Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Central African Republic are the five most dangerous places on earth to visit in 2021.
That’s according to an annual interactive map that shows where travellers are most likely to face security risks based on the threat of political violence, social unrest, violent and petty crimes and, this year, the ‘impact of the pandemic’.
Among the safest places are Greenland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Norway, Finland and Denmark as well as island nations such as Cape Verde, Anguilla, and Turks and Caicos, the map shows.
This map shows which countries have the highest and lowest security risks, with those that have an insignificant risk marked in light green, low-risk countries marked in yellow, medium in orange, high in red and extreme, such as Libya, in dark red
It has been produced by international medical and security specialists International SOS, which says it hopes it will ‘help people make informed decisions regarding the countries they hope to visit in 2021’.
As well as creating a map showing security risks for travellers across the globe, International SOS has also produced a breakdown map showing the countries with the most and least Covid-19 disruption.
The assessment took into account the ‘underlying health and security threat environment, recent Covid-19 case activity, local travel restrictions and the efficacy of mitigation measures’.
According to the map, the countries that have had a ‘low impact’ from coronavirus are New Zealand, Tanzania and Nicaragua.
This breakdown map shows the countries with the most and least Covid-19 disruption. Very low-risk countries are marked in white, low risk in grey, medium in blue, high in purple and very high in pink
Georgia is the only place rated as having experienced a ‘very high’ impact from the pandemic. Destinations labelled as having a ‘high’ impact from Covid include Russia, Ukraine, Austria and Jordan.
Meanwhile, another map has broken down the risk of experiencing medical issues or disease in countries around the world in 2021.
According to the map, countries where there is the highest risk of running into medical issues include Venezuela, North Korea, Libya, South Sudan and Yemen.
At the opposite end of this ranking are most European countries, Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
This map shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low-risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a ‘variable’ risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in purple
Meanwhile, International SOS has released findings from its Business Resilience Trends survey of over 1,400 risk professionals across 99 countries, carried out by Ipsos Mori.
It found that 79 per cent of business travellers believe that health and safety risks have increased in 2020.
The statistics follow a low in 2018 (47 per cent), and a previous high in 2016 (72 per cent), when terror attacks in locations previously considered safe may have been front of mind.
Dr Neil Nerwich, group medical director at International SOS, said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has created a tripartite of crises, with public health, geopolitical and economic crises all impacting the workforce and business on a global scale.
‘This has been exacerbated by an infodemic in an increasingly complex world environment.’