Traveler Beware: The Most Dangerous Destinations in the World for 2023

Here are the most dangerous countries in the world in 2023, according to a study (Mexico is not in the first place).

For peaceful travels – and to take precautions – here are the most dangerous countries in the world to visit.

Pretoria south africa

With the arrival of warm weather, we enter a period that is conducive to the desire for escape! Between the extended weekends of May and the Ascension Day holiday, many French people take advantage of the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. A good way to wait until the summer holidays, during which they will likely travel much farther and longer. Recently, the travel-specialized website, The Swiftest, unveiled the list of the most dangerous countries in the world. Some places are even particularly risky for women.

To establish its ranking, it took into account homicide rates, road mortality, unintentional poisoning mortality, mortality rates due to unsanitary conditions, years of life lost due to communicable diseases, years of life lost due to injuries, as well as the risks of natural disasters. We reveal to you the destinations that require extra caution when traveling.

South Africa tops the list of the most dangerous countries to visit

Pretoria south africa

According to this ranking, some countries - including the most touristy ones - are among the most dangerous in the world. At the top of this sad podium is South Africa, which has been very popular in recent years. It is renowned for the variety of its landscapes, as well as for the unique historical imprint of its cities. Unfortunately, it also suffers from a bad reputation due to the violent crimes that occur there very regularly and has the highest homicide rate (36.40 per 100,000 people). According to the report of the specialized site, 68 people are killed every day in this country. There are three main reasons for this: poverty and income inequalities, high levels of gang violence and organized crime, and a weak and slow judicial system.

Many deaths in India due to poor hygiene conditions

India comes in second place in this ranking. A country rich in cultural diversity, it is still considered to be a developing nation. Unlike South Africa, the homicide rate is rather low. However, it is the unfortunate champion of poor hygiene conditions, as one in ten deaths is due to this. In India, locals still defecate in the open air, leading to a huge proliferation of viruses and bacteria that can contaminate water and food.

India street food

 Today, the country is trying to move towards more cleanliness and sanitation, although the subject is still taboo, and one in five Indian households (19%) still do not have access to toilets.

High homicide and road death rates in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is often associated with its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Unfortunately, it is also the third most dangerous country in the world, ranking fourth in terms of homicide mortality rate. It also has a road death every two hours. Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and disregarding traffic laws are the main reasons for this. On its website, the Guide du Routard advises against driving at night due to numerous potholes, vehicles without headlights, and wandering animals.

Dominican Republic

What are the 10 most dangerous countries in the world?

Behind these three countries, we find Mexico, which also has a very high rate of homicide mortality and is plagued by drug trafficking. It is followed by Brazil, which is the third deadliest country in the world and where health conditions are deplorable. Here is the ranking of the ten riskiest countries:

  • South Africa
  • India
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia

Which is the safest country for travelers?

At the very end of this ranking, we find the city-state of Singapore, which is the safest country in the world. Indeed, its crime rate is very low, which is explained in particular by very strict sanctions, even for minor offenses. For example, you should not smoke anywhere (or in any way), and a crushed cigarette butt on the street can cost 500 Singapore dollars in fines. Overall, it is a city in which you can walk around day or night, practically without fear.

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