The number of Chinese applying to visit South Korea has more than doubled in the first week after Seoul resumed issuing short-term visas, according to the country's embassy in Beijing. On Monday, the South Korean embassy said that an average of 2,430 visa applications were submitted every day between Monday and Thursday last week. Applications increased about 116 per cent from the week before, when short-term visas were still restricted and the daily average was 1,123. Do you have questions abou
South Korea's prime minister suggested on Tuesday that COVID-19 visa curbs on travellers from China could be lifted earlier than scheduled if infections eased in the latter, as the travel and tourism industries hope for a rebound in visitor numbers. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Seoul could consider lifting the limit on short-term visas for such travellers before the end of February if China's tally of COVID infections proved manageable, the Yonhap news agency said. China plans to require all passengers on direct flights from South Korea to undergo a PCR test upon arrival, starting from Feb. 1, the South Korean embassy in Beijing said.
Beijing has made good on its promise to retaliate against countries that impose entry restrictions on Chinese travellers by suspending the issuance of some visas for South Korean and Japanese citizens. Chinese officials said the suspension was needed to protest against "discriminatory entry restrictions" on its citizens. The move came after several countries adopted pandemic-related curbs on Chinese travellers, such as requiring Covid-19 tests before departure and limiting flights. Some of those