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South Korea Eases Restrictions On Overseas Travel

March 12, 1988 GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ The South Korean government plans to lift restrictions on overseas travel this year as its pursues democratic development and liberalization, Foreign Ministry officials said Saturday.

Currently, only Koreans over 40 are given passports for overseas tourism, and various conditions are attached.

Ministry officials said President Roh Tae-woo has urged Foreign Minister Choi Kwang-soo to ease restrictions on overseas travel and allow more young people to venture abroad.

″The age limit in overseas travel would be lifted gradually this year,″ said a ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Roh was elected president last December in the country’s first democratic elections in 16 years.