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South Korea reopens to overseas tourists after two years

Foreign travelers can apply for a 90-day visa for group or individual tours

Hundreds of people line up to apply for tourist visas at the South Korean consulate in Tokyo in Wednesday.   © AP

SEOUL -- South Korea opened up to foreign tourists on Wednesday, issuing short-term travel visas for the first time in two years now that it has lifted most COVID-related restrictions for residents.

Foreign tourists can apply for C-3 visas, which will allow them to enter the country on group or individual tours, to visit relatives, or to do business. Tourists with the visa can stay in the country for up to 90 days.

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