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Overseas group tours for vaccinated citizens to resume in S. Korea as early as July Updated: 2021-06-09 14:17:35 KST

Overseas group tours of fully vaccinated citizens could resume in South Korea as early as next month.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the decision was made as the travel industry and airline businesses were hit hard by the pandemic and as a growing number of citizens are hoping to travel overseas again.

"We plan on allowing overseas group travel as early as July through negotiations with other nations that have stable COVID-19 situations. Travel without quarantine will be possible if you are fully vaccinated, and test negative upon departure and arrival."

The prime minister added that more than 5 million people have booked their vaccine appointments to get their shots over the next two weeks.
The KDCA reported Wednesday that more than 2.3 million people, accounting for 4.5 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated and nearly 18 percent of the population have received their first shots.
As for the daily COVID-19 caseload, the country reported 602 new cases on Wednesday surpassing the 600-mark for the first time in four days.
More than 60-percent of the locally transmitted cases came from the greater Seoul area.
The southeastern city of Daegu, once the country's virus hotspot, reported 44 new cases.
The total number of cases in the country now stands at over 145-thousand.
There were two additional deaths. The death toll currently stands at nearly 2-thousand.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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