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.

The level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice. 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.