Not open to tourists

WHS where a major element providing the OUV is closed to the general public. Excluding temporary closures due to renovation, which are gathered in their own connection.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Chiribiquete National Park At present, there is no tourism allowed inside the property and it is important to strictly control any tourism access. (AB ev)
Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc There is a replica, but the original cave has never opened to the general public
Gough and Inaccessible Islands Visitors are not allowed to land on Gough island. Tourists are limited to Zodiac cruises which must not approach the shore and even crew members from passing yachts may not go ashore except in the case of an "extreme emergency". (Landing is allowed on Inaccessible if authorised by the Tristan Da Cunha government and accompanied by local guides who have to travel with the ship from the main island of Tristan)
Los Katios National Park While at the time of writing, Los Katíos is still closed to the public (UAESPNN, 2020) according to State Party (2019), a plan is under development to restore visitor facilities and promote nature-based tourism on relatively short term ("Ecotourism Corridor of Ciénagas” sponsored by the BIOCARIBE Connection Project – GEF and implemented by FAO). (IUCN Outlook 2020)
Papahanaumokuakea Only open for specific purposes. 'Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is the only area of the monument where recreational activities are permitted. Access was previously controlled by issuing special ocean use permits. However, the Midway Atoll Visitor Program closed in 2012, and no visitor access is currently available. USFWS will evaluate when and if this activity will be able to resume based on a number of logistical and financial factors.' (IUCN Consultation, 2020)
Stoclet House Privately owned, and only very few people have seen its interior.
Sundarbans National Park Core zone is not open to tourists and has probably never been since inscription: "visitors are restricted in the adjoining buffer zone area as the inscribed WHP is kept inviolate as per the Act and Management Plan" (Periodic reporting 2012)
Surtsey Only open to scientists since its existence.
Thracian tomb of Kazanlak Interior of the real tomb is closed. There is a replica.
Vézère Valley Lascaux Cave has been closed since 1963; there is a replica available and also there are other inscribed caves that can be visited.


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