North Korea Travel Ban

Dylon Wilhoit, News Editor

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A ban on traveling to North Korea will be set on October 18th due to the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

Otto Warmbier was detained and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster in the hotel he was staying in. The US secured his release in the month of June. Ultimately days after he was released to his parents, he passed away.

Currently there are still three more Americans being held in North Korea. The ban being set will make it illegal for Americans to travel to or through the country with an American passport.

There are however a few exceptions such as journalists covering North Korea, American Red Cross, or citizens whose trip is of national interest.

According to ABC News any American citizen wanting to travel to North Korea must apply for a Special Validation Passport to be eligible to travel to the country.

In any case, the person filling out the documents to get the passport must meet the requirements listed or will be denied the passport.

The duration of the travel ban will be indefinite until it is not seen as a terror prone country according to President Donald Trump. 

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