South Korean inbound travel agency says China resumes ban on group tours to South Korea

China has resumed its ban on group tours into South Korea, South Korea’s inbound travel agency says, an issue that erupted last year as part of China’s retaliation over the South’s deployment of a US anti-missile system.
Tourists pose for photographs at the Han river park in Seoul.
Tourists pose for photographs at the Han river park in Seoul.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - China has resumed its ban on group tours into South Korea, South Korea's inbound travel agency said on Wednesday (Dec 20), an issue that erupted last year as part of China's retaliation over the South's deployment of a US anti-missile system.

"I was told from my boss this morning that our Chinese partners (based in Beijing and Shandong) said they won't send group tourists to South Korea as of January," the official from Naeil Tour Agency told Reuters by phone.

The move was probably due to visa refusals by Chinese authorities, the official said.

The move came despite South Korean President Moon Jae In's recent visit to China, which showed some signs of a thaw in relations since the row over the anti-missile system broke out last year.