Coined from narcotourism, necrotourism is the practice of going to a country or state with differing laws on suicide. There has long been a fear that nations like The Netherlands, with their very liberal laws on the issue, will attract people who simply want to off their inconvenient older relatives. When Oregon passed its 1994 Death With Dignity Act, opponents expressed concerns that suicidal people would flood the state.

The well-known avolition of severely depressed people, coupled with the limited mobility of the terminally ill, makes necrotourism more of a bogeyman than a real phenomenon.