Special Notice

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all but essential travel to North Korea.



Republic in the Far East, bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea.


Capital: Pyongyang

Principal Ports



25.7 million

International Country Code



Chosun Mal (Korean but with differences from the South)

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

110/220V, 60Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 850


9 hours ahead of GMT.

Public Holidays

DateHoliday NameObservance
01 Jan 2021Solar New Year's Day
12 Feb 2021Seollal HolidayKorean Lunar
16 Feb 2021Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong Il's Birthday)
26 Feb 2021Cheongwoldaeboreum (Korean Folk Festival)Korean Lunar
08 Mar 2021International Women's Day
15 Apr 2021Kim Il Sung's Birthday Holiday
25 Apr 2021Korean People's Army Foundation Day
01 May 2021Labor Day
06 Jun 2021Korean Children's Union Foundation Day
27 Jul 2021Victory Day (1953)
15 Aug 2021Liberation Day (1945)
25 Aug 2021Day of Songun
09 Sep 2021National Day (1948)
21 Sep 2021Han'gawi HolidayKorean Lunar
10 Oct 2021KWP Foundation Day (1945)
16 Nov 2021Mothers' Day
27 Dec 2021Constitution Day


Bills of Lading

Bills of lading may be made out “to order” but must bear the name and address of the consignee. Packing list and a commercial invoice are also required.

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