Pakistan ranked fourth most unsafe country for tourists

Published: June 9, 2017


PHOTO COURTESY: SOPHEE SOUTHALL The government has also restricted access for foreigners to several areas. PHOTO: HIDAYAT KHAN/EXPRESS

With raging militancy, frequent terror attacks and deteriorating law and order, it comes as no surprise that Pakistan has landed fourth on a list of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists.

Pakistan earned this distinction on the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, released earlier this week, which analyses the state of the tourism sector and travel in 136 countries.

The report ranks the safety of each of these countries based on measuring “the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people (violence and terrorism).” However, petty crime is not taken into account.

The world’s most dangerous destinations

From the list, here are 10 of the most dangerous countries in the world for tourists so you might know which ones to avoid on your summer getaway.

10. Ukraine

An armed conflict between national forces and Russian-backed separatists has resulted in scores of casualties in the country.

9. Honduras

The Central American country is home to one of the world’s highest murder rates.

8. Kenya

Bombings and terrorist attacks are quite common in the country.

7. Egypt

The volatile country has been plagued by the presence of several terrorist groups which frequently target public places. The country’s Coptic Christian community is also facing attacks by the Islamic State.

6. Venezuela

The South American country is in the grips of brutal economic crisis, facing shortages of basic goods such as water, food, medicine and electricity, leading to social unrest and crime throughout Venezuela.

5. Nigeria

Extremist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa are responsible for much of the violence that occurs in Nigeria. They commonly target heavily populated areas like churches, schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues

Pakistan ranks third on list of countries with worst reputation

4. Pakistan

Home to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, its offshoots and several sectarian-based extremism organisations, Pakistan has lost thousands of people to terrorism in the last decade or more. Religious minorities are frequently targeted with impunity, while the government has also restricted access for foreigners to several areas.

3. El Salvador

The Central American nation has one of the world’s highest homicide levels. It is also known for gang violence which includes everything from extortion to arms and drug trafficking.

2. Yemen

Yemen is home to a civil war for the past few years and is also being targeted by Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes against Houthi rebels. The humanitarian crisis is worsening every day in the country which is also now facing a cholera outbreak.

1. Colombia

Colombia isn’t as dangerous as it once was. The FARC guerrilla movement, which had been fighting the government of the South American country for decades, laid down arms last year. However, it’s still not entirely safe: armed gangs are responsible for kidnappings, drug trafficking, and robberies that occur throughout the country, while acts of terrorism, like explosions, are common in many big cities like Bogota.

This article originally appeared on Business Insider 

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Reader Comments (20)

  • SuperNeo
    Jun 9, 2017 - 10:28PM

    it’s not true !!! any bad words are a conspiracy by CIA, RAW-Mossad, and MI5.
    Huhhh ….Recommend

  • Ghumman
    Jun 9, 2017 - 10:31PM

    We don’t believe on such false reports Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 9, 2017 - 11:02PM

    seriously doubt such surveys. major hot beds like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc are missingRecommend

  • Ali Khan
    Jun 9, 2017 - 11:41PM

    What a load of rubbish; more dangerous than Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq? I don’t think so.Recommend

  • avtar
    Jun 9, 2017 - 11:53PM

    The best way to judge is how big is your travel industry compared to a few other countries. Even lot of ex-pat Pakistanis visit Pakistan only to see their relatives! The Pak govt. policies do not help the situation either.Recommend

  • Muhammad Tariq
    Jun 9, 2017 - 11:58PM

    And what about India where every second female tourist is raped by frustrated Indians. This report is false and appears to be an attempt to undermine the enormous tourism potential of Pakistan where people are far more friendly and hospitable than what is perceived and projected in the media around the world. Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Jun 10, 2017 - 12:05AM

    American or Western tourists in North Korea beg to differ. Recommend

  • Sokarian
    Jun 10, 2017 - 12:24AM

    So according to the report Afghanistan is more safe than Pakistan. What a shitty and biased report. I strongly condemn it with great concerns. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 10, 2017 - 4:22AM

    What about Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and almost all arab countries.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 10, 2017 - 4:50AM

    Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are not in the list because nobody has returned alive from these countries. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jun 10, 2017 - 6:41AM

    Yeah right, very credible indeed Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are not even there in top 10

    get a life!Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 10, 2017 - 9:43AM

    One more feather in the cap for a country that is marching towards its destination of top spot on every such dubious list. Surprised that Afghanistan has been found safer for tourists. Kidnapping and killing of two Chinese recently does not help matters.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 10, 2017 - 9:47AM

    All those people wondering why Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria are not on the list it’s simply because they’re no longer tourist destinations (if they ever were). They’re war zones and not tourist destinations hence they were not considered for this survey.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 10, 2017 - 9:51AM

    @Muhammad Tariq: “And what about India where every second female tourist is raped by frustrated Indians”

    Wow. Throwing random numbers from the top of your head won’t make your statement anymore credible. Come and visit places like Goa or Kerala and you’ll see there are more tourists than Indians. And they leave happily too. One off incidents won’t make India unsafe. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Jun 10, 2017 - 10:16AM

    Dear Easily Offended: the report only ranks 136 countries; not war torn regions like Syria. It is a report on tourism after all. It seems to accurately reflect the situation and more importantly, the global sentiment.
    We must change this in the years to come. The tolerance for different opinions and ways of life must improve if we want to be a part of the global network and not remain isolated. It is true that as a country we oppress minorities and have laws to jail people for having a different view or way of living. The question is: are we willing to change?Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 10, 2017 - 11:51AM

    when the head of PTDC is busy screaming outside the judicial compound to show his loyalty what does one expectRecommend

  • Hassaan
    Jun 10, 2017 - 2:29PM

    Pakistan is really safe, this ranking is highly biased. It’s stupid really, On what basis do they say that Pakistan is unsafe for tourists? completely rubbish, this ranking is.Recommend

    Jun 11, 2017 - 7:27AM

    Let us deny or ignore inconvenient facts, pretend everything is fine, do nothing to fix problems. After all that has always been our standard operating procedure even though it allows matters to deteriorate further. Recommend

  • Just Someone
    Jun 11, 2017 - 4:16PM

    Where are Syria Afghanistan and Iraq?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 12, 2017 - 2:20AM

    @Muhammad Tariq:
    And just WHERE can we read that every second female in India is raped?????
    More conspiracy delusions to deflect reality!
    As for the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, all can click on the link and download the PDF to read 100 page plus report to understand the methodology used!
    For all comment or complaints that Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq etc are not on the list conveniently forget that tourism does not usually exist in war torn countries and regions, AND THIS IS A TOURISM REPORT!Recommend

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