The safest countries to travel to
Safety first! Where is it safe to vacation abroad now? We collected in one review the current rankings of countries by natural disasters, wars and terrorism, peacefulness and attitude towards tourists. Tables, lists, and infographics will help you choose a peaceful place. Find out where to go for a vacation at the sea without worries and cares.
Coronavirus and quarantine . This review does not take into account the COVID-19 situation, we look at natural, political and social safety factors. See the current list of open countries.
Terrorist attacks in Nice and Barcelona, riots in Iran and Venezuela, military coups in Egypt and Turkey. Tsunamis in Japan, earthquakes in Nepal, volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, typhoons in the Caribbean. Plus Ebola, Coxsackie virus and malaria outbreaks. Travel is scary. What to do? Are there countries where tourists are safe?
They exist! There are a lot of safe travel countries. The Foreign Ministry of almost every country annually compiles such ratings, and they are published by various authoritative publications, institutions, forums and agencies. Is it worth it to believe them? Aren’t they too subjective?
Statistics does not lie, and you should trust the lists. But remember that these are averages, and make your own adjustments. For example, disturbances usually occur in the capital and major cities, while the resort areas are calm. Or a typhoon affects only the outer islands of the archipelago.
How to avoid trouble?
- Before you travel, read the news: is the situation in the country stable and there are no warnings of impending disaster?
- Avoid crowded places.
- Be vigilant – pickpockets are everywhere.
- Slums are a potential danger.
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Natural disasters: safe and dangerous countries
The UN University for the Study of Environment and Security has published the World Risk Report. This report contains TOP countries where the probability of natural disasters is minimal. So, the list of the safest countries in the world in 2022:
- Saudi Arabia
- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The highest risk of natural disasters (in descending order) is in Vanuatu, Tonga, the Philippines, Guatemala, Bangladesh, the Solomon Islands, Costa Rica, Cambodia, El Salvador, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Mauritius, Nicaragua and Fiji. That is most dangerous in Oceania, Central America and Southeast Asia.
Tourists mostly go to rest at sea. So what popular countries are completely safe for tourists? There are several of them:
In these countries, you can not worry about natural disasters. Portugal, Russia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Jordan, Turkey and Tunisia also belong to the areas where you can safely rest. There is a very low risk of seeing a storm of elements.
What popular countries for recreation at sea are less safe:
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When reading this list it is worth keeping in mind that the probability of a natural disaster in an individual country may be low, but the country is downgraded due to other factors, such as the state not taking care of preventive measures or medicine not being available to the general population.
Download the full report in English from the official website.
Take a look at the world map below. Green countries are safe, red countries are dangerous.
Wars, crime, terrorism
This is a list of the safest countries in 2022 according to the World Economic Forum. The main criteria are low crime rates and absence of external and internal conflicts and terrorism.
We have selected from a general list of popular countries where tourists love to vacation by the sea, and made a table. Countries are arranged in order of increasing danger. Places of the countries are the same as in the general list. Rating from 1 to 7, where 7 is the best.
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Interested in the full report? See the rating on the official website.
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The most tourist-friendly countries
This ranking of tourism competitiveness (Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index) is compiled by the World Economic Forum every two years. Countries are compared by criteria related to the tourism industry: tourist safety, infrastructure, transport development, etc.
So here is where you can comfortably and safely spend your holidays abroad in 2022:
The full ranking of countries is here.
Most of these countries need a visa. How to get one, read our guide to visas. Don’t want to bother with paperwork? See the list of places where you can vacation without a visa.
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Global Peace Index
GPI is ranked annually by the Institute of Peace on 23 factors: presence of internal and external wars and conflicts, terrorism, crime, refugees, prison population, relations with neighbors, etc.
Top countries where it is safe to go on vacation in 2022:
- New Zealand
Iceland is the calmest and most peaceful country, it has been at the top of the ranking since 2008. It has no army, and its crime rate is zero. We read that criminals (of which there are only about 150 per 340 thousand people) are released home on holidays. Just look at the Instagram of the Icelandic police officers – there are no such happy police officers anywhere in the world. Of course, there are no jobs!
Here is a list of popular countries, where you can relax by the sea, according to the degree of decreased security:
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Download or view the Global Peace Index report on the official site.
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The safest countries in the world in 2021-2022
There are more than 150 nations on our planet. Each of them has its own culture, ethnic composition, customs, laws and mentality. Because of these features all the countries of the world are not similar to each other. At the same time not all of them are economically stable and safe. Every year many authoritative periodicals and Internet-resources compile lists that include the safest countries of the planet.
