Travel Advice for Korea (DPRK) The Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) The Democratic People's Republic of
Capital: Pyongyang

Time Zone GMT + 9
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 850
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available (but is a sparse network)
Outgoing Code: Calls go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present
Tourist
Information
National Directorate of Tourism, Central District, Pyongyang DPR, Korea.
Tel: (2) 381 7201 Fax: (2) 381 7607.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all. NOTE: Tourism in North Korea is currently permitted only in officially organised groups of 10 persons only.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : No reports of malaria.
Yellow Fever: No reports of yellow fever.
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Won (NKW) = 100 jon.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Credit cards and Travellers cheques are not accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Mismanagement of the economy and the loss of several valuable trading partners has resulted in a shortage of commodities and an increase in prices.
Languages Korean.
Weather Hottest: July - Aug which is also the raining season. Dec - Jan is the coldest time. Spring and Autumn are usually dry and mild
Electricity 110/220 Volts AC 60 Hz.
Post Approximately 10 days. Outside the capital services are slow and unlimited.
Transport ROAD: Quality is good.
RAIL: Extensive rail network
Special
Information
Independent travel is prohibited, however there are official tours available, via Regent Holidays, UK. Concessions are made for specific business trips. There is no UK representation, in extreme emergencies British citizens may be able to approach the Swedish Embassy or German presence in Pyongyang.