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Countries with the Fewest Tourists Per Capita

Name the countries that receive the fewest international visitors in relation to the size of their population.
Ratio = Residents / Visitors
Tourist numbers for 2018 according to the UNWTO
There is no data for some countries, which are listed to the right
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Last updated: January 23, 2020
First submittedOctober 19, 2017
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Continent
Ratio
Country
Africa
1071
D.R. Congo
Africa
1064
Guinea
Asia
239
Pakistan
Africa
183
Chad
Asia
159
Bangladesh
Africa
148
Niger
Africa
141
Burkina Faso
Africa
137
Sierra Leone
Africa
129
Nigeria
Africa
121
Angola
Continent
Ratio
Country
Africa
120
Ethiopia
Africa
105
Madagascar
Africa
97
Mali
Asia
78
India
South America
67
Venezuela
Oceania
61
Papua New Guinea
Africa
53
Sudan
Africa
45
Tanzania
Africa
45
Cameroon
Asia
44
Iraq
No Data
Afghanistan
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Libya
Mauritania
North Korea
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Turkmenistan
Yemen
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
I was quite surprised by Madagascar's appearance. I assumed it was quite touristy for some reason.
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level 54
Feb 14, 2018
That surprised me too but it be because it is so expensive to fly to. At least is is from America.
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level 57
Feb 14, 2018
Same here! Madagascar amazed me the most of anywhere I've been. It has a relatively low population. Probably related to the coup in 2009.
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level 55
Jan 25, 2020
I has an extremely high human population giving the carrying capacity of the land. Upwards of 95% of the forest has been cleared since the 1950s and poor agricultural practices have all but destroyed the topsoil in most of the country unfortunately
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level 84
Oct 19, 2017
So people don't go to visit the middle of the Sahara Desert in large numbers, eh? Shocking.
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level 28
Apr 26, 2018
Lol
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level 80
Oct 20, 2017
And at one point, the tourist ministry (which issues required permits) told me I was the only tourist currently in Equatorial Guinea. (It does have foreign oilfield workers, though.)
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
So isn't India Touristy ?
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level 67
Oct 26, 2017
They are. But there are definitely far less than 1 billion people visiting the country every year.
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level 78
Feb 14, 2018
I'd say India's inclusion is a combination of four things. 1. the arcane and overly difficult process involved in obtaining a tourist visa. 2. being somewhat isolated geographically from the areas where most international tourists come from. 3. Hostile relations with most of their neighbors means not that many people coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan, or Myanmar. 4. and most importantly... the enormous population of India. But there are definitely a lot of tourists there.
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level 74
Feb 14, 2018
I haven't been in two years but my India visa was a piece of cake. Online. Flew into Delhi. Waited in line for 10 minutes and off I went. Like you, I am an American. Perhaps it has changed since 2 years ago.
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level 78
Feb 15, 2018
I was there more than 2 years ago. It may have gotten simpler since I went. When I went I don't believe that online processing was an option- that would have saved me a ton of hassle.
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level 60
Oct 18, 2018
Isolated geographically. What are you talking about? India isn't isolated geographically at all.
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level 78
Feb 27, 2019
"... from the areas where most international tourists come from." You see a lot of tourists from Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan where you're from?
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level ∞
Jan 23, 2020
While I'd love to visit the many cultural attractions that India has too offer, I'll probably never go there. For a westerner such as myself, the chance of gastroenteritis is nearly 100%. Combined with the intense crowds, it makes for a very uncomfortable trip. Maybe I'll visit Goa or Kerala some day..
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level 78
Feb 14, 2018
I went to Moldova expecting to like it there but... gotta admit it was boring as heck. Drove around Chisinau several nights looking for something, anything, to do and often all I would find were some guys sitting outside a gas station in plastic chairs. But Belarus wasn't that bad. I know it's the 2nd hardest place in Europe to get a visa to (after Russia), but I enjoyed my time there. Pretty sad that they can't even beat Somalia, Yemen, Syria or Iraq...
