Tourists visiting Europe should stop travelling to North Korea
New guidelines for travel to North Korean destinations are being proposed by the European Union as Europe attempts to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The directive calls for countries including North Korea to stop the use of the so-called “doping” regime that has been in place since the 1990s to facilitate the spread the virus.
In a statement released Friday, the European Commission said it has asked member states to adopt the new guidelines, which will require countries to establish a “system to track and manage the travel and movement of individuals travelling to, from and within the DPRK”.
The directive also calls for North Korea’s citizens travelling to Europe to stop using a “preventative measure” to prevent the spread, which includes a “cordon sanitaire” to restrict movement and “avoid contact with others”.
The measures would include restrictions on the number of visitors a country can admit to its territory each year, as well as travel bans on the export of certain goods.
A statement from the European Health Agency said that the directive was being drafted in response to growing concern over the spread and the potential for the disease to spread in Europe.
“The European Commission believes that, while it has not yet seen the full impact of the outbreak in Europe, there is a risk of significant human health and economic losses if the current restrictions are not fully lifted,” the agency said.
It said the directive would also make it easier for EU member states, as the bloc’s top health official, to adopt more stringent travel bans in the future.
It added that the EU has not seen a significant increase in cases from North Korea in the past two months.
It was unclear how long the directive, if adopted, would be in place.
The United States and the European Economic Area (EEA) are also currently considering tougher travel bans.
“We will continue to work with the North Korean government to strengthen its prevention and control measures,” a spokesperson for the EU Commission told Fox News.
“However, as a precautionary measure, the Commission is proposing new measures, including a ban on the movement of all individuals and companies in the DPRK.”