Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

US passport holders who would like to travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK must have a passport that is valid and a DPRK visa. The United States has no consular or diplomatic interaction with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. More recognized as North Korea, the DPRK has no consulates or embassies located in the United States. In order for US passport holders to get a North Korean visa, they must apply for it at the DPRK Embassy in Beijing, China. Since China is a main entry point into North Korea, they must also get a Chinese visa, which they will also need in order to be allowed to leave North Korea.

US passport holders should in no way attempt to travel to North Korea if they have no DPRK visa. They will not be allowed to enter the territory and can be arrested and put into jail. They will most likely be asked to pay a fine.

When in North Korea, all travelers are required to have tour guides. Traveling without a tour guide will make authorities very suspicious, and think that these travelers may be spies. Visitors must also be very careful of their actions and opinions regarding the DPRK’s leaders, previous and present. They should also ask for permission before taking pictures of people or locations.

Chinese visa requirements

  1. Valid US passport (6 months validity and at least 1 blank page)
  2. Fully accomplished visa application form
    1. visa application form A –
    2. visa application form B (supplementary) –
  3. 1 passport sized color photograph (recent, attached to application form using glue or staple)
  4. Application fee of $140.00

Important reminders

  • Visa applications can only be submitted in person or through a representative. Applications sent by mail will not be accepted and will be sent back to the applicant.
  • Applications may be submitted either in The Chinese Embassy or in any of its consulates depending on the area of residence of the applicant.

    The Visa Office of the Chinese Embassy

    Suite 110
    2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC
    Telephone: (202)337-1956
    Fax: (202) 588-9760
    Jurisdiction: Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

    Chinese Consulate in New York

    520 12th Avenue
    New York, NY
    Telephone: (212) 244-9456
    Fax: (212) 465-1708
    Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

    Chinese Consulate in Chicago, Visa Office
    1 East Erie Street, Suite 500
    Chicago, IL
    Telephone: (312) 453-0210
    Fax: (312) 453-0211
    Jurisdiction: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

    Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, Visa Office

    1450 Laguna Street
    San Francisco, CA
    Telephone: (415) 674-2940
    Fax: (415) 563-4861
    Jurisdiction: Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

    Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, Visa Office

    3rd Floor, 500 Shatto Place
    Los Angeles, CA
    Telephone: (213) 807-8006
    Fax: (213) 380-0372
    Jurisdiction: Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Pacific Islands

    Chinese Consulate in Houston, Visa Office

    3417 Montrose Boulevard
    Houston, TX
    Telephone: (713) 521-7459 / 521-9589
    Fax: (713) 521-0237
    Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

  • Visa processing normally takes 4 working days. There is a 2-3 day visa express service for $20.00. A 1 day visa rush service is also available for $30.00
  • Fees can be paid by credit card (Visa, Master). If using cashier’s check, company check or money order, it should be made payable to the Chinese Embassy or to respective Consulate.
  • Approved visas may be claimed by the applicants or by any representative bearing the official receipt.
  • It would be a good idea to get in touch with the DPRK Embassy in Beijing if they have the approved North Korean visa before travelling to China. The DPRK Embassy contact details are:

    The Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Beijing

    No. 11, Ritan Bei Lu,
    Jianguomen Wai,
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing, China 100600
    Telephone: (86-10) 65312-1186 / 6532-6639 (Visa Office)
    Fax: (86-10) 6532-6056

  • For further information regarding travel to North Korea, interested parties may get in touch with the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York

    The Permanent Representative of the Democratic

    People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations
    820 Second Avenue
    New York, NY
    Telephone: (212) 972-3105
    Fax: (212) 972-3154

  • US citizens in North Korea can register and get assistance if the need arises from the Embassy of Sweden in North Korea, which acts as the USA’s protecting power in DPRK.

    Embassy of Sweden

    Munsu-dong, Daehak Street
    Taedonggang District
    Pyongyang, DPRK
    Telephone: (850-2) 3817 485 (reception)
    (850-2) 3817 904 / (850-2) 3817 907 (First Secretary)
    (850-2) 3817 908 / (850-2) 3817 905 (Ambassador)
    Fax: (850-2) 3817 663

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