Thirty-five travel firms in Vietnam have been accredited by South Korean consular authorities, meaning that those Vietnamese wanting to travel to Korea through these tour operators can get a visa faster.
Vietnamese girls in South Korean traditional clothing Hanbok pose for photos during a Korea tourism promotion event in HCMC
According to the representative office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in Vietnam, 15 of the 35 companies are based in Hanoi City and the remaining 20 in HCMC. To qualify for the accreditation, they have brought at least 1,000 guests to Korea a year and less than 1% of their customers have overstayed their visas.
Normally it takes eight days to apply for a Korea visa, but guests of the 35 accredited firms just need three days for incentive tour programs and five days for normal tour programs.
The new Korea visa policy for Vietnamese visitors took effect from July 10.
Korea has also relaxed visa requirements, allowing more groups of Vietnamese visitors to apply for multiple entry visas. In the past, only those visiting Korea multiple times within a year were eligible to apply for this type of visa.
Those who have visited Korea without visa exemption, government officials, employees of State-owned companies and individuals with annual incomes of over US$8,000 can apply for multiple entry visas.
Korea is a favorite destination for Vietnamese tourists, with 251,000 Vietnamese coming there last year, up 54.5% against 2015. In the year to June 9, nearly 178,000 Vietnamese visited Korea, a year-on-year rise of 29.8%.
Fifteen accredited travel companies in Hanoi City
Arirang Tour Service
Ben Thanh Tourist
Blue Sky Trading, Services and Tourism
International Blue Tour Travel
Hanoi Tourism Investment
Hoang Nguyen Tourist
Saigontourist Travel Service – Hanoi Branch
Vietfoot Travel and Investment Services
Vietnamtourism – Hanoi
Vietnam Travel and Marketing Transports (Vietravel) – Hanoi Branch
Twenty accredited travel companies in HCMC
Ben Thanh Tourist Service
Global Holiday Tour
Perfect Tour Service
Le Phong Trading & Tourism
Magic International Tourism
Peace International Travel
Saigontourist Travel Service
Sea Star International Travel
T.S.T Tourist Service and Trading
Top Ten Travel Services
Trieu Hao Tourist
Viet Media Travel
Viet Sun Travel Service
Viet Jet Tourism and Trading Service
Vietnam Adventure Tours
Vietnam Travel and Marketing Transports (Vietravel)
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