The most dangerous countries for tourists
When traveling it is important to know in advance the chosen destination, not only prepare the route, choose flights and accommodations, know something about their culture and customs, it is also necessary to know what kind of dangers we can find and how to solve it, so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation reports, on its website, which countries are more dangerous and which ones should not be visited.
El Salvador because it has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and there are criminal groups called “maras” (gangs) operating throughout the country; in Honduras the insecurity situation is serious, especially in the large urban centers of Tegucigalpa, Ceiba and San Pedro Sula; in Nicaragua where there are strong disturbances in several parts of the country; Venezuela has a very high level of insecurity, and homicide and kidnapping rates are a cause for concern.
In St. Lucia, with the start of the high tourist season, the number of violent street robberies, rapes and especially armed robberies in homes has increased again; in Guatemala, in February, the Fuego volcano erupted; and finally, in Suriname, there may be cases of infection by the dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses.
Most dangerous countries in the world
Progress in the fight against AIDS has led the population and, even worse, the scientific world to trivialize the infection. These are the words of Asier Sáez-Cirión, one of the world’s most renowned scientists in this field. Specifically, Africa accounts for a large percentage of deaths due to HIV-AIDS: 1,110,141 in sub-Saharan Africa and 2,829 in the north; to these must be added the 420,788 deaths caused by the disease in other parts of the world.
Diarrhea is far from the top sixty causes of death in Western countries, but in Africa, it is in third place, linked to the entrenched problems of the world’s poorest countries: dehydration, poor water quality, famine and malnutrition….
In the case of meningitis, we find a disease that progresses very quickly and, without almost immediate treatment, is fatal: diagnosis and treatment times that, in sub-Saharan Africa, are not always met. Tuberculosis, in turn, requires long periods of antibiotics and is easily spread, two factors that also make intervention very difficult.
Dangerous countries for travel
Smuggled migrants are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse and their lives and safety are often at risk: they can suffocate inside containers, perish in the desert or drown at sea while being driven by smugglers who profit from a trade in which migrants become commodities. Because it is a clandestine crime, global value figures are difficult to determine with precision. However, based on two of the main smuggling routes: from East, North and West Africa to Europe and from South America to North America, it is estimated that this crime generates around US$ 6.75 billion annually for criminals operating in these regions alone . However, that figure is presumably much higher at the global level.
Migrant smugglers are becoming increasingly organized and establishing professional networks that transcend borders and regions. As with other forms of organized crime, groups involved in this criminal activity have expanded their operations by changing routes in an attempt to expand into other markets and evade state repression. Some groups have merged or established cooperative relationships, expanding their geographic scope and the range of their criminal activities. For some criminal groups, migrants are simply another illicit trafficking product, along with drugs and firearms, and because migrant smuggling is a highly profitable business with a relatively low risk of detection, this criminal activity is attractive to criminals.
There are many travelers who have been to South Africa and are eager to return to this wonderful country. In social networks and blogs you will find all kinds of testimonials that will surely give you the final push to visit southern Africa, but you can not be unaware and ignore some facts. It is true that the crime rate in South African cities is high and that muggings, robberies and thefts sometimes happen. However, it is also true that the authorities are aware of this and that tourist areas are heavily guarded. In addition, a trip through the country does not only include big cities and all travelers agree that, outside of them, South Africa is a very quiet country.
Therefore, we can tell you that it is safe to travel to South Africa, but keeping some basic precautions that will make you enjoy your trip. Although traveling in the African country is not like traveling in Europe, do not become paranoid and be consistent.
Because we want you to love South Africa as much as we do, we want to give you some tips for you to plan your trip. Evaluate all the factors, visit areas where you feel comfortable and, above all, enjoy a country as great as this one.