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Most-Visited Countries by Americans

Name the countries that are visited by the greatest number of United States residents.
For the year 2017. Source (.xlsx)
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Country
35.1 m
Mexico
14.3 m
Canada
3.76 m
United Kingdom
2.72 m
Dominican Republic
2.65 m
France
2.38 m
Italy
2.19 m
Germany
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Country
1.96 m
China
1.88 m
Netherlands
1.65 m
Spain
1.57 m
Jamaica
1.15 m
Japan
1.15 m
Ireland
1.11 m
India
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Country
1.07 m
Costa Rica
0.997 m
Bahamas
0.843 m
Philippines
0.843 m
Colombia
0.690 m
Switzerland
0.652 m
Israel
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Level 60
Mar 5, 2017
Costa Rica is surprising. I wonder if this includes data from the territories, which is the only way I see the Dominican Republic being on here, since it's a very popular tourist destination for Puerto Ricans.
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2017
The high numbers for the DR and Philippines may be explained by immigrants returning to visit family members.
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Level 67
May 29, 2017
My question is answered already, thank you Quizmaster.
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Level 43
Mar 14, 2018
The Philippines are a popular mission destination.
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Level 43
May 13, 2021
A lot of cruise ships stop in these Caribbean countries
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Level 82
May 29, 2017
Punta Cana
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Level 26
May 29, 2017
costa Rica is highly popular due to ecotourism around the globe about 60 percent of the country is green and this is what their economy depends on
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Level 59
May 29, 2017
I'm not surprised at all. When I was in Costa Rica not a day would pass where I didn't meet an American on vacation.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2020
after Canada and Mexico it was one of my first guesses
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Level 82
May 30, 2017
Not surprised by Costa Rica at all. It is far safer, cleaner, more stable and prosperous than other Central American countries. It has a thriving ecotourism industry as mentioned, it's rainforest being a major tourist attraction, and it's also a huge sex tourist destination. The Dominican Republic is also a big destination for sex tourism. As mentioned there are also a lot of Dominicans living in the United States who return from time to time; finally, DR is a frequent stop for Caribbean cruise ships.
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Level 75
Jan 8, 2020
With all the unexplained deaths last year in the DR it may not be such a safe place, either.
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Level 69
Mar 14, 2018
Just returned from Costa Rica and was told by locals they believe the influx of tourism in CR by Americans/States is due to the relative unsafe or perceived unsafe conditions currently in Mexico.
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2020
While Costa Rica is safer than most countries in Central America, it still has a murder rate that is more than double that of the United States. The roads are unsafe, and pedestrians are not given the right of way. Theft is common and often targets tourists. My parents had $500 taken from their hotel safe. (At the time, ATM machines were not reliable in Costa Rica). That said, it's a beautiful country, and you should definitely visit. But be aware that it's not a part of the first world.
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
Murder rate more than double that of the USA, but still less than a quarter that of El Salvador's... though, looking up the figures just now I was surprised to see that Nicaragua's rate of homicide is significantly lower than Costa Rica's. I guess CR is not the safest country in Central America after all. But close.
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Level 45
Mar 6, 2024
comparing murder rate with El Salvador LOL
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Level 66
Mar 5, 2017
I'm surprised by Colombia!
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Level 73
Mar 11, 2017
One of my favorite countries on earth to visit. Love it.
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Level 70
May 29, 2017
Really? Colombia is top of my bucket list!
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Level 45
Mar 6, 2024
Just curious, why?
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Level 67
May 29, 2017
Cartagena
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Level 54
Jan 7, 2020
I am from Colombia and I am also surprised by it hahaha. No idea why anyone would want to come to this hellhole
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Yeah, especially with the devil's breath drug and cartels, but it is still a beautiful country.
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2017
OK, a lot of these are surprising. DR, Costa Rica, Colombia, Taiwan, Philippines.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2017
Expats, though the first two are also popular for holidays I think
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
All of these are nice places to visit - I've spent more time in the Philippines than anywhere that I haven't had full-time employment before - but also what Djilas said. All have huge numbers of expats living in the US, and often their descendants.
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Level 76
May 3, 2023
Not surprising for the Philippines at all actually. Some go to see their family or visit the beautiful beaches there, etc. Filipino-Americans one of the biggest Asian-American groups. Taiwan is off the list now but Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean so they take a bunch of cruises there. Costa Rica and Colombia are also popular for their own reasons which I'm not sure about. But, they are somewhat close to the USA (at least compared to eastern hemisphere countries)
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Level 90
Mar 5, 2017
Oh, Israel!

