Contrary to what you may have heard, pretty much anyone can visit the DPRK as a tourist. At the present time, only the following categories of people are NOT permitted:
- South Korean nationals;
- Foreign nationals who are living in South Korea;
- Professional journalists, photographers, broadcasters and the like (feel free to contact us for clarification on this);
N.B. American tourists ARE permitted to visit the DPRK however they can only enter or exit the country by plane (not train), and cannot spend more than 10 days in the country.
Applying for a tour of the DPRK could not be simpler. We require only one form to be filled in to confirm and book your trip!
Here is the step by step application process:
i) Decide what tour you would like to do. If you have any questions, just email us and we will be happy to assist you prior to making the booking.
ii) When you have decided, please fill in this application form and send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is for more than one person, please nominate someone as 'tour leader' who can collect all individual application forms into one email, for ease of administration.
We will require from you at the same time a scanned colour copy of your passport photo ID page and a scanned colour copy of a separate passport photo, for the DPRK tourist visa application process. We do not actually need your physical passport.
iii) Your application will be acknowledged by return email within 24 hours, and we will require a EUR 250 / person deposit at this stage to confirm your booking. This is to be paid via international bank transfer and full banking details will be provided.
iv) The DPRK tourist visa application process will take place around 4-6 weeks prior to the start of your tour. You have two choices with regards to visa collection:
The easiest option is to collect the DPRK tourist visa card from our KITC representative in Beijing, prior to departure. To do this, please ensure you arrive in Beijing at least one working day before your departure for the DPRK, to ensure there is sufficient time to collect the visa. The cost of this procedure is EUR 50 and can be paid either together with the tour balance. Beijing visa collections take place at a mutually agreed time from the Air Koryo office inside the Swissotel Beijing.
The alternative is to collect your visa from your local DPRK Embassy prior to departing your home country. Here is a list of all the DPRK Embassies offering tourist visa services. If collecting the visa from your local DPRK Embassy, you need to take 2 x passport photos, the visa fee, and your passport with you. Costs range between countries – we will let you know upon request. There is also a separate Embassy visa form to be filled in which we will provide you with in advance so you can arrive with it duly completed.
N.B. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining!
v) If travelling by Air Koryo, your air tickets will be sent by an email 'eticket' and can be printed off from the comfort of your home. If travelling by train and / or Air China, your tickets can either be posted to you or collected in Beijing prior to departure, together with your visa, if the Beijing visa collection option is taken.
vi) The tour balance is required to be paid prior to departure either by another international bank transfer, or alternatively if you are collecting your visa in Beijing, you are welcome to pay the balance in cash to our KITC representative there. We suggest at this stage you also ensure you have all relevant non-DPRK visas in place, such as a Chinese double entry visa if required, to avoid any last minute panic.
vii) Please note your departure time and arrive in plenty of time at the airport. Upon arrival into Pyongyang and clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by your two KITC guides for the start of your trip. Have a great time!!
i) Kindly note that the tour booking deposit is non-refundable. We operate on a very tight profit margin in order to pass the maximum savings to our customers, and we need to be sure that all bookings made with our company are genuine and serious.
ii) If the customer cancels their tour after the final tour balance has been paid, we shall refund this balance up to 10 days prior to the commencement date of the tour. After this date, no refunds will be available, but we will do our best to offer you a discount on a later tour.