Awareness Travel

20 Of The Most Dangerous Countries In The World For Tourists

1. Democratic Republic of the Congo: A number of different armed groups, including bandits and the Congolese Armed Forces themselves, populate the country and are known for being quite violent.

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2. Thailand: There are four provinces in southern Thailand that are considered the most dangerous and where there have been roughly 6,500 violent deaths in the past 13 years: Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, and Narathiwat. Martial law is even imposed on the area.

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3. Jamaica: Montego Bay and Kingston in particular have had problems with violent crime, including shootings, in recent years. Even those staying in resorts are not invulnerable. Jamaica is beautiful, but the dangers are something to watch out for.

4. South Africa: There are such high crime rates in South Africa that some citizens have taken to hiring their own private security guards. Murder and rape are especially prevalent in the more remote regions. Still, destinations like Cape Town are known for being some of the most beautiful travel spots on the planet.

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5. Guatemala: The Guatemalan border with Mexico is among the most unsafe parts of the nation, as the area has been plagued with drug-related crimes and human trafficking. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Guatemala has the fifth highest homicide rate. Armed robberies and carjackings are common as well.

6. Chad: Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and even ISIS have an active presence in this central African country. Foreigners have been just as vulnerable to these terrorist groups as the country’s citizens and security. They also have a problem with the minefields around the borders with Libya and Sudan

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7. Bangladesh: This South Asian country is not only vulnerable to terrorist attacks, but to extreme weather conditions, including natural disasters like cyclones, floods, and even earthquakes.

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8. Mali: Bamako, the capital of this West African country, has a high risk of terrorist attacks, as do other parts of central and northern Mali. Restaurants and hotels have been targeted in particular frequency.

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9. Lebanon: The number of controversial groups that populate Lebanon have made violence a threat to residents and tourists alike. It has also had problems with innocent lives being caught in the crossfire of more relatively minor disputes.

10. The Philippines: Not only did a Manila casino suffer a fire after a shooting in 2017, but there have been an alarming number of kidnappings with foreigners frequently being targeted, especially around the southern Sulu Sea and the Sulu Archipelago.