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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World For Tourist: Can You Guess What's Philippines Rank?

Our life is short and the world is huge. That is why it is important to travel once in a while. But traveling is not always that fun and exciting, especially if you lack research on a place or country where you are going and end up being in a dangerous place.  Here are Top 20 most dangerous countries in the world according to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of World Economic Forum, published on Business Insider.  In the said, study, 136 countries around the world are being analyzed in terms of travel and tourism sector.  Read: 10 Countries Filipinos Can Visit and Experience Snow Without Visa

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Our life is short and the world is huge. That is why it is important to travel once in a while. But traveling is not always that fun and exciting, especially if you lack research on a place or country where you are going and end up being in a dangerous place.

Here are Top 20 most dangerous countries in the world according to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of World Economic Forum, published on Business Insider.

In the said, study, 136 countries around the world are being analyzed in terms of travel and tourism sector.

Read: 10 Countries Filipinos Can Visit and Experience Snow Without Visa
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We rounded up the 20 most dangerous countries from the report, based on safety and security.

20. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

A country in Central Africa also known as DR Congo. Brace yourself to meet troops, armored vehicles, and attack helicopters if you are planning to visit this country.

Fighting between Congolese armed forces and other armed groups and bandits are common throughout the country.

Boyoma Falls, DR Congo

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19. Thailand

A Southeast Asian country that is very popular with its tropical and white sand beaches, ancient ruins and temples. But if you want to spend a vacation in Thailand, just stay away from the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla — all of which are in southern Thailand. 

These provinces are considered to be most dangerous in the country. Martial Law is implemented in the region because of violence. And in the past 13 years, more than 6, 500 death have occurred.

18. Jamaica

Violent crimes and shooting are common in some parts of the country like Kingston and Montego Bay. There are times that resorts guest are not spared with this violence. In spite of this, no travel advisories have been issued against Jamaica. Jamaica is a Caribbean island nation known for its rainforest and reef-lined beaches.


17. South Africa

Visiting South Africa is not advisable due to high crimes like rape and murder especially in remote township and settlements. Because of this many locals tends to hire a private security guard to protect them.

16. Guatemala

A Central American country that is home to volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Mayan sites. However, its border with Mexico is one the most dangerous parts of the country because of frequent drug and human smuggling. The country also had the fifth-highest homicide rate in Latin America and the Caribbean last year. Other common crimes include carjacking, armed robbery, and theft.

15. Chad

A country in Central Africa where ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram are all active. Security forces are not just the target of these extremist group attack but also the locals and foreigners.

Border crossing to Libya and Sudan is equally dangerous because of the presence of minefields.

14. Bangladesh

Aside from the threat of terrorist attacks, your vacation in Bangladesh could be affected by extreme weather conditions. This Asian nation is at risk for numerous natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flooding, and sometimes earthquakes.

13. Mali

A landlocked country in West Africa and the eighth-largest country in Africa. Terrorist attacks are common in Bamako, Mali's capital, as well as in other parts of northern and central Mali. Hotels and restaurants are often the targets of these attacks; in November 2015, numerous people were taken a hostage and killed at a Radisson Hotel in Bamako.

12. Lebanon

A country in Western Asia. Bombing is common from multiple extremist groups that are active in the country. Violent crimes are frequent in protest and smaller disputes between neighbors or families.


11. Philippines

Foreigners are often the target of kidnappings especially in the Sulu Archipelago and in the southern Sulu Sea. Numerous countries have also issued a travel warning to the Philippines especially in Mindanao where Martial Law is in effect due to fighting in Marawi between government forces and Maute-rebel group.

10. Ukraine

Fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists is common in both the eastern and southeastern regions of the Ukraine.

If you are planning to visit Ukraine, avoid regions of Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast, and Crimea. Civilians continue to get caught up in the fighting.

9. Honduras

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 lacks a strong police or military presence.

Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba are other dangerous areas; 70% of US citizen homicides in the country over the past seven years happened in these districts.

8. Kenya

Nairobi is okay. But the terroristic attack in other parts of the country is common. Bombings with grenades as well as shootings and stabbings are frequent forms of attacks.

7. Egypt

A country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East. 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 transportation.

6. Venezuela

Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions but the shortages of basic goods such as water, food, medicine, and electricity have to lead to much social unrest and crime throughout the country. 

Venezuela 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.

5. Nigeria

Attacks and violent crimes in churches, schools, restaurant, hotels, and entertainment venues are common from Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa.

The US State Department has an existing travel advisory in the country and US citizen is being cautioned to 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."

4. Pakistan

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.

3. El Salvador

Extortion, armed conflict, and drug trafficking. These are common in El Salvador aside from having one of the world's highest homicide levels. Maras gang is well known in the country for their violent crimes.

2. Yemen

Land mines and air strike are frequent in Yemen. There are rebel groups targeting US citizen. Al Qaeda is active in the country and population lacks basic necessities like food, water, and medical assistance.

1. Colombia

In 2016, Medellín in Colombia was named as the best destination in South America by the World Travel Awards but still, visiting the country is not safe at all to foreign travelers.

Bandits, the criminal and armed gang are active in their kidnapping, drug trafficking, and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, like explosions, are common in many big cities like Bogota.


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