South Korea

South Korea

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results. See the 2020 inbound page for more information.

The 2021 data is ‘incomplete’ as Eurotunnel data was unavailable for Q1 to Q3 but modelled for Q4. In addition, interviewing at Dover restarted from Q3 2021 and pseudo records for the Irish land border were also removed in 2021. More info can be found on the 2021 inbound page.

For 2022, Eurotunnel data was modelled for the first half of the year and the latest data can be found on the monthly and quarterly pages. Interviewing at Eurostar was not affected by Covid-19 restrictions in 2021 or the first half of 2022. The ONS restarted IPS interviews at all ports from July 2022.

Due to the above, the latest full year IPS data below is from 2019.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)32.7
Global rank for international tourism expenditure9
Number of outbound visits (m)31.8
Most visited destinationJapan
Most visited destination in Western EuropeSpain

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2021
Population (m)51.3
GDP per capita PPP (US$)43,412
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)2.6
Annual GDP growth (%)4.0

Inbound visits to Britain from South Korea

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Access to Britain from South Korea

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures21
Weekly seat capacity6,009
Airports with direct routes in South Korea1
Airports with direct routes in Britain1
  • In 2019, the South Korea to Britain route was served by Seoul to London Heathrow
  • 3 airlines serve the South Korea route: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and British Airways
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 69% reduction in direct seat capacity from South Korea to the UK in 2020, and 2021 was 83% behind pre-COVID levels
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Korea is £84