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What is North Korea like?

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is the world's most isolated and mysterious country. This gives it irresistible appeal to curious travellers, despite the cautions of some governments against visiting the politically sensitive region.

Around 5,000 western tourists fly to North Korea's capital Pyongyang every year for a unique tourism experience. Independent travel is not permitted, as you must be accompanied by your guide at all times and follow strict rules when touring the city and popular tourist sites such as the North Korea Peace Museum, Mangyongdae Funfair and Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

Which airlines fly to North Korea?

Air Koryo is the only airline that currently services passenger flights in and out of Pyongyang Airport, North Korea's only commercial airport.

To get there from New Zealand, you have to connect with Air Koryo in China. This currently requires 2 stops from Auckland, starting with Hainan Airlines and connecting with Air China, China Southern or Shenzhen Airlines.

From other New Zealand airports, you'll have an extra layover in Auckland or Brisbane first.

How long is the flight to North Korea?

Flights to Pyongyang

Auckland to Pyongyang

1 day 6 hours (2 stops)

Christchurch to Pyongyang

1 day 12 hours (3 stops)

Wellington to Pyongyang

1 day 13 hours (3 stops)

What is the best time to visit North Korea?

North Korea has a temperate climate with cold winters (December to February), warm and wet summers (June to August) and more pleasant springs and autumns in-between.

The most popular event for tourists is the Arirang Mass Games, a gymnastics and artistic festival, that takes place each year in August.

Do I need a visa for North Korea?

Yes. This is usually arranged as part of your tour and will be included in the cost. You'll pick it up when transiting in China, before your final flight to North Korea.

How expensive is North Korea?

All trips to North Korea are package tours, so you'll pay most of the costs up front. A typical 5-day tour including accommodation, main meals, transport and activities starts from around $1500 per person, but you'll need to bring spending money for food, drink and souvenirs.

Although North Korea has its own currency, businesses prefer that you pay in a major international currency such as the euro, US dollar, Chinese yuan or Japanese yen.

Useful tips about North Korea

There are no ATMs or credit card payments in North Korea. Make sure you bring all the currency you'll need.

Check the NZ government's SafeTravel website to check current travel warnings for North Korea before you visit.

Travel in North Korea is generally safe if you follow the rules, but it's useful to know what to do if you have trouble overseas.

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Please note: all information is correct as of April, 2018.

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