World’s most dangerous countries to visit in 2021

The most dangerous countries in the world to visit in 2022 have been revealed in the latest Travel Risk Map

The most dangerous countries to visit in 2022 are Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen according to the latest Travel Risk Map, an interactive tool produced by security specialists at International SOS.

The map is used to predict the safest and, conversely, the least safe countries in the world to visit and has four layers in total covering the country’s security risk, medical risk, and the impact Covid-19 has had on travel and domestic operations.

For the security layer of the map, countries are indexed according to their travel security risk rating, which uses five risk definitions: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme.

International SOS uses a number of criteria to assess how the conditions in the country may impact visitors’ safety and security.

These include the threat posed to travellers by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) and violent and petty crime.

Other factors assessed include transport infrastructure, the capability of security and emergency services, and the threat of natural disasters. It’s also possible to use the map to assess medical risk and road safety standards around the world.

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There are currently nine countries carrying an extreme travel security risk

MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

These are the nine most dangerous countries in the world according to International SOS. They have been assessed as carrying an ‘extreme travel security risk’.

  • Afghanistan
  • Central African Republic
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

A further five countries include regions (known as Security Risk Zones) that have been rated as an ‘extreme travel security risk’.

“Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent across large areas. Serious threat of violent attacks by armed groups targeting travellers and international assignees. Government and transport services are barely functional. Large parts of the country are inaccessible to foreigners.”

International SOS

SAFEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

At the other end of the spectrum, the following 17 countries have been assessed as carrying an ‘insignificant travel security risk’ to travellers and therefore the safest countries to visit.

Sant Esteve church in Andorra
Digital signal/Shutterstock The Principality of Andorra is one of the world’s safest countries

“Rates of violent crime are very low. There is no significant political violence or civil unrest and little sectarian, communal, racial or targeted violence against foreigners. Security and emergency services are effective and infrastructure is sound. Transport services are of a high standard with good safety records and only occasional travel disruption. Industrial action affecting essential services is rare.”

International SOS

Complete rankings

Most countries in Europe along with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have been assessed as carrying a ‘low travel security risk’. Ukraine is the only European country categorised as a ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ security risk.

Many countries in Asia and the Middle East including Jordan, Oman, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei are considered ‘low risk’.

The most dangerous countries in Asia are Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Syria, Iraq and Yemen in the Middle East.

The most dangerous countries in Africa are Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan. In the Americas, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela are considered ‘high security risk’.

Some countries fall into more than one category where certain regions within a country carry differing security risks.

EXTREME (14)

Afghanistan

Central African Republic

DR Congo (SRZ)

Egypt (SRZ)

Iraq

Libya

Mali

Nigeria (SRZ)

Pakistan (SRZ)

Somalia

South Sudan

Syria

Ukraine (SRZ)

Yemen

HIGH (13)

Burkina Faso

Chad

DR Congo

Egypt

El Salvador

Haiti

Honduras

Mauritania

Nigeria

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Ukraine

Venezuela

MEDIUM (68)

Algeria

Angola

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Costa Rica

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

East Timor

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

India

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea, North

Kosovo

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Mexico

Mongolia

Mozambique

Myanmar

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Palestinian Territories

Peru

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Swaziland (Eswatini)

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

Zimbabwe

LOW (91)

Albania

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bhutan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Dominica

Ecuador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

France

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Korea, South

Kuwait

Latvia

Lithuania

Macedonia

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Oman

Panama

Palau

Paraguay

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Rwanda

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Spain

Suriname

Sweden

Taiwan

Thailand

Tonga

UAE

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Vietnam

Zambia

INSIGNIFICANT (17)

Andorra

Cape Verde

Denmark

Finland

Greenland

Iceland

Kiribati

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Marshall Islands

Nauru

Norway

Seychelles

Slovenia

Switzerland

Turks & Caicos

Tuvalu

The full interactive map by International SOS can be accessed here.


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