September 30, 2023
Border Controls

North Korea places new rules on diplomats following suspected COVID-19 case

Regulations place firm new restrictions on foreign envoys' freedom of movement, public gatherings

North Korea on Tuesday distributed new quarantine regulations to diplomats residing in Pyongyang, following news over the weekend that the country had detected its first suspected case of the COVID-19 virus.

The rules, distributed to diplomats by the DPRK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and seen by NK News, are reportedly part of recent changes to the country's "national emergency anti-epidemic system," raised to the level of "maximum emergency" on Saturday.