Countries that are hard to visit as American tourists

According to the US National Tourism Office, nearly 67 million Americans chose to take an international trip in 2016. The world may be our oyster, but some countries impose harsh visa requirements that may hinder American tourism.


The US diplomatic mission in Iran has been extinct since the 1979 hostage crisis. This means that there is no American embassy on Iranian soil. Some visitors, however, can apply for an Iranian visa through the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., but then they need to prove that they’re traveling with a tour group.