Seoul, March 31 (Reuters)-Kim Hoe-jun booked a last-minute flight to Hawaii, where he enjoyed his honeymoon six years ago, after two years of social distance in his native South Korea. A thirst for traveling abroad.

“I bought the ticket a week ago and it was easy. I felt like I was making up for the two years I couldn’t go abroad as often as before COVID,” he boarded. I said before. Airplane from Incheon International Airport on Friday.

Kim and his wife, who were vaccinated and boosted, are one of the Koreans who are in a hurry to take part in a “vengeance trip.”

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The boom began after March 21, when South Korea lifted the seven-day forced quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers arriving from most countries. Restrictions were relaxed last year, but were re-imposed in December due to the prevalence of highly infectious variants of Omicron.

Despite the record COVID-19 wave, the country has significantly abolished its former aggressive pursuit and containment efforts and has relaxed quarantine regulations in Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. I joined the list. read more

Koreans now look ready to travel. Opinion polls show that people are less worried about the effects of catching the virus, and that prevention is increasingly out of their control. read more

Sales of overseas airline tickets on the 11th, which is the e-commerce division of SK Telecom Co Ltd. (017670.KS)It has increased more than eight times compared to a year ago from March 11th to March 27th, when the release of quarantine was announced, which is the top mobile phone company in South Korea.

27-year-old Kim Na-young was excited to return to Hawaii, where she once lived.

“I couldn’t even travel in Korea because of COVID,” she said. “But now that I’m a little free with duty free, I decided to go see her old friend and go sightseeing.”

Expanding demand

Airlines and travel agencies explode routes to Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, and several destinations in Europe and Southeast Asia where tourists submitting immunity certificates and negative test results are exempt from quarantine Demand is reported.

Saipan and Guam, which have a travel bubble agreement with South Korea, also offer a free COVID test and pay the quarantine fee if the test is positive for the traveler. Each Korean citizen visiting Saipan also receives $ 100 in “Travelbacks” incentives to spend on business in Saipan.

Tour division of online retail giant Interpark Corp (035080.KQ) Flight bookings in Oceania are reported to have increased by 324% from the same period in 2021 to March 11-22, 268% in Southeast Asia and 262% in Europe.

On Sunday, the company sold a record 5,200 Hawaii tour packages in less than 70 minutes. CJ Corp (001040.KS) A few days after winning 9 billion won in Hawaii package sales, the home shopping division received about 2800 Spanish and Italian travel orders in an hour on Sunday for a total of 15 billion won ($ 12.41 million). Said received.

Lee Jong Pil, general manager of CJ’s home shopping unit, said:

Lee Tae-woo, a 36-year-old who visits Japan frequently, said he turned some money into yen, hoping to take advantage of the sharp depreciation of the currency to quickly get into the tide of revenge travel.

Japan has not yet allowed tourists to re-enter, but has shortened the quarantine period for arrivals for business and other purposes from the 7th to the 3rd of this month, indicating that travel restrictions have been further relaxed. I am.

“It’s been a long time. Let’s go back to our favorite coffee roastery as soon as it opens and enjoy the night view from Shibuya station,” said Lee Seung-yuop, referring to the bustling center of Tokyo.

($ 1 = 1,209 won)

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Reported by Shin Hyun-hee, Lee Hyun-young, Seo Yeni, Park Min-woo, and Kim Dae-eun. Edited by Karishma Singh

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