The United States declared September 1 to be the date when they officially start a ban, prohibiting its citizens from travelling to North Korea.
“The department of state has determined that the serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention represents imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals travelling to and within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” read the restriction as it appeared on Wednesday in the US government’s federal register.
“All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel,” it added. Notably, an exemption was kept for approved humanitarian travel and for journalists in some circumstances. The ban is to remain in effect for one year unless it is revoked sooner by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
The travel ban was first announced last month after the death of American student who fell into a coma after being imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. Warmbier, 22, a student at the University of Virginia, died in June after being held for more than a year on charges of stealing a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel – and sent home in a mysterious coma that proved fatal.
After his death, President Trump said he would ‘prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.’