Four years after the introduction of some of the most stringent border controls in the world, tourists will go to North Korea and spend a few days there. A group of Russians are to relax in Pyongyang and in a ski resort.
A group of tourists from North Korea will go to North Korea next month Russia. According to the Vostok Intur travel agency from Vladivostok, their trip will start on February 9 and will last four days. It will include a visit to the capital, Pyongyang, and a stay at the Masikryong ski resort. Its cost is $750. “In Masikryong you will feel like in a real paradise for winter sports enthusiasts,” it was written in the offer and emphasized that tourists can count on “clean mountain air and wonderful views.”
The authorities of Primorsky Krai, a region in eastern Russia bordering North Korea, said on Telegram that the organization of the trip was agreed in December, during the visit of its governor Oleg Kozhemiko to Korea. According to the North Korean state agency KCNA, he talked with North Korea’s Minister of External Economic Relations Yun Jong Ho about “taking interregional economic cooperation to a higher stage.”
Entry restrictions to North Korea
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic North Korea has introduced some of the strictest controls in the world on its already tightly controlled borders. Previously, multi-day tourist trips were possible, but only in organized form. According to estimates from the NK News portal from Seoul, in 2019, thanks to tourists from ChinaNorth Korea could have earned up to $175 million.
Simon Cockerell, a manager at the Koryo Tours travel agency in Beijing, informed Reuters in an interview that his North Korean partners confirmed that the Russians’ trip would take place under special conditions. – This is a good sign, but given the specific circumstances of this one trip, I would hesitate to say that it will lead to greater opening. – However, since tourists have not rested there for over four years, each tourist trip can be perceived as a positive step forward – he said.
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