If you’re planning your 2020 travels, you might want to take note of the latest interactive Travel Risk Map .
Created by International SOS , and designed to alert travellers to risks abroad, the map outlines the most dangerous places to travel to in the world.
While the safest places have been listed as Finland, Norway and Iceland, the riskiest places to travel to next year have also been named.
This is based on their security risk, as well as health and road risks.
The travel map lists places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Sudan as having the highest travel security risk.
While countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Niger along with North Korea, Venezuela and Haiti all score “very high” when it comes to health risk, reports Manchester Evening News .
For the first two categories, countries are scored out of five, while road safety is rated out of four based on the mortality rate per 100,000 people.
Those visiting Europe, the US, Japan, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand all have the lowest chance of catching a disease while travelling.
When it comes to security threat to travellers is negligible in places such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Greenland and Finland.
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Travel security risk levels are considered low (rather than insignificant) in the UK and Ireland – on par with the rest of Europe, the US and Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.
Some of the world’s most dangerous roads are in Vietnam, Venezuela, Belize, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and Thailand.
However UK roads are considered safe by comparison, along with most of Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Japan being ranked as low risk.
International SOS MD Doug Quarry said: “The threats facing organisations and their workforces are impacting established and emerging economies alike.
“It’s encouraging to see that decision makers are becoming increasingly aware of the threats of epidemics and infectious diseases.
“With accurate information, tools and support in place, organisations should, and can, plan for the anticipated risks and safeguard their investment and their people.”
Travel Risk Map is an annual rating review of the prevalent travel medical and security risks across the world in terms of Risk Ratings. All risk ratings shown are taken in November 2019.
You can check the risk ratings of any country of choice via the interactive map here .
Highest (“extreme”) security risk countries:
- South Sudan
- Central African Republic
Highest (“very high”) medical risk countries:
- North Korea
Lowest (“insignificant”) security risk countries:
- Slovenia Iceland
Lowest (“low”) medical risk countries:
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United States
- New Zealand