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20 Most Dangerous Countries to Travel

From the terror attacks in Nice, France to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus, the past year has been a dizzying one in terms of violence and disease outbreaks throughout the world. These factors, among others, increase the likelihood travelers will be required to stay up to date on travel safety advisories. Using 2016 data from the Canadian government and The Global Health Data Exchange, HealthGrove, a health visualization site by Graphiq, created an ascending list of the most dangerous countries to travel to.

The Canadian Travel Advice and Advisories data comprises four major categories — “exercise normal security precautions,” “exercise a high degree of caution,” “avoid nonessential travel” and “avoid all travel.” HealthGrove’s list includes countries with at least an “exercise a high degree of caution” rating or higher and nations are ranked by worsening travel advisories. Ties were broken by using the Travel Mortality Index, which provides an aggregate score representing the likelihood of death caused by traveling to a given country. The higher the index, the higher the probability of traveler death. The causes of death in the Index vary from diseases like Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS to causes like “interpersonal violence,” “exposure to forces of nature,” “collective violence” and “legal intervention.”

#20 – Sudan
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 144.9

#19 – Pakistan
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 194.5

#18 – Mauritania
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 295.3

#17 – Eritrea
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 348

#16 – Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel
Travel Mortality Score: 389.5

#15 – Nigeria
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 525.2

#14 – Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
Travel Advisory: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 531.7

#13 – Libya
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 55.9

#12 – Iraq
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 69.6

#11 – Korea, North (DPRK)
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 86.7

#10 – Yemen
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 150.6

#9 – Syria
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 182.7

#8 – Afghanistan
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 315.8

#7 – Burundi
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 471.9

#6 – Niger
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 550.9

#5 – South Sudan
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 584.4

#4 – Somalia
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 635.2

#3 – Mali
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 648.5

#2 – Chad
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)
Travel Mortality Score: 718.5

#1 – Central African Republic
Travel Advisory: Avoid all travel
Travel Mortality Score: 748.2

 

 

 

 

 

By Emily von Hoffmann

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