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Fascinating places where tourists aren't welcome

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 21: As the pandemic raged in the U.S., many countries banned Americans, including China, Canada, Mexico, India, and the European Union. But if it's any comfort, there are a lot of places that won't allow any visitors, no matter what country they're from. The antithesis of your average tourist trap, these places may even be steeped in local lore, but they often bar tourists for safety, security, or environmental reasons. Intrigued? We thought so. Here are 20 spots you'll have to admire from afar — if you're even allowed that close. Related: The World's Most Remote Hotels

Unwelcome Mat

As the pandemic raged in the U.S., many countries banned Americans, including China, Canada, Mexico, India, and the European Union. But if it's any comfort, there are a lot of places that won't allow any visitors, no matter what country they're from. The antithesis of your average tourist trap, these places may even be steeped in local lore, but they often bar tourists for safety, security, or environmental reasons. Intrigued? We thought so. Here are 20 spots you'll have to admire from afar — if you're even allowed that close.

Related: The World's Most Remote Hotels

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