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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
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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 83
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 61
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 61
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 57
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 56
Mar 20, 2020
Same here, but expensive and not many very popular tourists destinations.
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Level 62
Jun 4, 2021
And I was surprised that countries like Libya and Somalia do NOT appear in the list. I guess that's because they have little population.
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Level 68
Nov 17, 2021
Libya and Somalia are both in the "No Data" column on the right
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Level 91
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 27
Apr 26, 2018
Lol
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2021
I bet a lot more go to the Sahara and the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro than go to the war-torn failed states that are given due to lack of info.

This isn't a very fulfilling quiz TBH, since the major countries you expect to see on the list can't be included on the list. Not much that can be done about it, that's just how it is...

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Level 87
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 79
Mar 21, 2020
What? The only tourist in Equatorial Guinea? A country with over a million inhabitants and a land area slightly larger than that of Massachusetts?
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Level 73
Oct 25, 2023
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Equatorial_Guinea

First sentence: "Equatorial Guinea is known for human rights abuses."

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Level 60
Oct 24, 2017
So isn't India Touristy ?
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Level 73
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 82
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 86
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 82
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 66
Oct 18, 2018
Isolated geographically. What are you talking about?

India isn't isolated geographically at all.

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Level 82
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 71
Mar 20, 2020
I don't think #3 is entirely true. It's true for Pakistan and maybe Myanmar (not sure about it), but travel between India and Bangladesh is pretty common, both by airplane and by people crossing the border every day. This quiz can attest to that: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/218538/countries-that-visit-india-the-most

Otherwise the rest of arguments make sense to me, especially considering population

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Level 35
Feb 9, 2021
India helped Bangladesh get its independence do I'm pretty sure India and Bangladesh aren't hostile towards each other
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Level 35
Feb 9, 2021
Also Quizmaster. please go to Jaipur it is a lovely city. It has this huge megamall called world trade center and i loved going there
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Level 64
May 9, 2021
Myanmar and India have pretty decent relations. Burmese people probably don't have the income to be able to travel to India in large numbers.
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Level 64
May 9, 2021
Also if you've ever been Kolkata, there are a lot of Bengalis from Bangladesh there. Unfortunately majority of them are under the poverty line and probably have no legal residential status and not on any census data.
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Level 71
Jul 30, 2021
@limesus, it's a bit more complicated than that. The first Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujib, was very pro-India, but he was assassinated in 1975, and his successors, who were more conservative Muslims, were less so.

Today, relations with India are kinda mixed. There are occasional tensions due to water-sharing agreements and border disputes, and Modi is not very popular among the majority Muslim population of Bangladesh. At the same time, Indian cultural influence is abundant (especially with Bollywood movies/music) and the two countries are very economically integrated with each other. Also, the current PM is the daughter of Sheikh Mujib, so she has pursued many of her father's policies. While relations aren't always great, I'd say India is on better terms with Bangladesh than most of its other neighbors (especially Pakistan and China).

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Level 82
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 57
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 82
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 38
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 82
Feb 15, 2018
I wanted to stay longer than 5 days and was coming by car.
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Level 82
Mar 20, 2020
Seems like India, Moldova, and Belarus are all off the list now...
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Level 67
Mar 20, 2020
India is on there (and last update was in januari, so not changed today)
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Level 66
Mar 20, 2020
People must have listened to your previous comment.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2020
Oops. Yes India is still there. Not sure what I was looking at.
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Level 67
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 69
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 78
Feb 14, 2018
Can't help but wonder if Borat did anything to keep Kazakhstan off this list.
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Level 82
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 61
Feb 14, 2018
Awesome, I'm flying to Bangladesh on March 4th!
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Level 60
Feb 16, 2018
I hope you see some other tourist.
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Level 56
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 71
Jan 23, 2021
Exciting! It's somewhat disappointing to see it so low. I know it's not a country that gets a lot of positive publicity, and it certainly isn't the most ideal or exciting place to visit, but there are some areas that are truly beautiful, especially in the countryside. There are also plenty of historical sites to visit, and it's certainly much safer to visit than many of the other countries on this list.

(To be fair though, population probably has a lot to do with it. I'm guessing Bangladesh would fare better than many countries on this list if it were based on absolute numbers of tourists)

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Level 78
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 62
Jan 24, 2020
How does somewhere like CAR avoid being on the list considering the other places that are??
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Level 82
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 78
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 72
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 71
Jan 25, 2020
I'm surprised to see Tanzania on the list. A lot of people climb Kilimanjaro.
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Level 87
Jan 26, 2020
Yes, and visit the Serengeti. But it has a large population which probably accounts for this.
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Level 87
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 87
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.
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2020
Shocked eritrea is not on it (guessing it might by Ethiopians crossing over) and that Ethiopia and Tanzania are. I guess I should’ve known cuz of the huge populations but they’re touristy for African standards.
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Level 67
Mar 20, 2020
I am absolutely shocked that Somalia is not on this list.
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Level 88
Mar 20, 2020
Somalia is listed in the grey sidebar as one of the countries for which there is no data. Otherwise I imagine it would be on the list.
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Level 67
Mar 20, 2020
Oh wow. I didn't even notice those. Yes, I imagine every one of those countries would be on the list as long as they have a sizable enough population.
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2020
Would like to say I appreciate the way the countries without data are listed, I wish more applicable quizzes did that.
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Level 75
Mar 20, 2020
It would have been great for me, too, if I'd stopped to read it before I wasted time typing eight of the countries listed there.
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Level 43
Apr 5, 2020
I have the data for the missing countries:

T/P = Tourists / Population

Afghanistan: 0,00062 T/P

Equatorial Guinea: 0,00442 T/P

Gabon: 0,12382 T/P

Libya: 0,00495 T/P

Mauritania: 0,00736 T/P

North Korea: 0,00039 T/P

Somalia: 0,00003 T/P

South Sudan: 0,00043

Syria: 0,28970 T/P

Turkmenistan: 0,00136 T/P

Yemen: 0,01229 T/P

Source: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fwa0toRgAk-ZTe1dysUk8weBWS1jOD29AkYvtIOnYls/edit?usp=sharing

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Level 45
May 4, 2020
It's sad seeing Pakistan not having much tourists even though we have many tourist spots
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Level 39
May 5, 2020
I wonder how does Guinea appear so low on this list - it doesn't have a particularly high population and I don't know why it would be visited so much less than other West African countries
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Level 41
May 17, 2020
haha I came in all confident, ready to list all of the countries on the no data list.
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Level 82
Aug 22, 2021
This quiz was tricky for me, because most of the places my mind went to were the no data countries, which just threw my whole thought process into chaos.
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2022
Surprised to see Iraq on this list considering that Karbala sees 15 million+ pilgrims annually
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Level 73
Nov 30, 2022
This must be the closest call I've had on this website. I finished the quiz with 1 second left. It's a good thing that for once I didn't make a typo.