Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018’s ‘Travel Risk Map’ reveals which countries are the most dangerous — and which are the safest — to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is “very dangerous” in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.
This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a ‘rapidly developing variable risk’, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown
The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the “low” category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for — as they were deemed to have “rapidly developing variable risk” when it comes to health — are Brazil, China, and Russia.
Countries that are considered to be the safest in terms of “security” include Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Switzerland. They scored “insignificant,” while the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia scored “low.”
This map shows which countries have the highest and lowest security risks, with those that have an insignificant risk marked in light green, ‘low’ risk countries are marked in yellow, medium in brown, high in red and extreme, such as Libya, in dark red
Nations that were ranked “extreme” in safety include Syria, Mali, Libya, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. Mexico, Pakistan and parts of India scored “high.” After those nations in Africa, Brazil, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan also post great risk. The U.S. scored a “moderate” ranking in this category, interestingly.
This map shows countries categorised according to road safety risks, with very low marked in pale pink, low in very light brown, moderate in a slightly darker shade and high and very high risk countries picked out using even darker browns
Now, there’s the bad news. The good news is, most of Europe is ranked “very low” or “low” — and so is Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Due to climate change, countries around the world may become increasingly dangerous to travel to. This is because global warming — another name for the same phenoemon — exacerbates disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and storms and coupled with rising sea levels, may make some locations inhospitable.
Based on a global survey by Ipsos More Business Resilience Trends Watch 2018, most people are aware of this. Two-thirds of people who participated in the survey (63 percent) believe travel risks have increased over the past year. The participants cited natural disasters and security threats as the two main reasons for changes in travel plans.
The same survey also found that 58 percent of business travelers had changed their plans due to security threats. Close to half (43 percent) changed their travel plans because of natural disasters.