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Non Extradition Countries: Countries With No Extradition Treaty With The U.S.

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In the event that you need to leave the country and find somewhere safe to lay low, where would you run?

Jason Bourne is not the only one who might need a place to disappear. It is very possible to find yourself in a position where you would need to find another place in the world to call home. Any number of infringements can have the government after you. 

Edward Snowden and Julian Assange aren't the only ones that needed to find a place to disappear to, but unfortunately for Assange, he didn't do a good enough job of hiding.

Other notable individuals who have had to flee abroad and seek asylum elsewhere were the late chess champion Bobby Fischer, John Robles and Mark Doyon one of Assange's activists.

Even if you aren't an international spy, a government whistleblower, or a serial criminal you may still find yourself on the other side of the law.

If for instance your business gets investigated, a new law is made that makes your business a criminal enterprise, you are a controversial activist, or even if you get involved with the wrong people, or have a half-crazed ex-spouse or pesky creditor even might be enough to want to run to a non extradition country.

Having an idea of where you could safely disappear just in case something happens, might be a good idea, or just a fun thought experiment. 

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Best Nations For Your Escape Plan

When planning out your perfect escape, one of the first things you should check is which countries you could run to where you are not at risk of being extradited back to the United States as the U.S. has bilateral extradition agreements with over 107 countries.

This means that if you make the mistake of landing up in one of these places, you run a high risk of being sent packing straight back to The Land of the (not so) Free. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a country that does not have an extradition treaty with the US. 

What is Extradition?

Extradition is when one country repatriates an individual who is accused or convicted of a crime back to the country where it was committed. It usually involves a bilateral treaty though these treaties are not legally binding and are based upon the cooperation of law enforcement agencies of both countries.

An extradition treaty means that there is an official and organised mutual agreement between two nations using a bilateral agreement to extradite fugitives back to the soil of the country to face the legal consequences. However, it is important to mention here that extradition is a murky business in practice.

There are many instances where countries that do have extradition treaties have not followed them and times when countries that do not have extradition treaties have sent fugitives back anyway. There are on average 400-700 people that are extradited back to the United States every year.

That being said, you do stand a much better chance if you choose to hide out in a country that does NOT have an official extradition treaty with the United States. 

countries with no extradition treaty

Countries with No Extradition Treaty with the U.S. 2023

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Djibouti
  • East Timor
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Indonesia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • S?o Tom? & Pr?ncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

If you need to narrow your list to a few top choices of places in the world where you could hide out, here are a few that might make that list.

Before we get started with the our selection of the best places to visit, here are some ways you can secure your assets, protect your identity and just maybe disappear completely.

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How To Disappear Completely

In order to decrease the risk of being found by a governmental or policing agency, you need to learn how to disappear. To become a ghost is much harder than you might think. Social media, credit cards, CCTV, bank accounts, online purchases are all tracked and can ultimately point authorities to exactly where you are.

This means doing a number of things to decrease the chances of anyone trying to find you that includes acquaintances, friends, family, and institutions.

1. Delete Your Online Personality

Get rid of and delete old emails and accounts as well as old forums and social media accounts.

Don't use any type of digital communication especially initially as it is likely that there will accounts open that you forgot about and will track you to where you're at.

Delete your browser history as well as get rid of old former credit cards you left open. The more you use digital communication the easier it is that someone will be able to locate you. To do this right you must be willing to sever all forms of your old life.

2. Sever all connections with your old life

This means getting rid of your old clothes, your car, and any old identifiers that could link you with your old life. This includes things like photos, mementos, bank accounts, and credit cards.

Don't tell your friends or loved ones where you are going as well as not to leave and noticeable signs as to where you are going and your intention for leaving.

Leaving no trace and clues behind will make them less able to track you down and find you

3. Travel alone

If you travel with someone your chances of getting caught increase dramatically.

Not only do you need to make are you are being invisible and doing everything right to not get found, but if have another person that must follow all the same requirements it only makes it harder.

This person will likely see you as who you were and would be more likely to make a mistake when trying out a new persona.

4. New persona

Learn the art of disguise. This can involve things like cultivating a new persona and personality, create a new story, get new clothes, dye your hair and change your outward appearance as much as possible.

There are many variations and extremes that this can all take. Everything from fake IDs to a complete facial transformation.

How deep down the rabbit hole you go will all depend upon your circumstances and who is after you.

5. Move to a place in the world that is not easy to find

While there are many things that need to be planned in order to pull off a quick escape that might help you disappear like having a survival kit, bug-out bag, a proper disguise, but the most important is where you decide to disappear.

There is a misconception that one has to always go to some unknown hellhole at the ends of the earth to escape, however, there are many great places to choose from where you would be unlikely to run the risk of extradition.

Countries You Can Run To Become Invisible

nations For Your Escape Plan

  1. Russia, China, and Mongolia

  2. Brunei

  3. The Gulf States

  4. Montenegro

  5. Eastern Europe: Ukraine and Moldova

  6. South-East Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

  7. Island Nations: Maldives, Vanuatu, and Indonesia

  8. Africa: Ethiopia, Botswana, and Tunisia

  9. U.K. And Other Countries

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