Most dangerous countries in the world 2021, according to security experts

Breanna Robinson
Saturday 24 April 2021 15:17
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(Photo courtesy of Travel Risk Map/ International SOS )

Are you thinking about your next travel destination amid the pandemic? You may want to avoid Afghanistan, Syria, and Lybia, which security experts rank among the most dangerous places to visit in 2021.

The Travel Risk Map, which is drawn up by doctors and global security specialist from the International SOS, assess the security levels of countries around the world in terms of violent and petty crime, threat posed to employees by political violence( terrorism, war, etc.),  as well as social unrest ( ethnic and communal violence).

Vulnerability to natural disasters, security and emergency services, industrial relations, and transport infrastructure were also considered in the findings.

Seven European countries fall under the “Insignificant” category, which is the lowest risk possible.

Check them out here:

  • Iceland
  • Denmark 
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Luxembourg

Honourable mention: Greenland.

Countries that have been given the highest risk warning, “Extreme,” are mainly located in Africa or the Middle East.

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There are a total of 14 “Extreme” risk destinations.

Here is the list:

  • Afghanistan
  • Yemen
  • Syria,
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Central African Republic
  • Parts of Nigeria
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ukraine
  • Pakistan
  • Iraq
  • Egypt

International SOS defines “Extreme” security country risks as follows: “Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent across large areas. A serious threat of violent attacks by armed groups targeting travelers and international assignees. Government and transport services are barely functional. Large parts of the country are inaccessible to foreigners.”

The map also accounts for countries’ medical risks pre-pandemic. The US, UK, Canada, Western Europe, and South Africa carry the lowest risk of Covid-related restrictions and precautions that would cause some inconvenience to business operations. Most of the businesses in these areas are working.

Additionally, the pre-pandemic medical risk ratings are based on several health risks and mitigating factors that include but aren’t limited to medical evaluation data; outpatient and inpatient medical care; cultural, language, or administrative barriers; and standard of emergency medical services.

Other countries rated“very low” on the Covid-19 domestic impact scale for trade restrictions were Tanzania, New Zealand, Macedonia, Iceland, Puerto Rico, parts of Mauritania, and Greenland.

For more information, visit the Travel Risk Map website here.

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