North Korea Duty Free Allowances
The ability to travel and visit North Korea is getting better, but they don’t make it easy.
Officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) there are now regular scheduled services from Beijing, Shenyang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Vladivostok direct into Pyongyang Sunan International Airport (FNJ) home to the national flag carrier Air Koryo (JS) and the main airport serving the capital, Pyongyang.For the travellers duty free allowances, their guide as to what is allowed is at best vague, so more than any other country please check before leaving yours !
What they are clear on are these.
A reasonable amount for the duration of your stay.
Again, a reasonable amount for the duration of your stay.
The import and export of foreign currency is unrestricted, but the amounts must be declared on arrival but the import and export of local currency is strictly prohibited. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at most major hotels or the Foreign Trade Bank. However, as a foreigner you are not allowed to use local currency (the North Korean Won (KPW), or the ‘Chosun Won’. Transactions are made in Euros, US Dollars, or Chinese Yuan. Given the costs there, small denominations are recommended. Credit cards are not widely accepted and there are no ATM machines.
Personal & Private Effects
Personal effects and clothing are permitted, but you are “advised” that clothing is conservative in nature. So for those that have T-shirt collections emblazoned with the antics and logo of your favourite rock bands etc. – Leave it at home !
Over the counter and prescription drugs for your own personal use are permitted, and should be in their original packaging.
Gifts and presents are also permitted, but must be declared on arrival.
Laptop computers, MP-3 players and e-books are permitted.From January 2013 you are also allowed to bring in your mobile/cellular phone phone. However, its use will only be available with a North Korean SIM card issued on the Koryolink network. Digital cameras are allowed. However your camera and all pictures you have taken are subject to being checked on departure, and Korean Custome may choose to delete whatever images they wish.
These currently include binoculars, any printed material in the Korean language and any material either printed or in digital form containing offensive and obscene content.