North Korea Lifts Travel Ban

North Korea Travel

A little over a week back I wrote about North Korea banning tourists from participating in the Pyongyang Marathon due to Ebola fears.

In a sudden turn of events, the tourist ban has just been lifted according to an e-mail I received from Uri Tours, “the largest provider of North Korea travel in the US“.

The travel ban has been in place for four months now & was officially lifted on March 2.

Uri Tours was “informed by Air Koryo and the Korea International Sports Travel Company that North Korea’s borders are open“.

Uri’s next trip to North Korea will be at the end of this month. If you plan to visit at some point, keep in mind that it takes at least two weeks to get a visa. With that said, who knows if the country will reopen the Pyongyang Marathon to foreigners for this year’s event.

Even though the tourist ban has been lifted, visitors will be placed under 21 day medical observation. What this means is that foreigners will need to have their body temperature checked twice a day by doctors during their stay in the country. Uri Tours says that the medical observation “should not affect traveler’s plans to visit the country for tourism or business“.

(If anyone visits from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, they’ll still be placed in a 21 day quarantine.)

Are you interested in visiting North Korea one of these days? It’s close to the top of my list for countries to visit.

Find out more from Uri Tours here.

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