South Korea

South Korea

For full 2021 data, please visit our 2021 inbound page and for the latest quarterly data please visit our UK and regional data pages.

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