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North Korea new outbound travel destination from China

The Chinese National Tourism Administration has said that from April 12, 2010, the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea and the Federated States of Micronesia will be new outbound travel destinations for Chinese citizens in tour groups.

This will the first time that the DPRK will allow foreign tourists to enter the country after it froze visits by Chinese tourists from November 10, 2009. CNTA is reminding travel agencies that they should prepare group visas before taking tourists to the DPRK.

Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, comprises thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Chinese tourists with a valid passport only need to apply for a visa on arrival by producing a return air ticket and written confirmation of a hotel reservation after the tour group gets to the FSM.

According to some travel agencies, most Chinese tourists would leave for the DPRK from Dandong in Liaoning province or from Beijing or Shenyang on flights to Pyongyang the capital of North Korea. Statistics show that Chinese tourists account for 90% of overseas tourists visiting North Korea each year.