A Malaysian wants to visit North Korea from Beijing
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 9, 2013 8:16 AM Last Post By: kilodelta
Feb 18, 2013 5:09 AM
I'm just getting very excited about visiting North Korea when I learned moments ago that Malaysian actually don't need a visa to visit North Korea (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_North_Korea#Visa).
Now, does that mean I can just buy a ticket and hop on a train, or plane, from Beijing to Pyongyang without involving any travel agency like KoryoTours?
Basically, I'm totally clueless how to proceed from knowing the fact 'Malaysia don't need visa to North Korea' to actually get myself in Pyongyang's soil. I'd greatly appreciate if y'all would provide guidance and info about that for me.
Mar 6, 2013 2:03 AM
1It's impossible to visit North Korea without joining the official tour. I have been to North Korea last year, went to Dandong from Beijing by train and joined 4-day tour to North Korea.
This is the travel agency, I sent copy of passport and personal information to the staff 10 days before arrival. Once I arrived Dandong, I went to the travel agency office and get the tour fully-paid.
As what the site stated, people from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and othe SE Asia countries, the tour fee is RMB3900 (+RMB40 Tour Guide fee). If you visit North Korea in summer, you are required to watch the arirang mass gymnastics costing RMB800.
If you are not going to buy anything, RMB4740 is enough.
Mar 7, 2013 7:24 AM
2According to Young Pioneer Tours, Air Koryo will be flying non-stop KL to Pyongyang, without need to get a Chinese visa. They didn't post the dates, but the flights will start April 21 and end Oct. 31. I went to NK last August with them (read my trip report on this page). You can visit their web page and send an e-mail for more information. Off course you can still fly from China for a cheaper price, in case you have to be in Beijing anyway.
Don't try to go independently; you MUST go with a tour company accredited with Korea International Travel Company. Read all the details at the page of the company of your choice and you'll know almost everything you have to know.
North Korea is a bizarre and fascinating country at the same time. Enjoy your trip.
Edited by: danaraujo
Apr 7, 2013 12:52 AM
May 6, 2013 2:18 AM
4Hi, for sure you must book with an outside tour company and personally I would suggest http://YoungPioneerTours.com . They charge lower fees but still use the same hotels as other companies. YPT is based in Xi'an, China and always send an English speaking guide.
Edited by: CharlieHolley
May 9, 2013 8:16 AM
5From Timatic, emphasis mine:
- Passport and/or passport replacing document must be valid on
- Holders of emergency passports issued to nationals of
Visa required, except for A max. stay of 1 month for nationals
- Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to
- Visitors traveling for tourist purposes must hold an
authorisation to travel, issued by a travel company in Korea
(Dem. People's Rep.).
- Passport number and nationality must match those stated on
the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC).
- Visitors not holding return/onward ticket could be refused
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