On Monday, Washington has repealed visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the last 8-years, potentially dealing with a new law to the isolated nation’s nascent tourism industry.
The United States permits citizens of 38 nations, including Japan, South Korea, and France, to enter up tp 90-day without a visa under a waiver event.
But visitors who have travelled to more than 8 countries, including North Korea since March 1, 2011 are “no longer eligible”, cited posted on the official website of the United States Customs and Border Protection, and they will have to apply for business or tourist visas.
The other 7 nations, most of them are in the Middle East were already on the rejection list.
The new law will affect thousands of people from visa waiver nations, who went to North Korea as a tourist or for business purposes in the recent years,
The change will further put a restraint on South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s hopes to promote cross-border tourism projects for citizens to visit North Korea.
South Korean Media has highlighted the top business leaders, including Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, who were a vital part of President Moon’s delegation to Pyongyang to attain a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September.
However, spokesman of Samsung Electronics has declined to comment over the issue.
Therefore, the citizens of the United States have been restricted from visiting North Korea since 2017, as an initiative introduced after a US student was arrested in Pyongyang. Later, he was released from the isolated country but died within a few days.