The world is a wonderful place but there is also a dark side. Below we outline some of the more dangerous travel destinations.

If you are planning your next vacation there are unfortunately some places in the world that you should avoid. Whilst you might be seeking sun, sand and adventure, there are times when the ‘adventure’ can be a little too much.

Every year, International SOS and Control Risks publish a Travel Risk Map 2017 to help organisations and individuals better understand the risks in some of the places that they operate in and travel to.

The Travel Risk Map displays each country’s medical risk rating and travel security risk rating.  The result is a comprehensive overview of risks by destination. Highlighting to organisations the need for travel risk mitigation efforts.

Dangerous Travel Destinations

The Interactive Map is available by on the map aboveThe interactive map shows three different types of danger; Travel Security Risk, Medical Risk and Road Safety Risk. Each can be accessed via the drop down menu in the top right.

Risk areas are colour coded from Green to Dark Red, each indicating an increase in threat levels. They aer defined as follows:

GREEN: Insignificant Risk

Rates of violent crime are very low. There is no significant political violence or civil unrest and little sectarian, communal, racial or targeted violence against foreigners. Security and emergency services are effective and infrastructure is sound. Transport services are of a high standard with good safety records and only occasional travel disruption. Industrial action affecting essential services is rare.

YELLOW: Low Risk

Violent crimes are low and racial, sectarian, or political violence or civil unrest is uncommon. If terrorism is a threat, groups have limited operational capabilities, and acts of terrorism are rare. Security  and emergency services are adequate and infrastructure is sound. Industrial action and transport disruption are infrequent.

ORANGE: Medium Risk

Periodic political unrest, violent protests , insurgency and/or sporadic acts of terrorism occur. Travellers and expatriates may face risk from communal, sectarian or racial violence and violent crime. Capacity of security and emergency services and infrastructure varies. Industrial action can disrupt travel.

RED: High Risk 

Protests are frequent violent and may target or disrupt foreigners; they may be exacerbated by governance issues, including security or law and order capacity. Violent crime or terrorism pose significant direct or incidental risks to travellers and expatriates. Communal, sectarian or racial violence is common and foreigners may be directly targeted. Certain parts of the country are inaccessible or off limits to the traveller.

DARK RED: Extreme Risk

Government control and law and order may be minimal or non-existent across large areas. Serious threat of violent attacks by armed groups targeting travellers and expatriates. Government and transport services are barely functional. Large parts of the country are inaccessible to foreigners.

So before you decide to go a little further afield or off the beaten track, check out that the destination you are thinking about are considered safe to travel to. Also check with you countries foreign affairs department. The Irish Foreign Affairs website can be visited HERE and the UK foreign affairs office can be accessed HERE.

The Risk Ratings are compiled from sources that International SOS considers to be reliable and they have made reasonable commercial efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information on which the Risk Ratings are based, however, the Risk Ratings are provided ‘as is’ and include reasonable judgments in the circumstances prevailing at the time.

The Risk Ratings provided should not be construed as definitive or binding advice. Boundaries and names shown on this map do not imply endorsement or acceptance by International SOS. The Travel Risk Map is a global representation of medical and travel security risk. All risk ratings shown are taken in November 2016. Please consult International SOS for the very latest ratings and more detailed information on country-specific risks.

Regardless of where you are intending to go, you should never leave on a trip without travel insurance.
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