Ambassador: visa-free travel between South Korea and Russia will be resumed after overcoming the pandemic
In Seoul, it was difficult to name a date for the renewal of the agreement with Russia on the mutual cancellation of visa requirements, which was suspended on April 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But South Korea expects this to happen soon.
"To renew the agreement on a visa-free regime, it is necessary to overcome the threat of the spread of the coronavirus infection COVID-19 and bilateral consultations between the authorities of the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. At present, it is difficult to predict when the agreement on the abolition of visas will be renewed," said the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (RK) in the Russian Federation, Lee Sok Pae.
He recalled that the suspension of the agreement does not mean a ban on the entry of foreigners into South Korea. “Visit into our country is possible with an entry visa,” he said.
Speaking about the resumption of flights between the two countries, Lee Sok Pae said that at present it is difficult to imagine when regular flights can be resumed.
He recalled that Korean Air airline canceled flights on the route Seoul-Moscow-Seoul till the end of June, and Aeroflot airline till the end of July.
According to the South Korean Embassy in Moscow, in 2019, 450 thousand Korean citizens visited Russia and about 350 thousand Russians visited the Republic of Korea.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.