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Details on the the US State Department travel restrictions to North Korea. Updated 17 May 2018.

FAQ: Can Americans travel to North Korea?

Despite the recent summit between North Korea and the United States on 12 June, for the time being US State Department travel restrictions for US citizens to North Korea remain in place.

Unfortunately Koryo Tours will not take those traveling on US passports to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (‘DPRK’ or ‘North Korea’) in accordance with the US State Department restrictions, effective September 1, 2017, which invalidate US passports for travel to the DPRK without special validation. The US State Department may grant on-time-use special validations for the following activities: 1) professional journalism 2) officially sponsored Intentional Red Cross or American Red Cross humanitarian missions 3) trips justified for compelling humanitarian reasons and 4) trips otherwise deemed to be in the US national interest. You can find more information about the application process for special validations here.

Koryo Tours is unable to assist with special validations applications, but can direct US citizens with interest in contributing to humanitarian work in the DPRK to responsible non-governmental organizations working across a range of fields. Each year Koryo Tours supports small-scale humanitarian projects, often towards a specific and achievable goal. These projects are carried out in conjunction with registered charities and with third-party oversight. We encourage all those interested in travel to the DPRK to consider supporting such projects. Please contact us for more details.

While we believe that individuals are capable of traveling responsibly on their own accord, Koryo Tours will not arrange tours to the DPRK for those traveling on US passports without validation. A critical part of our work is ensuring that all our travellers fully understand and can follow the local laws of the destinations we visit. Along these lines, we ask our American clients to fully understand and follow the rules of their own government.

If this situation changes, and we suspect it might by the end of August (pending the outcome of the talks), we will send out more information by newsletter and across our social media.

Koryo Tours also operates tours to other fascinating destinations, such as Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, the Russian Far East, and Kazakhstan, which American travellers are welcome to join.

Updated 13 June 2018.

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