In many countries, tourism can is a very big boost to the economy. Visitors have been embraced in most countries around the world with open arms. There are some countries however, that have decided that they were better without the masses of newcomers. Here is a list of 10 countries that have closed their doors to Americans along with many other nations.
1) Saudi Arabia
All visitors to Saudi Arabia must be sponsored by a legal resident or citizen. There are still no guarantees even if you’re sponsored properly. The visa application process is highly selective.
This country no longer has an American Embassy anymore due to the tense Iran hostage situation that occurred there in 1979. The only way to obtain a visa to this country is through the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C and you must show that you’re traveling with a tour group.
3) North Korea
It’s difficult but not impossible to get into North Korea but it is required that all visitors to book a full package tour before visiting. You’ll be required to stay with your guides the entire time during your visit. You’ll need to travel to China before booking a tour because there isn’t a North Korean embassy in the U.S.
Everyone knows that Syria is in the midst of conflict, but if that doesn’t deter you from visiting, then the nearly impossible-to-get visa might. Visa applications have a complex approval process. Potential visitors face an indefinite wait to be approved or declined.
Relations between Cuba and the United States are relaxing, slightly. Travel regulations today still don’t allow anyone looking for a good Cuban sandwich and a Caribbean beach to book a flight. If you’re American and you can prove that you’re in Cuba for one of the official reasons, you’ll have to wait longer to visit.
The vast number of pirates roaming the Somalian seas should be a good enough reason not to go. Even if you are lucky enough to make it past the pirates, you will require a sponsor and an invitation to visit the country.
You’ll need to be okay with some serious expenditure before you even find out if you can go to Angola. To enter Angola, you’ll need to pay the application fee and invitation fee, then book plane tickets and hotel stays – all before you can apply for a visa.
8) Central African Republic
All U.S. visitors must apply through the French Embassy as of 2014, because the Central African Republic has no American Embassy. The borders of the CAR are extremely restricted (and closed on the side where Chad-CAR border), and in general it’s a place that doesn’t really want to see American citizens.
For most of the 21st century, Lybia and the U.S. have been at odds. The U.S. Embassy was closed there in 2014. There are very few ways Americans can enter this country which is probably for the best because of the anti-U.S. sentiment and high crime rates.
Similar to Angola, Algeria is another country that wants visitors to showcase their ability to pay for their trip before they arrive. One must book a hotel to receive a certification of accommodation. Once you receive the certification, you’ll have to communicate with a local travel agency to secure an invitation, at which time you can apply for the visa.