The Trump administration is expected to announce a ban on citizens traveling to North Korea next week. The ban would go into effect 30 days later.
The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there.
…They were informed by the Swedish embassy, which conducts US affairs in the country.
The US has not yet confirmed the ban but there has been momentum, given the worsening ties and the death of jailed American student Otto Warmbier.
Reportedly the Secretary of State “decided to implement a ‘geographical travel restriction’ for North Korea, meaning the use of US passports to enter would be illegal.”
While recent incidents would naturally give many Americans pause about visiting North Korea, I’m not sure what banning travel to the country does to alter the regime’s behavior. And this was reportedly something the administration wanted to do “even before Otto Warmbier died” so that’s arguably just pretext.
It’s estimated that 1000 Americans visit North Korea each year, double the number of a decade ago. Already citizens were strongly warned of the risks of travel to North Korea.
We’d be at least as effective supporting challenge to the regime through the subversive power of dance.
Avoiding flying on North Korea’s state airline though could be advisable in its own right. I call Pakistan International Airlines “the world’s worst airline” but that’s only because I have some threshold for global reach. PIA flies to North America. Air Koryo doesn’t but Air Koryo could make a reasonable play for truly being the world’s worst.
Air Koryo Tupolev TU-204 Approaching Beijing, copyright boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo
For a communist country that is supposed to be classless, it’s ironic that Air Koryo offers two classes of service. And of course Kim Jong Un flies privatee.
Their new domestic terminal in Pyongyang is absolute perfection, built in harmony with modern aesthetic taste and national character.
It’s worth noting just how much freedom people have in Pyongyang. Those permitted to travel to the airport, and with enough resources to actually do so, do not have to go through a nude-o-scope.
The terminal features upscale dining and
non-consumerist retail consistent with communist principles shops.