Wonder what the numbers for Vatican City are.

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Level 63
Mar 6, 2017
I'd say those numbers are included to Italy because you have to go through Italy to get there and there's just a security check but no check for a passort whatsoever.
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Level 74
Mar 6, 2017
Security check? What are you talking about? You literally just walk right in.
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Level 82
Mar 7, 2017
There's security check only for the church and other buildings, not for the square, unless maybe there's some big event.
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Level 89
Jan 7, 2020
I’d imagine that in the event Tom Hanks has to be brought in to help find an Illuminati terrorist, entry into the Vatican might be more security-heavy.
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
If the source requires an overnight stay then the number would be approximately zero.
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Level 71
Mar 6, 2017
Interesting quiz, makes you think outside the box somewhat.
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Level 42
May 29, 2017
Of course I forget Jamaica after trying nearly all of the Caribbean/Central American countries... and I was also considering Israel in the last five seconds but pushed it aside haha whoops
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Level 33
May 29, 2017
You know, there are different kinds of tourism. Leisure, religion, health, business. In that matter, the latter should include countries invaded by US Armies as business affairs. Iraq should be on the top of the list...
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Level 64
Jun 1, 2017
No it really should not
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
Invading armies, international business persons or workers whose jobs require international travel, refugees and religious pilgrims are not tourists and shouldn't be classified as such.
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Level 43
May 29, 2017
Dominican republic im not surprised of i went there for a wedding last year, pretty good vaca spot this summer
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Level 53
May 29, 2017
Sad to see my country is so violent that American prefer to distant and safer places like Taiwan than here, Brazil...
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
They probably got scared away by that one scene in Fast & Furious where the police were unable to continue their arrest of Vin Diesel on account of everyone in Brazil being strapped, which I assume is every bit as realistic as a Dodge Charger being able to rip an enormous bank safe out of the building it was cemented in to and then go racing down the street dragging it along like it wasn't there.
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Level 82
Jan 15, 2020
Well, that and the fact that US citizens needed a visa until recently.
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Level 43
Aug 15, 2021
That's not the reason why they don't come to Brazil, it's because Americans needed a visa until recently. A lot of Europeans come to Brazil, specially Rio and the northeast
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Level 43
Aug 15, 2021
And also, Brazilian government don't invest enough in tourism even though it looks like they do
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Level 67
May 29, 2017
Why do so many Americans go to the Dominican Republic?
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Level 43
May 29, 2017
Popular vacation destination, really warm and generally safer and nicer than most caribbean and South American countries.
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Level 66
May 31, 2017
Cruise companies' beaches/resorts
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Level 78
Jan 7, 2020
It's rather close to them.
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Level 43
May 29, 2017
Why on earth would a person go to the Philippines or Taiwan over Australia???
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Level 34
May 29, 2017
because taiwan is better
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Level 75
May 29, 2017
Because they're cheaper and shorter flights, they're cheaper to stay in, they have more distinct cultures, and people are a lot more likely to have family there?
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2020
The biggest one for me is the distinct cultures. If you are traveling because you want to have new experiences, Taiwan and the Philippines are much more interesting. Australia is beautiful and a great place to visit, I lived there for a year. But culturally it felt just like home (Canada).
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Level 82
Oct 8, 2020
This is likely the single most important reason - there are a ton of Filipino expats and people of Filipino descent living in the USA.
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Level 75
May 29, 2017
Because there are a lot more Filipinos living in the U.S. who return home for visits than there are Australians who do the same. But I suppose another way to answer this question would be - why wouldn't a person go to the Philippines or Taiwan over Australia? Is Australia better to visit? Just better in general?
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Level 82
May 30, 2017
I've been to Taiwan once and the Philippines about 10 times and never been to Australia before. I can think of lots of reasons to go to the Philippines instead of Australia. The two biggest are probably that the Philippines is super cheap and Australia is super expensive, and while the Philippines is likely far and away hands down the easiest place in the world to meet girls (and I've been to Thailand and Russia), I imagine that Australia is quite similar to the US or Canada: not easy at all.

