Citizens from North Korea will finally be allowed to return home after the pandemic.
According to the State Emergency Epidemic Prevention Headquarters, the country made the decision to “adjust the anti-epidemic degree in reference to the eased worldwide pandemic situation” on Sunday.
This is the first time that the country has opened its borders again after its zero-tolerance approach at the beginning of 2020.
Although the borders will reopen, people entering the country will still be expected to quarantine on arrival.
In an announcement made by state media outlet KCNA, “those who return will be put under proper medical observation at quarantine wards for a week”.
This week also signalled the first known international commercial flight to leave the country since January 2020.
Another international commercial flight that left soon after carried about a hundred North Korean Taekwondo athletes. They arrived in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana to compete in the 2023 International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championship.
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