The most dangerous countries in the world to visit in 2020 have been revealed in the latest global security risk report
Now in its 11th year, the Travel Risk Map is an interactive tool produced by security specialists at International SOS. It is used to predict the safest and conversely the most dangerous places to visit in the year ahead.
The map comprises three sections: medical, security and road safety. For the security section, 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’ security and safety including ‘the threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as 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.
The report goes as far as to predict eight upcoming potential geopolitical events that could affect global security. These events include the upcoming US presidential election, tensions in the Korean peninsula and social disturbances and identity politics in Europe.
MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
The following 10 countries have all been assessed as carrying an ‘extreme travel security risk’ and, as such, are considered the most dangerous countries in the world.
“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 11 countries have been assessed as carrying an ‘insignificant travel security risk’ to travellers and therefore the safest countries to visit.
“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
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Papua New Guinea
Trinidad and Tobago
Antigua and Barbuda
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Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
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