North Korea Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



The official language is Korean. Russian and Chinese are e.g. T. used as commercial languages.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

02/16/2022 Shining Star Day (Kim Jong-il’s Birthday)

04/15/2022 Day of the Sun/Kim Il Sung’s Birthday

04/25/2022 Memorial day in honor of the military

05/01/2022 Labor Day

07/27/2022 day of the victory

08/15/2022 Liberation Day

09.09.2022 Independence Day

10/10/2022 Founding of the Korean Workers’ Party

12/27/2022 Constitution Day


Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into the DPRK: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco; 1 bottle of spirits.

Import regulations

Food, animals and plants may only be imported with written permission. Personal items such as cameras, watches, jewellery, VCRs, televisions, computers, foreign publications, radios and gifts must be declared upon arrival. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

The importation of mobile phones without a North Korean cell phone contract or without a North Korean SIM card, weapons, ammunition, media (books and printed material in Korean, photos, videos, storage media, etc.), explosives, drugs and plant seeds is prohibited.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Pourtalèsstrasse 43
+41 (0)31 951 66 21.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00.

Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Beckmanngasse 10-12
+43 (0)1 894 23 13, +43 (0)1 894 23 11 (Consular Dept.)

Consular Dept.: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Glinkastrasse 5-7
+49 (0)30 20 62 59 90.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

Business meetings generally do not take place in business premises or offices, as these are not open to visitors. Punctuality is valued.

Business contacts

Trade and Economic Department of the Embassy of the DPR Korea Hertha-Fimberg-Strasse 3/Top 36, 1100 Vienna, Austria Tel. +43 (0)1 982 20 82.



Self-dial long-distance service only to Pyongyang, the internal telephone network is very small. International calls must be registered via the operator.

Mobile phone

GSM 900. Network provider is Sun Net.


According to, Internet access is prohibited.

Post office

Postal service is slow and quite restricted outside the capital. Airmail to Europe takes up to 10 days to arrive. Post office hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-21:00.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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