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level 60
Feb 14, 2018
If you arrive and depart from the Minsk Airport and have travel insurance that covers Belarus, it's possible to stay there for five days without a visa. I think you can stay longer if you are a citizen of certain countries (mostly former CIS and Middle East). Also, the last I checked, there were no border formalities whatsoever between Belarus and Russia, so I don't think the visa regime can be the major cause for a low number of tourists.
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level 75
Jan 24, 2020
Just a note that "no border formalities" in this case means that foreigners generally aren't allowed to cross the border between Belarus and Russia (except flying apparently if you have both valid visas), because you absolutely need a stamp when entering and exiting each country.
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level 42
Feb 14, 2018
I went to Belarus few months ago and didn't need a visa to enter the country (remained less the 5 days limit for visa-less entry)...The only administrative demand from the country's administration was to register to their national health insurance for the duration of my stay, registration at Minsk airport. Otherwise, I must say I also enjoyed my stay there.
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level 78
Feb 15, 2018
I wanted to stay longer than 5 days and was coming by car.
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level 61
Feb 14, 2018
On the latest date, there are more than 1M tourist a year in Madagascar, which I happen to live. Although it's not a lot for a 30M people country, it's definitely bigger than what is written here. AND I advise everybody to come and visit here! Its a wondeful and unique place.
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level 63
Feb 14, 2018
You are preaching to the converted, my sister has been there many times as part of her job with the World Bank. She says it is extremely beautiful and loves going there. CAR on the other hand, (scatology centre).
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level ∞
Jan 23, 2020
Madagascar had 257,000 visitors in 2018 according to the UNWTO. Keep in mind that it's an island, which probably explains why such an interesting country is on this list.
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level 67
Feb 14, 2018
Can't help but wonder if Borat did anything to keep Kazakhstan off this list.
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level 75
Jan 24, 2020
Kazakhstan has a relatively low population and lots of business trips going on, and visa free regime was expanded recently.
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level 54
Feb 14, 2018
Awesome, I'm flying to Bangladesh on March 4th!
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level 49
Feb 16, 2018
I hope you see some other tourist.
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level 51
Jan 2, 2019
Last month I've been there for 9 days and I can't talk about say Indians, but I saw perhaps 8 Western-looking people - more than I expected. But considering the 100000 Bangladeshis I could have met in the streets, it certainly is not much...
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level 70
Feb 15, 2018
Yes, the definition of "visitor" would be helpful. But thanks at least for making this one per capita, as I wish more quizzes were.
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level 57
Jan 24, 2020
How does somewhere like CAR avoid being on the list considering the other places that are??
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level 75
Jan 24, 2020
It counts all overnight visitors, not only what you'd imagine as tourists. It needs only 105,000 annually to get off the list.
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level 70
Jan 24, 2020
To Quizmaster. Ok my wife is Indian (I am ethnically English) which may make a difference but you must go to India. The chances of gastric problems are tiny if you take the right precautions. Dont drink any water except sealed bottled. Dont eat fruit, be sensible where you eat and dont have ice in drinks. Get the right shots and you will be fine. India is a fantastic place to visit. I go two or three times a year all over the country both in the big cities and the country. It is super safe and full of interest and charm and you will find little difficulty finding someone who speaks English. Also the infrastructure, cleanliness etc has improved dramatically since my first visit in the 90s. I dont know about US citizens but as a Brit I can get a multiple entry tourist visa online in 2 days for minimal cost
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level 57
Jan 25, 2020
I can't believe that the Central African Republic, in the midst of a vicious civil war and without much to see, is not on this list.
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level 56
Jan 25, 2020
I'm surprised to see Tanzania on the list. A lot of people climb Kilimanjaro.
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level 80
Jan 26, 2020
Yes, and visit the Serengeti. But it has a large population which probably accounts for this.
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level 80
Jan 26, 2020
Surprised not to see Eritrea on this list. They're very sticky with visas and there are only a few things to see.
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level 80
Jan 26, 2020
I can also recommend Burkina Faso as a friendly and interesting place to visit, as long as you head west out of Ouagadougou (it's iffy to head east or north). Big on music and culture, and not as religious as its surrounding countries to the north.