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What risky destinations should you avoid in 2020?

Deciding where to go on holiday can be a big decision to make, especially when the wealth of options available is so high.

Travelling to certain countries also brings with it a great deal of risk, with everything from political and civil unrest, natural disasters and conflict to think about.

Some of the most dangerous places to travel are listed in the Travel Risk Map from International SOS, which details particular countries and regions where travellers could run into issues.

The map details five levels of risk, from insignificant to extreme, and are based on a number of factors including political violence, terrorism, the effectiveness of security, susceptibility to natural disasters and the state of infrastructure.

High-risk areas

One unknown factor that could influence the global political landscape is the US Presidential election, while uprisings and protests in South America and political uncertainty in Europe could also impact on traveller’s plans.

Some countries, such as Mexico, India and Egypt, have a mix of ratings representing a range of different threats, while war-torn countries naturally have higher risk levels.

Particular countries to avoid include Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen, while parts of the Central African Republic, eastern Ukraine and parts of Pakistan also have high-risk levels.

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Weather concerns

International SOS has also identified several regions where the risk of natural disasters and extreme weather is higher than elsewhere.

It includes wildfires and hurricanes, flooding and cyclones, and is based on where those types of events have occurred in the last two years.

Australia, Japan and the USA have all experienced high-profile events in recent times, yet these locations still have a lower risk level than those previously mentioned.

Low-risk regions

At the opposite end of the scale, locations including Iceland, Finland, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Seychelles all have very low-risk scores.

Others include Greenland, Cape Verde, the Marshall Islands and Palau, while nearly all of Europe has a low-risk rating.

If you’re unsure about a particular destination, you should look for official government guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Have you considered road safety?

Levels of road safety also vary wildly around the world and are highly dependent on the sort of infrastructure on offer.

Based on road mortality rates, Europe is one of the safest destinations, alongside Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea.

Hiring a vehicle is popular in many of these nations, although you should still ensure you have adequate insurance in place.

Car hire excess insurance protects against the excess you would need to pay should your hire car be damaged or stolen.

While you would still need to pay the excess in the event of a claim, you can then claim that finance back via your policy.

Date Created: 10/12/2019


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