The countries with the highest travel risks for tourists have been revealed in a new interactive map, which highlights the most dangerous places in the world.
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International SOS and Control Risks' Travel Risk Map came after a survey found that two-thirds (63%) of people believe that travel risks have increased in the past year, with security threats and natural disasters cited as the main reasons for changed holiday plans.
The past year has been tumultuous, with terror attacks taking place in Turkey, Manchester, London and Barcelona. The increasing threat of war with North Korea and widespread devastation caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean means that anyone planning an overseas trip in the next 12 months can now consider the risks involved using the interactive map.
In general, the perceived risk to health, safety and security when travelling around the world remains high.
The digital, interactive Travel Risk Map includes revised risk ratings for countries on key security and medical issues, with changes including increased risk in Puerto Rico and some areas of the Caribbean due to the effects of the recent hurricanes. However, the risk factors in some European countries have dropped, thanks to the improved standard of medical care.
Countries with the highest 'security risks' include Syria, Mali, Libya, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, which rank as 'extreme' in this category, while Mexico, Pakistan and parts of India are 'high'.
Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Switzerland are some of the countries where the 'security risks' are 'insignificant'. In Canada, the US, Spain, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, the security risks are 'low'.
When it comes to 'road safety,' the countries beside those in Africa that pose the greatest risk include Brazil, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan.
The countries in the 'low' category for 'health risks' include Canada, the US, most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Brazil, China and Russia have 'rapidly developing variable risk' when it comes to health.