With growing risks of various elements like diseases and terror attacks, international tourism has become increasingly risky. International SOS, a website documenting the risk and safety in various countries has come up with a new map which demarcates countries from the most risky to least on the basis of security risk.
According to a new map published by the website, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Niger, Somalia are among the riskiest travel destinations for international tourists. The issues in these areas range from lack of healthcare to civil unrest to terrorism risk. The map uses five colours to mark the regions. Green stands for insignificant risk, yellow for low, orange for medium, red for high and a dark red for the maximum security risk.
While India is marked with yellow, several other countries are marked with a dark red, signalling a greater danger to any tourist visiting the country. Here’s a list of the riskiest and most dangerous countries to visit as a tourist.
Marked in dark red, the country is extremely high risk as government control or rule of law may be less to the point of non-existent in various areas, especially the larger ones. Faced with civil unrest since the Jasmine Revolution, tourists in Libya face the risk of violent attacks by armed groups. Lack of government and transport services is also not the best for international tourists.
2. South Sudan
Similar to Libya, South Sudan also faces the same risk owing to the civil war that broke out in 2013 when the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former deputy Riek Machar got entwined in a power stuggle. The civil war now has ethnic undertones to it expanding its range.
Owing to the armed conflicts that began in the country of Mali in 2012, it has been marked with a deep red colour with tourists not having access to basic amenities and large areas in the country not coming under the purview of law and order.
The world has been privy to the extreme crisis going on in Syria as a result of which this country too has been marked with a deep red, making it absolutely unsafe for tourists from any part of the world.
The war stricken country since 2001 and then 2015 has been given a dark red marking owing to the ongoing attacks by the Taliban in the country. Tourists may not be able to access large parts of the country which makes it extremely unsafe for them to travel.
Marked in dark red owing to the ongoing Yemeni civil war since 2015, Yemen remains an extreme risk region with little to no government control in various parts of the country, often making foreigners targets of terror attacks in the country.
A civil war started in 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups came together to fight against the government accusing them of being oppressive towards the non-Arab population. Frequent attacks on civilians make the foreign tourist also a target, with little to non-existent government control.
The Federal Government of Somalia, with backing from UN peacekeeping assistance has been engaged in a civil was with various Islamist groups and factions – making it a country of high risk for tourists.
Iraq has seen the intervention of US military troops and has since 2014 seen a protracted civil war, making it the sixth most dangerous country to visit. It’s been marked in red and comes a grade lower after the top five countries as governance is often interrupted by violent protestors. Crime also directly threatens the visiting foreigners
Mexico has been marked with a lighter red for its frequent eruptions of protests that threaten law and order. Communal violence and related terror attacks also pose a problem to foreign tourists.