The 17 Smallest Countries/Territories In The World And How To Visit Them

by Kerwin McKenzie on December 4, 2015

It’s no secret that I’ve visited 114 countries/territories and want to visit all the countries/territories in the world. My own island where I grew up, Jamaica, though small is 4,244 square miles, so it does not even come close to the top 17. Most recently, I visited the smallest country in the world; Vatican City aka Holy See, and it occurred to me that it may be good to look at the 17 smallest countries/territories in the world and how you can use your flight benefits to visit them.

 

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So here goes:

  1. Grenada (132.8 square miles) – Although this island is located in the Caribbean and I’m from the Caribbean, I’ve not had a chance to visit just yet. My friend Natasha did though and had way too much chocolate :-). Grenada is also famous for nutmeg; in the Caribbean we put it porridge.
    Airlines Serving: Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) – Liat (LI), Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) – Conviasa (V0), Castries, St. Lucia (UVF) – British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS), Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) – Condor (DE), Miami, FL (MIA) – American Airlines (AA), New York-JFK, NY (JFK) – Caribbean Airlines (BW), Delta Air Lines (DL) and JetBlue Airways (B6), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS) – Caribbean Airlines (BW) and Liat (LI), Saint George, St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVD) – Liat (LI), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – Air Canada (AC).
  2. Malta (122 square miles) – I recently visited Malta when I took a cruise by MSC Fantasia. This was my second visit to Malta having visited in 2000. It’s a lovely place. Malta is the home of Air Malta (KM) with services to its airport in Laqua by several major European airlines from major European cities.Malta - Port of VallartaMalta – Port of Vallarta
  3. Maldives (115.8 square miles) – In late 2014, I had the opportunity to visit this island country. It’s really a collection of tiny islands in 26 atolls. I actually stayed on the island Hulhumale which is connected to the airport island (Hulhule) by a narrow roadway. Incidentally, the runway is the length of the airport island. I was in Sri Lanka and flew on Korean Airlines (KE) on the tag from Seoul-Incheon (ICN). I was feeling adventurous and actually leisurely walked around the island’s capital of Male. It took about three hours.
    You can get to Male (MLE) from most of the European and Asian hubs, plus the Middle East hubs of Emirates (EK), Etihad (EY) and Qatar (QR). Transiting India is also very doable as its just across the way.Korean Airlines (KE) Airbus A330 on the ramp in Male Airport (MLE)Korean Airlines (KE) Airbus A330 on the ramp in Male Airport (MLE)
  4. St. Kitts & Nevis (100.8 square miles) – This is another Caribbean island I’ve not visited either. But plan to very soon. Apparently you can do really cool plane spotting from the side of the runway. YouTuber SKB Energy has many videos so you can enjoy the airport. Here are the airlines serving St. Kitts & Nevis (SKB): Antigua (ANU) – British Airways (BA), Liat (LI), Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) – Liat (LI), Charlotte, NC (CLT) – American Airlines (AA), Miami, FL (MIA) – American Airlines (AA), New York-JFK, NY (JFK) – American Airlines (AA), Newark-Liberty, NJ (EWR) – United Airlines (UA), Newcastle, Nevis (NEV) – Winair (WM), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS) – Caribbean Airlines (BW), San Juan, PR (SJU) – Seaborne Airlines (BB), St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (SXM) – Liat (LI), St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (SXM) – Winair (WM), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – Air Canada (AC), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – Caribbean Airlines (BW), Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS) – Liat (LI).
