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South Korea to grant five-year visas

Released at: 19:07, 28/11/2018

South Korea to grant five-year visas

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Visas available for residents of Hanoi, HCMC, and Da Nang and allow for unlimited 30-day stays.

by Le Diem

Vietnamese citizens will able to apply for a multi-entry five-year visa to South Korea from December 3, thanks to their love for national football team coach Park Hang-seo.

The C-3 visas will be granted to residents of the three biggest cities in Vietnam, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, without any occupational priority, according to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Vietnam.

Visitors can stay in South Korea for up to 30 days at a time with a C-3 visa, with no restrictions on the number of visits over the five years.

The move is in response to South Korea’s “Look South” policy and the love of Vietnamese football fans for their national men’s football team’s South Korean coach, Park Hang-seo, according to H.E. Kim Do-hyon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Vietnam.

Under coach Park Hang-seo, the Vietnamese U/23 football team finished second at the AFC U23 Championship last January and fourth at the Asian Games in September. Vietnamese football fans have called him a “wizard” for creating rare success in Vietnam’s footballing history.

In a trip to Vietnam last March, President Moon Jae-in said that Vietnam was South Korea’s most important partner in Southeast Asia and a key partner in its New Southern Policy.

With the new visa policy, South Korea hopes to attract Vietnamese to visit for tourism or medical treatment and also increase business cooperation and investment, contributing to strengthening the friendship and exchanges between two countries, Ambassador Kim said.

The same visa policy is expected to be extended to residents in the cities of Hai Phong, Nha Trang, and Da Lat shortly. A visa exemption for Vietnamese will likely be considered in the years to come.

Some 441,827 Vietnamese traveled to South Korea in the first ten months of this year, while around 2.8 million South Koreans visited Vietnam, mostly to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang.

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