When compiling the rating of safe countries a huge number of criteria is taken into account, starting from the pace of economic development and ending with the standard of living. It takes into account absolutely all the details that characterize a particular state to some extent. The most important of them are:
- the state of medicine;
- transport infrastructure;
- crime rate;
- terrorist threats;
- domestic and foreign policy of the state;
- level of political stability;
- number of violent deaths;
- availability and circulation of lethal weapons within the country.
Today almost every state compiles its own ratings. In most cases they do not reflect the real picture and are created to strengthen their own positions in the eyes of the world community. In this case, the international rating, which is compiled by the joint efforts of all states of the planet, includes 162 positions.
The most dangerous countries for tourists in 2022
Unfortunately, most of the countries of the former socialist camp are located at the bottom of the list, and the ten most dangerous states are as follows:
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According to the ranking, the most dangerous place on the planet is Syria, which is currently in a state of civil war. In general, the bottom lines of the list are the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. Russia, however, has not gone far either, ranking only 145th, belonging to the class of states with a dynamically developing variability of risks. The same applies to Belarus.
Ukraine is at a very low level.
Top 10 safe and comfortable countries for recreation and life
The top 10 ranking in 2022 includes developed European countries, New Zealand and Canada, as well as the only representative of the Asian continent – Japan.
Slovenia – 10th place
Despite the fact that the lists are updated annually, the top 10 safest countries in the world have remained unchanged. Although there have been minor changes within the top 10, no one has left it. In 2022, the tenth place is still occupied by Slovenia.
Thanks to its favorable geographical location in the heart of Europe and its membership in the EU, Slovenia has managed to achieve great economic success in a short time. This has had an impact on the standard of living, infrastructure development and social guarantees.
Most of the country’s citizens are employed in the industrial sector, which is not only dynamic, but also requires a systematic increase in the number of employees. Stability, prosperity, and the availability of jobs contribute to a decrease in street crime. In addition, a large part of the population has a negative attitude towards violence and condemns it in every possible way.
Slovenia is a unitary republic with a stable political system and developed foreign economic relations. All of these factors combined with a low crime rate makes it one of the top safest countries in the world.
Japan – 9th place
Japan is one of the world’s economic leaders, second only to the United States and China. The country has a high standard of living and its residents are dedicated and hardworking. Most Japanese prefer to work 12-14 hours a day and don’t take vacations.
Receiving huge profits contributes to the development of all sectors, from the quality of road surfaces to the introduction of advanced technologies in the industrial sphere. Japanese medicine is also considered one of the best in the world, which is confirmed by the low rate of infant mortality and a large number of long-livers.
The low crime rate is due to the peculiarities of the mentality and attitude of people to the manifestations of cruelty. The number of violent deaths in the country is one of the lowest in the world, at 4.4 per million inhabitants.
Ninth place in the world ranking is due to geographical location, as almost the entire territory of the state is within the Great Ring of Fire. The tsunami threat, seismic activity and small area played a role. Japan did not become a leader in the level of safety for life, which could have been expected.
Canada – 8th place
Canada is the second largest country in terms of area, second only to the Russian Federation. The high level of economic development is due to the abundance of minerals and other natural resources, which are exported. Money received from trade operations contributes to industrial modernization and improvement of citizens’ living standards.
Introduction of the newest technologies and a high level of skill of the personnel has made the Canadian medicine famous all over the world. Excellent infrastructure and high quality highways also play a role.
Canada’s only geographical neighbor is the USA, which significantly reduces the flow of illegal immigrants trying to enter the country. Despite its large area, the country’s population density is quite low. More than 75% of the population lives along the border with the United States, where most of the cities are located. Meanwhile, the northern regions of the state are occupied by taiga forests.
Canadians are fiercely opposed to any form of violence and have a zero tolerance for crime. Street thefts and robberies are rare, and cases of violent deaths are virtually unrecorded. Therefore, to live in such a country is not only safe, but also comfortable enough.
To travel to Canada it is necessary to obtain a visa.
Switzerland – 7th place
Switzerland is a multinational country with at least 3-4 peoples living in peace and harmony. Despite their different views and cultures, they get along and almost never clash. This national composition has not only attracted foreign capital, but also fostered tolerance between people of different nations.
The economy of Switzerland is based on tourism, for which all the necessary conditions are created. A large part of the population of the country is employed in the service sector, focused on foreign visitors. Every year the infrastructure is upgraded, and living conditions of people are improving.
Tourist orientation contributes to the improvement of all areas of economic activity and medicine, which is one of the best in the world. Despite the different ethnic composition, the level of terrorist threats is almost non-existent, as is crime in general.
Large flow of foreign tourists, the possibility to start their own business and independently plan their activities make Switzerland one of the most hospitable and safe countries in Europe.
Czech Republic – 6th place
Of all the countries, whose expanses have tried to build a socialist society, the Czech Republic is the most progressive. Economic growth and political stability ensure a calm atmosphere within the state. The dynamic development of the economy is connected with the achievements in the field of industry.
