In June of 2017, U.S. student Otto Warmbier passed away after being held captive in a North Korean prison. In a response to Warmbier’s suspicious death shortly after he was released, President Trump called it a “total disgrace” and blamed the student’s death on the cruelty of North Korea.
Following the death of Warmbier, there has been much discussion on placing a travel ban to prevent citizens from traveling to the country. The major change was confirmed on Friday July 21st, 2017.
The U.S. Department of State released a statement. It begins, “The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities.”
The statement continues, “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea.”
According to The Daily Beast, the restriction will take effect in late August. When in effect, U.S. passports will be not be valid for any type of travel in North Korea.
The statement does clarify, “Individuals seeking to travel to North Korea for certain limited humanitarian or other purposes may apply to the Department of State for a special validation passport.” Read the full statement below.”
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