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State Department Bans Travel To North Korea On U.S. Passports Starting Sept. 1

Americans currently in North Korea were told to depart by the end of August. Journalists and aid workers may apply for exemptions from the ban.
Tourists bow before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (left) and Kim Jong-Il, in Pyongyang last month. The U.S. will ban travel to North Korea starting Sept. 1. / ED JONES / Getty Images

A U.S. passport will only get you into North Korea for the rest of August, the State Department announced Wednesday.

In a notice , the State Department said beginning September 1 U.S. possibly granted to journalists and aid workers. The new rule will also apply to those currently in the country on U.S. passports; they were advised to depart in the next 30 days.

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