On the international stage, it only takes some outspoken Americans to give everyone a bad reputation. Broad repercussions can be felt by these negative perceptions, even affecting a country’s foreign policy. Unfortunately, there are quite many nations out there which generally have a dim view of American tourists. We have made a list of 22 countries where Americans may not feel very welcome. However, remember that there is always a possibility that this claim is not true, but it doesn’t hurt to make the extra effort in respecting the foreign policies, laws, and culture unless you want to confirm our bad reputation.
The ‘we’re the best’ attitude of America is not appreciated by the Danish who are known for being very polite and simple people exchanging thank-yous and you’re-welcomes on every occasion. In Denmark, the widespread view is that Americans think of themselves as superior to everyone else, making them unpopular.
The frosty relationship between the US and Russia that started with the Cold War hasn’t really thawed. More recently, the opposition of America to the military intervention of Russia in Ukraine has made the U.S. even more unpopular among Russians. In fact, 71% of them view America unfavorably. The hit American TV show Chernobyl has not helped improve relations either! The trials of the past truly linger.
A Pew survey revealed that 63% of Greeks aren’t too keen on Americans. It is the irrepressible American optimism that really gets under the skin of the Greeks. With the country suffering crushing debts, some Americans’ ‘it’ll be fine’ attitude is not viewed positively. With several seats in parliament, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is also unsurprisingly highly critical of the love affair the U.S. has with capitalism and its banks’ importance.
Although the U.S. film industry has picked Brazil as a location for many films, these movies typically disrespect Brazilian people and ignore the reality of life in Brazil. Directors and producers are only using Brazilian land or renting homes to film American stories. Tourists from America receive criticism for taking a trip to Brazil as part of what they call ‘poverty tourism’, so they are not warmly welcomed.
The US has a long history of animosity with Argentina, one which cannot be solved with lawyers in a courtroom. In the First World War, America accused Argentina of abusing human rights, but it is the US which most Argentineans think of as the untrustworthy global agent.
More than half (60%) of Spaniards think of Americans unfavorably. U.S. foreign policy, in particular, the war on terror by George W. Bush, has gone down really badly in Spain and so has Donald Trump’s election. It appears that Spanish people would rather have leaders that invest in peace, not walls.
Not all Americans save money for their travels prior to leaving. Some ‘wing it’ and try to get funds for their vacation while they are traveling, which has caused the rise of something that is called ‘beg-packing.’ It involves tourists waiting on street corners, begging fellow tourists and locals for money to continue their holiday. In Indonesia, a country where more than 31 million people live in poverty, the practice is understandably viewed as really disgraceful.
For a lot of Australians, America’s drive for power is feeding discontent and racism by feeding anti-fa protesters and white nationalism alike as different views battle for supremacy. In addition, as elsewhere, Trump is really unpopular in Australia. The bad reputation the President has frequently transfers to American tourists.
59% of people in the Netherlands associate negative characteristics with Americans. In particular, they view people from America as overweight, paranoid, dumb and racist and as having extremist views. Nonetheless, to a certain degree, there is some hope in the country which not all people from the U.S. live up (or down) to the stereotype.
The prevailing view of Irish people, which is more common among the merchants who do business with American tourists at times, is that people from the U.S. are arrogant. People from Ireland are particularly unimpressed when American tourists turn up thinking that they can use their US dollars in Ireland. The reason this behavior is viewed quite unsympathetically is pretty simple: Ireland has its currency!
The U.S. has backed Hosni Mubarak. They also failed to act after the Muslim Brotherhood got overthrown. As a result, 85% of Egyptians think of Americans negatively according to a Pew survey. However, a political decision cannot really be credited to the citizens.
Since Belarus and Russia have a good relationship, Belarus has a tense relationship with America. 69% of Belarussians have unfavorable views of Americans.
Most Slovenians who were surveyed said that they disapprove of U.S. leadership, but the two countries’ relationship may now improve since the first lady, Melania Trump, is Slovenian. Therefore, the claim might not be true anymore.
The much-publicized wall which President Trump has said that he will build between America and Mexico, with Mexico needing to buy the materials and paying the bill for the construction, hasn’t done anything to ingratiate the U.S. to its southern neighbor. 65% of people in Mexico do not like Americans.
As for America’s northern neighbor, there isn’t much love lost either. 51% of Canadians have unfavorable views of Americans. The disapproval is mostly because of Trump getting elected President and his policies which conflict with Canada’s policies and his way of conducting business.
