September 26, 2023

The year without Americans: how the U.S. travel ban changed North Korean tourism

State Department yet to decide on extension as ban set to expire this Friday

On September 1, 2017, a U.S. State Department measure came into effect declaring all American passports invalid for travel to North Korea.

The so-called "travel ban" on U.S. citizens to North Korea came partly in response to the death of U.S. citizen Otto Warmbier, who had fallen into a coma while imprisoned in the North and died soon after being returned back to his home country.