List of nationalities forbidden at border

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The following is a list of nationalities that are (or have been) barred from entering another country.


Nationals of can not enter Notes References
Abkhazia Abkhazia Almost everywhere Except Russia Russia, Transnistria Transnistria, Republic of Artsakh Artsakh, South Ossetia South Ossetia,  Nicaragua,  Venezuela,  Nauru,  Syria [1]
Armenia Armenia Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Due to a state of war with Armenia, the government of Azerbaijan has banned the entry of citizens from Armenia, as well as citizens of any other country who are of Armenian descent (including Armenian Russians), to the Republic of Azerbaijan. [2][3][4][5][6]
Republic of Artsakh Artsakh Almost everywhere The Republic of Artsakh maintains 3 representative offices in Europe, including Berlin, Paris, and Moscow. Artsakh maintains a representative office in Lebanon's capital, Beirut. In March 2018, Artsakh president Bako Sahakyan visited Lebanon and met with Catholicos Aram I, the head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In May 2018, representatives of the Artsakh city of Martakert and the Lebanese town of Bourj Hammoud signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the latter town. In 2012, the Parliament of New South Wales, an Australian state, called upon the Australian government to recognize Artsakh. Artsakh maintains a representative Office in Sydney, Australia. Artsakh citizens however, can apply for a second Armenian passport. [7]
Bangladesh Bangladesh Iraq Iraq Except transit
Sudan Sudan
Pakistan Pakistan India India Pakistani nationals are eligible for Visas in limited cases to enter the Republic of India for the purposes of visiting family and friends as well as for religious purposes (e.g. Hindus going on pilgrimage to Haridwar and Varanasi). Applicants who are currently not holders of Pakistani nationality but have held it at some prior time as well as foreign citizens with parents or spouses who are/were Pakistani nationals face even greater scrutiny. Visas are difficult to obtain and have a high processing time and rejection rate however special facilities are available to Pakistani nationals over the age of 65 to expedite processing and crossing times. Pakistani nationals may only enter India at designated points of entry such as the Wagah-Attari Border via bus (Delhi-Lahore Bus) or rail (Samjhauta Express and Thar Express) and at designated international airports such as Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. [8]
India India Pakistan Pakistan Visitors visa are issued to Indian Nationals to meet relatives, friends or for any other legitimate purpose, Visa are also issued for journalist and sikh pilgrimage but must Report for Police Registration within 24 hours of entry in Pakistan. [9]
Somalia Somalia Pakistan Pakistan Under the New Visa Policy initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Somalia remains in the B-list. Somali citizens coming from abroad will no longer qualify for visas from embassies of Pakistan. Somali students and family living in Pakistan must possess a recommendation letter and visa extended permission from the government of Pakistan. Police registration is required within 7 days of getting a visa from the government. [10]
Bangladesh Bangladesh Libya Libya Starting from April 2017, nationals of these countries are banned from entering eastern Libya, which is under control by the Tobruk government. Other nationals who don't possess a valid visa or residence permit will also be refused entry. [2][11][12]
Iran Iran
Pakistan Pakistan
Sudan Sudan
Syria Syria
Yemen Yemen
Belarus Belarus Ascension Island Ascension Island Starting from May 2015, the Ascension Island Government no longer issues entry visas to these 13 nationals. This restriction also applies to e-visas introduced in 2018. [13]
China China
Egypt Egypt
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Iran Iran
Libya Libya
Macau Macau
North Korea North Korea
Russia Russia
Syria Syria
Taiwan Taiwan
Ukraine Ukraine
Vietnam Vietnam
Canada Canada Libya Libya Libyan tourist visas are generally not available to Canadians, except as part of a tour group [14]
Ethiopia Ethiopia Kuwait Kuwait [15][16]
Iran Iran United States United States Issuance of new visas to nationals of these 6 countries are restricted. These restrictions are conditional and can be lifted if those countries meet the required security standards set up by the United States. Dual citizens of these countries can still enter the United States if they represent a passport from a non-designated country. As of June 2018, the restrictions are currently in force after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the appeal.

