North Korea announced Monday it has allowed the entry of foreigners into the country effective the same day, China's state-run media said, as Pyongyang eased its strict COVID-19 border controls that have been in place since early 2020.

Those entering the country will be required to quarantine for two days, China Central Television said.

Some Chinese travel agencies that organize trips to North Korea reported on Monday that they have yet to receive any notification regarding permission for foreigners to enter the neighboring country.

On Aug. 22, North Korea's state-run carrier Air Koryo resumed international passenger flights linking Pyongyang and Beijing.

Five days later, the official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea's citizens abroad would be allowed to re-enter the country with one week of quarantine. However, the report lacked reference to foreigners.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to Russia's Far East earlier this month and held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in what became Kim's first overseas trip since the coronavirus outbreak.

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