The Swedes are critical of their country’s fetishization by liberal Americans that see it as some sort of liberal utopia, claiming it as paradise on earth. In addition, Trump’s election has contributed to the cooling relationship between the US and Sweden. 51% of Swedes disapprove of Americans.
It’s the ignorance of geography that America has which really frustrates Belgians, who can’t believe some American college students can’t locate their country on a map. A person with a university degree should also know Belgium is not a German city. It is a country.
Chile may have been described by the U.S. State Department as one of America’s strongest Latin American partners, but 47% of Chileans think of America negatively, so the US government may have some struggle in exploiting the supposedly ‘strong’ partnership in order to conduct business.
American tourists cannot speak much French, but many French people are quite good English-speakers. Negative comments that are said in English are understood by locals most of the time and not being polite in both languages may cause friction. However, unlike in America, the French will not call their lawyer to sue you.
The Islamic nation of Tunisia met the release of the 2013 anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims, which was created by an American, with anger. The country definitely did not purchase and feature the movie in their theatres. The film has undoubtedly played a part in 47% of Tunisians disapproving of the U.S.
The fraught relationship between the U.S. and Germany is at turns full of hate and full of love, which the trials of the past established. Generally, Germans view Americans as lazy slobs.
Since 9/11, American attention has been focused on Pakistan, among others. A tension that transferred to Pakistanis. One effect of America’s ongoing military presence in Pakistan is that Americans are now viewed negatively by 59-65% of the Pakistani population.
It seems like Americans can’t help but try and show off how well they know a country based on the movies they’ve seen. When asked about what the most annoying thing American tourists do, an Italian man said, “the hand-gesture” – you know the one, thumb-to-forefinger motion that you see in just about every American movie that’s about Italians. As it turns out, this symbol is not just one for emphasis, but it actually means “What do you want?”.
You might have seen those incredible photos your friends posted, smiling with or feeding a bottle to massive tigers in Thailand. You’re probably thinking how amazing it is that they train the animals. Unfortunately, in order to make it possible for tourists to interact with the animals, they get sedated, the tendons in their paws clipped, and their claws and teeth removed.
While it’s undeniable that India has a rich and beautiful history, that doesn’t mean it’s a whole country specifically dedicated to Instagram photos. One Mumbai-based blogger named Prachi Vaity has gotten tired of foreigners saying things like “I’m in India to find myself!” She says, “India is a country, not a self-help book! … Look, you can still come to India. Just leave your ‘Eat, Pray, Loving’ at the door. Your ‘self’ is not waiting patiently for you to arrive at some ashram in India, or a monastic retreat in the Himalayas. Sorry.”
It’s no secret that everyone thinks American tourists are loud. However, to Scottish people, the Americans’ “annoying accents” is a bigger problem. The least you could do as an American tourist is hold back on the Braveheart impersonations.
American tourists always make headlines for messing with the soldiers at the Queen’s Guard. Since British people are often very polite, it makes sense that they despise rude, loud American behavior.
It’s no secret that Americans do not have the best geography knowledge. People in the Czech Republic are tired of being asked the same question by Americans, “Are Czechs the same as Russians?” Natives are curious why Americans don’t learn more geography in school. Whatever you do, don’t ask this cringe-worthy question when traveling to the Czech Republic!
Ireland is not in the UK, but North Ireland is. How do you ask? Well, Northern Ireland is a separate country from Ireland. Most Americans are unaware of this fact, and find it quite difficult to grasp. In our defense, it is all a bit confusing. You see, the U.K. includes Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland, while Great Britain includes these minus Northern Ireland. If that’s not confusing enough, the British Isles and the British Islands are different as well! Let’s just say this: if you plan on visiting Northern Ireland, make sure you read up on the place a bit.
Tourists may not know the ins-and-outs of a city, but they should always be sensitive and respectful when traveling. Cambodians complain that Americans dress inappropriately when visiting the Angkor Wat temples, even though it is clearly-stated everywhere. An Odyssey author wrote, “Women must cover their shoulders and knees when attending the temples, out of respect to the locals and the monks that go there to pray and meditate. How many American women have I seen in tank tops and short shorts this week at Angkor Wat? Far too many. It’s grossly disrespectful and completely out of line, but something that is ‘advised’ like a cultural norm is often totally ignored by American tourists.”
Travelers love seeing new places and being able to experience them through local cuisine. Austrians, however, claim that Americans come to their country and ditch local bakeries and restaurants for McDonald’s. Many Austrians view Americans as people of routine who are unwilling to try new things.