Exceptions: Somali citizens can only obtain short-term visas (study, tourist or business) following enhanced screening while Iranian citizens can only enter the United States under student visas (study, vocational or student exchange).
Presidential Proclamation 9645[17]
Libya Libya
North Korea North Korea
Somalia Somalia
Syria Syria
Yemen Yemen
Israel Israel
Algeria Algeria Nationals of Israel are refused entry into these countries. These countries do not recognise the state of Israel; therefore Israeli passport holders are denied entry. [2]
Bangladesh Bangladesh
Brunei Brunei
Iran Iran
Kuwait Kuwait
Lebanon Lebanon
Libya Libya
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Sudan Sudan
Syria Syria
Yemen Yemen
Iraq Iraq Except Iraqi Kurdistan. [18]
Kosovo Kosovo Serbia Serbia Nationals of Kosovo are refused entry into these 19 countries. These countries do not recognise the independence of Kosovo and therefore, Kosovo passports are not recognised as legitimate and legal passports. (However, Kosovans can enter Serbia with the Kosovo ID card (passports are refused), according to the Serbia-Kosovo agreements. [2]
Armenia Armenia
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Belarus Belarus
Cuba Cuba
Georgia (country) Georgia
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon Lebanon
Moldova Moldova
Russia Russia
Seychelles Seychelles
Syria Syria
Tajikistan Tajikistan
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
Ukraine Ukraine
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Venezuela Venezuela
Malaysia Malaysia  North Korea As of September 2017, due to safety concerns, Malaysian government bans its citizens from visiting North Korea. [19]
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus Almost everywhere Exceptions are United States USA, United Kingdom UK, Guinea Guinea, France France, Turkey Turkey,

Kenya Kenya, Pakistan Pakistan, Australia Australia, Libya Libya, Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea.

North Korea North Korea Japan Japan Japan has banned North Korean citizens from entering as part of sanctions against North Korea imposed by the Government of Japan, since February 2016. Sanctions against North Korea [21]
South Korea South Korea South Korea defines its territory as the Korean peninsula and its adjacent islands, meaning not recognising North Korea. Therefore, North Korean nationality cannot be exercised in South Korea. Constitution of South Korea
State of Palestine Palestine Chile Chile [22][23]
Lebanon Lebanon [24]
Madagascar Madagascar [25]
Syria Syria [26]
Qatar Qatar Libya Libya Only for the area under the Tobruk government. 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis[2]
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Except for Islamic pilgrimages.
Russia Russia Ukraine Ukraine Male Russian nationals aged 16 to 60 are denied entry to Ukraine [27]
Somalia Somalia Australia Australia Australia and New Zealand also refuse visas for Somali citizens [2][28]
New Zealand New Zealand
Somaliland Somaliland Almost everywhere Somalilanders may apply for Somali passport.
Exceptions accepting Somaliland passport: Belgium, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France[dubious ], India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, South Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zambia.
South Korea South Korea Afghanistan Afghanistan Due to safety concerns, the South Korean government prohibits its citizens from traveling to certain 6 countries. [32]
Iraq Iraq
Libya Libya
Somalia Somalia
Syria Syria
Yemen Yemen
Philippines Philippines Only applies to Zamboanga City, Sulu Archipelago, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi. [33]
North Korea North Korea North Korea does not recognize South Korean passports. [34][35]
South Ossetia South Ossetia Almost everywhere Exceptions are Russia Russia, Transnistria Transnistria, Republic of Artsakh Artsakh,  SADR,  Nicaragua,  Venezuela,  Nauru,  Syria. [36]
Syria Syria Mali Mali [2]
Taiwan Taiwan Georgia (country) Georgia [2]
Transnistria Transnistria Almost everywhere Except Abkhazia, Artsakh and South Ossetia. PMR citizens however can apply for either Russian, Ukrainian or Moldovan passports. [37]
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Qatar Qatar Starting from 5 June 2017, the UAE Government has banned travel to Qatar on UAE passports due to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis. [38]
United States United States North Korea North Korea Starting from 1 September 2017, the US Government has banned travel to North Korea on US passports without a special validation, issued under very limited circumstances. The ban expires in one year unless extended. [39][40]

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