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Can Americans Travel to North Korea?

Since September 1st 2017 the US State Department introduced travel restrictions to North Korea for all Americans. This restriction is valid for one year, but has been renewed each year on the 31st of August unless otherwise revoked by the US Secretary of State.

The US State Department Travel restriction prohibits the use of a US passport for travel to, in, and through the DPRK currently remain in place.

WHAT IF I’M A DUAL-NATIONAL AMERICAN?

By the letter of the law, dual-nationals could use their non-US passport to enter North Korea.

HOW ABOUT A DAY TRIP INTO NORTH KOREA?

As the law stands there is no material difference between going for a day or going for a month.

In the meantime, we’d suggest our China DPRK Borderlands Tour – you will never set foot on North Korean soil, but you will see and experience North Korean border life. We also have our South Korean Borderlands Tour where you catch glimpses of the North Korean landscape and have an up and close encounter with the South Korean military.

IF I FIND A COMPANY WILLING TO TAKE ME AS A US PASSPORT TRAVELER TO NORTH KOREA I CAN GO?

Technically, yes. The DPRK did not block Americans from entering North Korea on US passports, it was a US government decision. That said, YPT is not willing to assist a US passport traveler in committing a crime against their country, and we strongly recommend that you respect your government’s laws.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM CUBA?

Americans were previously banned from spending any money in Cuba, which constituted a de facto ban on visiting. Passports were never confiscated as a result of visiting Cuba; the worst that could happen was a fine. Granted, this fine could be pretty high.

WILL AMERICANS BE ALLOWED TO VISIT THE DPRK AGAIN?

If dialogue and diplomatic relations continue to improve between North Korea and the US, there is a chance for this travel restriction to be lifted which then we will make announcements on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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