The UNESCO has listed these 10 countries as the least holiday at countries in the world. But the least visited countries always have the untouched scenic beauty preserved for its very few visitors. Read on to know how to reach these countries and some interesting facts about all of them.
France, Spain or Italy there is little anyone has ever been. Countries such as Thailand or Indonesia, since nowadays nobody was very interested to travel to. No, if you really want to visit a country where no one has been out of your acquaintances, go to one of the least visited 10 countries!
Every year a list is compiled by the World Tourism Organization, the number of international visitors it receives each country per year. Based on their data, these are the 10 least visited countries in the world
Guinea-Bissau (7500 visitors)
Guinea-Bissau (not to be confused with Guinea, which receives more than 60,000 visitors annually) is one of the poorest countries in Africa. The country in western Africa has a huge foreign debt and an economy which is heavily dependent on foreign aid. In the 90s this was a bitter civil war site, where thousands of people died. The Ebola outbreak is also another reason for which travelers are advised not to visit Guinea-Bissau. That is anyway difficult, because there is no tourist infrastructure and few airlines fly to the country.
Travelers who dare however, are rewarded with beautiful scenery and the rugged beauty of the nation. So you can spot hippos and turtles in the more than twenty islands of the Bijagos archipelago, or Portuguese architecture to admire in Bissau. For adventurers Guinea-Bissau is a true paradise!
Niue (7000 visitors)
Niue is a small, very rocky island which lies in the South Pacific. With an area of only 260 square kilometers and around 1,000 inhabitants, Niue is perhaps one of the largest coral atoll islands, but it is also one of the smallest countries in the world.
The island is surrounded by protected reefs and has a very unique feature to complement the beautiful small beaches; Niue has a high natural radioactivity in the soil! But there is no negative effects known. For travel geeks Niue is the perfect island, because since 2003 there has been over the island free Wi-Fi! We like that.
Libya (6250 visitors)
Although Libya is the world’s 17th largest nation, the country has had many problems. A civil war ravaged the nation, and battles with armed attackers occur frequently in almost the entire country. The climate of the country is not very attractive, with almost 90% of the country covered by very dry Sahara desert. Only the north of the country on the Mediterranean Sea has a milder climate.
Those who dare to defy the environmental and political conditions, will be rewarded with a magnificent historical heritage. Leptis Magna, east of Tripoli was once an important city of the Roman Empire and to this day it has one of the best preserved Roman ruins.
Kiribati (6000 visitors)
Kiribati is an extremely isolated nation geographically. It has a land mass of 800 square kilometers, but the islands are spread over 3.5 million square kilometers. Because Kiribati is so remote and inaccessible, the islands are still untouched. To get there, you can fly from Nauru and the Marshall Islands, on flights that fly once every two weeks. Or fly from Fiji to one of the two weekly flights to South Tawara, the capital of Kiribati.
The local population of Kiribati is otherwise very friendly and welcoming, with the Kiribati dance as one of the most iconic aspects of their culture, which is characterized by small, birdlike movements with the head. The flag of Kiribati even has a bird that refers to this dance.
Equatorial Guinea (5700 visitors)
Equatorial Guinea (between Gabon and Cameroon) consists of the mainland and five volcanic islands, Bioko Island is the most popular. The African country is known for its many beautiful white beaches, volcanic views and a pristine jungle. Besides the beautiful scenery, the country also a good destination for animal lovers because the rain forest is home to numerous endangered primates and nesting sea turtles on the beach.
South Sudan (5500 visitors)
South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011, is one of the newest countries in the world, but still full of civil wars. Because of the diverse population (consisting of Muslims, Christians and animists) and an equally diverse geography, South Sudan is due to more than 40 years of civil war. Despite the tumultuous political situation, the Sudanese hospitality remains unparalleled and those who visited call it one of their favorites torn country at war.
South Sudan has an ancient cultural history, has delicious food (and has many interesting sights. So you will find the pyramids of Meroe and Sufi, the nature around the river Nile and you can dive near Port Sudan.
Marshall Islands (4600 visitors)
With over 1,000 islands, the Marshall Islands does us really proud. The country is full of expert fishermen and seafarers who mostly live a little away from the sea. The country does a lot to protect the ocean and even the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Marshall Islands has a high radioactivity due to nuclear tests that the Americans have done here in the past. Moreover, climate change threaten the islands, because if the sea continues to rise due to the melting of the ice caps, the Marshall Islands will disappear eventually.
Tuvalu (1000 visitors)
Tuvalu! You know, those Polynesian football dwarf where Foppe de Haan was the coach of. It’s in the world and has achieved the title of one of the smallest and most remote countries. To get there you have to take propeller plane from Fiji Airways, which flies twice a week. Or a cargo ship, also known as passenger acts between Fiji and Tuvalu.
With a huge variety of marine life, Tuvalu is the ultimate diving and snorkeling destination. There are a total of 9 different coral atolls, many coral reefs, lagoons and small islands, where you can spend days or even weeks to explore them. On the islands, travelers can enjoy a friendly and protected Polynesian culture with unique art, crafts, music, dance and storytelling.
Somalia (400 visitors)
There are many travel warnings in force for Somalia because of the armed conflict between the government and violent factions (including those of Al Shabab, linked to al Qaeda). But before the civil war started in the early 90s, Somalia was a very hospitable country for travelers. The country is best known for its waterfalls, mountains and national parks. Moreover, Somalia has got the longest coastline in the entire African continent, and has countless beaches, where the beaches near Mogadishu are the most beautiful.
Nauru (160 visitors)
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the tiny island state Nauru, with an area of less than 21 square kilometers and only 10,000 people. Also, freight deliveries are rare and employment is scarce. Healthcare here is also simple to say at its best.
Despite the current economic gloom, the island still offers a glimpse of its former glory, with a turbulent coastline and sea birds flying over the green cliffs of the interior. For those with an interest in World War II, there are remnants of the Japanese occupation spread all over the island, as well as the remarkable skeletal remains of the mining infrastructure.