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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 protagonists will gain an instant Wanted Level if they trespass within these areas, regardless of whether they do it purposely or not. Some areas are unlockable, and thus the player will not earn a wanted level for entering these areas after a certain point in the game, but others have permanent restrictions.

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Permanent:

  • 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, irrespective of whether Carl is wearing a police uniform – three stars. Can be avoided by sneaking past the officers or entering in a police car.

​Unlockable:

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

HD Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Permanent:

Unlockable:

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Permanent:

Trivia

  • If the player flies over Fort Zancudo, Bolingbroke Penitentiary or Los Santos International Airport, a radio message will warn the player to leave the area immediately or else their aircraft will be shot down. However, only Fort Zancudo has the capacity to shoot an aircraft down.
  • 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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