Mats Andersson said this: “[Americans] imagine that everywhere they go is a theme park, put on especially for them to amuse themselves. In Svalbard, they have even been known to just wander into private homes, and get very upset when they are shown the door.” This one makes sense- who would want a stranger showing up in their living room, uninvited!
Jordan shares a similar view of America to that of Egypt. Since 2009, Jordanian’s view of America has dropped 13 points and now stands at 15% of citizens in favor of the 50 states.
Many Syrian refugees have made their way to Turkey since the war broke out. The U.S. hasn’t stepped in to help, leading 73% of people in Turkey to cast a negative view of America.
Lebanon is another Middle Eastern country that doesn’t particularly like the United States. While 64% of the population views the U.S. in an unfavorable light, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Since Donal Trump’s election into office, the Lebanese have given him a higher rating than his predecessors.
This Sunni Muslim country in Central Asia gave the U.S. a 54% disapproval rate in 2014. The former Soviet country gave the highest rating of Russia with 93%- the strongest rating for the country. Tajikistan has a struggling economy, is very poor and corrupt.
It is no surprise that Iran makes it to the list. The United States and Iran have always had a dislike for each other. In 1979, 66 Americans were taken hostage for 444 days after revolutionaries took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Since then, nothing has been the same. The United States has also led the introduction of sanctions on Iran in order to lessen their nuclear capabilities.
Iraq’s dislike of America is only understandable after the wars that have ruined their nation. The country has a 67% disapproval rate of the U.S. and we’re honestly surprised that it isn’t higher.
China is the 4th largest country in the world, trailing just behind the United States. Although we get most of our goods from China, the recent trade issues taking place have lowered China’s disapproval rating of the U.S. to 49%.
America and Cuba used to have a good relationship, but things changed and Americans resorted to illegally traveling there for years. When Obama became President things became less tense and Americans were allowed to travel to Cuba, with certain restrictions, of course. Cuba and America are now amicable and travel is allowed.
Traveling to Libya is almost impossible for Americans. Since 2010, the government has been giving visas to U.S. citizens, but it isn’t often. With all of the terrorist groups in that area today, we don’t know why you would want to visit anyway. Libya is another country who isn’t very fond of the United States.
Although Saudi Arabia and the United States are allies, it isn’t very easy for U.S. citizens to visit the country. If you want to get a visa, the only way you’ll be able to is if you’re working in the gas and oil industry or teach English. Saudi Arabia and the current scandal with a murdered reporter has put the country at odds with the United States.
The U.S. has been worried about possible terrorist activity in Yemen and has therefore detained hundreds of Yemeni citizens at Guantanamo Bay. It only makes sense that 70% of the population dislikes America. Only 9% of the survey participants approved of the United States’ leadership- less than any other country.
Serbia has hated America since the NATO bombings in 1999. There are many anti-America groups throughout the country who claim America is the devil. The hatred began during the war when the US killed 3,000 innocent civilians.
Malaysia is not a fan of the U.S. because of the recent policies toward Muslim countries. Can you guess how many Malaysians are fond of America right now? A low 26%. They supposedly hate Americans because they are loud and rude when visiting their country.
North Korea practically hates everyone, so it’s no shock they’re on the list. There was not one citizen the surveyors could find who liked the U.S. They believe that the U.S. is threatening their country.
Kyrgyzstan was a member of the Soviet Union back in the day, but today, they hate the U.S. For 12 years, the United States had an airbase in the country, but Kyrgyzstan didn’t renew the contract in 2014. This shift was likely the end of an alliance between the two countries.
In recent years, Japan has become increasingly popular for tourists to visit. “Miyabi” of Kyoto city is a soft and highly cultured area that Kyoto residents are pleasantly pleased with. Unfortunately, the city is slowly losing its touch with the growing number of tourists. What’s even worse for Japanease locals is that their favorite restaurants tend to prioritize visitors, so the Japanease are not even able to enjoy their favorite foods.
Overtime, Iceland has become such an exciting travel destination, almost like Disneyland for adults. There is so much over-tourism in this country, partly because of the attention it received from Game Of Thrones. The locals are not too happy about this, given that having too many visitors may threaten the environment and attraction areas.
Located in between popular destinations like Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is one of the most attractive places for visitors. With the legalization of cannabis, it comes as no surprise that more people are visiting Uruguay recently. In addition, the famous weird Fray Bentos meatpacking facility is one of the major reasons contributing to the vast increase in visitors.
