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10 Toughest Borders In The World

Written by Nabin Paudyal
Co-Founder, Siplikan Media Group
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Borders are created to separate the countries of the world from each other. And, they are guarded with life in many parts of the world. You would face just an awkward moment with the border security official, if you find yourself unwittingly crossing the border of many parts of the world.

However, there are many borders between countries around the world, where one wrong step will land you in jail for life or you may even die out there. We’ve listed here below 10 of the toughest borders in the world, where there’s no room for error.

1. India-Pakistan Border

The conflict between India and Pakistan is nothing new. We can trace it back to 1947A.D. It’s the year Pakistan separated from India. The separation was marked by violence and death of many people.

After the separation, both countries have fought war three times in total. There are still frequent shootings in the border of these countries. Anyone who crosses the border is branded a spy and faces years of imprisonment. The matter has worsened due to the debate about the authority of Kashmir.

2. US-Mexico Border

The USA and Mexico border is 1,950 miles long and is always the center of the tension. The border between these countries is the major place where many drug cartels operate. As a result, the crime rate around the border regions is very high.

It is estimated that nearly twenty thousand people have died since 2007 A.D. in this border. The situation around border became worse, when the Mexican government decided to take down these drug cartels.


The frequent clash between the government and the drug cartels has made the border between these countries one of the most dangerous borders in the world. Donald Trump even called for the construction of a wall at the border with Mexico, in his infamous speech.

3. Sudan-South Sudan Border

The 22 year long civil war in Sudan ended in 2005A.D, during which nearly two million people died. After the independence referendum, Southern Sudan separated from Sudan. However, the conflict reprised when Southern Sudan laid a claim in Abyei region.

As a result, Sudan refused to recognize the independence of Southern Sudan. In the subsequent conflict, dozens were killed and thousands of people were displaced from the border. This has turned the 1350 miles border between the countries as one of the toughest in the world.

4. North Korea-South Korea Border

North Korea and South Korea separated in 1948A.D. The two countries were at war, which concluded in 1953A.D. No peace treaties were signed even though both countries removed the troops. So technically, the countries are still at war.

In addition to that, the 150miles long borders are full of military fortification and 2 million troops are deployed. Add to the fact that North Korea has a nuclear weapon and has one of the most feared autocratic leaders, the border is the worst nightmare for anyone trying to cross it.

5. Angola-Democratic Republic of Congo Border

Angola and DPR of Congo were once allies. Angola helped the DPR of Congo fight against the Ugandan and Rwandan-backed rebels of the DPR of Congo. However, the relationship between these countries turned sour after the dispute arose about border demarcation and ownership of the offshore oil.


This has resulted in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of people from both sides. The situation of the women in both countries is much worse. They are subjected to rape and violence from security forces of both sides. Therefore, the 1,560 miles long border is one of the borders to be avoided at all cost especially by women.

6. Kenya-Somalia Border

Kenya and Somalia are one of the poorest countries of the world. Both the countries are at civil war. The prime reason for that can be identified as the failure of the states. In addition, there is an anarchy at the border area and the communal violence is at all-time high.

As a result, the border between these countries is one of the most dangerous borders in the world. The profiteering has made the matter even more serious. Various films have been made addressing these issues. If you want a firsthand experience of the border, it will be advisable to see those films rather than cross the border.

7. Venezuela- Colombia Border

The border between Venezuela and Colombia is one of the toughest in the world because of the volatile diplomatic relationship between these two countries. The Colombian government has been accusing Venezuelan government of supporting and harboring the rebels of Colombia.

Recently, their relationship has improved after the Venezuelan government made an attempt and started taking action against the rebels. As a result, many rebels are returning back to Colombia, so the situation around the border is very serious.

Colombian rebels have blown many pipelines and attacked the railways around the border. The frequent confrontation between the government and the rebel side has made it one of the most unsafe borders in the world.


8. Iran- Iraq Border

Iran has theocracy rule and is one of the countries which (supposedly) possesses nuclear weapons. The borders separating these countries are either very poorly marked or totally unmarked in many parts.

Even though, it is legal to travel certain parts of Iran and Iraq, if you are found loitering in the border area without a proper document, you will be subjected to imprisonment. The worst case scenario is; you will be branded ‘spy’ and imprisoned for life.

9. Syria- Israel Border

Syria is now among the poorest countries in the world due to existing instabilities. The Israeli officials have been accusing the Syrian government of encouraging the protestors of Syria to cross the border in order to divert the attention away from the internal affairs of the country.

Thus, the diplomatic relationship between them is very volatile. This has further led to the worsening of the situation at the border indirectly. It would be wise to remain far away from this border.

10. Pakistan- Afghanistan Border

The 1500 mile border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is known as the Durand Line is one of the most dangerous places to venture. Once an important trade route, the area is the home of Taliban. Frequent ambushes and military actions have led it to be one of the most dangerous borders in the world.

Featured photo credit: Jalopink via i.kinja-img.com

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