North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
April 18, 2022

North Korea - Level 4: Do Not Travel


Do not travel to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals.

  • You cannot use a U.S. passport to travel to, in, or through North Korea without a special validation from the Department of State.
  • Special validations are granted only in very limited circumstances. More information on how to apply for the special validation is available here.

The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea. Sweden serves as the protecting power for the United States in North Korea, providing limited emergency services. The North Korean government routinely delays or denies Swedish officials access to detained U.S. citizens.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of North Korea, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to North Korea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined North Korea has an unknown level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you receive a special validation to travel to North Korea:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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Information for Vaccinated Travelers

The CDC's latest guidance on international travel for vaccinated people can be found here.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Embassy of Sweden Pyongyang
Munsu-Dong District,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
+46 8 405 10 00 (main switchboard)
24/7: From within the U.S. 1-888-407-4747 / From outside the U.S.
+(850) (2) 3817 663

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