(SPOT.ph) We bet you're already planning your winter trips or your 2024 getaways. In case you bit the bullet and booked a long-haul flight stopping at South Korea's Incheon International Airport, here's some news for you. Filipinos bound for a third country and transiting via Incheon Airport can enter Korea visa-free. Here's everything we know about this new transit program.
Starting April 2023, Filipino transit passengers traveling to/from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and 32 European countries may stay in Korea for a maximum of 30 days without a Korean visa. This was further expanded in May 2023, when Filipino transit passengers with a layover in Incheon International Airport headed to destinations other than those previously covered were also given stays for up to three days visa-free given they participate in a Transit Tour Program recognized by the Korean Government.
A Transit Tour Program is a range of free layover itineraries transiting passengers can avail of from Incheon International Airport. These English tours are conducted with time frames ranging from 30 minutes to over five hours and are free to join except for certain attractions that charge their own admission fees.
Transiting tourists can choose from the following courses, which they can book online or through the main registration desks at the terminal.
Check out the following available tours and their durations:
Tourists are encouraged to book online to guarantee a slot in the tours. All tour participants must arrive at the designated meet-up points on the first floor of the airport with their travel documents, 30 minutes at the latest, before a tour starts. Those who arrive late will be considered no-shows, and their slots can be given to waitlisted tourists.
Alternatively, passengers with transfers via Incheon International Airport for more than one night can avail of K-Stopover products instead. While these packages aren't free, they do provide recommendations for hotels, transportation, and activities. Choose from self-guided tours, packaged tours, or a mix of both through your own DIY tour.
You may book these K-Stopover tours at the airports at these locations:
Alternatively, you can also book them online.
For more information, visit Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office's Facebook page.