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Official Statement Regarding North Korea Travel Ban for U.S Citizens
August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017

Today the U.S Department of State has officially announced that all U.S. passports are declared invalid for travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) unless the travel meets certain criteria.

The travel ban will be effective beginning on September 1, 2017. The travel ban shall remain in effect for one year unless extended or sooner revoked by the U.S. Secretary of State.

A U.S. national may apply to the U.S. Department of State for a special validation of his or her passport to permit its use for travel to, or use in, a restricted country or area if the reason for travel falls within certain categories: (a) applicants are members of the press, (b) applicants are members of the Red Cross, (c) applicants are traveling for humanitarian considerations, and (d) the trip is within the national interest of the U.S. Travel for purposes of tourism is not permitted.

Effective September 1, 2017, we can no longer take U.S. nationals on our tours.

For those U.S. nationals already committed to upcoming scheduled tours with us, we will reach out to you regarding next steps. All other nationalities remain unaffected.

The Five Most Celebrated Mountains of North Korea
July 20, 2016

Paekdu Mountain Crater Lake
The Korean people consider themselves mountain people. This is not much of a stretch considering that a mountain system called the “Paektu Daegan” forms the spine of Korea, even extending into the sea before emerging again at Jeju Island. Paektusan (san meaning mountain in Korean) being the most prominent of all these mountains, forms the head of the trail of mountains, and serves as the peninsula’s connection to Asia. Approaching the head of the trail leads to an increase in mountain density, with North Korea’s land mass being 80% mountains, and South Korea having vast fields of fertile plains. The mountains that make up this network are considered holy to the Korean people, and bring life to the entire peninsula. In this post, we’ll cover the top 5 most celebrated of these mountains that are in North Korea.

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10 Must-See Sights in Pyongyang
July 6, 2016

Pyongyang city
Pyongyang, translated to English, means flat land. Anyone who has been here knows that this place certainly is not flat in the abstract sense of the word. There is a rich cultural history in this city and multiple landmarks that have been built in the last 60 years. After the Korean War, it’s said that there was only one standing building left in the city. Once the ancient capital of the Choson, Koguryo and Koryo kingdoms, it’s now a completely modern and rebuilt city. Even though the country may be mysterious to many of us, this city is ready to show itself to the world. Check out these top 10 sites that you can see for yourself if you visit North Korea.

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