Top 14 Most Dangerous Countries in the World

14 Most Dangerous Countries in the World.

The newest Travel Risk Map has highlighted the world’s most unsafe nations to visit in 2021.

According to the newest Travel Risk Map, an interactive tool created by security experts at International SOS, the most dangerous countries in the world are Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, and Mali.

The map, which is divided into three sections: medical, security, and road safety, is used to anticipate the world’s safest and least safe countries. In the security section, countries are ranked according to their travel security risk rating.


International SOS assesses how the country’s conditions may affect visitors’ safety and security using a variety of categories.

Political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically driven unrest, and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal, and ethnic violence), and violent and petty criminality are all threats to travelers.

Transportation infrastructure, security and emergency services competence, and the potential of natural disasters are among the other considerations considered. The map can also be used to evaluate medical risk and road safety standards around the world.

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According to International SOS, these are the 14 most dangerous countries In the world. They’ve been labeled as posing a ‘very high travel security risk.’

14. Egypt

Most dangerous countries in the world
Tourists in front of the pyramid of Khafre or “Chefren” in Giza, Egypt. Credit: Reuters

Egypt, with its pyramids and the mighty Nile, is a famous tourist destination, and visitor numbers are on the rise. Civil upheaval, tourism frauds, and terrorism have all posed concerns in recent years, putting traveler safety in the region in jeopardy. Although hostilities have lately calmed, portions of Egypt, especially the Sinai Peninsula and all land borders, remain dangerous to travel across.

When visiting tourist destinations, especially religious sites, it’s a good idea to consider the risk of danger. Attacks on tourist sites do happen, but keeping an eye on your threat level through local news sources, avoiding huge crowds, being aware of any religious or public festivals that could spark demonstrations or civil disturbance, and choosing a small group tour can all help you stay safe in these situations.

13. Pakistan

Most dangerous countries in the world
Pakistani protesters at a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Photo: B.K. Bangash/AP

Pakistan has had a turbulent history. Taliban activity peaked in the late 2000s and early 2010s, and the country as a whole was dangerous to visit for many years. Pakistan has essentially turned its position around, thanks to the hard work and vigilance of the country’s intelligence agencies and military, and most locations are now safe for foreigners to visit.

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12. Ukraine

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Burnt cars in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo: Anatolii Boiko/AFP/Getty Images

The majority of nations around the world urge its citizens to stay away from the war-torn areas of Ukraine. These are small, isolated areas in the country’s southeast that are off the beaten path for most tourists.

Ukraine is a safe place to visit in general. Popular tourist spots in the country, such as Kiev, the capital, and Odesa, on the coast, are peaceful and pleasurable.

The war-torn southeast of the country, distant from the capital, is home to troubled areas touched by Russia’s aggression. Demonstrations may occur on occasion in the country’s major cities, and international visitors are urged to avoid these events.

11. Nigeria

Most dangerous countries in the world
Nigerians protesting against Police brutality in Lekki, Lagos.

Terrorism remains a danger, primarily in the country’s northern and northeastern regions; nevertheless, assaults have occurred elsewhere, including in Abuja. Since 2018, there have been numerous attacks on individuals, groups, and security forces. There will almost certainly be further attacks.

Armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, home invasions, carjacking, and violent assault are all common forms of crime in Nigeria, making it one of the most dangerous countries to visit.

Criminal activity is prevalent in major cities, particularly Lagos, as well as along the country’s northern border with Niger and Chad. Robberies and muggings by big, well-armed groups are widespread in areas frequented by expats. Persons acting as police or military personnel have perpetrated some, particularly in the Niger Delta.

10. Democratic Republic of Congo

Most dangerous countries in the world
Demonstrators during an opposition rally in Kinshasa. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images.

Terrorism is a danger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the Beni-Butenbo region of North Kivu, in the vicinity of Boga in Ituri, and near the Ugandan border. Terrorist groups compete for control of important transportation corridors, mining locations, and agricultural areas.

Civilians and government targets are routinely attacked. Attacks are made against everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. There will almost certainly be further attacks in the country.

9. Yemen

On May 3, 2021, this photograph was shot in Tarim, Yemen’s central province of Hadramawt. It shows the aftermath of flash floods. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Yemen has dropped many spots to become number 10 on our list of the most dangerous countries in the world.

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According to the United Nations, Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 4.3 million people forced to flee their homes and 14 million people at risk of famine and disease outbreaks after five years of conflict. Approximately 80% of Yemen’s population (24 million people) is in severe need of humanitarian aid.

