• Govt To Soon Allow Overseas Group Tours Of Vaccinated Citizens
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The government will soon allow vaccinated citizens to travel overseas to nations with stable coronavirus response and management measures.

"Starting in July, we plan to allow group travel of fully vaccinated people through consultations between nations with stable antivirus conditions," Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Wednesday during a daily interagency COVID response meeting.

The plan comes as more than 16 percent of South Koreans have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with the pace of inoculations expected to ramp up.

Kim noted the air travel and tourism industries have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and there is growing hope for a resumption of overseas tours.

He said the government will also be discussing ways to promote so-called "travel bubbles."

"The resumption of overseas travel is a signal that we are returning to daily life, and one that many expect," Kim said.

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