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Reviewed: 09 April 2013, 11:30 NZDT
Still current at: 20 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in North Korea due to tensions with South Korea and restrictions placed on foreigners. We advise caution.
Relations between North and South Korea are tense, including occasional armed provocations by North Korea. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning so we advise New Zealanders to stay informed of local developments as much as possible.
There are strict laws and regulations in North Korea covering the behaviour and movement of foreigners. Showing disrespect, including in jest, to the country’s leadership or regime is a crime in North Korea. Unauthorised religious or political activity, photography or filming of anything other than tourist sites, unauthorised travel and unwarranted interaction with local nationals may result in your arrest, detention or expulsion. New Zealanders in North Korea are advised to adhere to all local laws and regulations and exercise discretion and caution at all times.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in North Korea should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place. Travellers are advised to carry enough cash to enable travel out of the country should a medical or other emergency arise, as money transfers or other arrangements may not be possible.
Contact details are
Street Address Jeong-Dong Building, Level 8 (West Tower), 15-5 Jung-Dong, Jung-Gu, Seoul 110-784, Republic of Korea
Postal Address KPO Box 2258, Seoul, 110-110, Republic of Korea
Telephone +82 2 3701 7700 Facsimile +82 2 3701 7701
Website New Zealand Embassy Website [external link]
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs
Page last updated: Tuesday, 09 April 2013, 11:45 NZST