On 2 March 2015, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced the measures it had introduced in response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa had been revised. Under these new measures:

  • anyone entering the DPRK from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire will be subject a 21-day quarantine

  • anyone entering the DPRK from other countries won’t be quarantined, but will be placed under medical observation for 21 days by the Pyongyang friendship hospital

If you intend to travel to the DPRK, you should contact your sponsor or tour company for further advice. There have been no reported cases of Ebola in DPRK.

In recent months, the political situation in North Korea has been relatively calm, although the situation could change quickly. On 10 October 2014, activists in South Korea released balloons near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) border containing anti-DPRK leaflets. The DPRK responded by firing at the balloons, prompting an exchange of fire between South Korean and DPRK military. This has not been occurring in areas open to tourists in North Korea. See Political situation.

British nationals resident in or travelling to the DPRK who are not with tour groups should inform the British Embassy in Pyongyang about their travel plans prior to, or on arrival.

You can’t enter or leave North Korea through the border with South Korea without special permission.

The British Embassy Pyongyang can provide only limited consular assistance to those visiting parts of the DPRK outside the capital Pyongyang due to restricted access.

Flooding is common in the rainy season (July to August). See Natural Disasters.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Very few British nationals visit North Korea and those that do are usually part of an organised tour. Most visits are trouble-free. However, the North Korean authorities have arrested other legal visitors, including 3 US citizens during recent years.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.