More minor reasons would be that Filipinos are super friendly and open (I know Australians have a similar reputation but Filipinos edge them out IMO), Boracay, Palawan, a more unique cultural experience from the perspective of most Westerners, and... uh... after that reasons start running a bit thin. Mostly the price and the girls.

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Level 65
Jun 9, 2017
Because the Philippines is underrated
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Level 79
Jan 5, 2020
Australia was expensive a few years ago when our dollar was at parity with the USD, but current exchange rates hardly justify the complaint about cost.
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
compared to the Philippines, though? I once stayed at a hotel there for $3. You can get flights from any island to any other island for under $15 if you book in advance. You can get an hour long full-body oil massage for $2.20. Jeepney ride (urban public transit) costs literally 14 cents. Prices for food, women, and entertainment are almost as low, too. I'm sure that Australia is not that cheap.
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2020
@kalbahamut: prices for women? Really? Last time I checked, you don't buy women.
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Level 82
Jan 8, 2020
When was it that you checked? Was it before the dawn of civilization?
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Level 89
Jan 7, 2020
Because Australia’s currently on fire.
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Level 64
Jan 9, 2020
Because Australia is full of things that want to kill you. The giant spiders alone are enough to keep me far, far away! Lol.
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Level 76
May 3, 2023
because Filipino-Americans visiting their family often and its a popular tourist destination even though they have no Filipino ancestry
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Level 76
May 3, 2023
and also what the previous guy said, Australia is full of deadly creatures like 12 inch big tarantulas and who knows what else they're hiding there
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Level 38
May 30, 2017
Surprised Colombia is here but not Brazil
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2018
It's pretty much all Cartagena, a big resort
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2020
Proximity explains a lot.
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Level 46
May 30, 2017
I am surprised to see Switzerland and no Thailand
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Level 75
Apr 27, 2020
People prefer clocks to co- No I'm not going to go there.
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Level 58
Apr 29, 2020
oH
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2023
combs?
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Level 71
Sep 28, 2023
cops
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Level 38
May 31, 2017
Got all except Colombia
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Level 57
May 31, 2017
Great quiz! Like it..
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Level 60
Oct 13, 2017
I am surprised Belize is not on it. It is on these cruises that are very popular. But that is may be only here in the South...
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
It also is still as small country, popular, but it can't fit a lot of people.
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Level 20
Nov 9, 2017
great quiz
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Level 52
Aug 17, 2018
I think there’s an error - I tried my backyard trailer in Memphis Tennessee but I it didn’t have that as a country?
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Level 20
Oct 28, 2018
I missed Canada and Switzerland. good quiz tho.
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Level 31
Jan 6, 2020
Why is south korea not here? There are few koreatown and many people immigrate to the us from korea, south.
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2020
There are a lot of Koreans in the US but not as many Koreans as there are Chinese, Indians, and Filipinos. This counts for something but not everything. Actually there are fewer immigrants in the US from Korea than there are from El Salvador, Vietnam, or Cuba, as well, and none of those countries make the cut.
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2020
I'm personally surprised that Portugal isn't on the list as the only time I have heard American accents abroad (apart from in Scotland) was there. And weirdly every American lady in Portuguese bars ordered strawberry daiquiris.
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Level 21
May 2, 2023
I missed the Netherlands and the Philippines, but I got the rest right.
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Level 45
Aug 19, 2023
Does the Netherlands include St Martin here? I don't think many Americans are visiting the Netherlands besides for layovers in Amsterdam