Here’s How Pinoys Can Tour Seoul Visa-Free for 3 Days
You can go solo or join a group during your stay.
by Ina Louise Manto | January 15, 2024
Are you dreaming of exploring Seoul but are too afraid of getting a visa application rejected? If you’re iffy about giving your dream SK trip a green light, we just found a way to make your trip come true without the jitters of visa application. Through the K-Stopover program, Pinoys can tour Seoul for three days without a visa. Here’s everything you need to know about touring South Korea visa free:
K-Stopover by Incheon Airport
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Also known as the Transit Program, this visa-free opportunity to tour around Seoul resumed in April 2023. Eligible tourists are those who are bound for a third country and transiting via Incheon International Airport.
The Transit Program is applicable to Filipinos who are either:
- Coming from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or 32 European countries* and are transiting through Korea or
- Transiting through Incheon International Airport going to a country aside from those listed above, as long as they participate in a Transit Tour Program recognized by the Korean Government.
If you’re traveling under the second option, this guide is for you.
The K-Stopover is best for tourists who plan on visiting Seoul for three days. Travelers can also tour outside of Seoul, including locations like Incheon, Gyeonggi-do, and Jeollabuk-do. If you’re adventurous enough, you can visit all these locations during your three-day stay. Know more about the tour packages here.
3 Kinds of K-Stopover Tours
Speaking of tour packages, K-Stopover by Incheon Airport has three kinds of tours. These include accommodation, transportation, lounge access, and vouchers:
1. Self-Guided Tour
Starting at USD 10, travelers have an array of self-guided tours to enjoy around Seoul. They can go Shopping, discover the Past & Present, go on a Luxury & Healing trip, Time Travel in Incheon, or enjoy a K-Wave Diary with 7-luck.
These tours also include a Korea Tour Card, allowing you to use public transportation and Easy Travel Care for travel insurance and concierge services.
Know more about the tours here.
2. Package Tour
This type of tour is best for group travelers as it has a minimum requirement of four members. Whether with family, friends, or your officemates, travelers can enjoy different tours starting at USD 50 per head.
Some locations include a full-package UNESCO World Heritage Village tour in Gyeonggi-do, a Healing Your Soul tour in Seoul/Incheon, and a Wellness tour in Seoul.
Know more about the tour options here: https://www.k-stopover.com/k-stopover/
3. DIY Tour
If you want control over the places you want to visit, you can take over and opt for the DIY Tour. This tour allows travelers to craft their own itinerary through an online portal where you need to fill out necessary personal and travel information and your preferences regarding travel conditions, hotel class, tourist destinations, and types of vehicles.
There’s a free Transit Tour, too
If you’re on a budget or have limited time, you can join a free transit tour by signing up online or going to the on-site registration area once you land at Incheon Airport. These tours span 1-5 hours.
The free transit tour is on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve online if you want a secure slot.
Where can I find the K-Stopover tour desk?
Once you arrive at Incheon International Airport, head to these locations depending on your terminal:
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