US To Ban Citizens From Travelling To North Korea

Tour operators have said that the US government is set to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea

According to Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours, the ban will be announced on 27 July and would go into effect 30 days later. They did not say how long the ban would last.

The BBC reports:

The US has not confirmed the news.

Young Pioneer Tours was the agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to North Korea. He was later arrested and jailed for 15 years, before being returned in a coma to the US in June. He died a few days later.

The China-based company later announced it would no longer take visitors from the US to the country.

It issued a statement on Friday saying: “We have just been informed that the US government will no longer be allowing US citizens to travel to the DPRK (North Korea).

“It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27th. After the 30 day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.”

Rowan Beard, of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC that the company had been informed by the Swedish embassy, which looks after US affairs in North Korea.

The embassy is trying to check the number of US tourists left in the country.

  • anonymous4u4me

    I can understand the banning of people coming in, but who in the hell is the Govt to tell a free man where he can and cannot go. Piss on the Govt. that thinks it should have this right taken from a free man. God almighty gives us all of our rights and only an evil piece of crap would think of taking this or any of those rights away. Ban a man from entering understandable but if North Korea allows me entry then that is between me and North Korea, none of the Governments business. I always wished to see these so called evil places that someone tells me is evil to learn on my own, I have never liked my lying govt. telling me what is real or not, for it has lied to me and the world to often to be taken seriously.

    • Alpha Co.

      I agree, you should go where ever you want. However, make sure you handle your own security issues when they arise and don’t call on your government to come save your butt when you realize you should have listened to the warning.