Top 10 most visited countries in the world

France is the most visited country in the world. Close to 90 million foreign tourists visited France in the year 2019. France received approximately 6 million more tourists than the second most visited country. Here is a top 10 list of most visited countries in the world.

Top 10 most visited countries in the world

  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. USA
  4. China
  5. Italy
  6. Turkey
  7. Mexico
  8. Thailand
  9. Germany
  10. United Kingdom

1. France

A picture of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

France has been the most visited country in the World for decades now. Around 90 million tourists visited France in the year 2019. With 48 world heritage sites, there is a lot to see and explore in France. Some top-rated destinations are the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles.

  • International tourist arrivals- 90 mlllion
  • Continent- Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 48

2. Spain

A view of Barcelona, Spain

Tourism contributes a lot to Spain’s economy. It is the second most visited country in the world with about 84 million international tourist arrivals in the year 2019. Most international tourists in Spain come from UK, Germany, and France. Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville are the most popular cities where tourists travel to in Spain.

  • International tourist arrivals- 84 million
  • Continent- Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 49

3. USA

USA sits at number 3 spot in the top 10 most visited countries in the world

Along with being the third largest country by area and the World’s largest economy, USA is the third most visited country in the World. Around 79 million international tourists visited the USA in 2019. Most visited cities in America include New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

  • International tourist arrivals- 79 million
  • Continent- North America
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 24

4. China

The Great Wall of China

China is the most visited country in Asia and the fourth most visited country in the World. A total of 65 million tourists visited China in 2019. Some famous tourist destinations in China are the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta army, Summer Palace.

  • International tourist arrivals- 65 million
  • Continent- Asia
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 56

5. Italy

Italy, the fifth most visited country in the World

The country of Italy has 57 UNESCO world heritage sites which is a large number for a country of its size. Italy is a destination for all types of travelers. Whether you are a fan of art, architecture, or nature, Italy will not disappoint you. Around 65 million people visited Italy in 2019 making it the fifth most visited country in the World.

  • International tourist arrivals- 65 million
  • Continent- Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 57

6. Turkey

A beach in Turkey

This transcontinental country hosted 51 million tourists in 2019. Turkey is mostly famous for its beaches and historical sites. Some famous destinations are Istanbul, Antalya, Fethiye.

  • International tourist arrivals- 51 million
  • Continent- Asia and Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 19

7. Mexico

A Maya pyramid in Mexico

With the help of 35 UNESCO World heritage sites, Mexico attracts a large number of foreign tourists. Mexico constantly ranks in the top 10 most visited countries. From great beaches to cultural and archaeological sites, Mexico provides tourists with soo many flavors. Almost 45 million people enjoyed Mexico in the year 2019.

  • International tourist arrivals- 45 million
  • Continent- North America
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 35

8. Thailand

A temple in Thailand, the eighth most visited country in the World

Beating Germany for the eighth spot on this list, Thailand hosted around 200,000 more tourists in the year 2019 than Germany. A major emphasis is laid by the Thai government in promoting tourism as it is a major contributor to Thailand’s economy. Some famous destinations in Thailand are Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai.

  • International tourist arrivals- 39.8 million
  • Continent- Asia
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 6

9. Germany

You always Expect Germany to be in the top 10 most visited countries in the World. In 2019, Germany hosted 39.6 million tourists from around the World. To help tourism, there are 51 UNESCO world heritage sites in Germany.

  • International tourist arrivals- 39.6 million
  • Continent- Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 51

10. United Kingdom

The United Kingdom as a whole is the tenth most visited destination in the World. London, the capital of England, and Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland are the topmost destination in the UK. The majority of tourists in the UK come from either USA or other European Countries.

  • International tourist arrivals- 39.4 million
  • Continent- Europe
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 32

World tourism took a major hit in the year 2020. It will take many more years till things become normalized. Expect a major drop in tourist numbers next year.


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Disclaimer: The stats may change with time.

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