Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries to Visit

Thinking of traveling this year?

Best avoid Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Mali, and Iraq.

These are considered the most dangerous countries in the world to visit and are on virtually all “dangerous to visit” lists compiled by private organizations and the U.S. State Department.

They are categorized as “extreme risk.”

Some countries are classified with “minimal” or “medium” risk. However, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can make these countries just as dangerous.

Risk factors are based on a country’s political stability, crime rates, recent natural disasters, views toward Americans and other visitors, political violence, ethnic violence, poverty, and social unrest.

Before we present the Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries to Visit, we should know the following:

Things change.

Political stability returning to a dangerous country can make it safer over time; however, continuing instability can make it even more dangerous.

Dangerous zones.

Some countries on the Top Ten List have safe areas. But that does not lower the risk level for the entire country.


Various countries may be safe to visit, but only if you follow strict rules. If not, the penalty can be severe. Two examples are North Korea and Iran.

With that clarified, here are the Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries to Visit:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Ukraine
  3. Syria
  4. Yemen
  5. Somalia
  6. South Sudan
  7. Iraq
  8. Central African Republic
  9. Libya
  10. Mali

More countries where risks levels are high include:

  1. Mexico
  2. Brazil
  3. India
  4. The Philippines
  5. Turkey
  6. Lebanon
  7. Russia
  8. Libya.

There are two takeaways here:

  1. Only travel to these countries if you are a seasoned world traveler with experience in unstable countries.
  2. Learn how to minimize and mitigate risk when traveling. Join us for our free webinar, “Check in Before You Go. International Travel Security Tips,” on March 24 at 11 am central time.  To register: Click Here.

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