Amid continued heightened tensions with North Korea, the U.S. Department of State recently issued a warning to Americans considering travel to the isolated nation.
“The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea,” an update on the agency’s website explained.
While a “very limited” number of Americans are granted a special permit to travel to North Korea, the State Department made it clear that any such permission in no way suggests the trip is safe.
In fact, as Fox News reported, U.S. officials urge anyone making the trip to formalize any final arrangements beforehand:
“Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney; discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.”
The warning came months after U.S. college student Otto Warmbier died days after he returned home in a coma following more than a year in a North Korean prison.