Dragon trees at Dixam plateau, Socotra Island, Yemen

Political tensions, we tend to focus on what’s happening in the country. But there are also international implications: considering all the special places that become ban visitors, these stunning places are not completely banned, but dangerous conflicts, between countries and within countries, make them unwise and insecure to visit.

Of course, voters can not control every action of the officials, and many world leaders are not elected. But we can support those who have pledged to do their utmost to preserve peace. Hopefully these seven amazing places quickly and safely return to our fight list.

1. Persepolis, Iran

Beautiful Persepolis is a gem in the desert that remained hidden until the 1930s, the UNESCO World Heritage ruins of a thriving empire that fell centuries ago. You can indeed visit, but the U.S. State Department advises against it since Americans risk being arrested and detained in the country without reason.
The ruins and columns of the Apandana in the ancient city of Persepolis, Iran.

Apadana palace in Persepoli

Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Fars, Iran, Middle East
2. Burundi

The friendly towns of this African country, the green mountains and the rugged coast will make it the perfect place to enjoy a slow-paced life. But now a popular tourist attraction is flooded with local political clashes, and the threat of armed violence makes it unsafe to visit, according to the State Department’s Travel Warnings. Now we can only distance from a number.
Village of Masango, Cibitoke Province, Burundi, Africa

Children playing in the water of the Tanganyika Lake at sunset, Burundi, Africa

Bujumbura, Burundi. The sun sets over lake Tanganyika.

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3. Socotra, Yemen

The U.S. government recently issued a new travel warning for Yemen, advising against visits because of ongoing conflict and terrorist threats. It’s a sorry situation, because the otherworldly island of Socotra, famous for its alien-looking landscapes, would be a must-see for many travelers.
Dragon trees with Socotra mountains background

Bottle tree (desert rose - adenium obesum) on the island of Socotra in Yemen

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Unusual landscapes in Socotra, Yemen.

Seascape, Indian Ocean, island Socotra, Yemen
4. North Korea

The sheer kingdom’s extremely strict laws allow American tourists to visit, inappropriate, because they may be detained for violations without apparent violation of the law, but are still regarded by the DPRK as a “crime” standard. Because the United States does not maintain political relations with North Korea, government rescue travelers are difficult to detain, so most people miss some interesting rural scenery.
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Traditional styled pavilion in Myohyang Mountains, North Korea

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5. Mardin, Turkey

The U.S. State Department warns of travel to southeast Turkey, where extremist groups reportedly go out of their way to target U.S. citizens. That means the maze-like city of Mardin ― a hillside labyrinth with an “old city” area as charming as it is historic ― is off-limits for the time being.
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6. Palmyra, Syria

These stunning ruins are a mixture of the ancient architectural styles of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately, the Isis insurgents had part of the site last year. This means that even if it is safe, the remains of the ruins so far, despite the large Roman Amphitheater survived.
Great Tetrapylon at Palmyra

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File photo of a view showing the damage at the Monumental Arch in the historical city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate
7. Beirut, Lebanon

This stunner city historic building has earned visitors a hearty, Paris-like shopping scene and electric nightlife. But visiting these days is very discouraging because the threat of terrorism and violence makes Beirut particularly insecure.

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Fruits on sale in shop in Beirut Lebanon Middle East

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