  5. Aruba (74.52 square miles) – I love Aruba, except for the lizards :-). Yes, they do have lizards, but its a great place to visit. It’s been a while though since I’ve been. There’s lots of lift from North America down to the Aruba: Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Baltimore, MD (BWI) – Southwest Airlines (WN), Charlotte, NC (CLT) – American Airlines (AA), Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD) – United Airlines (UA), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – Spirit Airlines (NK), Houston-Hobby, TX (HOU) – Southwest Airlines (WN), Houston-Intercontinental, TX (IAH) – United Airlines (UA), Miami, FL (MIA) -InselAir Aruba (8I), Aruba Airlines (AG), Surinam Airways (PY), Montreal-Trudeau, QC Canada (YUL) – Sunwing Airlines (WG), New York-JFK, NY (JFK) – Delta Air Lines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6), New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Newark-Liberty, NJ (EWR) – United Airlines (UA), Orlando, FL (MCO) – Southwest Airlines (WN), Philadelphia, PA (PHL) – American Airlines (AA), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – Air Canada (AC), Sunwing Airlines (WG), WestJet (WS), Washington, DC Dulles (IAD) – United Airlines (UA).
  6. Easter Island (63.17 square miles) – I have yet to visit this Chilean territory. I came close once when I did the southern hemisphere crawl, but was off by one day since the flight to flight on LAN from Papeete (PPT) does not operate daily. The Mataveri International Airport (IPC) runs across the southwestern tip of the island and is served by: Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) – Air Tahiti Nui (TN), LAN (LA) and Santiago, Chile (SCL) – LAN (LA).
  7. Liechtenstein (61.78 square miles) – This is a German-speaking country in Europe between Austria and Switzerland. It does not have its own airport, but there are three airports within reasonable distances; Friedrichshafen, Germany (FDH) served by airlines the likes of Air Berlin (AB), British Airways (BA), Lufthansa (LH), EasyJet (U2) and Monarch (ZB). Zürich-Kloten, Switzerland (ZRH) with flights from many airlines and St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland (ACH) which is a smaller airport with flights to Vienna, Austria (VIE).
    Once you arrive at either of these airports, you can take a train to Liechtenstein, go by car. So not too easy to get to, but quite an adventure.
  8. Hong Kong (31.04 square miles) – Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Unlike mainland China, no visa is required for U.S. citizens. All the major worldwide airlines have a presence in Hong Kong. You can find some information about Hong Kong here. The main airport is Hong Kong International-Chep Lap Kok (HKG) which is home to Cathay Pacific Airways (CX). This was the city that had the awesome landings at Kai Tak airport downtown Hong Kong. I was lucky enough to fly in during the final days and flew out of the new airport on its first day. It was quite interesting. Sometimes Hong Kong has weight restrictions since the journey back to the U.S. is so long, so be mindful of that when you make your travel plans. If push comes to shove, try heading to Tokyo-Narita or Tokyo-Haneda to get back to the U.S.

