Photography in North Korea

The DPRK has a reputation internationally for being very strict when it comes to taking photos. People often wonder if it is even possible to take photos, so what exactly are the limitations on photography in North Korea?

The reality is very different to the perception. In today’s North Korea, one can bring as many cameras as they like and take as many photos as they like. There are however some easy to follow rules;

You cannot photography the military. That goes for all checkpoints and construction sites. You cannot photograph anything that portrays the country in a negative light. This might be broken infrastructure or homeless people.

If you wanted to take photos there professionally then you would need to apply to travel as a journalist. Rules are a little more strict if you are a photojournalist and a close eye will be kept on you. Normal tourists are treated very well. On your way out of the country nothing will be checked so you don’t need to worry about hiding any photos.

Rocky Road Travel organises an annual VIP Photography tour to North Korea. If you are looking to travel there for the best photo opportunities then this is the tour for you. A group size of just 6 people allow you the time and flexibility to get the perfect shot. It’s an itinerary we have perfected just for photographers like you. Get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] and start planning your next photo adventure. We have tours to North Korea all year round!

Air Koryo staff at Pyongyang airport on a North Korea tour
Check in girl at Pyongyang Airport, North Korea.