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Unrecognized Countries

Young Pioneer Tours has been on the forefront of international off the beaten track travel since the beginning. While there are 193 UN Recognized countries in the world We have been the first tour company to offer you tours to the world’s unrecognized countries across Eurasia and Africa. Our expert guides research the destinations in depth to bring you to the forefront of pioneering travel in countries that have almost no infrastructure for tourists. These places can be extremely difficult to get to; however, our team can plan your adventure.

Our offices in Kiev organize tours to the unrecognized countries of Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Gagauzia which are led by bilingual western guides from the YPT team. In Africa we cover Somaliland and Western Sahara with our team of specialists.

All our international tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a super price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. We run tours for people who hate group tours, and we do not run groups larger than 25 people (at 26 we split into two) but the average size is 10 people. All groups are led by expert guides that know the destinations and are passionate about what they do. We also strongly believe in value, and generally, our prices are unbeatable

We offer independent tours to unrecognized countries at all times of the year, with our Kiev office organizing our Eurasian destinations and our Dakar office in Senegal organizing tailor-made tours to the unrecognized locations of Africa.

Years of research in destinations such as the bizarre soviet time capsule of Transnistria and the surprisingly colourful and welcoming Somaliland mean that any package we make is done with thorough research to ensure you can easily join us in being a pioneer. If you would like to organize a tailor-made tour to any of these locations, contact us today and we can make your pioneer adventure a reality.

Transnistria

What makes it an unrecognized country?

Transnistria is not recognized by any UN member states; however, it is recognized as an independent country by the partially recognized states of Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and South Ossetia. It maintains its own currency and government and even has its own military force, however is officially considered to be a part of Moldova.

Is it safe to travel?

While in the past it has been embroiled with minor conflicts, it is very safe to travel, with a Russian military presence helping to maintain the peace.

Do I need a visa?

There is no visa for Transnistria, however travellers are subject to the visa requirements of Moldova.

South Ossetia

what makes it an unrecognized country?

South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia, however has only gained recognition from Russia and the partially recognized states of Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and the self-declared state of Transnistria.

Is it safe to travel?

After a recent conflict in 2008, tensions in the region have settled and South Ossetia is now safe to travel.

Do I need a visa?

Visitors to South Ossetia do need a visa, which YPT helps arrange. If you cross from the Georgian side you will be subject to Georgian visa requirements (however this is very difficult so we go from Russia). If you enter from Russia you will need a double-entry Russian visa to go back into Russia.

Abkhazia

What makes it an unrecognized country?

Abkhazia is only recognized by five UN member states, including Nicaragua, Nauru, Venezuela, Vanuatu and Russia. It is also recognized by the other unrecognized states of Transnistria, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh. It is still officially considered to be a part of Georgia under international law.

Is it safe to travel?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to travel to Abkhazia.

Do I need a visa?

Yes, citizens of all nations except those that officially recognize Abkhazia require a visa to travel, which is easy to organize.

Nagorno Karabakh

What makes it an unrecognised country?

Nagorno Karabakh is not recognized by any UN member nation, however it is recognized by the other unrecognized territories of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria. Officially, it’s a part of Azerbaijan, but we enter from Armenia.

Is it safe to travel?

Yes, despite recent conflicts it is indeed safe to travel to.

Do I need a visa?

You will need a visa, but these are easy to obtain on arrival. Some countries do not need visas to travel. If you travel to Nagorno Karabakh you will be banned from future visits to Azerbaijan, so be sure to ask for stamps and visas on a separate piece of paper.

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Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour
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Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour

An october to remember on the reclusive paradise of Socotra!

  • Start Date : October 15th 2019
    End Date : October 23 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €3390

Whole Iraq Autumn Combo

The ultimate Iraqi adventure

  • Start Date : October 15th 2019
    End Date : October 27, 2019
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
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Iraqi Kurdistan Autumn Adventure

Hang out with the Peshmerga and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : October 21st 2019
    End Date : October 27, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure Tour

7 weeks, 21 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. Taking in the whole iron curtain: The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 29th 2019
    End Date : December 20th 2019
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 days
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  • €845

Terra Nullius: Bir Tawil Incursion

The world's only unclaimed inhabitable piece of land - we go there!

  • Start Date : November 1st 2019
    End Date : November 8th, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria Winter Tour

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : November 7th 2019
    End Date : November 15th 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €1845 - €2495

Iran & Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Combo

From Iran through Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and Georgia

  • Start Date : April 7th 2020
    End Date : April 28th, 2020
  • Duration: 20 nights, 21 days
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  • €790

Chernobyl and Transnistria (Easter) Tour

Explore post-nuclear disaster Pripyat and our favourite Unrecognised Country of Transnistria

  • Start Date : April 10th 2020
    End Date : April 19th 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €795-€1540

Caucasus Unrecognised Countries Tour

Visit the hardest to get to Unrecognised Countries in the Frozen Conflict Zones of Post-Soviet Europe

  • Start Date : April 15th 2020
    End Date : April 28th 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €1095

Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Adventure

Hang out with the Peshmerga and see the last influences of Saddam’s rule in Kurdistan

  • Start Date : April 20th 2020
    End Date : April 26th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €1640-2750

Djibouti, Somaliland and Eritrea – Horn of Africa Independence Combo

Make the most out of the Horn of Africa with our Independence Day Combo

  • Start Date : May 14th 2020
    End Date : May 31st 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days - 17 nights,18 days
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  • €1195

Somaliland Independence Day Tour

Celebrate Independence Day with Somalilanders!

  • Start Date : May 17th 2020
    End Date : May 23rd 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €790

Transnistria and Chernobyl (Summer) Tour

Visit our favourite Unrecognised Country : Transnistria and explore the post-nuclear disaster of Pripyat.

  • Start Date : July 17th 2020
    End Date : 26th July 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €495

Transnistria 30th National Day and Gagauzia Tour

Think the Cold War is over? Come to Transnistria for National Day and think again!

  • Start Date : August 29th 2020
    End Date : September 5th 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

7 weeks, 20 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 27th 2020
    End Date : December 18th 2020
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 days
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