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Where do we collect our North Korean visa?

by Amy

Where do we pick up our visas to go to North Korea? Do you guys sort this out or do we need to apply by ourselves?

This is a country that has intrigued me for a while now though I appreciate that it is not the same as traveling to a "normal" destination and that rules may be different to that of most countries.

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Jun 04, 2015
Picking up DPRK visa in Hong Kong
by: KTG

Hi Jay,

Thanks for your message. We have arranged for visas to be issued in Hong Kong many times. The last time we arranged this the visa was not attached to our traveller's passport but she was handed a tourist card instead. If you would like your visa to be issued in Hong Kong please apply 6 weeks before the tour to North Korea starts so as to avoid it being issued just a day or two before the tour starts as more bureaucracy and coordination is required.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,


Jun 03, 2015
DPRK Visa pick up
by: Jay


I was wondering if it would be possible to pick up a North Korean visa in Hong Kong in the week prior to a tour? I would really like to have the visa in my passport. I hold an Australian passport.


May 30, 2011
DPRK visa
by: KTG

Hello Sam,

Thank you for your message. We have done this but for people living near to the embassy / consulate e.g. people in Macao having their visas issued in Hong Kong though they have gone in person.

In your case I'm afraid that your visa will have to be issued in Beijing, the reason being that DPRK visas are only issued a few days prior to the trip.

If issued in Beijing, all you need to do is go to the DPRK embassy (we will give you instructions on how to) and collect your visa when meeting the other travellers. We can also arrange for our Korean partners to deliver your visa to your hotel if you wish. Travellers who have their visas issued in Beijing usually take a picture of the visa as a souvenir.

If you have any further questions Sam, please let us know.

Kind regards,


May 19, 2011
Postal visa to a 3rd country
by: Sam


I was wondering about the second option listed here, about picking up my visa before entering china. I live in australia, and there is no NK consulate or embassy here, so would it be possible to have my visa issued in a third country (such as london, stockholm etc) by posting my passport?

For two reasons really, one is for convenience, as i will have limited time in china, and two, because id love to, if possible have the visa issued in my passport!

Thanks a lot!


Jan 08, 2011
North Korea Visa
by: KTG

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your question. We arrange for your DPRK visa to be issued. Once it is ready you can pick it up.

There are 2 options regarding where your DPRK visa can be collected:

(i) In Beijing - if collecting it in Beijing (from where all of our group tours depart) it will be handed to you by our Korean partners when you meet the rest of the group. In this case your North Korean visa will not be attached to your passport.

The group usually meets the day before departing to North Korea. We will send you clear directions on when and where the meeting will be together with all contact numbers.

(ii) In your country of departure if there is a DPRK embassy / consulate there.

Some customers prefer to collect their DPRK visas before heading out to Beijing. We can have your visa issued in places with a DPRK embassy/consulate such as Hong Kong, London, Berlin, etc. If interested in this option, please let us know and tell us which city you would like to collect your DPRK visa so that we can tell you if it is possible for it to be issued there. In these cases you will need to take your passport to the DPRK embassy/consulate once we are notified by the authorities in Pyongyang that the North Korean embassy/consulate involved has your application information. You will need to leave your passport there for at least a few hours, in some cases for a few days, and collect it with your DPRK visa attached when asked to return.

If your visa is issued in Beijing the visa handling fee is of 30 Euros. If issued in another DPRK embassy/consulate the rate will vary depending on the North Korean embassy/consulate and on your nationality.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to let us know.



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