The US has issued a ban on Tourist visas for North Korea that prohibits the US nationals from traveling to the nation amidst the death of a US student. The US student Otto Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea during his tourist visit.
The US ban on Tourist visas for North Korea will be effective from September 1, 2017. It has been introduced after the US officials said that there is a serious risk of detention of tourist travelers by officials of Pyongyang. This gives rise to an impending danger to the US citizens’ physical safety, added the US officials.
US ban on Tourist visas for North Korea will remain effective for 12 months unless it is earlier revoked by Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State. There will be an exemption for certain visa applications for humanitarian travel and for the journalists, as quoted by the Indian Express.
The Federal Register of the US government issued a restriction stating that all US passports for travel through, in, or to DPRK are declared void. There must be specific validation for any such travel, added the restriction note.
US President Trump had condemned the detention of Warmbier and subsequent death as totally disgraceful. He also vowed to avert similar tragedies for guiltless individuals from regimes that are disrespectful towards basic human decency and rule of law.
Travel firms said that the US ban on Tourist visas will drastically decrease the percentage of Western travelers to the impoverished North Korea. As of now US travelers constitute 20% of the tourist market of the West and will reduce the business proportionately or even more as others also will be influenced by this development.
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