Japanese residents flock to South Korean embassy for visas as tourism picks up

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Long queues have formed at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo since Seoul began issuing tourist visas on Wednesday, with hundreds of Japanese residents visiting the diplomatic premises. Inbound tourism had been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago.

The embassy only started issuing tourist visas from Wednesday, although it had been accepting applications before, leading to crowds of applicants visiting its visa section. To avoid congestion, the embassy has limited the number of applications it will accept to 150 per day for now and distributed that number of tickets to the first people in line on Thursday.

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