TRAVEL BAN: USA To Ban Americans Visiting North Korea

TRAVEL BAN: USA To Ban Americans Visiting North Korea

USA is to ban its citizen from travelling to North Korea. The ban will be announced on 27th July and will come into effect 30 days afterwards, according to tour groups that operate in North Korea. US officials have confirmed there will be a ban but have currently not stated a date.

Official have linked the death of Otto Warmbier to the travel ban. Otto Warmbier was an American student who was arrested in 2016 for allegedly trying to steal propaganda signs. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, however he was returned to the US in June only to die a week later.

The tour companies, Young Pioneer Tours and Koryo Tours, were informed of the ban by the Swedish embassy. In a statement from Young Pioneer Tours read

“It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27th.

“After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.”

The 30 day grace period is to allow current tourist and humanitarian workers time to go back to the US.

Koryo Tours still plans on conducting tours and taking American until the ban, however Young Pioneers Tour have ceased tours.

This has been expected for a while. I think this is the best course of action that the US can take. The citizen are under constant threat while in North Korea, there’s no knowing what bogus lie will get them thrown into prison. North Korea uses US citizens like pawns in negotiations, they’re willing to play dirty to get what they want.  As of right now, there are currently three US citizens that are in North Korea’s custody.

  • Kim Dong-chul, a 62-year-old naturalised US citizen born in South Korea, who was sentenced to 10 years of hard labour in April 2016 for spying
  • Korean-American professor Kim Sang-duk (or Tony Kim) who was detained in April 2017. The reasons for his arrest are not yet clear
  • Kim Hak-song, like Kim Sang-duk, worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was detained in May 2017 on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state

I suggest American citizens get out of North Korea as fast as they can.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    Did you copy pasta this Nora? It’s full of weird engrish and comes across like a machine translation. Two things though:

    1 I don’t care for my government telling me I’m not allowed to go to some other country, if some other country doesn’t want to let me in that’s fine but my government shouldn’t be telling me what other countries I’m consensually allowed or not allowed to hang out in.

    2 That being said nobody should be traveling to North Korea, it’s a grimdark totalitarian nightmare that loves to take outsiders who travel into it hostage and then ransom or murder them. Anyone who voluntarily goes there is too stupid to live and there still wont be any way for the State Department to stop such idiots from traveling to China and then just crossing over from there.

    • Celerity

      Now if only there was a ban on people making other nations like North Korea.

    • Danlantic

      I spotted only one error and it was an indecision between a citizen and its citizens coming out as “its citizen”. Or maybe it was a typo, forgetting to hit the “s” hard enough.

    • This is me trying to get something out ten minutes before I have to leave for work lol.

  • Toastrider

    People have to be told not to go to North Korea?

    Even after what happened to that one poor schmuck who came back in a coma and then died?

    Y’know, this falls under the natural selection rule. If you’re that fucking rock stupid, I don’t see any point in protecting you from your idiocy.

  • Dave The Sandman

    I see both good and bad here Nora
    A government should never be allowed to dictate the free movement of it own citizens. It can say “Well if you go there you are on your own mate…” but it should never say “You cant go there”. Freedom is freedom, and free movement is something we western developed countries consider essential.
    Then there is the governments side: The US does not want to allow NK to gather itself a little gaggle of idiots to use a human shields or bargaining chips, and allowing free movement between US and NK inevitably ends up with idiots going there, because no matter how hard you try to tell people its a fucking stupid idea to go to a country which is a sworn enemy there is always some yahoo who thinks it will be a laugh.
    Freedom is freedom at the end of the day. The US looks a bit hypocritical trumpeting the freedom fanfare while acting like the old red USSR.

  • Emil Åslund

    Isn’t this a given?