List of the 9 Most Difficult Countries for Tourists to Visit in the World Lifestyle – 1 hour ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Approaching the Christmas holidays and the end of 2023, quite a few Indonesians are starting to apply for visas to fulfill the requirements for holiday travel abroad.

A visa is a permit document issued by a destination country for someone who wants to enter a country. However, processing a visa is a problem for a number of people because it is not guaranteed to be accepted, even though processing it takes a lot of time, energy and money.

Usually, there are several reasons why a country finds it difficult to accept visas applied for by tourists, namely security and political reasons, some visa applications are difficult to navigate, and some countries are under a regime and closed from the outside world.


Therefore, it is important for you to know which countries have difficulty issuing visas for tourists so you can choose other country options as holiday destinations.

So, which countries have difficulty issuing visas to travelers? The following is the list, quoting from Visa Guide.

1. Russia

Photo: Moscow (REUTERS/Anton Golubev)

Russia is one of the favorite destinations for tourists. Because, the largest country in the world, located on two continents, has various beautiful buildings and charming natural attractions.

However, Russia is one of the countries where it is difficult to issue visas to travelers. What makes the visa application process for Russia difficult is the large number of questions in the application form.

In order to get visa approval from Russia, you must also include a travel history for the last ten years with details of places visited, when, and how long you stayed.

2. Cuba

Photo : REUTERS/Enrique de la OsaPhoto: REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean region. According to various information, January and February are the most appropriate periods to visit this country with the capital city of Havana because it is cool.

One of Cuba’s tourist attractions is the many bars that provide jazz, salsa and electronic music throughout the night and many interesting historical destinations.

However, Cuba is one of the countries where it is most difficult to issue visas for travelers, especially for citizens of the United States (US).

3. Iran

Iran is one of the countries in the Middle East region which is known as the largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets in the world. Therefore, it is not surprising that tourists flock to buy carpets from Iran.

Apart from that, Iran has many beautiful tourist destinations, such as the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Tajrish Bazaar, and Mount Damavand. However, it is not easy for you to obtain a visa from this country whose capital is Tehran.

Visas to Iran are difficult to obtain because you must have a special verification code before applying for a visa. This authorization code is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran, but an authorized Iranian travel agent must apply for the code on your behalf.

However, thanks to the use of e-Visa, the process of applying for a tourist visa to Iran can become much easier. Additionally, some countries can now apply for a visa on arrival with prior approval.

4. Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan.  (iStockphoto/Velirina)Photo: Turkmenistan. (iStockphoto/Velirina)
Turkmenistan. (iStockphoto/Velirina)

Turkmenistan is one of the least visited countries in the world because it has a strict visa policy.

If you want to apply for a visa to Turkmenistan, you need to attach many documents, including three copies of the completed visa application form and an invitation letter from the Turkmenistan Migration Service.

In addition, you must have a sponsor in Turkmenistan who can arrange the invitation letter (letter of invitation/LOI) for you. According to Visa Guide, it takes about 20 days to get the letter.

5. Republic of Chad

The Republic of Chad is a small country in Northern Central Africa bordering Cameroon, Central African Republic, Niger, Nigeria, Libya and Sudan.

Currently, only 14 countries have visa-free access to Chad. One of the most complicated parts of the Republic of Chad visa approval process is getting the invitation letter.

In order to get the invitation letter, you need to have a sponsor or hotel in the country’s capital, N’Djamena, who will write it for you. Therefore, you have to book a hotel room and pay the full non-refundable fee.

Thus, if your visa application is rejected, the money for your hotel booking will be forfeited.

If you are successful in obtaining a visa, you are given 72 hours after entering the Republic of Chad to report to the police. Some travelers report that you will be charged additional fees to enter the country.

6. Bhutan

According to reports Visa Guide, Bhutan does not approve individual visas, unless a tourist is visiting Bhutan as part of a tour package. Meanwhile, individual visas are approved only if you come from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives

To get a visa from Bhutan, you have to find a travel agency that organizes the trip and pay the visa fee in advance along with other tour packages. Visa applications for Bhutan are processed online (on line) and must be approved by the Tourism Board in Bhutan.

Apart from that, you are also required to pay a sustainability fee of US$ 65 or around IDR 1 million (assuming an exchange rate of IDR 15,532/US$).

7. Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Center Tower in Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaPhoto: Reuters
Kingdom Center Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A few years ago, getting a visa to Saudi Arabia was very difficult, especially if you were a woman traveling alone.

However, since the presence e-visa for tourists, you can visit Saudi Arabia easily if you meet the requirements. However, you are still obliged to follow certain rules, such as being prohibited from entering Mecca or Medina if you are not Muslim even if you have a tourist visa.

Apart from that, another reason Saudi Arabia has a strict visa policy is that every year, there are Hajj pilgrims who visit for the Hajj so the number of tourists allowed to enter is limited so as not to cause overcrowding in the country.

8. Somalia

According to Visa Guide, visiting Somalia is highly discouraged for travelers. According to the Global Peace Index, Somalia is ranked as the 6th most dangerous place to visit.

As a result, consulates or embassies rarely issue visas to travelers so as not to endanger safety during visits. However, if you do manage to visit Somalia, you will need to be accompanied by security personnel to stay safe.

9. North Korea

North Korean people greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a car parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 18, 2018. Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool via REUTERSPhoto: Hundreds of North Koreans greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a car parade in Pyongyang. (Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool via REUTERS)

Korea UTara is the most closed country from the “outside world”. Therefore, it is difficult for tourists to get a visit visa from the country led by Kim Jong Un. If you wish to apply for a visa, you must do so through a country-approved tourist agency.

If you get a visa, you are required to comply with applicable tourist regulations, such as not communicating with local residents, badmouthing the North Korean leader, traveling alone, and leaving the hotel after the tour ends for the day.

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