Visas are issued in the embassy or tourist office of the DPRK
to the countries concerned, or on arrival in special cases.
Visitors should submit visa applications 10 days prior to
departure. Application for a visa must be accompanied by two
photos and the necessary fee.
Foreign currencies must be changed in the DPRK by "the money
exchangable for foreign currency".
Convertable currencies are JPY,USD,FRF,CHF,DEM,GBP,HKD,ATS,
SGD,CAD,AUD. Foreign exchange is available at the Trade Bank
or its agents, hotels restaurants, etc. The Trade Bank opens
from 9 to 12am and from 2 to 5 pm except Sundays.
Local calls are available at hotels or post offices or street
phones. A 10 jon coin is necessary for a street phone call.
International calls are available at hotels or the International
Telex and fax services are available at the International
Communications Centre or at the hotels. The centre is in the
Ryugyong-dong, Pothonggang District, Pyongyang.
Electricity is 220 volts, 60 cycles including hotels.
When offering or accepting food, gifts etc., it is polite
and customary to use both hands. Hello = an-nyong ha-sim-ni-ka.
Thank you = kam-sa ham-nida. Though it is not customary to
give tips in Korea, the guides love them! We suggest small
gifts for the guides and driver like cigarettes, or chocolates.
Some provisions are also good for the train ride and to share
on the bus while on tour.