WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release detailed a number of potential issues with traveling to North Korea, including the lack of US diplomatic services, the country’s system of law enforcement and risk of detention for crimes such as criticizing the leadership, possessing material critical of the government, or taking unauthorized photographs.
"The Department of State strongly warns US citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)," the release stated.
"Due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of US citizens, the Secretary of State restricted the use of US passports to travel into, in, or through North Korea effective Friday, September 1, 2017."
Under the ban, US citizens who wish to travel to North Korea will be required to obtain special passport validation from the State Department.
At least 16 US citizens have been detained in North Korea in the past decade, including Americans who were in the country with organized and permitted tour groups.