Via The Guardian: North Korea reopens borders after Ebola scare that never was. Excerpt:
North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and business visitors, according to travel agencies, nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus.
“We’ve had it confirmed officially that the border is now open,” said Troy Collings, manager of the China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which takes western tourists into North Korea.
North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries and is thousands of miles from the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. It has reported no cases of the virus, which has killed more than 9,000 people.
However its borders have been closed to foreign tourists since last October for fear the virus might spread, and it imposes a strict 21-day quarantine for foreign aid workers and diplomats, who have been told to stay in embassy compounds.
A diplomatic source in Pyongyang confirmed the border had been reopened but said it was unclear if the measures had been completely revoked because quarantine would remain in place for several African countries.