August 17, 2022

Tours to truce village on North Korean border to resume after COVID suspension

UN Command has repeatedly halted educational visits to Joint Security Area during pandemic, including since January

Tours to the Joint Security Area (JSA) along the inter-Korean border will soon resume after a monthslong suspension due to the spread of COVID-19, Seoul’s unification ministry announced Thursday.

The U.N. Command (UNC) has repeatedly stopped and started tours to the truce village where North and South Korean soldiers stand face to face since the first suspension in Dec. 2020, when it cited “concern for the ROK public” and the need “to protect the force from the potential spread of COVID-19.” Most recently, JSA tours have been on hold since Jan. 2022.