Ebola Fears Prompt North Korea to Ban Tourists

North Korea closed its borders in 2003 during SARS scare.

“Obviously I’m not happy with it. We still have four tours left for the year including one group going in next week,” said Gareth Johnson, founder and managing director of Young Pioneers Tours based in Xian, China. “We're just hoping that this is a storm in a tea cup.”

The ban is temporary and the official did not specify when it would be lifted, he said.

North Korea's official media reported today that no cases of Ebola have been detected in the country.

The last time North Korea banned tourists was in 2003 because of the SARS virus outbreak in Asia. It took up to four months before normal operations resumed.

Approximately 6,000 Western tourists visit North Korea every year.

ABC News' Min-Jun Kim contributed to this report