Most dangerous countries in the world 2020 – ranked

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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 unsafe countries in the world.

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 and the potential threats ahead
International SOS The report highlights upcoming events that could affect global security

MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

These are the 10 most dangerous countries in the world according to International SOS. They have been assessed as carrying 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.”

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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.”

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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 ‘high’ or’ extreme’ security risk.

Many countries in Asia and the Middle East including Jordan, Oman, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Brunei are considered ‘low risk’. The most dangerous countries in Asia are Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, while in the Middle East it is Iraq and Yemen.

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

Some countries fall into more than one category where regions within a country carry varying security risks to travellers.

ExtremeAfghanistan
Central African Republic
Iraq
Libya
Mali
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Ukraine
Yemen
HighBurkina Faso
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Egypt
El Salvador
Haiti
Honduras
India (part)
Mexico (part)
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Venezuela
MediumAlgeria
Angola
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Chad
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica (part)
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Iran
Israel
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Mauritania
Mexico
Mongolia
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
Nicaragua
North Korea
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Swaziland (Eswatini)
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine (unoccupied area)
Zimbabwe
LowAlbania
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Benin
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominica
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Oman
Panama
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Spain
South Korea
Suriname
Sweden
Taiwan
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Vietnam
Zambia
InsignificantAndorra
Denmark
Finland
Greenland
Iceland
Luxembourg
Marshall Islands
Norway
Slovenia
Switzerland
Tuvalu

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

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