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World’s Hardest Countries To Visit

There’s nothing like going on a dream vacation with some family or your romantic partner. While there are a great many places to visit, some countries remain all but inaccessible due to either the geographical location or a lack of tourism infrastructure. Despite their beauty and rich history, many places remain relatively untouched by the rest of the world.

Here are a couple of places that look wonderful to visit, but are extremely hard to get to:

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1. Angola

Angola, which borders Namibia, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively, had a civil war that went on for 27 years. Still suffering from the bloodshed and political unrest, the African country’s recovery has been slow.

It is rich in natural resources and possesses a beauty unique to its location.

Why You Should Go: The African city of Luanda, heavily influenced by the Portuguese culture, has a wonderful selection of wildlife to view from national park preserves.

The Hard Part: Citizens of neighboring Namibia are free to cross the border as they please, but foreigners and anyone else from other neighboring nations must have a visa.

2. Bhutan

I had almost forgotten the country of Bhutan, not because I’ve never heard of it, but because so few people go there for any sort of visit. Located in the Himalayas, like many places in the region, there is a rich Buddhist history. One thing that stands out about Bhutan is that it views the happiness of citizens just as valuable as other nations’ GDP.

According to Bhutan law, 60% of the country must be covered in foliage indefinitely.

Why You Should Go: It’s the Himalayas. Who doesn’t want to see the beautiful snow-capped mountain, home to the largest peak in the world? In addition to the natural beauty, there are a handful of monasteries one can visit as well.

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The Hard Part: Any Bangladeshi, Maldivian, or Indian citizen are free to come and go from Bhutan free of any sort of visa. All others must have a traveler’s visa, and their stay must be facilitated by a travel operator based in the country. In addition, visitors are required to pay $250 in travel expenses for each day of their trip to Bhutan. Sure, it sounds expensive, but it covers expenses like food, accommodations, and a local guide too.

3. Kiribati

Located in the Central Pacific, Kiribati is a sovereign nation about 250km from the island state of Hawaii. It is made up of a chain of the islet, with most of the 110,000 permanent citizens living on the Tarawa Atoll.

Why You Should Go: One of the benefits of being so isolated is the fact that it maintains its natural beauty far better. With amazing scenery, a variety of water sports, fresh seafood, fishing, and diving, there is plenty to do.

The Hard Part: Because it’s such a small place, the best way to get there is likely by boat. Finding a port to sail from will be the most difficult part. That being said, if you’re a citizen of the United States or 64 other countries, you don’t need a traveler’s visa to visit Kiribati.

4. Belarus

The visa requirements for Belarus are likely the reason it doesn’t welcome many tourists. It is lovingly dubbed “Europe’s last dictatorship.” Surprisingly, though, visa requirements are still a bit strict, but not as much as they once were. The rule that you must enter and exit through Minsk National Airport is still in effect, of course.

Why You Should Go: While travel to Belarus takes getting familiar with, the rich culture and nostalgia of a former Soviet state can be appreciated. They have relatively low prices for most things, and a few medieval castles if that’s your thing.

The Hard Part: The citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine can visit the country for more than 5 days without a visa. And only citizens of these countries can cross the Russia-Belarus border.

5. Saudi Arabia

Known for its unique building designs and expanses of beautiful dunes, it is said to be where Islam first began. While those with deep pockets can have a blast at the many shopping locations, the country is ruled by Islamic law.

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Why You Should Go: Take a trip to Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh, just under 500 miles North-east of the religious site of Mecca. There are also many cultural and natural attractions to choose and be in awe of.

The Hard Part: Every foreigner to the country must have an ‘advance’ visa. Back in 2010, all tourist visas were suspended. Only a business, student, or Hajj (pilgrimage) visa can get you in. Keep in mind, they strictly enforce Sharia here.

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