April 24, 2024

Rumors swirl that North Korea preparing to allow people to enter country

Six informed sources tell NK News they’ve heard of changes to border controls, though some aid workers remain skeptical

Rumors are swirling that North Korea is preparing to make bold changes to its strict COVID-19 border controls, multiple informed sources have told NK News, including the possibility that both DPRK citizens and foreigners will soon be able to enter the country for the first time since early 2020.

Six sources said they’d specifically heard of changes to border controls that would allow people to enter later this year, after the country declared “victory” over its COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month. Another source reported that DPRK diplomats abroad have made preparations to leave their posts, possibly to return home. 

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.