Several users on the travel forum say Burma is one of the countries they would not travel to for ethical reasons. Since the military coup in February 2021, there has been a dramatic increase in human rights abuses against its citizens.
The country of Yemen receives more than a few votes for places people refuse to visit on principle, and with good reason. In addition to being a hotbed of terrorism, Yemen has a terrible human rights record, with severe restrictions on access to food and healthcare, among other reasons.
In December 2022, Indonesia’s parliament passed a new law that criminalizes sexual relations between unmarried people. This law applies to Indonesians and tourists and is punishable by up to one year in prison.
Diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States have been nonexistent since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The U.S. State Department has a decades-long “do not travel” advisory due to the high risk of arbitrary arrest and wrongful detention of American citizens.
With its brutal dictatorship, isolationist policies, and nuclear weapon saber-rattling, it’s no surprise Westerners refuse to visit North Korea. But many people take issue with the country’s abysmal record on human rights.