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Hardest Countries to visit in the World

In many ways the world seems like it is getting smaller. Technology has made it possible to communicate with people on the other side of the world instantly via forums, e-learning, social media and by many other means. But for those hard core travellers who enjoy experiencing a culture in person and are looking for a challenge, here is a list of some of the hardest countries to visit in the world.

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First on the list is Angola. This former Portuguese colony is rich in oil and diamonds, and want to deter unemployed European job seekers from coming here. In order to do this, they make it almost impossible to obtain a visa. If you do apply, besides having to show a letter of invitation, funds, and other documents, you may need to wait up to eight weeks for the visa to be processed.

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Saudi Arabia is also known for being extremely rich in oil, therefore they have no need to create a strong tourism market. Every year they are already guaranteed around 2 million Muslims who are doing the Hajj, so they see no need to make their country appealing to non-Islamic Westerners who may stir up 'trouble'. Also if you have an Israeli stamp anywhere in your passport you are almost guaranteed you will be refused entry.

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Russia is a very difficult country to enter especially for Americans. Similar to other difficult countries to enter, visa applicants need to have a Letter of Invitation, proof of sufficient funds, and much more. If you are granted a visa, the maximum you will be allowed to stay is only 30 days.

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Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the island of Nauru is world’s smallest independent republic. The first step to applying for the visa is to locate a consulate, of which there are only 10 in the world. Once you do eventually find one, the process is extremely laborious and can take weeks or months to approve. If you are granted a visa, there is only one flight per week from Australia to get you there. Once you are there, there is no public transportation.

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