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Korea, North

Risk Ratings  

    EXTREME MEDICAL RISK for Korea, North
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Korea, North

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Very High -

Inbound travel is generally not possible. Government authorities may grant exceptions to specific travellers.

No inbound entry, including for citizens and residents. Government authorities may authorise exceptions, but these are not applicable to the vast majority of travellers.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundInbound travel completely restricted.
(Until further notice)
OutboundAll foreign tourists have been released from a 30-day quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticLockdowns may be imposed at short notice in certain areas near the border with China. This can include the prohibition of all movement and the closure of markets and workplaces.
(Until further notice)
The lockdown in Kaesong city has been lifted.
(Until further notice)

22 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for North Korea

COVID-19 information for North Korea

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Defer travel to North Korea until further notice as the government has previously restricted the mobility of foreigners in the country during periods of heightened diplomatic tensions. Members planning to travel to the country should obtain a brief prior to travel on the unique circumstances and practical difficulties; travellers should ensure they are visiting with full permission and documentation, and that they understand both the extremely controlled environment that they are entering and extremely strict regulations to which they will be subject. Information security, enforced changes to travel plans and a low likelihood of arbitrary interrogation or detention are the most significant threats to business travellers. Crime is minimal. Tight social control and extreme poverty mean that there is little risk to staff and assets.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Korea, North
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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