|Tourists walk along a downtown street in Seoul, South Korea. —VNS Photo Nguyễn Hằng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — From December 3, Vietnamese residents living in Hà Nôị, HCM City and Đà Nẵng can get a multiple entry visa valid for up to five years to South Korea.
The South Korean ambassador to Việt Nam Kim Do-hyun announced the new visa programme to the media on Monday, adding that it was “a milestone” in Korea’s visa policy for residents of the three major cities of Việt Nam.
“Apply for a Korean visa once, pay US$80 and wait for no longer than one week, then residents will not need to apply for a Korean visa for the next five years,” he said, adding that visa holders could visit South Korea at any time and stay for a month. Once they return to Việt Nam, they could revisit Korea.
The ambassador said that seeing Vietnamese people’s love for South Korean coach Park Hang Seo – head coach of the Việt Nam national football team – inspired the Government of South Korea to make the visa decision.
Another reason for the visa change was the increasing demand of Vietnamese travelers to visit South Korea and purchase South Korean goods and food. Vietnamese tourists made 440,000 visits to South Korea this year, just behind Thai tourists.
Besides the change for tourist visas, South Korea will also start granting multiple entry visas valid for ten years for white-collar workers like lawyers, doctors and university lecturers coming from 11 Asian countries. — VNS