The world’s most risky countries for traveling are in fact many. The list is mainly consisted with countries from the other side of the world. However, the world discovery on Regular Reporter began with the “10 best places to visit in…“, pointing out the most beautiful and visited places in each country. Different from that, in this article we will be disclosing some of the worlds most risky countries for visiting, announced by the US State Department.

Soldiers patrolling in city's center
Soldiers patrolling in city’s center

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The list

With the on-going travel season, the many travel stories and flights booked every minute, the US State Department advises people not to travel to some countries. In fact, they have composed a list of the most risky countries for traveling, advising people to avoid them.

There are many reason these countries are on this list. In fact, some of them are because they are in a crisis or in a high-risk area, or the people traveling there may be a subject to some of their laws.

North Korea

The 1st of the list risky country for traveling, according to the US State Department, is in fact North Korea. In addition, the diplomatic and political relations between the US and North Korea are dating back since the Korean War.

kim Jong-un and Donald Trump at the summit in 2018
kim Jong-un and Donald Trump at the summit in 2018

However, these two countries have started a formal diplomatic relationship, after the Trump-Kim Summit in 2018, with Sweden acting as the protecting power of United States interests in North Korea.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • People cannot travel with an US Passport to North Korea,
  • They need special validations, which are granted in very defined circumstances,
  • The U.S. Government cannot provide emergency services in North Korea,
  • Risk of civil aviation operating there.

Iraq

The 2nd travel-avoiding country is not a surprise, because of it’s war and violence surroundings, and many civilians being kidnapped or killed.

Soldier in Iraq's war
Soldier in Iraq’s war

The diplomatic relations between these two began with the U.S. recognizing Iraq on January 9, 1930. However, with the whole military and political involvement in Iraq, they acknowledge themselves as strategic partners.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • The high risk of violence or being kidnapped,
  • The U.S. Government cannot provide emergency services,
  • Risk of terrrorism and armed conflict,
  • Risk of civil aviation operating there.

Sudan

The terrorist groups, the violent crimes and robberies, have put Sudan as the 3rd travel-avoiding country on the list. In fact, the national state of emergency, gave the national forces there a greater power of incarceration.

Protest in Sudan
Protest in Sudan

The diplomatic relations between these two began with Sudan breaking the diplomatic relations with the US in 1970. However, the US is vital for Sudan’s human rights record.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • The high risk of violence or being kidnapped,
  • Tensions between the government and the opposition forces,
  • Risk of terrorism and crime,
  • The U.S. Government has limited ability of providing emergency services.

Yemen

The 4th most risk country for traveling is Yemen, because of it’s terrorism, civil unrest, health risks. However, the terrorist attacks with no warning and the huge threat of kidnapping, have put Yemen on this list.

The war in Yemen
The war in Yemen

The United States and Yemen relationship has been established since 1974, with Yemen becoming a fundamental site for U.S. intelligence gathering.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • The high risk of violence or being kidnapped,
  • Risk of terrorism and armed conflict,
  • Cholera, a disease present through the entire country,
  • The U.S. Government has NO ability of providing emergency services.

Venezuela

The high crime rate and poor health infrastructure, have put Sudan as the 5th travel-avoiding country on the list. In fact, the arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens, are because of the shortages of food, electricity and food.

Protests in Venezuela
Protests in Venezuela

The bilateral relationship between these two began as an important trade and investment relationship. However, with the two countries are cooperating together in the illegal drugs battle.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • The high risk of violence or being kidnapped,
  • The arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens,
  • Poor health infrastructure,
  • The U.S. Government has limited ability of providing emergency services.

Syria

The 6th travel-avoiding country is Syria, because of it’s terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. However, the use of chemical warfare and low infrastructure, have put Yemen on this list.

The Syrian flag among the ruins
The Syrian flag among the ruins

The United States and Syria relationship are non-existent, with the U.S. suspending it’s diplomatic mission from Syria in 2012.

The main reasons why this country is on the list:

  • The high risk of terrorism and armed conflict,
  • Increased risk of kidnapping U.S. citizens,
  • The use of chemical warfare through the whole country,
  • The U.S. Government has limited or NO ability of providing emergency services.

Not to forget the following countries, who are also on the list, for the same or similar reasons like the others:

  • South Sudan,
  • Somalia,
  • Mali,
  • Libya,
  • Iran,
  • Central African Republic,
  • Afghanistan.