U.S. To Potential North Korean Travellers: Make A Will
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Now that’s a travel advisory!
The U.S. State Department says American citizens who wish to visit North Korea should write a will, make funeral arrangements and designate guardians for their children and pets.
Wow. Where do we get in line?
The fresh advice was issued last week, according to Fox News, and comes on the back of new rules issued last year that now require Americans to apply for a special validation to travel to the hermit kingdom, which is only handed out in “very limited circumstances.”
The travel ban was enforced in the aftermath of the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested by the North Koreans while on holiday in Pyongyang and sentenced to 15 years hard labour. He returned home last summer in a mysterious coma and died shortly afterwards.
The state department cautions that it will be unable to offer emergency assistance as it has no embassy in the country, and recommends that travellers prepare for the worst.
“Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney; discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pet, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc),” says the recommendation.