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Number of outbound tourist departures South Korea 2003-2019

In 2019, South Koreans departed for around 28.71 million outbound trips. That year, most trips were made in January.

Outbound tourism on the rise

The popularity of travelling abroad has been increasing in line with the increase in income of South Korean nationals. Ever since the country has recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, the number of South Korean outbound trips has been increasing. According to a survey, outbound travel increased with income.


As of 2018, the leading destination for South Korean tourists was Japan. Most South Koreans chose their travel destination for being well-known and for sightseeing. Around 76.4 percent of surveyed South Koreans chose to purchase travel packages, which were especially interesting to older travelers. Travel packages range from all-inclusive packages to partial packages, whereas the latter is less popular. The total average number of days spent travelling abroad was 4.79 days in 2019.

Number of outbound tourist departures from South Korea from 2003 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2003 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

Figures include crew members.

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