Authorities from South Korea told 52 Chinese travel agencies in the northeastern region to temporarily stop their visa applications in China for Chinese people who plan to go to South Korea, according to a source who has the knowledge of the matter on Monday. There is no exact clear reason for the measure but some Chinese firm officials said it might have something to do with sales of their North Korean package tours.
The data of tourists from the Korea Tourism Organization shows that Chinese tourists are among the frequent visitors to the country, the latest of which was the largest single group so far – 6,000 Chinese tourists from a beauty company who were in the country for a weeklong visit.
As per a report on Yonhap News, there are 123 Chinese tour companies in three northeastern provinces in China that border North Korea, which are visa application service providers for Chinese citizens who want to visit South Korea. Out of these 123, 52 travel agencies were advised by South Korea to temporarily suspend their visa application services from April 16. In China, they are 23 in Jilin province, eight in Heilongjiang and 21 in Liaoning that can provide visa application services until April 15, but not onwards. Read More