One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “Can I bring my phone in North Korea?”. With it being such a secretive country, many people assume they can’t. However, to put it short: You can! Foreign visitors can bring all types of phones into North Korea without issue! Nobody is going to confiscate them from you! You can also, if you haven’t guessed already by our content, take pictures with them too! Does this mean however you can actually make calls in the country or use the internet? Let’s find out below:
Using your phone in North Korea!
North Korea has its own telecom network, which is referred to as “Koryolink”- it’s a 3G system operated in conjunction with an Egyptian compay called Orascom. However, unless you purchase a local simcard you will not be able to phone in North Korea. These simcards can be found for sale at various spots, including Pyongyang airport. Your guides may also be able to assist you in where to buy one.
Once you’ve got your simcard, you can then connect to Koryolink. You can even purchase data and access the internet casually! Although this is expensive and without a vpn is subject to censorship. As a result, few tourists do this except regular visitors to North Korea, such as company guides and media personnel.
But either way, there you have it. It is possible to have your phone in North Korea. Don’t expect any issues in this area and safe travels!