On August 2, 2017, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 10074] declaring all U.S. passports invalid for travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), due to the serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention represents imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals traveling to and within that country, unless specially validated for such travel, as specified at 22 C.F.R. 51.64.

The restriction on travel to the DPRK shall be effective 30 days after publication of this Notice, and shall remain in effect for one year unless extended or sooner revoked by the Secretary of State.