Some countries will offer a better tourist experience than others. The World Economic Forum release reports which analyse the climate of the travel and tourism sectors in 136 countries around the globe. With this, comes a safety rating for each country This is achieved by “measuring the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people (violence and terrorism)”. Below is a selection of countries that you can actually visit, but at great personal risk.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
A wide array of armed groups and bandits, predominantly The Congolese armed forces, are dominant in many parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have a violent reputation. The Congolese military is active throughout the country and conflict is riff. Troops, armoured vehicles, and attack helicopters are all things travellers can expect to come across.
Hostility between the Ukraine armed forces and allied Russian armed separatists is commonplace in Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast, and Crimea- located in Eastern and Southeastern Ukraine. There continue to be deaths and casualties as civilians get caught up in the fighting.
Violent incidents, including targeted political and military assassinations, have been reported all throughout the country, however, the violence is most prevalent in Bujumbura. Armed conflicts amidst opposition and security forces are commonplace, as well as the targeted armed robbery of foreign exchange offices.
Chad as a country has a high threat of terrorism and an infamous reputation for kidnapping.
There remains a constant risk of opposition attacks due to both the French intervention in Mali and Chad’s contribution to the regional fight against Boko Haram.