More than 150 foreigners who entered South Korea through Yangyang International Airport under the visa waiver program over the past six months have gone missing.
There are concerns that all the missing foreigners entered Korea in an attempt to work illegally. According to documents obtained from the Ministry of Justice by representative of the ruling People’s Power Party Yoo Sang-bum, 107 Vietnamese, 31 Filipinos and 15 Mongolian nationals have not been in contact since arriving in Korea through the program.
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The Immigration Office under the Ministry of Justice has said that three people, including two Vietnamese and a Filipino, have been arrested so far for not returning from Korea despite the expiration of their 15-day visas.
It should be noted that the purpose of this program was to promote tourism in South Korea’s Kangwon province as this region is famous for its natural scenery. The program will end on May 31. The authorities will decide whether to extend it or not after reviewing it. This visa-free tourism program has been launched exclusively for citizens of Vietnam, the Philippines, Mongolia and Indonesia.