There are countries in the world where tourism is not yet massive. Tourists here are not in the hundreds of thousands, but could be counted on the fingers of one hand. They are authentic paradises for those who seek to blend in with the environment, get to know the society that inhabits it and the natural environment it has. In general, this situation is due to their geographical location, since they are remote places that require an effort to reach, in addition to the conflicts that take place in their territory.
In this sense, the Hosteltur website has collected the ten least visited countries in the world, taking into account the annual studies related by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
According to this index, in 2017 there were 1,322 million tourists who traveled internationally, which represents a growth of 8% compared to the previous year. This increase was driven by the increase in tourism in Europe, mainly
Thus, in the year in which the highest numbers of tourists have been registered, the least visited countries are:
São Tomé and Príncipe: 8,000 visitors
Located in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe is the smallest country in Africa. There are those who do not hesitate to call this country the Galapagos of the Atlantic, due to the large number of endemic species that live in its territory.
Niue: 8,000 visitors
Known as the Rock of Polynesia, this South Pacific country is actually a 262 km² island with a maximum height of 60 meters. Surrounded by coral reefs, it is home to some 2,000 people.
Libya: 6,250 visitors
In North Africa, Libya has been immersed in a civil war since 2014. With a history dating back to the time of Ramses II, Libya had, until 2011, one of the highest life expectancies in Africa.
Marshall Islands: 6,000 visitors
Famous for the nuclear tests carried out here by the US after World War II, these islands are located in the Pacific, in the region of Micronesia and are considered one of the youngest countries in the world, as they achieved independence from the US in 1990 .
Equatorial Guinea: 5,700 visitors
This Central African country is one of the smallest countries on the continent. Spanish colony until the ’60s, most of the population has Castilian as their first language. Since independence, Guinean governments have been authoritarian.
South Sudan: 5,500 visitors
In East Africa, it is considered one of the most fragile countries in the world due to the continuous conflicts that have occurred in its territory since its independence in the late 1950s.
Kiribati: 4,000 visitors
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this country is made up of 33 atolls and a volcanic island spread over more than three million square kilometers. Among all, Christmas Island stands out, the largest atoll in the world with 642 km².
Tuvalu: 2,000 visitors
In the South Pacific, this country is part of Polynesia. Formed by 4 reefs and 5 atolls, it is noteworthy that the country’s maximum height is 5 meters above sea level, which makes its territory smaller and smaller due to global warming and sea level rise.
Somalia: 400 visitors
In the Horn of Africa, Somalia is considered the most homogeneous country in Africa in terms of culture, religion, ethnicity and linguistics, but this has not spared it from wars and famines. An important commercial center in ancient times, its current history is characterized by decades of conflict.
Nauru: 160 visitors
Just south of the equator on the Pacific Ocean, this country is the smallest sovereign state in Oceania and the third smallest in the world. Nauru is actually a phosphate island surrounded by a reef.