Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has banned all its citizens from travelling to North Korea until further notice citing “the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula and related developments arising from missile tests”.
The ban was announced on the ministry’s website on September 28, days before the high-profile trial over the fatal poisoning of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s ruler, at the Malaysia supreme court. Following the alleged assassination last year, Malaysian citizens were advised to avoid travel to the already estranged country.
Commenting on the ban, The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president, KL Tan, said: “Few Malaysians are affected by the travel ban as trade between North Korea and Malaysia is minimal.
“Malaysians travelling overseas for holidays are not affected as few would take the unnecessary risks of venturing into hotspots. Also it is the duty of all travel agents to exercise due care and skill to place the safety of travellers above all else.”
Outbound agent, Desmond Lee, group managing director, Apple Vacations & Conventions, agreed that North Korea is not a popular destination for holiday makers from Malaysia.
There are also no direct flights between Malaysia and North Korea.