Speculations on the health of dictator Kim Jong Un make travelers curious about North Korea. If there is a chance to go to North Korea, here are eight points that need to be considered. North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has reportedly been sick and has died since April 12. In fact, a replacement has been speculated. In the process, Kim Jong Un gave a signal that he was OK through the official release of a letter to the President of South Africa (South Africa) Cyril Ramaphosa on April 27. Confusing news about Kim Jong-Un’s health condition which is rife in international media makes travelers curious. Including, about North Korea travel.
North Korea’s Political Situation
North Korea is a communist country, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you get strict supervision from the authorities, including conversations. Hotel rooms, telephones, and fax machines can be monitored, as can personal items in hotel rooms. North Korea is a closed society with few. There is also minimal information available on internal political developments. Although access to international satellite TV channels is available in hotels used by foreigners, such access is severely restricted.
Tourism in North Korea
North Korea is a country with total obedience to the state. There is no question of the rules in North Korea and travelers are obliged to abide by them. So, traveling in North Korea will be a different experience for a traveler. A traveler can only enter North Korea with a travel agent. So, there will be no opportunity for solo traveling. In fact, a traveler cannot leave the hotel or travel by public transportation without a guide.
A number of tourist attractions that are usually scheduled by North Korean tour guides are the Juche Tower which is a symbol of the Juche political ideology introduced by Kim Il-sung, then the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Victorious War Museum, the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone), and The State Circus. and the Arc of Thriumph.
The Tourist Quota applies
North Korea imposes restrictions on tourist quotas, even some countries are not allowed to enter the country. One of them, a citizen of South Korea. Meanwhile, tourists from Israel, America, Britain and Japan find it difficult to penetrate North Korea. In January 2010, North Korea lifted restrictions on American citizens. However, special validation is needed to travel to North Korea from the State Department.
When arriving in North Korea, a tour guide will ask for a traveler’s passport and keep it for security reasons. In addition, DPRK border officials randomly confiscated the visitor’s cellphone. The traveler will not have access to anyone or anything that is not part of your official tour. Travelers also cannot chat freely with local residents.
Tours for tourists are organized in such a way as to visit only official sites, shop at approved stores, and speak only to authorized guides. Don’t break the tour rules; doing so would put the guide at risk. If violated, the traveler could face imprisonment and even torture, because he was considered a spy. Do what the guide says, compliment every stop on your tour, and remember the rule, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”
Respect the Leader
At some tourist spots, groups of tourists are asked to respect the statue of Kim Il Sung. Disrespecting the leader or former leader of that country would be considered a criminal offense. People who break North Korean laws can be arrested or jailed.
Any illegal activity can and will be seen as an attempt of espionage. This includes any attempt to speak to North Korean citizens. Do not shoot unless permitted. North Korean government authorities can view taking photos without permission as spying. They can confiscate cameras and film, even detain photographers. Photographing scenes of poverty or other things that could create a negative impression on the DPRK could also result in confiscation. You must ask permission before taking photos in North Korea, including officials, soldiers, or anyone else.
Crime in North Korea
A traveler can be said to be safe while in North Korea because visits are closely monitored. The crimes involved include petty theft, particularly at Pyongyang Airport and in public markets. Tourists are asked to remain careful and aware of the environment and ensure personal belongings are safe.
Health in North Korea
Tourist arrivals are closely monitored so there should be no real risk to a traveler’s health while in North Korea. However, malaria is the biggest risk. Air-borne or diseases that spread through the air, through food, and other infectious diseases (including tuberculosis, typhoid, hepatitis, measles, cholera and rabies) are said to be potential diseases that can be experienced by travelers. But, once again, traveler’s food is tightly controlled. Travelers also do not have access to purchase street food. Apart from the list of diseases above, a traveler also needs to be aware of hand, foot and mouth disease. Travelers are advised to undergo Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines before going to North Korea.