8. Syria

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Syrian town of Sarmin, in Idlib province, Syria. (AP File Photo)

Syria is number 9 on my list of the most dangerous countries in the world. Syria’s civil war has been raging since March 2011, and it is the world’s second-deadliest conflict of the twenty-first century. As of March 2019, 5.7 million people had fled Syria, with more than 6 million internally displaced.

7. South Sudan

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South Sudan Soldiers. Punghi/Shutterstock

South Sudan is ranked as the seventh most dangerous countries in the world. There is persistent violence, civil instability, and widespread violent crime in South Sudan, including robberies, assaults, carjackings, and kidnappings. Outside of the country’s capital, Juba, armed warfare primarily persists between the government and rebel organizations, with little to no rule of law or order.


6. Somalia

Most dangerous countries in the world
Somali militant carrying a rocket propelled grenade launcher. Credit: AP/FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH

Somalia is number 6 of my list of most dangerous countries in the world for the reasons highlighted below;

Terrorist attacks are common in Somalia. Mogadishu International Airport, government officials and structures, hotels, restaurants, foreigners and foreign interests, and UN staff are all possible targets.

In the run-up to the upcoming presidential election, the electoral process has commenced. There will almost certainly be an increase in violence, including possibly attempts to sabotage the elections.

In all sections of Somalia, the risk of kidnapping is very high. Puntland and Somaliland are included.

In south-central Somalia, shootings and grenade strikes have occurred in residential areas and markets.

Somalia’s police force is small and inexperienced. The law and order situation has deteriorated. Droughts, floods, food shortages, and population relocation have added to the country’s already precarious security position.

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Lastly, Droughts, heat waves, and floods are all common occurrences in Somalia. Tsunamis are also a threat.

5. Mali

Most dangerous countries in the world
Malian police accessing an area in Bamako after a violent protest.

A large security presence, including international peacekeepers, occupies Somalia presently.

The security situation remains tumultuous, particularly in the northern and center parts of the country.

Terrorist strikes are quite likely to occur in Mali. Significant occasions, such as holidays, are high-risk times. The majority of attacks are aimed at security forces and peacekeepers. Foreigner-friendly venues are also targeted.

In Mali, there is also a considerable danger of kidnapping. Carjackings and armed robberies are also common, especially in the north. Several groups have set their sights on foreigners. Kidnapping ransoms are used to fund terrorists.
Protests, marches, and demonstrations can happen without warning, and the situation can quickly deteriorate.

4- Libya

Most dangerous countries in the world
An isolated street in Tripoli, Libya.

Libya is not a safe country, and several governments are recommending their nationals not to visit there because of the ongoing strife following the deadly war to depose Gadaffi.

This country is unsafe, and if you’re currently in Libya, you should make plans to leave as soon as possible.

Terrorists will almost certainly try to conduct out strikes in Libya. Extremist groups, such as Daesh, pose the greatest threat, as they are responsible for the majority of attacks.

3. Iraq

Most dangerous countries in the world
During a protests against the Iraqi government in central Baghdad, an injured demonstrator marches towards Tahrir Square. Credit: AP

Iraq is still beset by internal and external problems, including the threat of terrorist strikes. ISIS continues to kidnap and kill Iraqi civilians and military personnel. Other human rights breaches have persisted, such as violations of freedom of assembly and women’s rights. U.S. citizens visiting Iraq are particularly vulnerable to violence and kidnapping, and are frequently targeted by anti-US sectarian groups across the country.

2. Central Africa Republic

Most dangerous countries in the world
Rebels in Central Africa Republic, one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

In Central Africa Republic, tensions are running high. Armed organizations can be seen all across the country. Foreigners have been slain, including charity workers and peacekeepers. There has been election-related violence reported. Outside of the capital, there is no law.

In this country, even your safety cannot be guaranteed by law enforcement or peacekeepers.

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) assaults civilians on a daily basis in the CAR’s southeast, particularly in Haut-Mbomou province.

Kidnapping and brutal crime are commonplace. Foreigners are a target for kidnappers.

Bandit gangs are very common. They target humanitarian organizations in order to obtain cash, vehicles, and equipment. When carrying significant sums of money, exercise extreme caution. If at all feasible, divide it among your traveling partners.

1. Afghanistan

Most dangerous countries in the world
Taliban forces during a patrol at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Stringer

Afghanistan is the world’s most dangerous country. From 2020 to 2021, Afghanistan remained in this position. Furthermore, Afghanistan has the largest number of conflict and terrorism-related deaths of any country on the planet.

Source: Atlas & Boots.

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