The reclusive, mysterious, insular nature of a country virtually unsullied by the effects of Western globalization that includes McDonald’s, Ikea and Justin Bieber are what excite you about this country. You are perhaps a news junkie, a voracious reader of current affairs or put the country on your bucket list after taking a course in Asian studies in university as a breadth requirement. Before you decide to “hop on over” on your way into or out of China, remember that without the right papers, you could be denied entry, detained, arrested or fined.
Given there is no embassy or consulate in Canada, visas are issued from a DPRK mission in a third country after approval from the government in Pyongyang — a long, slow and “arduous” process, even for accredited diplomats, says Canada’s department of foreign affairs. Not surprisingly, there is no Canadian embassy in North Korea. But Canadian citizens can obtain consular assistance from the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang. And if you’re a journalist planning to visit the country for your own personal interest, take heed. All journos must apply for special permission to visit the DPRK and may not enter the country on a tourist visa, regardless of your reason for travel.
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