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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th July 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the death of Otto Warmbier, a US tourist who had been imprisoned in North Korea, what advice they are giving to British tourists intending to travel to North Korea; what assessment they have made of UK-run tour companies operating in that country; and how much income they estimate is generated annually by tourism for the regime.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) keeps travel advice under constant review and updates country-specific advice if we are aware of an incident that might significantly affect British nationals travelling to that country. The purpose of travel advice is to provide objective information and guidance to help British nationals make informed decisions regarding foreign travel. Our travel advice for North Korea has noted the arrest and detention of foreign visitors when these incidents have occurred. We have made a further factual update to our travel advice for North Korea that reflect the details of Mr Warmbier's case.

The British Embassy in Pyongyang has contact with a number of tour operators as part of our consular work in North Korea. It regularly requests that tour operators make British tourists aware of FCO travel advice before they travel.

Due to the closed nature of the regime, it is not possible to accurately assess the income generated for the DPRK government from tourism.

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