entry and exit from North Korea



 

 

1. Air Koryo Flight Schedule

 
The new capital airport Pyongyang Sunan (FNJ), completed in 2015, is home to the state-owned North Korean airline Air Koryo, which serves a large part of international scheduled flights to and from North Korea. On this page you will find an overview of all flight connections from Air Koryo.
 
North Korean airline Air Koryo uses Terminal 2 of the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). We strongly recommend that you arrive for check-in at Terminal 2 at least two hours before your flight to Pyongyang as the check-in procedure may take some time. For all our open group tours, entry to North Korea by air is compulsory. If you have registered with us as a private traveler, you also have the option of arriving in North Korea by train. As a private traveler, please allow sufficient time if you are planning to only stop over at Beijing airport before continuing to North Korea. Remember you will have to collect your baggage and check it in again for the Pyongyang flight. Feeder flights might be delayed and thus we strongly recommend an overnight stay in Beijing as a buffer. Otherwise, make sure to arrive early enough at the Air Koryo check-in counter. We recommend a minimum of 4 to 6 hours’ buffer time between flights.
 

Arriving by Air Koryo

 

day flight route flight number departure* arrival*
Monday [PEK] Beijing (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea)** JS152 12:00 PM 02:30 PM
[VVO] Vladivostok (Russia) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS272 12:20 PM 12:30 PM
Thuesday [PEK] Beijing (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS152 01:05 PM 03:35 PM
Wednesday [SHE] Shenyang (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS156 01:55 PM 03:30 PM
Thursday [PEK] Beijing (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS252 02:00 PM 04:30 PM
Friday [PEK] Beijing (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea)** JS152 12:00 PM 02:30 PM
[VVO] Vladivostok (Russia) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS272 12:20 PM 12:30 PM
Saturday [PEK] Beijing (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS152 01:05 PM 03:35 PM
[SHE] Shenyang (China) – [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) JS156 01:55 PM 03:30 PM
Sunday

 

Departing by Air Koryo

 

day flight route flight number departure* arrival*
Monday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [PEK] Beijing (China)** JS152 08:30 AM 10:00 AM
[FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [VVO] Vladivostok (Russia) JS272 08:00 AM 11:00 AM
Thuesday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [PEK] Beijing (China) JS152 08:20 AM 09:50 AM
Wednesday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [SHE] Shenyang (China) JS156 11:20 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [PEK] Beijing (China) JS252 10:00 AM 11:35 AM
Friday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [PEK] Beijing (China)** JS152 08:30 AM 10:00 AM
[FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [VVO] Vladivostok (Russia) JS272 08:00 AM 11:00 AM
Saturday [FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [PEK] Beijing (China) JS152 08:20 AM 09:50 AM
[FNJ] Pyongyang (North Korea) – [SHE] Shenyang (China) JS156 11:20 AM 03:30 PM
Sunday

* local time, flight times can change on short notice.
** Between October and April, Air Koryo’s Monday flights do not operate. Friday flights do not operate between October and July. If you want to plan a private tour during this period and fly with Air Koryo, we recommend you to take the flights on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
 

Air Koryo Business-Class-Upgrade

EUR 400 (Surcharge for oneway flight), EUR 300 (Surcharge for a return flight).
 


 

2. Train schedule

 
Private travelers have the option of entering and/or leaving North Korea by train from/to Beijing or Dandong. Train tickets for the train to North Korea can be handed over only in China. A Chinese courier service will ensure delivery of necessary documents to your hotel on the day before your departure. It is compulsory that you include at least one night’s accommodation at the departure point of the train in Beijing or Dandong. As security checks at the train stations are similar to those at airports, we recommend you arrive at least 60 minutes prior to the official departure time of your train at the respective station. On this page you will find an overview of all train connections, which are available for private travelers on the respective days.
 
There is also a possibility of entering or leaving Russia by train from North Korea. The most extraordinary form, to entry or exit is certainly from Moscow via Trans-Siberian railway directly to Pyongyang. This is the longest continuous rail link in the world. For the nearly 10,000 km, the train takes about 9 days, according to the timetable. For more information and prices please contact us via our contact form.
 