    Airplanes Hong Kong Airport (HKG) Airplanes Hong Kong Airport (HKG)

  9. San Marino (23.63 square miles) – I’ve not made it to San Marino just yet, but of course I want to. There is no airport in this Principality which is contained in the country of Italy. The closest airport is in Rimini (Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI)) about 30 minutes or so away. Then you can take a bus or drive to the city. You can also reach San Marino by train from other parts of Europe.
  10. Bermuda (20.54 square miles) – This Caribbean island is where they wear the famous Bermuda shorts. It’s quite an expensive place to visit though. They are a member of the Commonwealth meaning they were under British rule, but they are now an independent country. There are several flights from North America, so that makes its easy to get there: Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Boston, MA (BOS) – Delta Air Lines (DL), Boston, MA (BOS) – JetBlue Airways (B6), Charlotte, NC (CLT) – American Airlines (AA), Miami, FL (MIA) – American Airlines (AA), New York-JFK, NY (JFK) – American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6), Newark-Liberty, NJ (EWR) – United Airlines (UA), Philadelphia, PA (PHL) – American Airlines (AA), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – Air Canada (AC), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) – WestJet (WS), Washington, DC (DCA) – American Airlines (AA). There is of course a flight from the U.K. (London-Gatwick (LGW)) on British Airways (BA).
  11. Pitcairn Island (18.15 square miles) – Not one of the easiest places to get to at all as it sits in the South Pacific Ocean southeast of Papeete and northeast of New Zealand. Totegegie Airport (GMR) is the closest airport to Pitcairn in French Polynesia, so you’ve have to fly into there and then take a ship over. Not an easy one at all.
  12. Macau (11.39 square miles) – Like Hong Kong, Macau is a SAR of the People’s Republic of China, thats a Special Administrative Region. Its complicated to explain :-). You can get there from several nearby countries by using their local airport; Macau International Airport (MFM) or you can take high speed ferries from Hong Kong (HKG); the typical route. Visa is on arrival for not too much money. Once you get to the island, you can just take one of the local casino buses and go check out the casinos, or you walk or take a local bus or cab to check out the area. It’s actually very worth it.
  13. Tuvalu (10.4 square miles) – Any airport that has the airport code as FUN can’t be that bad at all. Fiji Airways (FJ) flies here from Nausori, Fiji (SUV). I love this airport code. You? From Nausori you can get to Nadi (NAN), Sydney, Australia (SYD) and Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) on Fiji Airways.
  14. Republic of Nauru (8.108 square miles) – This is the smallest island nation in the world. Despite being a little difficult to get to, it does have its own international airport, Nauru International (INU) in Yaren in the south of the island. I’m looking forward to checking out Nauru as they have their own airline, Nauru Airlines (ON), and do a similar island hopping to some of the other Micronesian/Marshall Islands as United Airlines does. I’ve done the United island hopper when it was run by Continental Micronesia, once on the Boeing 727 and then on the Boeing 737-800 and have done it in both directions. It’s quite the challenge, but totally worth the experience.
    To get to Nauru, you have to start in Brisbane, Australia (BNE) or start in one of the Micronesian/Marshall islands that United (UA) serves such as Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (PNI), Kosrae, Federated State of Micronesia (KSA) or Majuro, Marshall Islands (MAJ). Another way is to start in Nadi, Fiji (NAN) on Nauru Airlines. The airline schedules in this neck of the woods is not daily so be sure to check the airline schedules.
  15. Gibraltar (2.625 square miles) – Earlier this year, I was in Hamburg, Germany and figured out a routing that would get me to Spain as well as Gibraltar. It’s not the easiest place to get to as the flights are quite expensive, but if you have agreements with the following carriers you are golden: Birmingham, England (BHX) – Monarch Airlines (ZB), Bristol, England (BRS) – EasyJet Airlines (U2), London-Gatwick, England (LGW) – EasyJet Airlines (U2), London-Heathrow, England (LHR) – British Airways (BA), London-Luton, England (LTN) – Monarch Airlines (ZB), Manchester, England (MAN) – Monarch Airlines (ZB), Tangier, Morocco (TNG) – Royal Air Morac (AT).You can also fly into Jerez (XRY) a I did and then take a local bus to the border city of in Spain and then walk across the border. And yes, you do need your passport. It is quite expensive though and if you take money out of the ATM, be sure and use them before you leave as although they use the British pound as currency, the machines give you Gibraltar pounds which is frowned upon elsewhere in the world including the U.K.The Rock of Gibraltar from the airportThe Rock of Gibraltar from the airport
  16. Monaco (0.78 square miles) – For my birthday in 2009, I decided to visit the Principality of Monaco. I even made it more fun by taking Heli Monaco from the Nice (NCE) airport. It was the best 7-minutes I’ve ever spent. Check with them for an interline discount even if your airline does not have an agreement. This is perhaps the most expensive place I’ve ever visited. The opulence is incredible. The irony of taking a helicopter there is that I took the 1 EUR bus back to Nice.
    Monte Carlo Hotel, Monaco
    Monte Carlo Hotel, Monaco
  17. Vatican City (0.17 square miles) – And so we made it to the smallest country on earth, Holy See aka Vatican City. After many times trying, I finally made it to Vatican City. You see each time I traveled, I usually ended up leaving town too early; weekend trip travels was the reason. For this one I recommend taking a tour as I did with Walks of Italy.
    The airport of choice here is Rome-Fiumicino, Italy (FCO). Once you arrive take a bus to the city for about 4-6 EUR or take the train into the city. From there its easy to get to the Vatican using public transit, a taxi or Uber.Vatican City - St. Peters BasilicaVatican City – St. Peters Basilica

Have you been to any of these countries? Please leave a comment below.

