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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
Rough estimates for the year 2014
There is no data for South Sudan, North Korea or Afghanistan
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First submittedOctober 19, 2017
Last updatedOctober 19, 2017
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Continent
Ratio
Country
Asia
1288
Bangladesh
Asia
672
Turkmenistan
Africa
405
D.R. Congo
Africa
382
Guinea
Europe
323
Moldova
Africa
304
Nigeria
Asia
196
Pakistan
Africa
185
Libya
Asia
171
India
Africa
147
Niger
Continent
Ratio
Country
Africa
147
Sierra Leone
Africa
136
Mauritania
Africa
129
Ethiopia
Africa
115
Chad
Africa
109
Madagascar
Africa
105
Mali
Africa
95
Burkina Faso
Africa
79
Burundi
Europe
69
Belarus
Africa
69
Central African Republic
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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 52
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 56
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 66
Oct 19, 2017
It is a little bit surprise that many unstable counties like Somalia, Yemen, Iraq etc. is missing from this list.
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level 66
Oct 19, 2017
I was wondering the same. also eritrea, which is a country that is extremely difficult to travel to
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level 79
Oct 19, 2017
I assume you get lots of people coming in as part of relief agencies, news media etc. If you're poor but stable no one from western Europe and the Americas cares enough to come and people from bordering countries have no incentive to come regarding business. I also assume that it's very difficult to get numbers for places like Somalia, Yemen etc. so they might be left out.
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level 79
Oct 19, 2017
Quizmaster notes that there aren't numbers for Afghanistan, South Sudan and North Korea.
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level 45
Oct 20, 2017
I think Eritrea has bad data, because it doesn't make sense for it not to be there. For some other countries, instability -> refugees -> diaspora -> considerable number of people who return to visit relatives each year. I know some Yemenis and Somalis who go back almost every year when they can.
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level 67
Feb 14, 2018
Agency/media types of entries are almost always classified differently. I think your last point about data collection is the most relevant.
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level 76
Feb 14, 2018
Note to self: read all the caveats first.
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level 22
Oct 19, 2017
Yeah same
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level 83
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 79
Oct 20, 2017
To the list I expected to see that were already mentioned (Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea) I'll add Angola, which doesn't issue a lot of tourist visas.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2017
Genrally the visitors in broadest sense are counted in "tourist" statistics. Lots of oil business going on in Angola.
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level 79
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 66
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 77
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 72
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 77
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 58
Oct 18, 2018
Isolated geographically. What are you talking about? India isn't isolated geographically at all.
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level 77
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 77
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 59
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 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 77
Feb 15, 2018
I wanted to stay longer than 5 days and was coming by car.
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level 59
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 62
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 63
Feb 14, 2018
Can't help but wonder if Borat did anything to keep Kazakhstan off this list.
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level 52
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 49
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 69
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 52
Feb 15, 2018
If this is based on actual "tourism" i.e going on holiday rather than visiting for work/trade/aid agencies etc, how can Somalia not be on the list. I imagine the number of actual tourists visiting Somalia every year is about 0. The same goes for Syria. Holidays in a war zone aren't too much fun.
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level 77
Feb 16, 2018
At first I was going to say it might make sense given the large populations of most of these countries and the relatively small populations of Somalia (14 million) and Syria (18 million). There's even a Wikipedia page on Somalia's Ministry of Tourism but they don't provide numbers for the tourists they receive. But then I did the math and, even if you look at, for example, India and it's 1.3 billion people, okay, they would have to have received 100x as many tourists as Somalia to be on equal footing in tourism per capita. They got about 20 million tourists in 2014, so that would mean Somalia would have needed at least 200,000 to not appear on the list. That seems incomprehensible.

Also, doesn't explain Belarus which has a population under 10 million. I think the caveat at the top about some countries not being included probably needs to be expanded.