NK News on the policy change
Due to a recent policy change, it is now legal for tourists to carry mobile phones in North Korea, reports NK News. Previously such devices have been confiscated on arrival to be returned upon departure from the isolated republic. The North Korean public on the other hand are allowed to use phones but are not allowed to use them to talk to foreigners. Despite the new policy, tourists will still find it difficult to communicate with the outside world as they will need North Korean SIM cards to do so, which are not for sale to foreigners.