Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee

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    Does World Nomads insurance cover travel in North Korea?

    Hello, Andrea from Uri Tours, an American provider of North Korea tours. With respect to travel insurance, you should also ask if there would be any problems with a direct payout to the DPRK institution should you need to be covered for in country medical expenses (as an example). Some insurance providers will not pay out a DPRK institution directly due to sanctions and other political implications. But will rather offer a reimbursement to you for the payments. You can work with your tour provider to sort out the logistics. Alternatively, there are Chinese ins. policies that cover DPRK travel and may have different payout policies. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can find more info on travel to North Korea and medical coverage here: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_988.html For other questions on traveling to North Korea: http://uritours.com/dprk almost 6 years ago

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    Is North Korea a cruel place to visit?

    Hello, it is very possible to visit North Korea as a tourist. In fact, about 4-5,000 western tourists visit the country every year. It's not difficult to obtain a tourist visa, but you will need to go through an authorized travel agent. There are a handful of agencies in the world that offer North Korea tours. It's a safe place to visit, so long as you follow the rules of the tour. You are correct that Korean guides follow you throughout the tour, which admittedly can be a bit suffocating for those who are not used to this kind of travel. But you'll find the guides to be friendly and knowledgeable, and your liaison to the country. There are always ethical concerns when visiting a country like this, but I think tourism is a great way tool for informal diplomacy and to experience the country for yourself. It also supports local economy in ways that we don't often hear about. In full disclosure, we're one of the only American providers of North Korea tours (http://uritours.com/) based in the NYC area. We offer tours all-year round and anyone is welcome to join our tours except for South Korean passport holders and journalists, latter needing special permission. almost 6 years ago