Malaysia’s government announced on Thursday that it is banning its citizens from traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “until further notice.”
“This decision is taken in view of the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula and related developments arising from missile tests,” a press release from the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The ministry has said that the ban will be reconsidered “once the situation has returned to normal.”
Malaysia has maintained diplomatic relations with the DPRK, although there were briefly some tensions after Kim Jung Un’s half-brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia’s capital in February.
The Southeast Asian country is not the first to prohibit its citizens from traveling to the DPRK. Going into effect in early September, citizens of the United States were ordered to leave the DPRK, and banned from future travel there.
In large part due to recent pressure from the United States in international forums such as the United Nations Security Council, several other countries have begun to cut ties with the DPRK. Most recently, Kuwait and Mexico, who expelled their envoys.
Malaysia’s football team is scheduled to play in Pyongyang on October 5th for an Asian Cup qualifier match. It is unclear whether the travel ban will affect the game, and the Football Association of Malaysia has said it will issue a statement soon.