Over 30 Million to Travel This Chuseok Despite COVID

      September 15, 2021 12:42

      Some 32.26 million people are expected to travel to their ancestral hometowns over Chuseok from Sept. 17 to 22, or 5.38 million people a day. That is about a million more people than last year.

      According to a survey by the Korea Transport Institute, another 20.7 percent of respondents are undecided, so the number could rise.

      More people are expected to drive rather than use trains or other public transportation due to COVID-19 fears. The survey showed that 93.6 percent of respondents intended to drive, compared to an average of 85.1 percent between 2016 and 2019.

      Travelers making stopovers at expressway rest areas will have to undergo temperature checks, register their phone numbers and wear face masks. Temporary COVID test stations will be set up at nine rest areas.

      Expressway tolls will not be waived this Chuseok in a bid to discourage people from traveling as the pandemic rages on. The proceeds from the tolls will be used to aid quarantine measures.

      Still, travel time is expected to be an hour shorter than previous Chuseok holidays at five hours and 30 minutes from Seoul to Busan, three hours and 50 minutes to Gwangju and two hours and 30 minutes to Daejeon. But the trip back to Seoul is expected to take one to three hours longer than previous holidays with the most congested day expected to be Sept. 21 or Chuseok proper and the following day between 2 and 3 p.m.

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