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Top 10 Least Visited Countries in the World By Number of Foreign Tourists

Least visited countries in the world are probably unknown countries to a large percent of population of the world. Spain, France, China, India, United States, Turkey, Japan, Australia, UAE, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, and many other travel destinations are popular among the large percent population around the world. But did you know which are the least visited countries in the world? To know, read ahead.

In this article, Traveljee has compiled a list of the least visited countries in the world i.e. its probably unknown countries in the world.

Top 10 Least Visited Countries in the World By Number of Foreign Tourists

1. Nauru – 200 Annual Visitors

Nauru is considered as the least visited country in the world. As per the data of 2011, only 200 tourists visited this beautiful country. It is the only country which has no capital city, it is quit amazing. Nauru become the independent before 50 years ago and considered as one of the smallest countries in the world. Nauru has many beautiful coral reefs as well as exotic snorkeling spots.

Population of the country is only 9378 according to the July, 2011 census. GDP of the country is US$36.9 million as per 2006 figures. Yaren is the largest island of Nauru where Parliament is situated.

2. Somalia – 500 Annual Visitors

Somalia is the most dangerous country in the world. The country is facing everyday war with rebels. There is no working Government in Somalia since 1991. Yet, Mogadishu is the best attraction for tourism, if there is no war in the country. Recently, Government has been established but bombing is still a common security problem in the capital. It is still unsafe for the foreign tourists to visit this country. FYI, only 500 tourists visited Somalia in 2012.

3. Tuvalu – 1200 Annual Visitors

Tuvalu is one of the smallest nations in the world by population and land. Tuvalu has limited connectivity through air routes, that’s why there is no development of tourism. The country is spread over a few kilometers of land. That’s why they almost use every piece of land for multi-purpose. As per the latest reports, If sea level will rise steadily as of now then Tuvalu will be the first nation to become disappeared from world map.

Only 1200 people visited this country as per the UN Report in 2011. If you are planning to visit Tuvalu, then hurry otherwise it will be disappeared soon.


4. Kiribati – 4700 Annual Visitors

Lots of people never heard about Kiribati. This country has no facility of air route, make it difficult for tourists to arrival in the country. Kiribati has many virgin beaches and crystal clear water islands, which attracts a lot of enthusiastic backpackers. Only 4700 people visited this beautiful country in 2011 as per the UN Report. Kiribati has only a few kilometers of land. Kiribati is the first country to welcome the new year according to the official website of New Years Eve Live Stream.


5. Marshall Islands – 5000 Annual Visitors

Marshall Islands is one of the best countries in the world which have crystal clear beaches. You will fall in love with this country once you visit. The country has many beautiful beaches where you will not find a single person. Only United Airlines has availability of flights with high price tag. There were only 5000 tourists arrived in 2011 as per the United Nations report. You should visit Marshall Islands if you like natural places, and crystal clear water beaches.

Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands

5. Equatorial Guinea – 6000 Annual Visitors

Equatorial Guinea is one of the smallest countries in the world. Equatorial Guinea become the independent from Spain in 1968. It has a very less population, 736296 as per the 2012 figures and ranked 150th in the world by population. The main hurdle to visit this country is VISA and security issues which didn’t attract the tourists. Only 6000 tourists visited this country in 2012 as per the World Bank report.

6. Turkmenistan – 7000 Annual Visitors

Turkmenistan is one of the coldest countries in the world. Turkmenistan become the independent from the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Turkmen is the official language, while Russian and Uzbek are also widely spoken. Ashgabat is the capital of the country and population of the country is only 5125693 as per the 2012 estimates.

Only 7000 persons visited this country in 2007 according to the UN Report. It is considered the second craziest country in the world after North Korea.


7. Sao Tome & Principe – 8000 Annual Visitors

Sao Tome & Principe is the second smallest African country after Seychelles. It has population of 172000 (approx.) according to 2012 figures of the Government. Sao Tome is the largest city and the capital of the country. They become independent from Portugal Empire in 1975. They have very small GDP which is almost only US$264 Million 2012 estimates.

There is no facility for tourists or foreigners in the country. There is also less transportation in the country to be connected Internationally. As per the reports of UNWTO in 2010, Only 8000 tourists visited this country.

8. Comoros – 15000 Annual Visitors

It is one of the smallest island countries in the world. Due to fear of malaria, people don’t like to visit this country for their vacation or holiday. Comoros is also less connected with other parts of the world, which makes it one of the less popular among the tourists. Only 15000 people visited this island country in 2010 according to the UNWTO reports.

9. Solomon Islands – 23000 Annual Visitors

Solomon Islands is one of the smallest island countries in the world, with a small population. Solomon Islands is one of the costliest travel destinations in the world due to high ticket prices. Still, Solomon Islands is one of the best island countries in the world to be visited once in your life. 23000 people visited this country in 2010 as per the UNWTO reports.

Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands

10. Afghanistan – 17500 Annual Visitors

Afghanistan has suffered a lot from the war with the western countries. Afghanistan is also considered as one of the unsafe countries in the Asian region due to civil war. The country has a good number of travel attractions and the best locations for tourism. Only 17500 persons (foreigners) visited this country which makes it one of the least visited countries in the world.

A few other countries are also least visited countries, such as Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Moldova, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, and Kuwait.

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Article Title: Top 10 Least Visited Countries in the World By Number of Foreign Tourists

Note: We could not able to gather new data of foreign tourists arrivals as most of official sites are not updated with latest data.

John Mathew is a travel writer and travel enthusiastic, primarily interested in how to get to any place, hotels guide, resorts guide, destination guide, and worldwide travel tips.