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1. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

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I'm looking at visiting North Korea from China for 4-7 days in April 2007.
Any info on visa requirements, best transport (train from China?) etc would be greatly appreciated.

Anthony

2. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

um... are you even allowed to travel to north korea?

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

You can, but they only allow a very small number into the country at any one time and, being as paranoid as Klingons, they watch your every move.
I always wanted to be on some version of BIG BROTHER, and this is the ultimate!!!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

There is no such thing as independent travel.

Basically, you are only allowed to go for a specific amount of time on a guided tour. You stay where they tell tyou, you see what they want you to see.

Beijing is essentially teh only place where you can get a tour from, although it is still theoretically possible to book them and travel from Vladivostock as well. It's much harder for Americans than others, and impossible for South Koreans (baring at the - I think hyundai - backed resort near the border on the east coast which is cut off from the rest of teh country anyway).

You need to have booked your tour well in advance, and also be aware that things change. Sometimes they will cancel your trip for no apparent reason at short notice, or change the dates as well.

You can't (or couldn't) get your visa without having a tour ready booked, and it gets done via the agent and Embassy in Beijing. There are 3 or 4 agents very used to (trying) to arrange these tours, so do some google searches to find them. And they aren't cheap, but it's your only (legal) option. The visa itself has alweays been a seperate leaflet to your passport, and they take it away from you when you leave the country, so if you want a souvenir, make sure you take copies before you leave Beijing.

You can go by train or plane, with most tours using the latter, which is a couple of carriages on a night train going elsewhere in NE China

5. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Thanks a lot Gelli.
That is a great help.
Am on the case.