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The most closed ones. Which countries are almost impossible for tourists to visit?

Every year it becomes easier to travel around the world. The main thing is time, finances, and visa. However, even in the context of globalization, not every country can be reached. In some countries they want to protect nature and national uniqueness, in others, it is simply unsafe due to high crime or war.

North Korea

A mysterious state closed to travelers – this is exactly what North Korea seems to many. However, you can still get into the country by taking a tour from an accredited tour operator. It is important to understand that within the country a tourist will not be able to move freely around the city without a guide and photograph whatever he wants.

It’s best to check local regulations before traveling because the laws are strict. But it is unlikely that a tourist will be attacked or robbed here – North Korea is considered one of the safest places in the world in terms of crime rates.


Turkmenistan is one of the least visited countries in the world along with North Korea. This is due to the strict visa policy of the state.

When traveling around the country, it is worth remembering that visiting some areas is only possible when accompanied by employees of a travel company. And certain territories are generally closed to foreign citizens. The legislation of Turkmenistan requires tourists coming to the country to be accommodated in exactly those hotels that they indicated in the stay program. Taking photos and videos of some objects requires special permission.

By the way, as in North Korea, even in large cities the crime rate is incredibly low. Offenses against foreigners are very rare.


The Kingdom of Bhutan is located in the Himalayas between India and China. You can wait months for permission to enter the country. But as avid travelers say, Bhutan is worth it, because this place is called the “land of happiness.”

By the way, for each day of stay in the country, you must pay 250 dollars. This amount includes accommodation, meals, and guide services. But Bhutan is not a totalitarian state, it is a democracy. It’s just that the Bhutanese are very afraid that mass tourism will harm their culture and nature. Considerable amounts are the best way to limit the number of travelers.

Those who manage to get to Bhutan find themselves in the most authentic environment possible. Television and the Internet appeared there less than twenty years ago. Globalization is conquering Bhutan very slowly, the country’s government is in no hurry to allow foreign companies into the domestic market, and on the streets, people wear mainly national costumes.


A country located on the peninsula of the same name in northeast Africa and washed in the north by the Gulf of Aden, in the east and south by the Indian Ocean. At the end of 2021, International SOS once again included Somalia in its list of the most dangerous countries to travel to.

Nevertheless, the African state is especially popular among tourists who are willing to spend a lot of money for the thrill of hot spots. In this regard, Somalia fits perfectly: constant wars, coups d’etat, and stories of ship hijackings by pirates attract adventurers from all over the world.

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