October 23, 2020

U.S. travel ban to North Korea: How will the exemption process work?

Four category exemption system could leave some stakeholders banned from entry

As a scheduled U.S. travel ban to North Korea edges closer to its September 1 implementation date, uncertainty about whether exemptions will allow certain regular visitors to continue working in the country remains high.

The "geographical travel restriction," which will prohibit U.S. citizens from using their passports for travel to or within North Korea, has been designed with an exemption system to allow approved individuals from four categories to continue visiting.