Cheap Flights to Pyongyang

Cheap Flights to Pyongyang Airport

One of the last frontiers of true adventure travel, a visit to Pyongyang is as strange and exotic as a trip to outer space.  The Pyongyang Airport occasionally opens its doors to flights from other countries, and a growing number of curious Canadian travelers have booked cheap flights to Pyongyang in order to experience North Korea for themselves.  Skyscanner can help you find an affordable flight to Pyongyang Airport, but it's up to each traveler to weight the relative risks and rewards of a holiday in the country controlled by the world's most dangerous regime. 

Best Time to Book a Flight to Pyongyang Airport

Without a doubt, the most exciting time to book a flight to Pyongyang Airport is during North Korea's annual Arirang Mass Games, a spectacular gymnastics and artistic festival that runs throughout August and early September.  Performances tell the story of the North Korean nation and feature up to 30,000 performers on stage at any time.  At other times of year, your primary concern should be for your personal safety.  Check the Canadian government's travel advisories for North Korea, and hold off on booking your flights until the country is confirmed to be a safe travel destination. 

Airlines that Fly to Pyongyang Airport

There are no direct flights from Canada to Pyongyang Airport.  At times, Air China provides seasonal service between Beijing Capital Airport and Pyongyang Airport.  Skyscanner's flight search will show you whether or not flights to Pyongyang are available on your preferred travel dates.  As you will likely have to book your trip to Pyongyang on two separate tickets, rather than one linked itinerary, you can also use Skyscanner to find cheap flights from Canadian airports to Beijing Capital Airport

What to Expect When Arriving at the Pyongyang Airport

Most travelers arrive at Pyongyang Airport as part of an organized tour.  You can expect customs and immigration staff at the airport to examine all of your possessions and confiscate anything that they consider to be offensive, which could include works of literature, religious texts, works of satire and anything with a political message.  Electronic devices will be subject to particularly close scrutiny.  Independent travel around Pyongyang is not permitted, so your tour company will organize ground transportation for the duration of your time in the city. 

Tips and Advisories for the Pyongyang Airport

The Canadian Government strongly encourages its citizens to avoid all travel to Pyongyang and the rest of North Korea.  Canada has no consular presence in North Korea and is exceptionally limited in the support it can provide to Canadians who encounter difficulties inside North Korea.  Recently, international tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program and tyrannical dictatorship have made travel to the country even more dangerous.

Should you decide to ignore the government's strong warnings, you will require a valid passport and tourist visa to enter North Korea through the Pyongyang Airport.  Typically, these visas are only granted after you have booked and paid for an approved organized tour; your tour operator will help you obtain all of the required documents.  Canadians of Korean heritage should contact the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, South Korea before attempting to enter North Korea, as their ability to leave Pyongyang may be restricted.

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