Vietnamese tourists, already owning a Visa Platinum credit card issued by Shinhan Bank of the ROK, will be exempt from providing specified documentary evidence of financial capacity.
The statement made by Mr. Jung Chang Soo, CEO of the Korea Tourism Organization during his recent working visit to Vietnam.
He attributed procedures relating to documentary evidence of financial capacity to a major obstacle to Korean visa application, noting that his nation will provide more staff to the General Consulate of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Vietnam aiming to facilitate visa granting for Vietnamese tourists.
Vietnam and the ROK have signed an agreement on tourism development in 2017 under which the Southeast Asia nation is expected to welcome 2 million Korean travelers and bring 400,000 tourists to the ROK.
Vietnamese tourists account for 1.4% of total international arrivals to the ROK and Vietnam’s tourism growth rate reaches more than 50%, second only to Taiwan in the Southeast Asian region.VOV