New reports highlight global travel risks

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Whether it’s catching Covid-19 or facing a blizzard, traveling can be a risky business these days.

But the degree of risk often depends on the purpose and how the risk is defined.

Safest Cities: People’s Perceptions

A report by the UK-based insurance company William Russell named the “safest cities in the world” according to public opinion.

Asia and Europe top the list of the “safest” cities in the list, based on perceived crime rates from global crowdsourcing database Numbeo.

According to the report, Taipei, Taiwan had the highest score, while Buenos Aires, Argentina had the lowest (score: 36.7).

Safest Cities: Health and Politics

But the top five places for health and safety in Euromonitor International’s “2022 Top 100 City Destinations Index” are different.

This rating, published in December, “Political stability and social security”, which includes the impact of Covid-19 (e.g. total number of cases, death and vaccination rates), as well as traffic accidents, government corruption and terrorism statistics, was analyzed.

Cities in the Middle East and Asia came out on top here.

  1. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. Doha, Qatar
  4. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  5. Singapore, Singapore

Paris tops market research firm Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations for 2022, but Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, pictured here, comes out on top for health and safety.

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“The Middle East … takes the top four spots,” said Vitaly Vladykin, senior director of research at Euromonitor International, adding that “Singapore tops the political stability category for 2019-2022.”

“Health and safety” is one of six factors used by Euromonitor International to create its annual index of urban destinations.

Safest Places: Medical Risks

The report by the travel safety firm International SOS analyzes not only the risk of infectious diseases, but also factors that affect medical care, such as the quality of specialists and emergency services, the availability of medicines and language barriers.

Its 2023 travel risk map shows medical risks in much of North America and Western Europe, as well as places like Turkey, Israel, Japan, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. “weak”.

Medical risks by country.

International SOS

The map shows that Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and parts of Africa have an “extremely high” health risk, which International SOS health systems define as “virtually nonexistent or severely burdened.”

According to the report, countries in purple have “significant variation” in medical risks, which may indicate a disparity in the level of care between urban and rural areas.

This map does not reflect the current Covid-19 outbreak in China, said Dr. Irene Lai, medical director of International SOS. Rather than showing specific outbreaks, the map focuses on “background” medical conditions in countries around the world, he said.

Safest Places: Security Risks

International SOS’s travel risk map also assesses security risks, including crime as well as political violence such as terrorism and vulnerability to war, social unrest and natural disasters.

International SOS security director Sally Llewellyn said there were “approximately” security threats in about 25 locations around the world: American Samoa, Andorra, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Norway, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna.

Some countries have different levels of risk within their borders. For example, the map shows that most of Egypt has a “high” security risk, but Cairo and areas east of the Nile have lower risks.

Mexico has a combination Thailand’s borders with Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia are rated as more dangerous on the map than the rest of the country.

International SOS said security risks have increased in several places this year, including Ukraine, Colombia and the Sahel.

The Sahel is a region of North Africa that includes parts of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan and other countries. According to the map, there are “high” and “extreme” security risks in the area.

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