September 30, 2023

US extends ban on citizens’ travel to North Korea for seventh year

State Department cites ‘serious risk’ to Americans, but critics say decision hinders humanitarian work, tourism industry

The U.S. has extended a ban on American citizens entering North Korea for a seventh consecutive year, the State Department announced Tuesday.

The ban prevents U.S. passport holders from traveling “to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel.” The one-year renewal will go into effect on Sept. 1.