You might not realize this, but there are currently many organized tours to places like Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea.
In recent years, 14 U.S. citizens have been detained and incarcerated while on some of these tours, for taking photos, or having prohibited literature—in some cases even a Bible.
The state department is concerned that U.S. travelers, even on approved tours, may be targeted by the North Koreans and used as negotiating tools to force the U.S. to send more food aid to that country.
So for the moment, this is a warning I would heed.
For more information about travel safety, check out:
- How Terror Attacks Affect the Travel Industry
- Travel Detective Blog: After the Attacks at Istanbul Airport
- What You Should Know About Personal Safety in Hotels
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