While everyone is starting to think about where they would like to go on vacation next year, it’s important to remember that there are some countries that are not-so-safe.
Health and security services firm International SOS
has released a map showing exactly which areas are safe for tourists and which are more dangerous and advised against visiting.
Using global analysis, the map takes into account mental health issues in that area, as well as terrorism threats and Covid protocols.
The key reads:
“The security risk rating evaluates the threat posed to employees 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, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for employees.”
According to their data, the biggest change is security risk since 2021 is Ukraine, following the Russian invasion.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with attacks against a number of major cities, including Kyiv. Several towns and cities in southern and eastern Ukraine are temporarily under Russian control. There is a real risk to life.”
Holiday destinations like Australia and Morocco are labelled “low risk”, Cancun is classed as “medium risk” and Haiti is “high risk”.
In the “extreme risk” category are Yemen and Afghanistan.
to see the SOS map.