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Overseas card spending plummets 46.1 pct in 2020 amid pandemic

Economy 12:00 February 23, 2021

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans' overseas card spending plummeted 46.1 percent on-year in 2020, hit by a sharp decline in the number of outbound travelers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, central bank data showed Tuesday.

The amount of money spent overseas by South Koreans with cards, including credit and debit cards, totaled US$10.31 billion last year, compared with $19.12 billion in 2019, according to the data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

The number of outbound South Koreans plunged 85.1 percent on-year to 4.28 million last year.

In 2019, the number of outbound South Koreans stood at 28.71 million, according to the BOK.

This file photo shows a nearly deserted terminal for international fights at Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main gateway west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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