October 01, 2023

Moscow’s new visa decree makes future North Korea travel even more difficult

While aimed at journalists and officials, new order also gives Russia a freer hand to deny entry to ‘unfriendly’ foreign

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has tightened visa requirements for foreign nationals visiting Russia from “unfriendly” countries, appearing to dash whatever hope was left for a route through the country’s Far East to Pyongyang once pandemic-era restrictions ease.

The order, which went into effect Monday, undoes simplified visa procedures for officials and journalists from European Union member states plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.