The first question you'll probably get when you tell your friends and family that you're considering a trip to North Korea is: "Why?" North Korea infamous for imprisoning political dissidents under a dictator's rule. Some people question the ethics of the tourism industry in North Korea, citing concern that money spent there could contribute to nuclear proliferation.

However, countless other people are driven to experience the world's most isolated locations first-hand. Like visiting Chernobyl or hiking Mount Everest, a trip to North Korea isn't for everyone. For others, though, it's worth almost any risk.


01Get Permission

Starting in September 2017, the United States State Department declared that only journalists and humanitarian workers will receive visas for North Korea. In very rare cases, this rule can be waived. If you're from the United States, your best chance at getting into North Korea as a tourist is to reach out to a travel agent who specializes in North Korea travel.

Panoramic aerial view of Pyongyang, capital of North Korea narvikk / Getty Imagees