The Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Ministry of Justice announced on 12 December that the South Korean government, with the “foreign travel promotion plan”, would allow Philippine passport holders to enter the country without a visa. In July 2018 and in Ethiopia, visa-free agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed in August 2019 and have yet to be ratified. The Foreign Language Teaching Visa (E-2) is issued to foreign language teachers working in South Korea. Applicants must be from a country whose mother tongue is the same as the language they will teach and they must also obtain a bachelor`s degree in that country. Applications are required for background criminal examinations, health check-ups, sealed transcripts, verified copies of their conclusion, contracts and a fee to obtain the visa.  1 – Holders of an electronic visa or electronic residence permit may enter without a visa only if they depart from Australia. As a general rule, transit travellers do not require a visa to transit through South Korea for less than 24 hours (for Incheon Airport) or if they depart on the same calendar day (for all other airports) as long as they are in the transit area. The government program will allow tourist groups to enter airports in the interior of the country, such as Seoul, Incheon and Busan, for up to 5 days without a visa, as long as their final destination will be Jeju Island. All regular passport holders, with the exception of the following, can stay 30 days without a visa in Jeju province.  The residence visa (F-2) is issued to spouses of Korean nationals or holders of an F-5 permanent residence visa. Applicants must provide documentation proving their financial capacity and relationship.  The visa is also issued to refugees who obtain permanent resident status in Korea.
 On Sunday, Noe Wong, the Philippines` ambassador to South Korea, said the Philippines was working to negotiate a reciprocal visa agreement for Filipinos to correct the “imbalance” in visitor exchanges between the two countries. President Rodrigo Duterte was due to arrive in the southern port city on Sunday to attend the association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) -2019- Republic of Korea memorial summit on Monday and Tuesday. “We try to address this issue on a quid pro quo basis, because almost every time Filipinos come here, we have to get a visa,” he said at a separate briefing. Wong said there had been informal discussions on a mutual agreement between Manila and Seoul on visa-free privileges. AndorraAngolaAntigua and Barbuda ArgentinasAustralien AustriaBahamasBahrainBarbadosBelgienBelgienBelizeBeniBhoutanBolivienBolivienBraseaux Brunei Darussalam,BulgarienBurkina Faso BurundiKambodjakanadaKap VerdeZalaine Republic of Central AfricaChadChile ColombeComorosCongoCostaCosta Rica, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic Ofe-Democratic Republic of Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominican Republic El SalvadorEquatorialGuineEritreaEhithiopienFidsjiFinlandeFranceGabonGambieAllemagneCanaGriechenlandGrenadaGuatemalaGuinea BissauGu ayanaHaitiHondurasIslandIndonesienIsrael-ItalyJamaikaKasachstanKeniaKiribatiKwaitKyrgyzstanLao People`s Democratic RepublicLesothoLiberiaBadenPole IlesMauritaniaMauritiusMexikoMikronesiaMonacoMongoleiMarokkoMosambikMyanmarNamibiaNepalNiederlandNicarigerNigerNorveOmanPalaPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPortportugalPortugalKatar, Republic of KoreaRenlandRussiaRusslandeRuandaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi Arab The Slovak RepublicSuriname SwazilandSchwedenNationaleTajikistanTailandTogoTrinidad and TobagoTunes TurkishTurkmenistanTuvaluUganda, United Arab Emirates United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandPublic of Tanzania States United of AmericaUruguayusBekistanVanzuatuVatikanVeneztuelaVietnzuelaZambiaSimbabwe-Brazilian and Israeli nationals receive fifty-nine days (59) days of residence due to the existing Agreements.