Fancy going to North Korea? Well now there's a twice-weekly flight

Fancy a flight to North Korea? Well, here's your chance

The secretive country has been steadily becoming more open to tourism

Friday, March 24, 2017

Have you ever fancied taking a flight over to North Korea? 

Well now the state airline, Air Koryo, has launched a regular service for those desperate to visit the Hermit Kingdom.

There's a small catch though... you've got to get yourself to Dandong in China, which will be the departure point for the flights to Pyongyang.

But if you've got the time, the money, and the minerals to step inside the world's most secretive country, there's a twice-weekly service so it shouldn't be too hard to get a flight.

There are already a few ways of reaching North Korea, but if you want to fly the service is fairly irregular and most of the flights are charter-only. You can also catch a train from Dandong, as well as Moscow, but it's a fairly lengthy journey by all accounts.

The country welcomes roughly 100,000 tourists per year to visit its attractions like the Pyongyang circus, which sometimes features bears in tutus on rollerskates. I kid you not.

To sample such wonders you have to book yourself on a pre-planned tour with local guides, usually appointed by the Ministry of Tourism... and any photos which don't receive the approval of the guides must be deleted. Tourists must be accompanied at all times and independent travel is strictly forbidden. 

The Foreign Office, while saying most visits to the country are free of incident, suggests there is a risk because of the unpredictable regime.