10 Countries Tourists Won’t Visit for Ethical Reasons

It's a Matter of Ethics

Internet users weigh in on what countries they say are off limits for touring due to ethical reasons. Here are 10 of the countries listed most.

1. Burma (Myanmar)

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.

2. Yeman

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.

3. Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands are one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s also one of the most ecologically fragile due to the number of endangered plant and animal species.

4. Indonesia

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.

5. Iran

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.

6. North Korea

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.

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