Slide3Democratic Republic of the Congo The Congolese armed forces, as well as other armed groups and bandits, are active in many parts of the country, and they are pretty violent. Because the Congolese military is in operation throughout the country, travellers are likely to come across troops, armoured vehicles, and attack helicopters.
Slide4THAİLAND The provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla all of which are in southern Thailand are the most dangerous in the country. In the last 13 years, more than 6,500 deaths have occurred in these areas due to violence. There's also a martial law in effect in the region.
Slide5GUATEMALA Guatemala's border with Mexico is one of the most dangerous parts of the country because of frequent drug and alien smuggling. The country also had the fifth highest homicide rate in Latin America and the Caribbean last year. Other common crimes include carjacking, armed robbery, and theft.
Slide6BANGLADESH Besides the threat of terrorist attacks, extreme weather also affects Bangladesh, putting the country at risk for a number of natural disasters. The Asian nation experiences tropical cyclones, flooding, and sometimes earthquakes.
Slide7PAKISTAN Religious conflict has plagued Pakistan for years, and violence against certain religious groups is still common throughout the country. Pakistan's government also greatly limits freedom of speech, and forbids foreigners access to numerous places throughout the country.
Slide8PHILIPPINES In addition to the recent shooting and fire at a Manila Casino, kidnappings are common throughout the Sulu Archipelago and the southern Sulu Sea. Foreigners are often the targets of these kidnappings.
Slide9EGYPT Isis and other extremist groups pose serious threats to public venues throughout Egypt, including tourist sites. The groups have also been known to target various modes of transportation.
Slide10COLOMBIA While Colombia isn't as dangerous as it once was. Medellin was named South America's best destination last year visiting the country still poses quite a risk for foreign travelers. BACRIM, armed gangs, are responsible for kidnappings, drug trafficking, and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, like explosions, are common in many big cities like Bogota.
Slide11EL SALVADOR Besides having one of the world's highest homicide levels, El Salvador is also known for its many gangs, which are known as maras. Gang violence includes everything from extortion to arms and drug trafficking.
Slide12KENYA While many terrorist attacks occur outside of Nairobi, the threat of terrorism is still high in the city. Grenades, shootings, and stabbings are common forms of attacks.
Slide13INDIA India is another country that continues to attract huge numbers of tourists. In most areas, the threat level is minimal. However, regions like Manipur, Kashmir, and Jammu are regularly troubled by armed conflict. Governments advise a ‘case by case’ determination of the risks. Women should be particularly careful when traveling through any part of India. There is a much greater danger of robbery and sexual assault. Where possible, travel as part of a pair or group. Stick to populated areas. Keep your belongings close and stay vigilant.
Slide14NORTH KOREA North Korea is a curious case. The risk of being targeted for violent crime or terrorism is virtually non-existent. In fact, the only real danger is posed by the state. The recent case of Otto Warmbier has amplified this and forced many to reconsider their travel plans. If you are keen to visit North Korea, you must be willing to adhere to its rules, regardless how extreme or strange they may seem. Tourists are kept under heavy surveillance. It’s not always clear what happens to those who shirk their minders or try to enter forbidden areas.
Slide15BURMA There’s no doubt Burma (or the Golden Land) is a stunningly beautiful country. It is home to some incredible landscapes and fascinating cultures. While the threat of Islamic terrorism is relatively low right now, there is a good chance this may change. Hundreds of people are murdered by the Burmese government on a weekly basis. There is a significant risk of getting caught up in the civil conflict. Politicians also fear the chaos is leaving Burma open to extremists like ISIS.
Slide16ERITRA The Danakil Depression, alone, makes Eritrea a truly fascinating destination. It is a geological wonder and one of the most remarkable sights on earth. Unfortunately, its position on the border with Ethiopia makes it vulnerable to armed conflict and political turbulence. The Afar region is particularly dangerous and western governments warn tourists against traveling there. This doesn’t stop people from making the trip, of course. Many believe the unique geological wonders in Eretria are worth the risk.