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Can Americans go to North Korea?

by Matt Paine


I'm from the US and would like to know if Americans can travel to North Korea. If US citizens can go to the DPRK are there any restrictions or special rules?

Any help will be deeply appreciated!

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Jan 03, 2018
US citizens not allowed to travel to North Korea
by: KTG

As you probably know, the US set a travel ban some months ago for its citizens. It is currently not possible for Americans to travel to North Korea. We will keep you updated if there are any changes regarding this policy!

The KTG team

Feb 09, 2017
Australians travelling to North Korea
by: KTG

Hi, you will have two guides with you during your trip. You cannot wander around by yourself if going as a tourist. We will send you a briefing beforehand and go over this with you in order to make sure that you understand how one is expected to behave in North Korea when travelling. We feel that travelling to the DPRK is safe for citizens from all countries. We have been arranging tours for westerners since 2008 and have not had a single incident. We recommend travellers to always check with their ministry of foreign affairs or state deparment if unsure about safety when travelling to the DPRK.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Feb 09, 2017
Australian visit
by: Anonymous

So is it also safe for australians to fly into pyongyang for 4 days?,do i need a guide while iam there or am completely safe to walk around?

Sep 21, 2011
Americans in North Korea
by: KTG

Hello Luigi,

Thank you for your message. There will be no restriction for you as a South American in terms of how to enter and exit North Korea.

Currently, US citizens are cannot enter or leave North Korea by train, but it is fine for citizens of other countries to do so. US citizens can only fly in and out of the country.

The food is different to Chinese food; it is Korean food, though we can also arrange a visit to the only pizza restaurant in North Korea, which is in Pyongyang. Tour rates include 3 meals a day and the amount served is plentiful.

Regarding insurance, you need to make sure that you have your own travel insurance when in North Korea as we do not provide this. You should ask your insurance company if they cover the DPRK and any possible emergency repatriation costs. There are several insurance companies that cover the DPRK.

If you may have any other questions regarding travelling in North Korea, please let us know.



Sep 18, 2011
by: luigi

I´m from south America and I´m very interested in visit North Korea. How are the meals ? Are there diferents of China? How is the medical assistance for tourists in North Korea? Are insurance polices accepted for health emergencies?

Jan 18, 2010
Less restrictions for Americans to visit North Korea
by: Anonymous

As of 2010 there are no limitations in terms of dates for Americans to visit North Korea. US citizens can visit the Hermit Kingdom even when the Mass Games are not taking place, but will still not be able to enter or exit the country by train,

Jan 07, 2010
American citizens can go to North Korea
by: Anonymous

Yes, US citizens can go to North Korea. You can only go however when the Mass Games are on which is usually between August and October. Another "special condition" is that Americans can only fly in and out of the DPRK, ie you cannot take the train in or out of North Korea. The maximum number of nights Americans can stay in North Korea is 4 nights.

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