North Korea Travel Ban

President Trump Issues Travel Ban for North Korea

Michael Kennedy, Copy Editor

Friday September, 1st 2017, President Trump’s administration issued a travel ban on North Korea. Everyone who was a U.S. citizen working in North Korea will have to put a pause on their work. Pulling the U.S. citizens out of North Korea can impact the North Korean’s because some depend on their health centers.

The ban was brought up, after the death of a 22-year-old U.S. citizen that was imprisoned in North Korea, for 17 months. The U.S. secured his release in June, but during his first 3 days home, he died. There are still three American citizens still being held captive.

In order to travel to North Korea, you must be a Journalist, American Red Cross, or International Committee of the Red Cross Employees. The only way to travel to the country is if a U.S. citizen meets these requirements. They can apply for a waiver, but the waiver is only valid for one trip to the country.

As of Thursday, August 31, 2017, “school officials still had not received any guidance from the U.S. government as to how to apply for exemptions” (

Many travel companies will not serve people with an American passport or even allow them to apply to travel to North Korea. 800 to 1,250 Americans visit North Korea each year.

Many people are engaged in North Korea to help solve the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. “This is probably the most dangerous real estate in the world, and the most dangerous government in the world,” said Graham.