US student on visit to North Korea dies- US bans DPRK tourist visas

Posted on August 7, 2017

In protest of the recent death of the US student on North Korea visit, the United States of America has prohibited citizens to visit North Korea. In support of the same initiative, the country has imposed a ban on tourist visas to North Korea. Sources reveal that this ban will be effective from September 1, 2017.

A student of United States named Otto Warmbier was on this visit to North Korea for tour purpose in January 2016.  For a stealing a propaganda poster from his residing hotel, he was caught and imprisoned with a sentence of 15 years. During his third month of imprisonment, Ottowo suffered severe neurological injury and was sent back to the United States. Just after 6 days, he went unconscious and died.

Some of the US officials blame North Korea for Ottowo’s death.  They believe that there is a serious risk of detention of tourist or travelers. In this context, the United States President has condemned the detention of Warmbier and the subsequent death as totally graceful. The officials believe that supporting to travel to North Korea will increase the security risks associated to the US citizens. Hence, to avoid this danger and damage to the lives of the US citizens, the country has banned the visas and advised citizens to refrain from travelling to North Korea.

According to the news published on Indian Express, the Federal Register of the United States government has issued a restriction note stating that all US passports travelling through, to or in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are declared void. This ban will remain effective for a period of 1 year or more, unless it is earlier revoked by the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. However, applicants for certain humanitarian travel & journalism tour visas will be exempted from this restriction.

Since a large number of Western travelers prefer to tour North Korea, travel firms say that they will experience a drastic effect of this ban on their business.