Coronavirus (COVID-19): North Korea Temporarily Closes Borders
UPDATE: August 27, 2023:
North Korean authorities have officially confirmed the border has opened to repatriate Korean nationals, who will undergo one week quarantine on arrival. There is no further word on when tourism will resume. Please contact us for the latest information prior to booking.
UPDATE: August 22, 2023:
The first international passenger flight from North Korea since the border closed in 2020 has now operated between Pyongyang and Beijing. It’s likely this flight, along with upcoming scheduled flights by Air Koryo between Pyongyang and Vladivostok, are to repatriate Korean nationals who have been waiting to return home. There is no further word on when tourism will resume.
UPDATE: January 22, 2023:
The DPRK border remains closed to all travel. All our North Korea tours remain scheduled, however, operation is tentative subject to border restrictions.
UPDATE: March 4, 2021:
We have received confirmation that the 2021 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon (Pyongyang Marathon) has been officially cancelled due to the continued outbreak of COVID-19 internationally.
UPDATE: January 22, 2021:
Today marks one year since foreign travel to the DPRK was temporarily suspended due to the international COVID-19 outbreak. The DPRK border remains closed to all travel. Authorities have not yet indicated when travel restrictions will be eased or any additional protocols such as quarantine procedures and vaccination requirements. All our scheduled tours remain on standby until further notice. To keep up to date, join our mailing list at the bottom of this page.
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.