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Daily Number of Travelers at Incheon Int’l Airport Hits Highest Level in Nearly 3 yrs

Daily Number of Travelers at Incheon Int’l Airport Hits Highest Level in Nearly 3 yrs

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The daily number of passengers traveling via Incheon International Airport has hit 90,000, the highest point in two years and eight months, the airport’s operator said Monday. According to the Incheon International Airport Corp., a total of 93,251 people traveled via the airport, the main gateway to South Korea, [...]

S. Korea to Raise Traveler’s Duty-free Allowance Limit to US$800

S. Korea to Raise Traveler’s Duty-free Allowance Limit to US$800

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea plans to raise the limit of the duty-free allowance for inbound travelers to US$800 per person from the current $600, the finance ministry said Friday. Currently, international arrivals — both Korean nationals and foreigners — can receive tax exemptions for the purchase of items worth up to [...]

Tour Agencies Frustrated with Pandemic Restrictions that Discourage Foreign Travel

Tour Agencies Frustrated with Pandemic Restrictions that Discourage Foreign Travel

SEOUL, May 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Travel agencies are frustrated over low reservation rates despite soaring demand for foreign travel, and they are blaming their difficulties on what they say are excessive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in South Korea. Currently, foreign travel requires a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to departure, [...]

S. Korea to Allow Visa Waiver for Int’l Travelers to Jeju, Yangyang

S. Korea to Allow Visa Waiver for Int’l Travelers to Jeju, Yangyang

SEOUL, May 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will allow visa-free entry through Jeju and Yangyang international airports starting June 1, resuming a visa-waiver program that has been suspended for more than two years due to the pandemic, Interior Minister Jeon Hae-cheol said Wednesday. Since 2002, the country has implemented a visa-free system under which [...]

Traveler’s Guide Sales Rise as Quarantine Restrictions Lifted

Traveler’s Guide Sales Rise as Quarantine Restrictions Lifted

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) — With quarantine restrictions being lifted for incoming vaccinated travelers to South Korea, more people are gaining interest in books about foreign travel. Kyobo Bookstore reported a 28.5 percent sales increase for books about traveling overseas between February 25 and March 24. The government lifted quarantine restrictions on incoming travelers [...]

Tourists, Airport Workers Heartened on 1st Day of Quarantine Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Arrivals

Tourists, Airport Workers Heartened on 1st Day of Quarantine Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Arrivals

YEONGJONGDO, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Tourists and airport workers were heartened Monday as the country’s nearly two-year-long mandatory quarantine for international travelers was lifted for fully vaccinated people. Starting Monday, those who completed their vaccination no more than 180 days ago or got a third booster shot will no longer be subject to a [...]

Foreign Travelers to S. Korea Expected to Have Fallen Below 1 mln Last Year

Foreign Travelers to S. Korea Expected to Have Fallen Below 1 mln Last Year

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign tourists who visited South Korea last year is expected to have fallen below the 1 million mark due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. The data from the state-run Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) showed 877,000 foreigners visited the country from January to November, down 64.3 percent [...]