Safest Countries in the World for Tourists, Results May Surprise You (US Not in Top 10)

The World Economic Forum has released their 2016-2017 Travel Tourism Competitiveness report, which includes rankings for 136 countries across multiple travel pillars. One such pillar is safest country in the world for tourists. Countries were ranked based on “the extent to which a country exposes tourists and businesses to security risks mainly related to serious harm to people [violence and terrorism]”.

Safety & Security Top 10 (Pillar 2)

  1. Finland
  2. UAE
  3. Iceland
  4. Oman
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Singapore
  7. Norway
  8. Switzerland
  9. Rwanda
  10. Qatar

Air Transport Infrastructure (Pillar 10)

  1. Canada
  2. US
  3. UAE
  4. Australia
  5. Hong Kong

Check out the full report and rankings for all pillars here.

WEF

Comments

  1. Hmm…that fish called Rwanda was a surprise for me. Maybe for you too if you read what the US Department of State has to say:

    Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border:
    The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group that includes former soldiers and supporters of the regime that orchestrated the 1994 genocide, operates in eastern DRC, near the border.
    Congolese armed forces and UN peacekeepers continue combat operations against armed rebel and militia groups in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. Violence targeting civilians sporadically breaks out including rape, kidnapping, and pillaging.

    Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans)/Nyungwe Forest:
    Armed groups operate on the DRC side of Volcanoes National Park (Virunga). Exercise extreme caution; the border may not be clearly marked.
    Obtain a permit from the Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) prior to entry. The ORTPN may provide military escorts due to the risk from armed groups.

    Grenade attacks have occurred sporadically over the last five years. Genocide memorial sites, markets, bus stops, and taxis have been targets in Kigali and Ruhengeri (Musanze).

    Precautions:
    Avoid demonstrations and use vigilance during your movements around the country. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent.
    Maintain caution in areas frequented by foreigners.
    Be cautious when traveling outside of cities and along border areas.
    Monitor news and consular messages.

    Crime: Most reported incidents involve robbery, pick-pocketing, petty theft, theft from hotel rooms, and residential burglaries. Burglars may break and enter, trick domestic staff into allowing them entrance, or convince residential security guards to participate.
    Avoid walking alone especially after dark.
    Do not display cash and valuables.
    Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
    Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa. Keep original documents in a secure location.

  2. We’ll they couldn’t just list Switzerland first as it would appear too biased 🙂
    I didn’t see France, Sweden or Germany on this list strangely.

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