5 Countries That Doesn’t Want Visitors

By on March 15, 2018
World

Tourism can be an economic gold mine when approached properly, and most countries around the world have embraced visitors with open arms. However, there are several places across the globe who decided that they were better without the masses of newcomers: here are 5 countries that have closed their doors to Americans and many other nations around the world.

1. IRAN
Iran doesn’t even have an American Embassy anymore, thanks to the tense Iran hostage situation that occurred there in 1979. If you are able to secure an Iranian visa through the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., you will need to show that you’re traveling with a tour group.

2. NORTH KOREA
North Korea requires all visitors to book a full package tour before visiting. During your visit, you’ll be required to stay with your guides the entire time. The lack of North Korean embassy in the U.S. means you’ll need to travel to China before booking a tour.

3. SYRIA
Syria is in the midst of conflict, but if that doesn’t deter you, the nearly impossible-to-get visa might. Since each visa has to be approved through a complex process, potential visitors face an indefinite wait to be approved or declined.

4. SOMALIA
Somalia is known for the vast number of pirates roaming the seas around it, which should be a good reason not to go. Even if you make it past the pirates, you’ll need a sponsor and an invitation to visit the country.

5. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
As of 2014, the Central African Republic has no American Embassy, and all U.S. visitors must apply through the French Embassy. Add in the fact that the borders of the CAR are extremely restricted (and closed on the side where Chad-CAR border), and you’ve got one place that doesn’t want to see any American citizens.

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