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Gyeonggi Offers Sharp Tourism Discount for Foreign Visitors

Gyeonggi Offers Sharp Tourism Discount for Foreign Visitors

SUWON, April 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul, will begin a tourism promotion campaign that will offer up to a 75 percent discount to foreign nationals visiting its popular destinations, officials said Thursday. The discount program is organized by the local government and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization as the nation’s most populous province [...]

Foreign Arrivals in S. Korea Soar 140 pct in April Due to COVID-19-linked Base Effect

Foreign Arrivals in S. Korea Soar 140 pct in April Due to COVID-19-linked Base Effect

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign visitors to South Korea surged by nearly 140 percent last month, a public corporation said Monday, attributing the explosive growth to a COVID-19-induced base effect. In April, 70,112 foreign nationals arrived here, up 138.4 percent from a year earlier, according to the government-invested Korea Tourism [...]

Foreign Arrivals in S. Korea Again Dive 98 pct in May

Foreign Arrivals in S. Korea Again Dive 98 pct in May

SEOUL, July 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the number of foreign arrivals in South Korea again nose-dived nearly 98 percent in May, reaching slightly over 30,000, official data showed Saturday. According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), 30,861 foreigners visited South Korea in May, down 97.9 percent from the same month [...]

Deadly Virus Outbreak in China Jeopardizes Jeju’s Visa-free Program

Deadly Virus Outbreak in China Jeopardizes Jeju’s Visa-free Program

JEJU, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Increasing cases of infection from a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus in China has compelled the provincial government on South Korea’s largest island of Jeju to reconsider its implementation of a visa-free program for foreign visitors, including those from China, provincial officials said Wednesday. The southern resort island is a major [...]

Seoul to Launch Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreign Visitors

Seoul to Launch Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreign Visitors

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea plans to launch an electronic travel authorization (ETA) system for foreign visitors next year, following the parliament’s approval of a relevant law early this week, the Ministry of Justice said Saturday. The National Assembly’s plenary session on Thursday passed a revision of the Immigration Law on the [...]