According to a tour operator, North Korea has banned all tourists traveling to its country. Most of these foreign tourists are said to be Chinese people or people traveling through China to their various destinations.
Young Pioneer Tours also tweeted that the temporary closing of the North Korean border began on Wednesday.
Young Pioneer Tours is based in China. In its statement, it said further details had not yet been confirmed by its North Korean partners.
“If you are currently booked on our upcoming tours to North Korea our staff will reach out to you to confirm further details,” it said in the statement late on Tuesday.
North Korea has however not reported cases of coronavirus, which stemmed from Wuhan and has now affected more than 800 people around the world.
Its state media has reported about the outbreak in China to try and increase public awareness of the disease and symptoms.
In 2003, North Korea closed its borders during the scare over severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which was caused by a different coronavirus. At the time, North Korea suspended South Korean tours to its scenic mountain for two months, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min said. The joint tour programme was eventually suspended in 2008 after a North Korean soldier shot and killed a South Korean tourist.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND AP NEWS