North Korea opened entry for foreigners for the first time since 2020

Liza Brovko

North Korea is allowing foreigners to enter the country for the first time since closing its borders at the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg writes about this with reference to the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Those who want to visit the DPRK will have to undergo a two-day quarantine.

Before the pandemic, the country was mainly visited by Chinese tourists. They provided North Korea with foreign currency, which it used for foreign transactions (the DPRK is cut off from international banking operations due to sanctions).

With its borders closed for more than three years, North Koreaʼs economy, according to estimates by the Bank of Korea in Seoul, has fallen to a level lower than when Kim Jong-un came to power more than a decade ago.