Application forms
Visa details

We usually require a minimum of 4 weeks to arrange a visa for the DPRK, this can be shortened a little if you are resident in China but please apply for tours as early as possible to be sure of getting your application in on time.

Please note, visiting DPRK (North Korea) is not a straightforward process. If Koryo Tours cannot arrange visas or for whatever reason it is not possible to travel to DPRK at the specified (or you cannot make rescheduled dates) a full refund will be made.

You will require a double entry Chinese visa. It is possible for the Chinese Embassy in DPRK to issue a tourist re-entry visa if you are having difficulty obtaining one. You will need a minimum of 6 months validity in your passport for this and printed confirmation of all your China hotel bookings and flights etc. Please contact us for further details.

Documents required for DPRK visa

1) Please fill out the online form. All fields are required for the visa application so please do not put N/A for anything. If you have any queries regarding how to fill out the form then please contact us.

2) Please send us by email or by post a copy of the photo page of your passport

3) Please also send a passport photo either as JPEG or PDF - please don't send one larger than 100KB.


Once we have confirmed you have been accepted to visit DPRK you will have to visit the DPRK Embassy in your country or we will apply on your behalf in Beijing.

If you are picking up your visa in Beijing we will meet you at our office and pick up your visa on your behalf using the passport copy and photo that you sent us.

If you are picking up your visa at the DPRK Embassy in your home country you will need to fill in the DPRK VISA FORM please print and complete. You can visit the Embassy to process the visa or you can post (make sure to include return recorded postage and SAE) You will need your passport, two colour standard size passport photographs (good quality and approximately 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) and visa fee. If you are picking up your visa in your home country you MUST be available to pick it up from there - if you are leaving the country early we need to be told before we apply for your visa - in this case we may get it issued early or in Beijing.

Payment details

A deposit of 50% of total cost of your tour should be made on booking with the other half due in euro cash (or travellers cheque) prior to departure to DPRK. Payment of deposit can be made in cash or euro money transfer. Please contact us for details.

CANCELLATION For our full cancellation policy please see here. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before applying.

Important information on Visas, Itinerary, Insurance

VISAS We cannot guarantee we can get you a visa or that the tour will not be cancelled; however our contacts in the DPRK give us priority and the best opportunity of visiting this remarkable country. Please be warned that we cannot confirm visa issue until it has been stamped by the DPRK consul in Beijing a few days before your departure. If for any reason we cannot get you a visa Koryo Tours cannot be held liable for the travel and hardship expenses incurred in getting to Beijing.

ITINERARY Koryo Tours will do their best to ensure the itinerary is similar to the one we advertise however if on arrival it changes we cannot be held responsible. Even in the case where we promote 'special occasions' such as Mass Games we cannot guarantee access to the event. We advertise and promote our tours according to the advice given by the Korean International Travel Company and their decision is final. We cannot offer refunds for tours once you are in the DPRK. Once a steam tour was booked for 30 tourists from a Dutch company - they were issued visas but when they arrived in DPRK they were told that it was not possible to see any steam trains. It has to be understood that situations such as this can arise. If this is not acceptable we would advise you not to visit.

INSURANCE We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property and in particular any consequence or effects of flight/train cancellation/delay, robbery, sickness, Government intervention or other such happenings. You are advised to insure yourself against any possible risk that may occur and in particular to ensure that sufficient insurance has been obtained in respect of any dependant relatives. It is your responsibility to be covered by insurance which must include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become too ill to continue. Any claims must be directed to your insurers. We will require you to sign a form stating that you have adequate insurance coverage and that Koryo Group will not be held liable for any medical expenses you may incur. If you have a medical condition which may affect your health or safety in North Korea you must inform us before visa application.


NOTE: On meeting with us at Koryo Tours' office in Beijing we will require you to sign a form stating that you are not a journalist and that you will not publish anything about your trip. We are sorry to have to insist upon this but at the present time journalists are not permitted to enter the DPRK, if you are a journalist and are interested in travelling to the DPRK then please let us know and we will be sure to let you know of any future opportunities.
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