The new Travel Risk Map, published by International SOS, highlights the riskiest countries for travel but also the most peaceful. So many ideas for destinations to promote in travel agencies!
Published by International SOS, the Travel Risk Map allows you to see at a glance the world’s hot spots. But the map also distinguishes between countries with a level of risk considered “insignificant” or “low,” whether in terms of political unrest, terrorism, violence, or health risks. Only a few countries are included in this so-called “insignificant” risk category, presented below by region.
The United States and Canada are at low risk, as are Cuba and most of the Caribbean islands. In Central America, only Panama and part of Costa Rica are classified as “low” risk. In South America, the risk is low for Ecuador, with the Galapagos Archipelago, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Suriname, and French Guiana.
Not surprisingly, Europe is the most peaceful continent in terms of risks. The Nordic countries are true to their reputation as they are all classified in the “insignificant risk” category, except for Sweden, which keeps its risk “low.” The countries of the European Union are also classified as “low” risks, as are the Eastern European countries and the Baltic States. However, the further east we move, the more risks increase, particularly in Kosovo, around the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and in Ukraine, which is classified as “medium” level risks. It should be noted that Turkey is classified as a “medium” risk.
China is split in two. The East and the South are low-risk parts and the North-West with a “medium” risk level. Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Bhutan, and the Maldives are well ranked, with low risk. Note the different situation in Malaysia, with a “medium” risk area around Kuala Lumpur and another high-risk area in the North, while the rest of the country does not pose a particular problem. There is also nothing to report for Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, with a similarly low level of risk.
Africa And The Middle East
Countries with “low” risk are the exception in the Maghreb and Africa. They are limited to 10: Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Gabon, Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Malawi. Besides, there is the North of Morocco.
In the Middle East, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, and Jordan stand out from their neighbors by their peaceful character and infrastructure. Note the favorable ranking of Iran: most regions of the country do not present any particular risk. Good point also for Uzbekistan, a famous touristic destination with a risk described as “low.”