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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘안녕하세요 ’
( annyeonghaseyo )
Korean
Plug type c
Electricity
220V/50hz
May-
Best time to go
Spring
Friday
HRS
06
06
MINS
20
20
Current Time
GMT +9

Visas

Needed by everyone and normally issued the day before you travel by the North Korean embassy in Běijīng.

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When to go and weather

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PRK

Getting to North Korea

Běijīng is the only real transport hub for entering North Korea, offering regular trains and flights to Pyongyang. The only other cities with regular air connections to Pyongyang are Vladivostok in Russia and Shěnyáng in northern China. As tourists are often obliged to pick up their visas in Běijīng anyway, other routes would generally be impossible even if there were more transport options.

Getting around North Korea

All transport within North Korea will be arranged for you by the authorities, so there's no need to worry about the practicalities of getting around once you're in the country.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

While North Koreans love children, a DPRK tour is not really suitable for kids. The long, exhausting days and endless sightseeing may tire out even the most diehard Kimophiles and they are likely to bore a child to tears. It...

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Working and volunteering

There are very few chances to work in North Korea, though people working as diplomats and as field workers for certain NGOs and aid organisations operating in the country could have the opportunity for a posting in the country.

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