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Getting a special passport isn't exactly easy. The State Department has to verify that your visit is "in the national interest." The only justified scenarios listed by the State Department include: journalists gathering information about North Korea; representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross or the American Red Cross traveling on an officially-sponsored Red Cross mission; or people visiting for "compelling humanitarian" reasons. Getty Images/Getty Images News/Getty Images If the State Department does grant you a special passport to visit North Korea, its pre-travel tips are bleak. The agency advises that you draft a will, designate insurance beneficiaries, and discuss your funeral plans with loved ones before your trip. The agency also warns that when Americans find themselves in danger in high-risk nations such as North Korea, it could be "extremely limited" in how it can help: 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. Sweden serves as the protecting power for the United States in North Korea, providing limited emergency services. The North Korean government routinely delays or denies Swedish officials access to detained U.S.
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