North Korea Opens For Israeli Tourists

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Globes reports on a new tourist destination for Israelis: The Democratic People’s Republic of Kim Jong-un North Korea!

An Israeli tourism company has received an exclusive franchise for issuing official tourist visas for visiting North Korea, which only a few Israelis have visited up until now. Rimon Tours group subsidiary Tarbutu will offer visits to the tyrannical and closed country starting this spring and summer.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, “There is no travel warning for North Korea, and no specific ban on traveling there. We of course recommend extreme caution, since there are no diplomatic relations with North Korea, but it is not classified as an enemy country.”

Tarbutu announced today that four organized tours of North Korea will be held in April-May 2017. The company has an exclusive cooperation agreement with North Korea.

Tarbutu program manager Haim Peres said, “North Korea is without question one of the most fascinating countries in the world today. It is a closed country cut off from the world, including its neighbors. More is unknown than known about the country.”

According to figures from Tarbutu, only 100 Israelis have visited North Korea in organized tours. Up until now, Israelis have been granted tourist visas for North Korean only through parties in China. Now, however, KISTC, the North Korean national travel agency, is accepting tourist visas for Israelis.

Low crime rate in a country without ATMs

Tarbutu emphasizes that tourism in North Korea is not affected by political and security events in the country, which last night conducted a ballistic missile test, thereby arousing international indignation. “North Korea is proud about having one of the world’s lowest crime rates, and tourists feel very safe there,” the company said.

A tourist visiting North Korea can now bring cellphones and mobile computers and use them on the local network, but access to the Internet is exclusively within the country, and international communications are available only at hotels. There are also places where taking photographs is forbidden, mainly for military reasons.

I can imagine the advertisements for Israelis..

Come Visit North Korea!



There’s so much to do

Like shopping

Eating

Visiting museums

And walking in nature

There’s plenty to write home about

Just please don’t steal the hotel room towels

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.