South Korea to Issue Multi-Entry Visas to Chinese Tourists
South Korea is planning to issue multi entry visas to Chinese tourists in hopes to push the number of visitors into the country. The number of local tourists to South Korea has been slowly rising in the past years and by giving them a multi entry visa will encourage more people in traveling to the country more often.
The popularity of resorts in Southeast Asia is the result of simple visa procedures, while the only visa free place in South Korea is Jeju Island which is popular with local tourists. As of the moment Chinese residents can apply for travel visas to South Korea with a 90 day validity period and are allowed to stay from 15 to 90 days. By getting a multi entry visa will make traveling more flexible since residents can avoid peak seasons, expensive hotels and plane fares. Besides granting multi entry visas,South Korea plans to reimburse foreign tourists for the value added tax payments on hotel expenses. A tourist police force will also be created to check on irregularities and exorbitant prices. These measures are planned to attract foreign tourists especially those from China.
The value added tax reimbursement will take effect in January and will reduce the government tax income by more than 250 million yuan a year and the stimulus will lead to the increase in the yearly tourism income in the country.