If you plan to travel overseas this year, whether for work or pleasure, it would be a good idea to know which are the safest – and the most unsafe – countries in the world to visit.
We’ll start below with the safest countries based on recent U.S. News Best Countries studies.
However, before we list the locations, here’s something we should know.
According to a similar study in Forbes magazine, which lists many of the same countries, before the pandemic, “the conflicts and crises that emerged in the past decade had begun to abate.” In other words, many parts of the world were becoming safer to travel in.
However, the pandemic changed all that. With the pandemic, “a new wave of tension and uncertainty” returned, reminding us once again that traveling abroad can be dangerous.
(By the way. Be sure and catch our webinar on travel safety presented by Johnathan Tal, CEO of TAL Global, on March 24, 2023, at 11 am central time. To register, click here).
With that said, here are the safest countries in the world to visit this year:
- Switzerland. This country has long held the top spot when it comes to safety. No surprises here.
- Germany. This is the largest economy in Europe. Although its immigration open-door policy has been a point of contention and caused an increase in crime, overall, it is still considered a very safe country to visit.
- Canada. This is the second largest country in the world, second only to Russia. However, most of its population and attractions are on the border with the United States. It’s a safe country to visit.
- United States. I can hear the gasps already. However, according to U.S. News, while the United States is undoubtedly divided, fragmented, and polarized, with a series of continuous shootings and massacres, compared to other countries around the globe, it is still considered a safe country to visit.
- Japan. Considered one of the world’s most literate and technically advanced countries, it is regularly listed as one of the safest as well.
- Australia is considered a wealthy nation that closely aligns with the U.S. and England. It has long been listed as a very safe country to visit.
- England. Merry Old England made the list, and the surrounding countries, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are also considered very safe.
- France. The World Bank classifies France as “a wealthy, high-income nation…which guarantees social services, education, healthcare, and pensions” for all its citizens. It has also been one of the leading democracies in the world, all of which have contributed to it being one of the safest.
- Denmark. Rounding out our Top Ten list is Denmark. Interestingly, a January 23, 2023, study by the Open Society Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, listed Denmark as one of the countries “least susceptible and resistant to fake news.” While this is pure conjecture, wondering if that fact alone has made it one of the top ten safest countries in the world.
Just a reminder, please join us as Join Johnathan Tal, CEO of TAL Global, an international security and consulting firm, discusses travel safety. The following topics will be covered in the March 24, 2023, webinar:
– The world has new risks; learn and be prepared
– Keys to Travel: understand your destination culture, risks, dos, and don’ts
– Options: security mitigations for most situations
– Introduction to situational awareness
– Checklist before you go
March 24, 2023, 11:00 am in Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada)
To Register, click here.