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Last year it banned US passport holders from travelling to North Korea, with exemptions for humanitarian and media work. And now it’s stepped up its warning with some scary new language. It’s possible for many travellers to venture inside Kim Jong-un’s enigmatic country — but they’re advised against it. Picture: AFP/Ed JonesSource:AFP The US State Department warned Americans this month to start planning their funeral and write a will if they wanted to proceed with plans to holiday in the hermit kingdom. In the midst of escalating nuclear tensions between North Korea and the US , the State Department kicked up its travel warning to the rouge nation to advisory level 4 — “do not travel” — which is the most serious warning on the scale. And as part of that level 4 warning, the State Department suggested travellers with special dispensation to travel to North Korea — and perhaps those planning to head there anyway — heed the following sobering advice. “Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney,” the State Department said on its recently updated website. Photograph released by North Korea’s regime shows Pyongyang residents greet officers of the Hwasong-15 missile test launch in Pyongyang on December 8. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNSSource:AFP It also said travellers should “discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.” As far as travel warnings go, this is pretty grim.
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Everything you need to know As tensions rise between North Korea and the US, we found out how safe it is to visit South Korea. South Korea is having a beauty moment right now with many of the best skincare innovations coming from the country. With this in mind you might be tempted to visit on an extravagant spa trip overseas, but with tensions between North Korea and the US continuing to be a concern, is it safe to visit the Korean peninsula? We found out the Foreign Office ’s latest advice. [Read more: Get all the latest travel advice here] Travellers may be wary of holidaying in South Korea as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has previously ordered tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. There is the possibility that the government in Pyongyang may call for more tests which may lead to instability in the region but in the past such tests have not affected daily life. Be aware that the level of tension between the two nations can change with little warning. Tensions can be particularly heightened during South Korean-US military exercises in March and August. South Korean authorities occasionally hold civil emergency exercises where sirens will sound, transport will stop and you will be asked to take shelter indoors or in designated metro stations and basements.
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