Goods made in the Czech Republic are famous throughout the world, just look at the car brand Skoda, which is a standard of quality and sophistication.
The low crime rate is due to the lack of class division of society, as most of the population is on the same financial level. In addition, the high cultural level of residents, social security and rejection of violence make the state one of the safest places to live in the world.
Today in the Czech Republic only a few monuments remind of the Soviet past. All other spheres of life have long since been reoriented to market relations. Part of the income from the export of domestic production goes to improve the standard of living of the people who provide the progress of the economy.
It is necessary to get visa to visit the country.
Portugal – 5th place.
Portugal has always been considered one of the safest countries in the world, since 2016 it has been in the top ten. The main source of income of the state is the agricultural and industrial sector, which ensures the planned growth of the economy. The main trading partners are the European Union countries, to which about 95% of all manufactured products are exported.
Despite the development of the agricultural sector, the standard of living of the population is very high. Most of the profits go to modernize the existing infrastructure and improve social standards. Medicine is distinguished by its professionalism.
A favorable geographical location in the south of Europe and endless beaches make Portugal a tidbit for tourists from all over the world. The high level of economic development and lack of class inequality contributes to the reduction of crime. Despite the southern temperament, the inhabitants of the state categorically do not accept and condemn displays of violence. That makes it possible not only to live in safety, but also to move freely in the country at any time of the day. To travel, you need to get a visa to Portugal.
New Zealand – 4th place
New Zealand is a unique state not only in its structure, but also in its isolation from the rest of the world. It is located in the Pacific Ocean and occupies two islands of the same name. Its peculiarity is the lack of territorial proximity with other countries, since the nearest state is at a distance of 1 thousand kilometers.
Due to geographical isolation, New Zealand is virtually not involved in any military conflicts, which also significantly reduces the threat of terrorist attacks. The main directions of economic activity of the state are the agricultural and industrial sectors, in which the majority of the population is employed.
Islands are famous for huge deposits of minerals, among which gold and silver take first place. Revenues from their extraction form the backbone of the economy and allow it to develop dynamically.
The attitude of New Zealanders is sharply negative to crime and corruption, and the favorable conditions for business development only help to attract foreign investment. It is safe and comfortable to live on its territory. New Zealand could very well be the safest country in the world, if it were not located in an active seismic zone. Over the past 10 years at least 5 major earthquakes were recorded on the islands. It is necessary to apply for a visa to travel to New Zealand.
Austria – 3rd place
Austria is one of the richest countries in Europe. Despite the small area and relatively adverse climatic conditions, the country is at the peak of its economic development. The main activities of the state are agriculture and industry.
The policy of neutrality and non-participation in military blocs greatly increases the country’s foreign economic opportunities and reduces the risk of terrorist attacks. Austria is an excellent place not only for recreation but also for permanent residence, because it has well-developed medicine and social standards. The standard of living is one of the highest in Europe. The rejection of crime and low violent deaths makes it one of the safest countries in the world. Getting a visa to Austria is not difficult.
Denmark – 2nd place
Denmark is an agrarian-industrial state characterized by high rates of economic development. Thanks to low inflation and steady growth of GDP, the standard of living of its residents is constantly growing. The country occupies a leading position in the quality of its products.
Low unemployment and national unity help to maintain a peaceful atmosphere within the state, and its neighborhood policy only strengthens its influence in the Council of Europe. However, to live in it, one must not just be imbued with the national idea, but be committed to it.
The level of crime in the country is extremely low, as all its citizens are engaged in one activity. There are even fewer murders and street thefts, because the mentality of Danes does not accept deviation from the norms of humanity and law.
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The state has an excellent infrastructure, high social standards and excellent medicine.
However, to get on the territory of Denmark is extremely difficult, since its migration policy is quite strict, and not only for the Russians, but also citizens of other countries.
To travel to Denmark you need to apply for a visa.
Iceland – 1st place
Iceland tops the list of safe countries in the world. People’s unity, social cohesion, peaceful way of life and isolation from mainland Europe made it a leader in terms of security.
The main source of income of the state is tourism. On this basis, a large part of the population is engaged in the provision of services. All necessary conditions are created for tourists in Iceland. High-quality roads, high level of medicine, excellent service and developed infrastructure are the hallmark of this state. To travel to Iceland you must obtain a visa.
The cohesion of society has contributed to the eradication of street crime, and violent deaths are extremely rare. In general, Icelanders are extremely friendly and cheerful people who are willing to help solve problems and level any conflicts.
Despite the relatively low level of economic development compared to other countries in the ranking, it is Iceland is the safest country for tourists and living in general. However, in what country to live is up to each individual.