Japanese tourists to S.Korea surge in August

September 30


The number of Japanese tourists visiting South Korea jumped in August following a resumption of visa-free travel.


The Korea Tourism Organization says 26,482 Japanese tourists came during the month. The number is 11.7 times that of a year earlier.


Officials in Seoul suspended visa-exemption arrangements for tourists from Japan in 2020 because of a surge in coronavirus infections. It reinstated the waiver in early August, triggering the jump in arrival numbers.


And from Saturday, the visitors won't have to take a PCR test on their first day of arrival.


Japan's government is planning similar moves. It says that from October 11, it will lift a ban on individual travel and scrap a visa requirement for short stays.