All tourists who want to travel to North Korea need a visa. Obtaining a visa is usually not connected to a lot of formalities and a long application process. Tourism is actively supported by the DPRK government. Only journalists, professional photographers and South Korean citizens are not allowed to travel to North Korea.
All visa applications are handled and processed to the embassies by Pyongyang Travel. We work closely together with the North Korean embassies in Berlin and Beijing, but can arrange your visa to be issued at any DPRK embassy or consulate. Here is a list of all DPRK diplomatic missions around the globe. The cost for a North Korean visa varies from embassy to embassy between EUR 40 and EUR 60. The visa fee is payable at the embassy. Please ask us in advance which processing time is common at the visa issuance location of your choice. The North Korean Embassy in Berlin regularly processes visas within 2 to 4 weeks, in urgent cases even faster.
If you cannot pick up your visa by yourself, we can offer you our visa service. This means that after receiving your passport, we will arrange your visa to be issued and posted back to your address by registered mail. After your successful registration of your trip we need your passport (and the visa form which you can download here and which we will also send to you by email) within 2 to 4 weeks. We recommend sending it by registered mail. Please a coloured passport photo to your visa form and send it to us along with your passport. The fee for the visa service is EUR 100 and also includes the DPRK visa fee.
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Travellers entering or exiting North Korea via China usually need a double or multiple entry Chinese tourist visa. The processing time for the Chinese visa varies from embassy to embassy, but usually takes around a week. The Chinese visa should be applied for around 5-6 weeks before the start of the tour to North Korea. For more information about Chinese visas please check www.visaforchina.org
However, as of the beginning of 2013, the city of Beijing offers 72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country visas and transit at Beijing: “Foreign visitors, who hold passports issued by the countries on the 72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy List and stay in Beijing for transit for up to 72 hours, could apply for a visa-free transit stay in China at the immigration inspection authority at Beijing Capital International Airport. This policy is only applicable for foreign visitors who enter into, stay in and leave from Beijing.” According to the regulations of Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, foreign visitors who meet ALL the following requirements could apply for the visa-free transit:
72-hour Visa-free Transit Policy is valid for passport holders from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar
Check possible policy changes directly here and read Beijing Capital Airport’s FAQ on the visa-free-policy. Of course, you can contact us for any clarification. As it is the customers’ responsibility to ensure they comply with the policy’s requirements, we cannot be held responsible for any matters in connection with this. Customers are advised to review the conditions also due to possible rule changes.