Coronavirus: North Korea Temporarily Closes Borders

UPDATE: February 21, 2020:

We have received confirmation that the 2020 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon (Pyongyang Marathon) has been officially cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within China and internationally. This cancellation has been verified by the Pyongyang Marathon Committee and our partners in Pyongyang.

UPDATE: January 28, 2020:

Further protocols were implemented today to impose a one-month quarantine on all foreigners visiting the DPRK. All foreigners, including our delegation, NGO and diplomatic clients are affected by these measures.

All tourism remains completely halted until further notice. This applies in all cases even if the traveler has not visited China recently, or if their intended arrival was from Russia by land or air.

UPDATE: January 22, 2020:

It has been confirmed as at Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 that foreign travel to the DPRK has been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

This has been verified by our partners in Pyongyang. This applies to our tourist and delegation clients.

It is currently not known how long this travel suspension will last, or what protocols will be implemented. There is precedent for border closures during virus outbreaks, with closures during the SARS outbreak in 2003 and again with the Ebola crisis in 2015. The suspensions in these cases lasted a number of months, and additional quarantine precautions were instated upon the resumption of travel.

Our future tours remain open for booking, but should this border closure affect your travel, we are giving tourists the ability to reschedule at any time or to receive a complete refund of their deposit (less bank charges) as per our terms and conditions.

We’ll be updating our social media channels with further updates.


January 21, 2020

We have received indication that the DPRK may be implementing precautionary measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. We are not yet informed of an official suspension on foreign travel and are awaiting further update on the situation. We’ll be reaching out to our potentially affected travelers with the latest as it becomes known.



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