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    Most Difficult Places to Travel to in the World (and How to Get There)


    Getting to Mexico, Canada and most of Europe is a breeze compared to visiting the most difficult places to travel to in the world. With help from Bootsnall and Garfors, we here at Swift outlined five of the most difficult places, why you’d want to go through the hassle and tips on how to get there.

    North Korea

    Stocked with intriguing culture and natural beauty, North Korea is big on detaining visitors if they don’t have their valid visa in hand upon arrival. The US Department of State travel warning reports a high risk of arrest, lengthy detention and even being banned from leaving the country unless your travel documents are in order. Once in the country, you must be accompanied by two guides at all times.


    The world’s largest country is rife with vodka and magnificent history, but you also need an official invitation to get in. The invite is actually a booking confirmation from your hotel, and it’s followed by obtaining a tourist voucher, which you can get from your tour operator, government-approved hotel or travel agency. You apply for your visa next, a long and arduous process that tends to change frequently and involves plenty of patience.  If you plan on traveling to Russia, you’re in luck, Swift is able to Expedite Russia Visas!


    Magnificent mountains, fascinating landscape and extraordinary Buddhist temples are just three reasons to go through the hassle it takes to visit Bhutan. You must first contact a licensed tour operator to book and pay for your entire trip in advance, and then obtain your visa. The Tourism Council of Bhutan sets the daily cost of your trip, and it includes everything you need: meals, transportation, cultural programs and guided tours around the country.


    A near-empty capital city stocked with majestic buildings, a Karakum desert phenomenon known as “Door to Hell” and general lack of crowds and tourists are prime reasons to visit Turkmenistan. You can only get a visa if you sign up for a guide to show you around the country, and you must pay for your entire trip in advance.


    Deep history, ancient buildings, hot nightlife in Tashkent and an equally hot exchange rate may draw you to Uzbekistan. Like Russia, you’ll need an official invitation to visit, although the hotel booking typically works. You’ll need a visa for any length of visit and, if you stay longer than three days, you’ll also have to register with the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    Going through the process of visiting these countries may be arduous and lengthy, but they may easily be worth the hassle and wait. If you have any questions about visiting these or other destinations, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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