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There are many restricted areas throughout the Grand Theft Auto series, which are generally off-limits to the public, and the protagonist will gain an instant Wanted Level by entering these areas. Some areas are unlockable, and thus the player will not earn a wanted level after a certain point in the game, but others have permanent restrictions.

3D Universe

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas


  • Area 69, a secret military research facility - five stars. Flying over the military base for a brief period will not earn the player a wanted level.
  • Easter Basin Naval Station - a military base - five stars
  • Police Impound Garage - if seen without a law enforcement vehicle by a police officer, regardless of whether Carl is wearing a police uniform – three stars. Can be avoided by sneaking past the officers or entering in a police car.


HD Universe




GTA V and GTA Online



  • When flying over Fort Zancudo, Bolingbroke or the LSIA, a radio chatter will warn the player to leave the area immediately, or he'll be shot down. Notice the same message happens in Bolingbroke or the LSIA despite none of the two areas have means to shoot an aircraft down, only Fort Zancudo which is regularly patrolled by armed P-996 LAZERs.
    • There is a glitch that cause the same warning to be sent to the player when flying over the Los Santos Golf Club, though it does not always happen.
  • In GTA Online, the Lester service "Cops Turn Blind Eye On" will make all areas unrestricted, allowing the player to fully explore these within the time limit.

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