The World’s Most Dangerous Countries to Visit in 2024

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In a recent study by medical and security consultancy International SOS, the riskiest nations for travelers in 2024 have been identified. These countries pose significant challenges due to a combination of medical, security, and climate-related factors. Let’s take a closer look at the top five most dangerous countries:

  1. South Sudan, unfortunately, remains a highly unsafe destination for tourists due to several critical factors:

    1. Ongoing Conflict: South Sudan has been grappling with civil war and internal conflict since its independence in 2011. Armed clashes between government forces and opposition groups persist, leading to a volatile security situation. Travelers are at risk of being caught in the crossfire.
    2. Instability and Political Tensions: The country’s political landscape is marked by instability, ethnic tensions, and power struggles. This creates an unpredictable environment where violence can erupt unexpectedly.
    3. Humanitarian Crises: South Sudan faces severe humanitarian challenges, including food insecurity, displacement, and inadequate healthcare. Access to basic necessities is limited, making it difficult for travelers to find essential services.
    4. Lack of Infrastructure: The country lacks proper infrastructure for tourism. Roads are often in poor condition, and there are limited accommodations, medical facilities, and reliable transportation options.
    5. Health Risks: South Sudan experiences disease outbreaks, including malaria, cholera, and other infectious diseases. The healthcare system is underdeveloped, making it challenging for travelers to receive timely medical assistance.South Sudan: Ongoing conflict and instability make South Sudan a high-risk destination. Armed clashes, political tensions, and humanitarian crises persist.

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    Jill Craig (VOA), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  2. Afghanistan: Security concerns remain paramount in Afghanistan. The country grapples with terrorism, insurgency, and violence, posing significant risks to travelers.
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    ID 12019 – Inactive Member, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


    1. Afghanistan:
      • Security Situation: Afghanistan faces ongoing conflict, including widespread military combat operations, suicide bombings, and terrorist attacks. Kidnappings and hostage-taking are significant risks.
      • Detention Risk: British nationals, including tourists, are legitimate targets. If detained in Afghanistan, they could face months or years of imprisonment. The British government’s ability to help is extremely limited, and there is no British Embassy in the country.
      • Lack of Support: Support for British nationals is severely restricted. In case of emergency, they can call the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or submit an enquiry online.
      • Travel Insurance: If you choose to travel against FCDO advice, ensure you have appropriate travel insurance covering your itinerary and planned activities.
  3. Syria: The Syrian civil war continues to impact safety. Widespread violence, displacement, and destruction make Syria a risky choice for tourists.
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    © Vyacheslav Argenberg /, CC BY 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


    Syria is considered extremely unsafe for tourists due to several critical factors:

    1. Ongoing Conflict: The country has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. Military conflict, air strikes, and high levels of violence persist, making it a dangerous destination.
    2. Terrorism and Kidnapping: Possible terrorist and military targets pose risks to travelers. Chemical weapons have also been used in the conflict.
    3. Lack of Government Control: In regions where the government lacks control, especially in the eastern part of Syria, the situation is off-limits for tourists.
  4. Libya: Political instability, armed conflicts, and violence characterize Libya. Travelers face risks related to civil war and terrorism.
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    Libya is currently not safe for tourists due to several critical factors:

    1. Ongoing Armed Conflict: Libya has been grappling with civil war and internal strife since 2014. Intense fighting can erupt without warning, posing significant risks to travelers.
    2. Power Vacuum: The country faces a political vacuum, with competing factions vying for control. This instability contributes to an unpredictable environment.
    3. High Levels of Crime: Kidnappings, robberies, and other criminal activities are prevalent. Foreigners are at risk, and safety cannot be guaranteed.
    4. Terrorist Groups: Libya harbors terrorist organizations, further endangering travelers.


  5. Somalia: Conflict, piracy, and terrorism make Somalia one of the most perilous countries to visit. Kidnappings, bombings, and lawlessness pose serious threats.
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Somalia remains a challenging and unsafe destination for tourists due to several critical factors:

  1. Security Situation: The country faces ongoing armed conflict, making it a risky place to visit. Violence, military operations, and extremist groups pose significant risks.
  2. Terrorism and Kidnappings: Somalia is a hotspot for terrorist activities, including bombings and kidnappings. Tourists are at high risk of being targeted.
  3. Limited Support: Support from the British government is severely limited in Somalia, with no in-person assistance available from the British Embassy Mogadishu or the British Office Hargeisa.
  4. Dual National Consideration: People of Somali descent (including Somaliland) may be considered dual nationals, affecting consular support.

Factors Considered

The risk map compiled by International SOS evaluates several factors:

  • Medical Risk: Countries with health risks, including disease outbreaks and inadequate healthcare.
  • Security Risk: Nations facing conflict, terrorism, and crime.
  • Climate Change Risk: A new addition to the map, assessing future humanitarian crises caused by climate change.

This year, for the first time, the map also includes ratings based on the dangers of climate change. Rising global temperatures increase health risks worldwide. Extreme heat events, such as the first-ever named heatwave “Cerberus” hitting Europe, may become commonplace. Beyond physical impacts, extreme heat can significantly affect mental health. Businesses must adapt to protect health and work toward reversing the trend in rising temperatures.

Safest Countries

On the other end of the spectrum, the safest countries are all in Europe:

  1. Iceland
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Norway
  4. Switzerland
  5. Denmark

Remember, travel decisions should always be informed by up-to-date information and expert advice. Stay safe out there! 🌍

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