Most dangerous countries in the world

Dangerous countries are characterized by socio-political instability and the possibility of civil wars or possible terrorist attacks. All these places are classified as unsafe and the bodies that deal with international security advise not to travel to these countries and to opt for other destinations. Let’s see which are the most dangerous countries in the world at the moment.

Who and how the danger of a country is established

The Ministry operates in the field of travel and safety abroad through the Crisis Unit, a structure of the Italian government that establishes the danger of a country. This is possible thanks to the analysis that is carried out through the data collected by the various embassies located in different countries of the world.

Through the reports of the diplomatic network, the Farnesina can inform citizens on health and climatic conditions, on the political-social situation, and on the precautions to be taken in terms of security.

To check the safety of a country before leaving, just go to the Viaggiare Sicuri portal. This is managed by the Crisis Unit and the ACI, to give a precise and updated profile of the country where you are going to go.

The most dangerous countries in the world in 2022

By checking the Farnesina website it is possible to see how there may be several places considered dangerous or on which to pay particular attention. Let’s see together some countries considered among the most dangerous in the world, where it would be better not to go on vacation with IVF Insurance.

Afghanistan

In consideration of the seriousness of the general security situation, travel in any capacity to Afghanistan is not recommended. For fellow countrymen – journalists included – who, under their sole responsibility, decide despite the Embassy’s contrary opinion to go to Afghanistan in any case, it is recommended to contact, both before departure and after arrival in the country, the Embassy of Italy in Kabul.

Libya

The Italian Embassy in Tripoli resumed its activities on 11 January 2017. We reiterate the invitation to compatriots not to go to Libya and, to those present, to temporarily leave the country due to the very precarious security situation. Clashes between armed groups affect various areas of the country (including in Tripolitania, in the area around Sirte, in Sebha, Benghazi, Derna, and Sabratha).

Syria

In consideration of the current situation of high risk and danger, we strongly advise against going to Syria and we reiterate the invitation to fellow countrymen still on the spot to leave the country.

Yemen

In September 2014 the Houthis, a movement expressing a clan of the Zaydite minority originating in the mountainous areas in the north of the country and for years in conflict with the central government, conquered the capital Sana’a and forced President Hadi to take refuge in Aden ( second city of the country) and later to Riyadh. On March 26, 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began military operations against the Houthis. The conflict is still ongoing and involves a large number of governorates. The protracted conflict has caused a very serious deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country.

Iran

In the main cities, including the capital, there is an increase in common crimes (muggings and thefts). In Tehran, there have been cases of foreigners (including some Italian citizens) arrested and robbed by people in civilian clothes who qualified as police officers. It is advisable to be wary of people who cannot prove that they belong to the police force.

Police efficiency is below European standards.

Iraq

The country is experiencing a very serious crisis and cannot be considered a destination for tourism. The conditions are not such as to allow you to stay outside an adequate context of protection, to be determined according to the situations in the different areas of Iraq. The militarization of cities also increases the risk of attacks, accidents, and occasional violence, as well as the evolution of the regional situation, which can lead to further repercussions on the country and requires constant monitoring and attention.

Venezuela

In light of the continuing tensions and the serious deterioration of the already critical security conditions, it is recommended to postpone all travel not strictly necessary in the country.

A vast mobilization has been underway since January 23, which is affecting the main cities of the country.

In recent months, protests have increased both in frequency and intensity, sometimes escalating into clashes and serious riots.

Ukraine

The overall situation in Ukraine, particularly in the south-eastern regions of the country, remains unstable.  A climate of tension continues throughout the country, especially in the main towns, with the possibility of accidents.

Ghana

There are thefts, pickpockets, and other incidents of crime. In the capital, there have been some armed robberies, with edged and/or firearms, against foreign citizens, especially in the evening and at night, inside their homes, in cars, or while traveling by taxi or foot. In the course of some of these incidents, European citizens who tried to resist were injured or killed. On 4 June 2019, two Canadian citizens, NGO volunteers, were kidnapped and then released, following the intervention of the police forces. The repetition of similar attempts, presumably for extortion, cannot be ruled out.

How to travel safely

Terrorism represents a global threat. No country can be considered completely exempt from the risk of episodes related to this phenomenon.

At the moment the whole world is in a mild state of alert and you can never be sure that you are safe anywhere on earth. Despite the various terrorist threats around the world, you can still enjoy a holiday in areas deemed quieter and less risky.

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