You travelled to North Korea?! I thought it was impossible!
A common reaction upon hearing about someone’s travels in the hermit Kingdom. But is it actually difficult to go there? Just how do you visit North Korea?
One of the most commonly asked questions and one of the easiest to answer. We lay it out plain and simple for you!
Firstly there are only two passport holders that cannot travel to North Korea as a regular tourist – South Korean and USA. We say “passports” because a South Korean with a UK passport could travel as a tourist for example.
Don’t be a journalist. North Korea accepts journalists on special tours at specific times. Practically the only time a tourist visa gets rejected is if they suspect you of being a journalist.
Other than that you basically have a green light.
So how doe the visa work?
It’s one of the easiest visas to apply for. We do all the work for you! All you have to do is take a photo of your passport & and a selfie, then email it to us along with a simple visa form and your part is done. The visa is a separate piece of paper that we give you at the pre-tour meeting before your tour to North Korea.
It’s actually more stressful and costly to apply for the Chinese tourist visa.
After you send us your details, we then send everything to our partners in Pyongyang who then issue the visas through the North Korean embassy in Beijing. It’s that simple. We have never had a visa application rejected.
Once your visa is in hand then you’re good to go.
The most common way of travelling to North Korea is by train from Beijing or Dandong on the Chinese border.
For extra cost you can fly from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang in China, or Vladivostok in Russia.