Croatia is the home to Game Of Thrones filming, so it makes sense that the city if Dubrovnik, where the show is filmed, has seen a record of daily visitors rise to 10,000 per day. As a result, permanent residents have reduced from 5000 in 1991 to 1157 in 2018.
The Netherlands is an exciting country with so much action and beauty. Many visitors are rushing to visit the country’s capital, Amsterdam. Although this city only has a population of less than a million, it sees 15 million visitors a year. Given its such a small city, the locals hate the number of visitors they see and especially how they behave when they do come to visit.
In ten years Morroco has seen an increase of 8 million visitors per day. Initially, Morro residents were happy with all the tourists, but then they realized it was only causing them harm. These locals admit that rents have increased, but their salaries are the same because of the inflow of tourists.
1200 miles from the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean with a population of 1.3 million, Mauritius is one of the most overpopulated countries. On top of that, they see around 1 million visitors every year. Even navigating through the country is difficult, given there are so many people populating the town.
Tourism in this country is rather new but the residents are already frustrated by this. Locals complain that visitors touring the Valley of Temples lack respect and since the amount of pagodas had reduced to half, locals are even more dissatisfied. They even claim that visitors who climb to the top are just contributing to their fall.
Vietnam has an infamous world heritage site called Halong Bay. It is one of the cities with the most visitors every year. With more visitors, there has been an increased need for inexperienced tour guides and boat workers running the boats sailing along the bay. Their focus is more money based, rather than the tourist’s experience.
Islands are really cool because they are essentially another country, within a country. Within the Philippines, there is Palawan Island which is a stunning area with nearly 36,000 residents and 20,000 visitors! That just doesn’t make sense! There are not enough places to sleep, and or local food to go around. Locals are angry that their farmlands have been ruined to build resorts and hotels. While tourists used to come for the genuine natural beauty, now it’s about getting a good tan.
While you may not notice the number of tourists in Colombia, the locals are very much aware of their presence. Due to the amount of tourism, Colombia has changed its development plans, which angers Colombians. In Cartegna, Colombia’s tourism capital, the developments are funded by foreign developers and they are fixated on income they receive from tourists, instead of how they’re affecting locals.
In all the places to see in Africa, South Africa is one of the most visited. Tourists are still going every day, regardless of the growing issues of crime and drought. The locals don’t mind having visitors, but what gets them going is how the property prices are rising as more tourists are interested in Cape Town. Now the residents can barely afford to live there.
Portugal has seen a huge amount of over-tourism, specifically in Lisbon. Lisbon is benefiting financially from tourism but at the expense of locals. Portuguese residents can’t manage to find affordable housing in the center of the city since they are posted on short term websites for tourists on. What’s even worse, the ancient houses are posted for foreign investors to renovate and rent out to visitors.
Former Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mary Clarkson, complains that many locals actually leave Oxford during June-October time, to actually leave the tourism. Oxford is a rather small city and it is difficult to navigate with piles of tourists running through the city,
Machu Picchu is a remote and historical site that is so famous that the government of Pervivia was forced to place a time limit for visitors’ stay. What’s more, a guide was created with three distinct trails that tourists need to choose from.
Given that the U.S. and Israel are allies and have the support of America, this is not a concept that Palestinians are pleased with. Across surveys, it is evident that 66% to 72% report unfavorable remarks regarding the U.S.
This country appears twice on our list because although Americans can travel pretty easily without a visa, China is one of the locations that require a visa. China requires tourists to apply for visas at the Chinese consulate that corresponds with their U.S State. American citizens traveling for business or tourism are typically issued multiple-entry visas that last for 10 years.
India has a complex visa processing system that starts with a thorough application process. It is suggested that people use an expediting system. Those traveling for tourist purposes can get one of two visas, either a single entry e-Visa (electronic visa, issued online) valid for a 30-day stay, or a 10-year multiple entry visa issued as a sticker visa on their passport.
If you’re planning your next vacation to Bali, then you are going to need a visa. Visas are available at International airports in Indonesia or you can apply beforehand at the Indonesian Consulate, specifically one with authority over your state. Make sure to pay attention to your state’s visa process.
Kenya, along with other African nations, requires visas for American citizens. You can obtain a single entry visa online or multiple entry visas through the Kenyan Consulate in New York City. Also travelers can apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa, which is specifically for those who are visiting many nations. During a 90 day time. this visa allows travelers to visit many nations.