Travel Risk Map 2019: UK As Safe as Uzbekistan, Denmark and Switzerland the Safest

Travel Risk Map 2019: UK As Safe as Uzbekistan, Denmark and Switzerland the Safest

by George Mouratidis

A team of global risk experts called International SOS launched the 2019 Travel Risk Map in collaboration with Control Risks consultancy. The study shows the threat level for travellers in each country based factors as the danger by political violence and social unrest levels, as well as petty crime.

Positive factors included the reliability of the transport system, the effectiveness of social services and the country’s trade relations with its neighbours

UK considered low risk

Analysts assessed five categories of risk:

  • Insignificant
  • Low 
  • Medium
  • High
  • Extreme

According to the map showing the worldwide risk level, UK is considered “low risk” in terms of security and infrastructure. To no one’s surprise, the only countries that made it into the “least dangerous” group were Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Finland and Greenland. 

  • Most of the European countries made into the low-risk group, including the UK, as well as Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Jordan, Oman, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
  • Almost all of Africa and the Middle East are considered “extreme risk.” This group involves many war zones, such as Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as countries that are torn apart by corruption.
The Travel Risk map for Europe, Africa and Asia

According to the market research company IPSOS, 43% of business decision-makers believe that travel risks will increase in 2019. However, pessimism is in a downward spiral as well, as this compares to 63% that expected the same back in 2017.

Safety wasn’t the only aspect to be evaluated. International SOS also published a Medical Risk Map and a Road Safety Risk Map for 2019. Again, the UK and most of Central Europe are considered low risk, based on the standards of the medical facilities and pharmaceutical supplies.

10 highest security risk countries

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

10 lowest security risk countries

  1. Luxembourg 
  2. Switzerland
  3. Slovenia
  4. Norway 
  5. Denmark 
  6. Finland
  7. Greenland
  8. Iceland
  9. Seychelles
  10. Cape Verde

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