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Globetrotters, beware — these are the most dangerous countries to travel to
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From the terror attacks in Nice, France to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus, the past year has been a dizzying one in terms of violence and disease outbreaks throughout the world. These factors, among others, increase the likelihood travelers will be required to stay up to date on travel safety advisories. Using 2016 data from the Canadian government and The Global Health Data Exchange, HealthGrove, a health visualization site by Graphiq, created an ascending list of the most dangerous countries to travel to.

The Canadian Travel Advice and Advisories data comprises four major categories:

  • Exercise normal security precautions
  • Exercise a high degree of caution
  • Avoid nonessential travel
  • Avoid all travel

HealthGrove’s list includes countries with at least an “exercise a high degree of caution” rating or higher and nations are ranked by worsening travel advisories. Ties were broken by using the Travel Mortality Index, which provides an aggregate score representing the likelihood of death caused by traveling to a given country.

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The higher the index, the higher the probability of traveler death. The causes of death in the Index vary from diseases like Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS to causes like “interpersonal violence,” “exposure to forces of nature,” “collective violence” and “legal intervention.” The variation in causes explains why you’ll see France, for example, with a score (116.2), which is separated from that of Honduras (120.4) by only a few points.

118. Qatar

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 32.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

117. Jordan

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 33.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

116. Kuwait

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 33.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

115. Bahrain

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 34.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

114. Maldives

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 41.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

113. United Arab Emirates

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 41.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

112. Iran

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 43.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

111. Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 58.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

110. Tunisia

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 61.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

109. China

  • Region: East Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 62
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

108. Armenia

  • Region: Eastern Europe
  • Travel mortality score: 63.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

107. Costa Rica

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 63.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

106. Saudi Arabia

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 68.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

105. Nicaragua

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 70.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

104. Azerbaijan

  • Region: West Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 71.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

103. Algeria

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 74
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

102. Morocco

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 76.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

101. Oman

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 78.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

100. Sri Lanka

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 81.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

99. Mexico

  • Region: North America
  • Travel mortality score: 85.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

98. Jamaica

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 87.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

97. Uzbekistan

  • Region: Central Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 89.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

96. Kyrgyz Republic

  • Region: Central Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 93.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

95. Vietnam

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 98.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

94. Bangladesh

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 101.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

93. Dominica

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 102.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

92. Dominican Republic

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 102.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

91. Paraguay

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 103
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

90. Kazakhstan

  • Region: Central Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 103.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

89. Saint Lucia

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 109.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

88. Mongolia

  • Region: East Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 111.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

87. Belize

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 112
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

86. Ukraine

  • Region: Eastern Europe
  • Travel mortality score: 114.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

85. Colombia

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 114.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

84. Venezuela

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 114.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

83. France

  • Region: Western Europe
  • Travel mortality score: 116.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

82. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Region: Balkans
  • Travel mortality score: 118.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

81. Tajikistan

  • Region: Central Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 119.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

80. Honduras

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 120.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

79. Timor-Leste (East Timor)

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 121.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

78. Turkmenistan

  • Region: Central Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 121.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

77. Bahamas

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 123.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

76. Suriname

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 124.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

75. Peru

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 125.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

74. Trinidad and Tobago

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 128.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

73. Belgium

  • Region: Western Europe
  • Travel mortality score: 129.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

72. Brazil

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 130.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

71. Nepal

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 140.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

70. Ecuador

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 142.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

69. Philippines

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 144.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

68. Indonesia

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 149.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

67. Thailand

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 153.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

66. Bolivia

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 154.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

65. Russia

  • Region: Eurasia
  • Travel mortality score: 161.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

64. Guyana

  • Region: South America
  • Travel mortality score: 165.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

63. Guatemala

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 166.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

62. El Salvador

  • Region: Central America
  • Travel mortality score: 170.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

61. Solomon Islands

  • Region: South Pacific
  • Travel mortality score: 172.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

60. Cambodia

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 176.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

59. Laos

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 190.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

58. Myanmar (Burma)

  • Region: Southeast Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 196.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

57. India

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 211.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

56. Madagascar

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 259.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

55. Haiti

  • Region: Caribbean
  • Travel mortality score: 267.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

54. Senegal

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 283.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

53. Comoros

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 291.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

52. Ghana

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 295.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

51. Benin

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 308.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

50. Rwanda

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 308.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

49. Papua New Guinea

  • Region: Oceania
  • Travel mortality score: 319
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

48. Djibouti

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 356.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

47. The Gambia

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 359.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

46. Liberia

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 371.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

45. Kenya

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 381.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

44. Ethiopia

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 391.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

43. Togo

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 409.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

42. Angola

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 432.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

41. Namibia

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 476.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

40. Tanzania

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 477.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

39. Guinea

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 481.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

38. Burkina Faso

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 485.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

37. Uganda

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 492.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

36. Gabon

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 496.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

35. Sierra Leone

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 506.5
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

34. Cote d’Ivoire

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 509.9
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

33. Equatorial Guinea

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 515.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

32. Cameroon

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 526.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

31. Malawi

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 621.4
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

30. Zambia

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 624.2
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

29. Zimbabwe

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 680.7
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

28. South Africa

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 681.8
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

27. Mozambique

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 724.3
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

26. Guinea-Bissau

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 744.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

25. Swaziland

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 831.6
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

24. Lesotho

  • Region: Southern Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 984.1
  • Exercise a high degree of caution

23. Lebanon

  • Region: Western Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 39.8
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

22. Turkey

  • Region: Eurasia
  • Travel mortality score: 45.4
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

21. Egypt

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 74.1
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

20. Sudan

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 144.9
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

19. Pakistan

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 194.5
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

18. Mauritania

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 295.3
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

17. Eritrea

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 348
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

16. Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 389.5
  • Avoid nonessential travel

15. Nigeria

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 525.2
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

14. Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 531.7
  • Avoid nonessential travel (with regional advisories)

13. Libya

  • Region: North Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 55.9
  • Avoid all travel

12. Iraq

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 69.6
  • Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)

11. North Korea

  • Region: East Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 86.7
  • Avoid all travel

10. Yemen

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 150.6
  • Avoid all travel

9. Syria

  • Region: Middle East
  • Travel mortality score: 182.7
  • Avoid all travel

8. Afghanistan

  • Region: South Asia
  • Travel mortality score: 315.8
  • Avoid all travel

7. Burundi

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 471.9
  • Avoid all travel

6. Niger

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 550.9
  • Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)

5. South Sudan

  • Region: East Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 584.4
  • Avoid all travel

4. Somalia

  • Region: Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 635.2
  • Avoid all travel

3. Mali

  • Region: West Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 648.5
  • Avoid all travel

2. Chad

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 718.5
  • Avoid all travel (with regional advisories)

1. Central African Republic

  • Region: Central Africa
  • Travel mortality score: 748.2
  • Avoid all travel

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