Are you even surprised that France is at the top of the list? Because I definitely am not. France is one of the most romantic and beautiful countries in the world. France also shares borders with 8 different nations which makes it easier to travel around. The climate is nice, the food is AMAZING, and there are beautiful sites to see. And there is always Paris. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
China has one of the seven wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China. It also has beautiful cities like Beijing Shanghai, and Hong Kong, which thousands of people go to visit each year. China also has a very interesting history that goes back thousands of years. It is home to many tourist attractions including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Olympic Village, and much more. A visa is required and is $130. Visitors staying 72 hours or less (on a long layover to Shanghai, for example) don’t need a visa.
The mild climate, beautiful beaches, festivals, and laid back lifestyle is what attracts so many tourists to this beautiful country each year. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Another country in Europe that made it on this list! And it is mainly because Europe has such beautiful countries with amazing food, and Italy is one of those countries. Italy attracts thousands of tourists each year because of their exquisite cuisine and their historical landmarks. One of the wonders of the world lies in Rome, Italy. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Turkey has many historical and architectural sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. The people are incredibly friendly and also have a Grand Bazaar which takes over 160 streets. Visitors must complete an online form before arrival and the visa costs $20. (evisa.gov.tr).
The United Kingdom attracts many tourists each year specifically because of all its attractions including the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the London Eye, and much more. And obviously those cool double decker buses that are always in every movie. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
More than 30 percent of Germans spend their holiday in their own country– now that’s saying something. Dresden, Munich, Weimar, and Berlin are major cities that attract so many tourists each year. A visa not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Malaysia attracts millions of tourists each year due to their gorgeous tropical islands that have been some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The tourism definitely decreased after the Malaysian Airlines had one of its planes disappear in March of this year. A visa is not required for stays less than 90 days.
Mexico makes this list for its sandy beaches, delicious tacos, and yummy margaritas. It is also a very convenient place for Californians to vacation to during the weekends and holidays which is why it makes this list. You must present a valid U.S. passport or passport card in order to enter Mexico.
One of Austria’s largest natural attractions are the Alps. Tourists can enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and kayaking, Lovers of classical music will also make their way towards Austria since Vienna, Austria was home to Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, and Strauss. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
One of the main tourist attractions in Russia is the cities Saint Petersburg and Moscow. A visa is required and must be purchased before the border for $160.
Ukraine attracts a lot of tourists each year since it is located in Europe and is much cheaper than other countries in Europe. It is also very easy to travel to the Ukraine since it does not require a visa from many countries. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in Thailand. Most tourists visit Thailand for its historical, natural, and cultural sights and also its southern beaches and islands. Sex tourism is also another reason for the number of high tourism to Thailand. Though it is illegal, prostitution is prominent in Thailand, and the prostitutes mainly cater to tourists. A visa is not required for stays of up to 30 days.
Most of the tourism to Saudi Arabia is based on the religious pilgrimage to Mecca. Approximately 1.8 million visitors go every year. A passport with at least six months validity and a visa are required for entry. In May 2008, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to issue five-year multiple-entry visas to U.S. visitors and students. Visas are issued for business and work, to visit close relatives, and for transit and religious visits by Muslims. Women visitors must be met by a sponsor upon arrival.
Greece is an amazing vacation spot and has a vast majority of tourists from within the European union. They are mainly visited because of their beautiful Mediterranean coastline and beaches. A visa is not required (but a bathing suit is!); a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Canada is largely visited for their national parks and their historical sites. It is also centered around four Metropolitan cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. A visa is not required for stays under 180 days.
A huge reason for the high tourism in Poland is due to their overall economy in addition to their most popular cities- Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Lublin, and Torun. They are also very famous for the historic site of Auschwitz- German nazi camp. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
Netherlands is very well known for their art and rich history which is what attracts numerous tourists each year. A visa is not required; a valid passport is sufficient for stays of less than 90 days.
One of Singapore’s four official languages is English, which makes it easier for tourists to visit. It is also very environmentally friendly and a relatively safe country which contributes to the incredibly high tourism rates. A visa is not required for stays under 90 days.
Most tourists come from Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The recent wave of Korean popular culture has increased the raise of tourism of South Korea. A visa is not required for stays under 90 days.