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 Libyan-American relationship has been tense for most of the 21st century. Following the 2012 Benghazi attacks, the US closed its embassy in Tripoli, the country’s capital. Americans are allowed to visit Libya, but the visa process is complicated. The country’s government requires that a Libyan sponsor applies for the visitor’s visa in Libya.