Foreign Office warns British holidaymakers not to go to North Korea

Published on : Wednesday, August 23, 2017

north koreaOwing to the instability in the region and the unpredictability of the regime in Pyongyang, the Foreign Office has warned its British travellers not to travel to North Korea.



The new advice reads, “Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests in 2016 and 2017; there remains a threat of further missile or nuclear tests, which could lead to further instability in the region.”



FCO said in their statement that  “The situation on the ground in Pyongyang remains calm, but because the security situation could change without warning and with little or no notice of the possible actions of the North Korean authorities, such indicators do not offer the same degree of reassurance to British nationals as would be the case in other countries.”



It also says, “In the event of instability or a worsening of the security situation, the ability of the British Embassy to provide consular assistance could be significantly reduced.”



According to the new government advices, the UK tour operators have to cancel their planned trips to North Korea. It will also work to invalidate the travel insurances except for the ones who are already there.



Only a handful of British travellers visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea each year, almost all of them on organised tours. For those who are already on the tour are thoroughly requested to follow the advices of the group and the local authorities when in North Korea – failing which might serve as a risk and lead to a severe punishment from the local authorities.

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