POSTED: June 17th 2014
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Tourism rises in Russia and South Korea after visa waiver programme launch

Seoul's Incheon Airport is the main arrival point for the Asian Games and PyeongChang 2018 / Incheon Airport
Seoul's Incheon Airport is the main arrival point for the Asian Games and PyeongChang 2018 / Incheon Airport

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Due to the new visa waiver programme, Yonhap news agency reported tourist traffic between Russia and South Korea has increased from 36 percent to 60 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

“The implementation of the waiver programme reduces the time and cost required to visit each other’s countries,” a South Korean Foreign Ministry representative said. “We saw an increased number of Russians [in South Korea] for travel, including medical tourism.”

More than 25,000 South Koreans visited Russia, a 61-percent increase of the same time period in 2013, while more than 36,000 Russian visited South Korea in that time span, a 36-percent increase.

Vladimir Putin and Park Geun-hye each agreed on the abolition of visa requirements between the two countries 13 Nov. 2013 after the Russian-Korean summit.

Tourists from each country are allowed to visit the other for 60 days thanks to the agreement, with a maximum travel time of up to 90 days per six months. Citizens looking to work in the country are not exempt from obtaining work visas, however.




Keywords · Russia · South Korea · Korea · South Korean Foreign Ministry · Yonhap · Vladimir Putin ·


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