 

 

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avatar Travis Swanson December 4, 2015 at 4:52 am

Reading these posts make me think of all the places I still have to visit! Out of those 14, I’ve only been to : Vatican City, Aruba, Bermuda, Maldives and Liechtenstein. Great post.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 5:17 am

Thank you Travis. Yes there are still some gems out there huh? I’ll have to start planning for these smaller ones. Maybe knock out the South Pacific ones at the same time :-).

You’ve done well, my friend, you’ve done well.

Kerwin
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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 6:23 am

Oh, how was Lichtenstein? How did you get there?

Kerwin.

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avatar Susan Doyle December 4, 2015 at 6:15 am

Wow, I’ve only been to two of them, Aruba and Vatican City.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 6:22 am

Hi Susan,

Keep at it. Take the low hanging fruits 🙂

Kerwin.

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avatar Karoline December 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Monaco is not a municipality, it is a principality. 

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Thanks Karoline.
Updated.

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avatar Theresa December 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I’ve been to The Vatican. I was amazed by all of the beautiful art and saddened by the poor looking for handouts. 
I’ve also been to Bermuda! What a beautiful island! The cleanest place I’ve ever been. You’re right, it’s very expensive, but the history you’ll see is worth the visit!

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

I hear you Theresa; typical of Tourist Attractions worldwide sadly.

Yeah, loved Bermuda as well. I really want to go back, but have to draw big on the savings account :-).

Kerwin
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avatar Tamara December 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Thanks for the interesting article Kerwin! I have only been to 3 of these…so far.-Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and Vatican City. Looking forward to visiting some more.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

You are welcome Tamara.
Glad you enjoyed it.
How was Liechtenstein? I really need to visit.

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avatar Sue bradbury December 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Been to Malta, Maldives, st Kitts & Nevis, Aruba, Liechtenstein,Hong Kong, Bermuda, Monaco and Vatican City. We love traveling 

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Impressive Sue!
Where to next?

Kerwin
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avatar Sue bradbury December 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

We don’t know, want to do trans Siberian railway, not been to Mongolia. Our kids wanted to know how many countries we had visited and we came up with 106 so I asked them to name the Capitol cities but they wouldn’t take me up on the challenge.  Applying for global entry was interesting though. Must say I love your site Kerwin

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie December 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

It’s always fun when you don’t know :). That’s the fun part of it all.
I really want to do that Railway as well; should be fun.

106 is pretty impressive, congrats! You are in a unique club there. I’m sure they will at some point hehe…The fun thing about capital cities is that they are not usually what we thing they are :-).

Global Entry is really a must have for international travelers as it saves so much time.

Thank you so much for your compliment about the site. You made my day :). I’m glad that you find the information useful Sue.

Kerwin
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avatar JT December 23, 2015 at 2:49 am

Is Andorra still a country?

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie January 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Yes it is JT.

Kerwin.

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avatar TH January 19, 2016 at 3:51 am

For no real reason other than curiosity, I’ve wanted to visit St. Pierre and Miquelon.

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie January 19, 2016 at 6:02 am
avatar Anthony Asael April 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm

I have been to all of them except Gibraltar. See my profile on The Best Travelled : http://thebesttravelled.com/en/travellersSingle/anthonyasael/
I find their ranking and classification far superior to TCC. They have done an amazing work to divide the world in 1281 World Regions.
Curious to see your TBT travel map on it 😉

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avatar curtiss odom August 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

I have been to St.Kitts, Aruba,Vatican City,Hong Kong,Bermuda thank for the information.

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avatar Island girl January 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Bermuda is still dependant. It’s parliament is independent, but we still fall under British rule.

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