Visa policy of North Korea

Most visitors to North Korea must obtain a visa in advance from one of the North Korean diplomatic missions.[1] All visitors holding ordinary passports (except South Korea) must obtain a visa prior to entering North Korea. All visitors (except nationals of South Korea) who travel to North Korea for tourism purposes require prior authorization from a travel agency registered with the State General Bureau of Tourist Guidance.

Visa policy mapEdit

Visa requirementEdit

North Korean tourist visa in the form of a tourist card
North Korea work visa

North Korean tourist visas are issued in the form of a tourist card for tourists, or on a separate paper for other types of visas. No stamps are stamped inside one's actual passport.[2]

Visa exemptionEdit

Citizens of   China holding ordinary passports visiting only the Tongrim County as tourists can stay there using the Chinese ID card in lieu of a visa and passport for up to two days.[citation needed] They may also visit Sinuiju for a day trip without a visa.[3]

Non-ordinary passportsEdit

Holders of diplomatic or service passports issued to nationals of the following countries can visit North Korea without a visa:

Visa policy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  DPR Korea
  Visa-free for diplomatic and official passports

South KoreaEdit

Nationals of   South Korea seeking to visit North Korea cannot use South Korean passports to travel to North Korea. They must instead submit a North/South Korea visitation verification certificate as well as a departure card to the North Korean immigration officer at the port of entry and go through immigration inspection in North Korea. They must also seek authorization from the South Korean government prior to departure.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ Leo Byrne (23 December 2015). "North Korea opens new tourist zone at Sinuiju". NK★ Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Travel between North & South Korea

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