August 2, 2017
Effective Friday, September 1, 2017, U.S. passports are invalid for travel into, in, or through North Korea/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Persons who wish to travel to North Korea on a U.S. passport must obtain a special passport validation under 22 C.F.R. 51.64, and such validations will be granted only under very limited circumstances. Please see Passport for Travel to North Korea for more information.
No. Effective September 1, 2017, U.S. passports are invalid for travel in, through, or to North Korea without a special validation.
Persons currently in North Korea on a U.S. passport should depart North Korea before the travel restriction enters into effect on Friday, September 1, 2017. Persons, including those currently in North Korea, who believe they meet the criteria for a limited-validity U.S. passport and special passport validation under 22 C.F.R. 51.64 should apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Department of State can revoke a passport for misuse under 22 C.F.R. 51.62(a)(2).
The Secretary of State imposed a travel restriction on the use of U.S. passports to travel in, through, or to North Korea, due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement.
The Secretary of State acted under the authority of 22 U.S.C. 211a, Executive Order 11295, and 22 C.F.R. 51.63(a)(3). Pursuant to existing law, the Secretary may impose a geographic travel restriction on the use of U.S. passports to a specific country if he determines that any of three conditions exist: the country or area is at war with the United States; armed hostilities are in progress in the country or area; or there is imminent danger to the public health or physical safety of U.S. travelers in the country or area.
The Secretary determined that there is imminent danger to the public health or physical safety of U.S. travelers in the area.
The GTR will be valid for one year with the ability for the Secretary of State to renew, if warranted.
As of September 1, 2017, U.S. passports are invalid for travel in, to, or through North Korea. However, in limited circumstances, applicants may be eligible for a Special Validation Passport that will allow them to travel for specific purposes. Please see Passport for Travel to North Korea for more information.