Who doesn’t like travelling? Travelling to different countries gives you an utmost pleasure, as it allows you to know different cultures in the world. Every place is different than the others based on the lifestyle, culture and security but some countries are better suited for terrorist than others.
Last year, The World Economic Forum released their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which analyses the state of the travel and tourism sectors in 136 countries around the globe.
As a part of this report, the WEF ranks the safety of each of those countries. To come up with this ranking, the forum “measures the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people (violence and terrorism)”.
If you are planning to go to some of the listed countries, you should think twice before stepping out from your house. Here’s the list of 10 top most unsafe countries in the world:
Colombia isn’t as dangerous as it once was — Medellin was named South America’s best destination last year — but visiting the country still poses quite a risk for foreign travellers.
BACRIM, armed gangs, are responsible for kidnappings, drug trafficking, and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, like explosions, are common in many big cities like Bogota.
Rebel groups based in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, continue to both target and detain US citizens. Extremist groups such as al-Qaeda are also active in the country, and because of land mines and air strikes, much of Yemen’s population lacks basic necessities like food, water, and medical assistance.
3. El Salvador
Besides having one of the world’s highest homicide levels, El Salvador is also known for its many gangs, which are known as maras. Gang violence includes everything from extortion to arms and drug trafficking.
Religious conflict has plagued Pakistan for years and violence against certain religious groups is still common throughout the country.
Pakistan’s government also greatly limits freedom of speech, and forbids foreigners access to numerous places throughout the country.
Two extremist groups, Boko Haram, and Islamic State West Africa, are responsible for much of the violence that occurs in Nigeria, and commonly target heavily populated areas like churches, schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues.
The US Department of State says visitors “should be vigilant at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners” and to “exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence”.
Shortages of basic goods such as water, food, medicine, and electricity have led to much social unrest and crime throughout Venezuela. The country has one of the highest crime rates in the world; armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, and carjacking are all common forms of violence in much of the country. The US Department of State warns against travel to Venezuela.
ISIS and other extremist groups pose serious threats to public venues throughout Egypt, including tourist sites. The groups have also been known to target various modes of transport.
Honduras is home to one of the world’s highest murder rates. The department of Gracias a Dios in particular is plagued with crime and drug trafficking, and also lacks police or military presence.
Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba are other dangerous areas; 70 per cent of US citizen homicides in the past seven years happened in these districts.
Because multiple extremist groups are active in Lebanon, terrorist attack such as bombings happen frequently. It’s also typical for protests and smaller disputes between neighbours or families to escalate and turn violent, causing harm to bystanders.
The provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla — all of which are in southern Thailand — are the most dangerous in the country. In the past 13 years, more than 6500 deaths have occurred in these areas due to violence. There’s also a martial law in effect in the region.
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