholders, while Gold Express Teller Debit cardholders only need to submit a copy of their Express Online Account screen’s shot and photocopy of their Gold Debit Card.

The embassy has also agreed to grant BPI Gold MasterCard, BPI Platinum Credit Cardholders and Gold BPI Express Teller Debit Cardholders multiple-entry visa access.

Gold MasterCard cardholders will receive a multiple-entry visa to Korea good for three years, while SkyMiles Platinum MasterCard, Amore Platinum Visa Cardholders and Gold Express Teller Debit cardholders may be granted multiple-entry privileges extending up to five years.

The special offer is valid until December 15.

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