Travel and Visa Requirements for North Koreans

Visa required and visa free countries listed

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Visa free countries for North Korean passport holders

See a list of the countries you can travel to with a North Korean passport without needing a visa

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Countries that require a visa for North Koreans

See a list of countries you need a visa to travel to as a North Korean passport holder

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General Visa Requirement & Things to know before you travel

See a general list of visa requirements before travelling to a new country

Valid travel passport.
Visa application form.
Visa fee.
Evidence of permission to be in that country.
Photocopy of passport data page.
Financial proof, original bank statement.
Letter of invitations.

Schengen visa for North Koreans

See our top pick of Schengen countries visited by North Koreans

North Korea is just the place to go to if you are looking to disconnect from the world. The country is regarded as the world’s most isolated nation. The internet and much of the 21st century is still quite unknown to the people living in the country. Tourists visiting North Korea have to make significant compromises as they will be accompanied by two employed guides at all times and hear a biased account of history. If you are patient and have a knack for things like this, this is the ideal destination.
Every year, the country receives between 4,000 to 6,000 Western tourists. The average number of foreign visitors in the country every year is 200,000. Concerted efforts are being made to ensure the number of people who visit the country reaches one million.
Foreigners are not allowed to take Korean money out of the country. There used to be restrictions on the interaction between foreign tourists and local people. However, those restrictions have been relaxed slightly in recent times. Disruptive behavior by tourists is not tolerated, this can lead to the imprisonment and torture of tourists.
South Koreans and journalists are routinely denied entry into North Korea. Only nationals of Singapore and Malaysia are allowed entry into North Korea on normal passports without a visa.

Visa information for other Nationals

See visa requirements for our top pick of visitors to North Korea