Arrive by train in Pyongyang

 

day train route train number departure arrival
Monday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Beijing Railway Station (China) – Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train K27 05:25 PM 05:45 PM(+1 day)
Thuesday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Wednesday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Beijing Railway Station (China) – Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train K27 05:25 PM 05:45 PM (+1 day)
Thuersday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Beijing Railway Station (China) – Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train K27 05:25 PM 05:45 PM (+1 day)
Friday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Saturday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM
Beijing Railway Station (China) – Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train K27 05:25 PM 05:45 PM (+1 day)
Sunday Dandong Railway Station (China)– Pyongyang Station (North Korea) Train No. 51 09:35 AM 05:45 PM

 

Depart from Pyongyang by train

 

day train route train number departure arrival
Monday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Beijing Railway Station (China) Train K28 10:40 AM 08:23 AM (+1 Day)
Thuesday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Wednesday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Beijing Railway Station (China) Train K28 10:40 AM 08:23 AM (+1 Day)
Thuersday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Beijing Railway Station (China) Train K28 10:40 AM 08:23 AM (+1 Day)
Friday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Saturday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM
Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Beijing Railway Station (China) Train K28 10:40 AM 08:23 AM (+1 Day)
Sunday Pyongyang Station (North Korea) – Dandong Railway Station (China) Train No. 52 10:40 AM 04:23 PM

 

 


 

3. Visa information

 
Any tourist travelling to North Korea requires a North Korean visa. Contrary to popular belief, applying for, and issuing a visa to, North Korea is not that difficult but rather just a formality. Tourism is actively supported by the government, which makes it quite easy for tourists to get a visa in comparison to many other travel destinations. Only journalists, South Korean and US citizens (who are banned to travel to North Korea by their home country) are excluded from receiving a North Korean visa.
 

How to get a North Korean visa

 
Visas for travel to North Korea are generally issued at all North Korean embassies. Here you will find a list of all locations around the world. There are two options for issuing and obtaining a visa:
 

1) North Korea Visa issuance at a local embassy.

 
In order to apply for a visa directly through the embassy, you will need confirmation of an existing travel application, which we happily provide for you. The visa fee usually comes to the equivalent of 40 to 60 euros, and is to be paid at the respective consulate. Please enquire in advance what the processing time is at your location. For instance, processing a visa at the North Korean embassy in Berlin, Germany, takes anything between one and three weeks – in urgent cases this may be handled in a shorter time.
 
If you would like to take advantage of procurement service, your physical passport is required for a period of two to four weeks after successful travel registration in order to complete the visa formalities with the North Korean consulate. We recommend that you mail your documents (passport, passport-sized photo and completed visa form) by registered mail. You can download the visa application form from here. Your passport will be returned by registered mail to you.
 

Visa Application Form

VISA APPLICATION FORM FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

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North Korean embassies

LIST OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS OF NORTH KOREA

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2) North Korea Visa issuance in Beijing on the day before entry.

 
In addition to obtaining your North Korea visa in advance, either through a procurment service or on your own via a North Korean consulate, you may also pick up your visa in Beijing. A Chinese courier service will deliver your visa to your hotel on the day before leaving for North Korea. To do so, it is required that you plan to stay at least one night in Beijing. Your visa will be issued on a separate slip of paper to be carried in your passport, rather than the visa being stamped into your passport. If you choose this option, our agency will not require your physical passport. All which is needed is a scan of the photo page of your passport along with a digital passport-sized photo against white background. This option of obtaining your visa comes in handy when you are travelling abroad already and hence your passport becomes indispensable.
 

Do I need a visa for China?

 
Travelers arriving in, or departing from, North Korea by train require a doubly-entry visa for the People’s Republic of China. It takes about one week to process that visa. We recommend you apply for your China visa approximately 5 to 6 weeks before your scheduled arrival in North Korea. Please visit www.visaforchina.org for further information on visa applications.
 
Travelers arriving in, or departing from, North Korea by plane may take advantage of the 144-hour visa-free transit in Beijing as an alternative to applying for a visa. This programme allows air passengers from 53 countries (including most European countries) to transit and stay for up to 144 hours (6 days) in Beijing without a visa. You only need to be in possession of a confirmed onward ticket to a third country. Your onward flight must be within 144 hours of your arrival in China. This programme applies exclusively to air passengers and requires the arrival and departure from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). You may of course leave the airport transit area and move freely within the administrative area of Beijing (an area roughly the size of Belgium, much larger than the city of Beijing itself).
 
Please note that we cannot accept any responsibility for the information provided. We recommend that our customers check the conditions directly as changes to the programme may apply. Of course, you can also contact us directly via the contact form with your questions about the 144-hour transit programme and the double-entry visa. However, it is the sole responsibility of each customer to ensure that they meet the requirements for entering China.
 

visa for china

CHINESE VISA APPLICATION SERVICE CENTER

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144-hour information

144-HOUR TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA

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