September 25, 2023

North Korea adopts law to ‘revitalize’ tourism after years of border closures

Tour operators view law as ‘positive sign’ for foreign visitors’ return, but are uncertain how it will work in practice

North Korea adopted a new law on “revitalizing” and “expanding” the tourism industry on Wednesday, in a sign that the country may be gearing up to allow in foreign tourists after over three years of pandemic border closures.

In a plenary meeting chaired by Choe Ryong Hae, the senior leadership of North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament also passed new laws on elections, state commendations for those who perform “distinguished feats,” production labor, prosecution bodies and the circulation of commodities, state media reported Thursday.