North Korea

Entry virtually impossible or very difficult. COVID test result is not required.
Quarantine required.

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What is the COVID situation in North Korea?

0 New COVID cases in North Korea
0 New COVID deaths in North Korea
% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on May 23, 2022

Data last reviewed on: 16 September 2021

Basic facts about North Korea

North Korea is a small country located in Eastern Asia. The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang and the most spoken language is Korean. The national currency in North Korea is North Korean won (KPW).

What taxi apps are available in North Korea?

Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in North Korea. However, there may be also other local taxi apps available there.

Practical information

North Korean won (KPW)Official currency
1 EUR~951.32 KPW
1 USD~900 KPW

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks:, Revolut, N26 or Monose

What socket types are used in North Korea?

There are 3 common plug types used in North Korea:

Type A 220 V, 110 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz  Type C 220 V, 110 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz  Type F 220 V, 110 V, 50 Hz, 60 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter North Korea?

What are visa requirements to enter North Korea?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter North Korea.

Data last reviewed on: 16 September 2021

Is it safe in North Korea?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On April 18, 2022, the risk level for North Korea was changed to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Emergency phones in North Korea

119 Police
119 Ambulance
119 Fire police

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of North Korea:

ChinaSouth KoreaRussian Federation
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