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Visa application requirements for North Korea

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North Korea is not entirely open for tourists. That is the reason why travel requirements are very much regulated in the country. The only place in North Korea where one does not need a DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) visa to enter is Panmunjeom which is the jointly controlled village in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) which divides the 2 Koreas. There are daily bus tours from Seoul, Korea to Panmunjeom.

You can get a DPRK visa from your country’s North Korean Embassy or upon arrival in Beijing. One must take note that your visa should be issued only by the Korea International Travel Company and arranged by a travel agency authorized by the said company. The company is in charge of all the tours in North Korea. The DPRK does not allow any traveller to tour the country without their own tour guides. Also, foreign travellers who are entering North Korea via China should show their return tickets to prove that he/she will be in transit to Beijing for less than 24 hours when he/she returns from P’yongyang.

United States of America, Israel, and South Korean citizens are only allowed to visit the country as tourists, or when special occasions, like competitions, call for it.

The type and cost of the visa to be issued to you will depend upon the time of your application and your nationality. A minimum of 20 working days is required for processing your DPRK visa. If not sure about the travel documents, it is best to contact the North Korean Embassy in your country.

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