Which? Travel recently ranked 20 of the most popular destinations around the world for its safety. It took into consideration several factors like crime rates, the likelihood of terrorist attacks, natural disasters and health concerns. The data was extracted from reports in the World Economic Fund on crime rates, the World Risk Report on natural disasters, the NHS Fit For Travel website on health and the Foreign Office’s assessments of the risks of terrorism.
Iceland topped the charts with the lowest risk of a natural disaster as well as crime rates. Despite the risk of terrorist attack marked as being “likely”, UAE which is home to one of the most popular holiday destinations, Dubai, was ranked second.
Singapore which stood in third place was also ranked highly across all categories. The risk of Zika virus was, however, marked moderate in the country. The fourth safest country was Spain, followed by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, Jordan and Barbados.
On the other hand, South Africa came last owing to a high risk of crime, health and terrorism. Turkey was ranked the second most dangerous as it was “very likely” to face a terrorist attack. The third most dangerous country position was clinched by Thailand, followed by India, and Mexico.