The worst and safest countries for travel

Travel Risk Map (2019)

The travel risk map is a global representation of medical and travel security risks.

Travel Risk Map
www.internationalsos.com

The travel security risk rating estimates the threat posed to tourists and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest, and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transportation infrastructure, the state of industrial relationships, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptivity to natural hazards are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travelers (I – insignificant travel risk, l – Low travel risk, m – Medium travel risk, H – High travel risk, E – Extreme travel risk).

According to 2019 Travel Risk Map, the lowest risk have the majority of European nations – Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand, as are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, and Uzbekistan in the Middle East.

“Extreme” risk countries are almost only in Africa and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, and Somalia.

Besides International SOS assigns medical risk ratings to nations by estimating a range of health risks and mitigating factors, using internal and publically accessible international data sources. The factors evaluated include: infectious diseases, environmental factors, the standard and availability of local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, the requirement for medical evacuation, in addition to cultural, language or administrative barriers (Violet color – rapidly developing variable risk countries, green – low medical risk countries, yellow – medium medical risk countries, orange – high medical risk countries, red – very high medical risk countries). The highest medical risk has almost exclusively in Africa and the Middle East (Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan).

The worst and safest countries for solo female travel in 2019

The “Women’s Danger Index” was created using eight factors, giving more weight to street safety and intentional homicide: “Safe to walk alone at night”, “Intentional homicide of women”, “Non-partner sexual violence”, “Intimate partner violence”, “Legal discrimination”, “Global gender gap”, “Gender inequality”, “Violence against women attitudes”.

The worst and safest countries for solo female travel
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Safe to walk alone at night
Surveyed women (15+ years) answered: “In the city or area where you live, do you feel safe walking alone at night?” South Africa only had 25% of women saying that they felt safe walking alone at night.
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – South Africa, 2 – Brazil, 3 – Argentina, 4 – Mexico, 5 – Dominican Republic, 6 – Ukraine, 7 – Chile, 8 – Turkey, 9 – Malaysia, 10 – Egypt.

Intentional homicide of women
While most victims of lethal violence are men, violence against women is pervasive and the rates of women killed by intentional homicide vary widely by country. The country with by far the worst index score was again South Africa.
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – South Africa, 2 – Russia, 3 – Brazil, 4 – Mexico, 5 – Dominican Republic, 6 – India, 7 – Ukraine, 8 – USA, 9 – Philippines, 10 – Argentina.

Non-Partner sexual violence
This is the percentage of women who have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetime (This factor is typically underreported to varying degreed in each country).
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – South Africa, 2 – Australia, 3 – Mexico, 4 – USA, 5 – Canada, 6 – China, 7 – South Korea, 8 – Japan, 9 – Sweden, 10 – Netherlands.

Intimate partner violence
The percentage of women who have experienced physical or sexual violence committed by their intimate partner (This factor is often underreported to varying degrees in each country).
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – Morocco, 2 – Thailand, 3 – China, 4 – Turkey, 5 – India, 6 – Brazil, 7 – USA, 8 – Chile, 9 – Vietnam, 10 – Argentina.

Legal discrimination
The aggregate score for laws and regulations that limit women’s ability to participate in society and the economy or that that differentiate between men and women.
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – Saudi Arabia, 2 – UAE, 3 – Iran, 4 – Bahrain, 5 – Malaysia, 6 – Egypt, 7 – Tunisia, 8 – Indonesia, 9 – Russia, 10 – Morocco.

Global Gender Gap
This calculated index measures disparities between men and women in several areas: economic participation factors, educational attainment factors, health factors, and political empowerment.
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – Iran, 2 – Saudi Arabia, 3 – Morocco, 4 – Egypt, 5 – Turkey, 6 – Bahrain, 7 – UAE, 8 – South Korea, 9 – Tunisia, 10 – Japan.

Gender Inequality
This is another calculated index that measures three basic factors: health (such as maternal mortality), empowerment (such as secondary education attainment), and labor market (such as female labor market index):
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – India, 2 – Morocco, 3 – Cambodia, 4 – Iran, 5 – Indonesia, 6 – Dominican Republic, 7 – Egypt, 8 – Philippines, 9 – Brazil, 10 – Thailand.

Violence against women attitudes
The percentage of women who agreed that a husband/partner is justified in beating their wife/partner under certain circumstances.
Top 10 worst countries: 1 – Thailand, 2 – China, 3 – Cambodia, 4 – India, 5 – Malaysia, 6 – Singapore, 7 – Egypt, 8 – Vietnam, 9 – South Africa, 10 – Morocco.

Top 10 worst countries for solo female travel in 2019:

  1. South Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Russia
  4. Mexico
  5. Iran
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Egypt
  8. Morocco
  9. India
  10. Thailand

Top 10 safest countries for solo female travel in 2019

  1. Spain
  2. Singapore
  3. Ireland
  4. Austria
  5. Switzerland
  6. Norway
  7. Portugal
  8. Croatia
  9. Canada
  10. Poland
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