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Most dangerous countries to travel

Total countries found: 23

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Ouagadougou •
Africa •
Western Africa •
Least Developed •
19.03M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: May 23, 2022
⚠️ We advise you do not travel to Burkina Faso due to civil unrest, the high risk of terrorist attack and kidnapping. The Australian High Commission in Accra has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in West Africa. The military has seized power and detained the President. The situation remains unclear and could deteriorate quickly at short notice. If you’re in Burkina Faso you should make plans to leave when it’s safe to do so. Contact airlines or travel providers for more details. There's a high risk of terrorist attacks and kidnapping. Local extremist militant groups have attacked targets in Burkina Faso. If you’re caught up in unrest, you should shelter in a safe place, avoid large gatherings and demonstrations and monitor the media. Pay attention to your personal safety. We advise: Do not travel to Burkina Faso overall due to ongoing civil unrest, high risk of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.
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Bamako •
Africa •
Western Africa •
Least Developed •
18.14M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: May 16, 2022
⚠️ The US government issued an alert warning that a terrorist attack in Bamako may be planned targeting Malian government offices, the airport and/or locations frequented by Westerners including embassies, hotels and restaurants (see ‘Safety’). We continue to advise do not travel to Mali. The political and security situation could get worse suddenly. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has placed sanctions on Mali, including land and air border closures between ECOWAS countries and Mali. There are no flight options between Mali and those destinations until further notice. Flight options to and from non-ECOWAS countries remain available. The Canadian Embassy can provide limited emergency consular assistance to in need (see 'Local contacts'). We continue to advise: Do not travel to Mali overall due to the national state of emergency and the high risk of terrorist attack and kidnapping. Other levels apply in some areas.
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Caracas •
South America •
South America •
Developing •
31.03M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: May 2, 2022
⚠️ We continue to recommend do not travel to Venezuela. If you decide to travel, consider that flight options to and from Venezuela are very limited and travelling within the country is challenging (see 'Travel'). COVID-19 remains a risk. Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Venezuela. Contact the Australian Embassy in Colombia for assistance (see 'Local Contacts'). We advise: Do not travel to Venezuela due to the unstable political and economic situation, shortages of food, water, medicine and petrol, and high levels of violent crime.
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Moscow •
Europe •
Eastern Europe •
Developed •
146.6M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: April 22, 2022
⚠️ Do not travel to Russia due to the security environment and military conflict with Ukraine. If you’re in Russia, leave immediately using the limited commercial options available or private means if it’s safe to do so. The Australian Government has authorised the voluntary departure of dependants of Australian Embassy staff in Moscow. The security situation could deteriorate further with little warning. The Russian parliament has passed laws that severely inhibit free speech related to the current situation, imposing restrictions on the publishing and distribution of information related to the Russian armed forces and any military operations. Remain vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations and commenting publicly on political developments. Non-participating bystanders can draw scrutiny from security forces and have been detained. Given the substantial police presence and mass arrests, you should avoid demonstrations and any demonstration-related activities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Russia overall due to the security environment and military conflict with Ukraine.
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Kyiv •
Europe •
Eastern Europe •
Developed •
42.69M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: April 11, 2022
⚠️ The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing. The security situation continues to be volatile and is deteriorating rapidly. Heavy fighting, including bombardments, explosions and missile launches, is ongoing throughout Ukraine, including in major cities. Infrastructure and military facilities have been struck by rocket attacks. There have been many civilian casualties. Foreigners have been killed and may be targeted, including in areas not directly affected by fighting. Do not travel to Ukraine, there is a real risk to life. If you’re in Ukraine, shelter in place until you judge it’s safe to depart. Seek shelter in a hardened structure away from windows. Review your personal security plans. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Continue to monitor advice on Smartraveller and reputable local and international media. Where it is safe to do so, you should leave Ukraine. You're responsible for your own safety and that of your family. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Ukraine overall due to the volatile security environment and military conflict. Other levels apply in some areas.
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Tehran •
Asia •
Middle East •
Developing •
79.37M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: April 5, 2022
⚠️ Non-Iranian passengers over the age of 12 arriving in Iran must provide a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Iranian passengers without a valid COVID-19 certificate may present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test conducted within 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Check COVID-19 entry requirements with your airline before departure. All passengers also need to complete self-declaration forms on inbound flights. Failure to wear a face covering in public could result in a fine. Medical evacuation may be difficult. If you’re in Iran, we continue to recommend you leave while commercial options are available. Airlines may cancel or reduce their operations to and from Iran at short notice. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Iran due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. The security situation remains volatile and there's a high risk you could be arbitrarily detained or arrested.
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Sanaa •
Asia •
Middle East •
Least Developed •
27.48M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: March 21, 2022
⚠️ We've reviewed our travel advice for Yemen. We advise: Do not travel to Yemen (including the island of Socotra) due to the very high threat of kidnapping and terrorist attack.
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Minsk •
Europe •
Eastern Europe •
Developed •
9.5M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: March 15, 2022
⚠️ Russian forces are conducting military operations from Belarus and this has heightened tensions in the region. The security environment in Belarus is volatile and could deteriorate at short notice. If you’re in Belarus, you should leave immediately, if you judge it’s safe to do so. If you decide to remain in Belarus despite our advice, be aware you may be affected by shortages of essential products and services. We advise: Do not travel to Belarus due to the volatile security environment caused by the Russian military build up along Belarus' border with Ukraine and military conflict.
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Naypyidaw •
Asia •
South-Eastern Asia •
Least Developed •
51.42M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: February 1, 2022
⚠️ We continue to advise do not travel (level 4 of 4) to Myanmar due to ongoing civil unrest and armed conflict. Civil unrest and conflict can escalate quickly. The first anniversary of the coup on 1 February and other dates of significance may see increased tensions. Maintain heightened security awareness. Minimise movement, exercise caution, monitor media closely, and avoid all public gatherings. There are significant military movements in several regions of the country. Violence including explosions and attacks can occur anywhere and at any time, including in Yangon. Targets have included facilities, vehicles and personnel associated with security and administration such as police stations, ward administration, township electricity and road transportation offices, and civilian facilities such as shops and commercial centres. Avoid facilities and vehicles linked to security forces and military administration. Monitor local media closely and move away from anything of concern. Avoid all protests and areas of known and possible unrest. Avoid townships under martial law. A curfew is in place. Protocols are in place for Embassy staff movements in Yangon. There have been widespread detentions, including of foreigners. may be at risk of arbitrary detention. Australians should remain alert to rapid changes to restrictions, including the use of communication devices. If it's safe to do so, leave Myanmar by commercial means on one of the international flights departing Yangon. Contact airlines directly. All bookings for departures from Myanmar must be made at least 10 days in advance of the intended departure and are shared by airlines and travel agents with Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. COVID-19 infection rates remain high across Myanmar. Stay-at-home orders have been imposed across Myanmar, including townships in Yangon. You'll need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to transit Malaysia and Singapore. If you're remaining in Myanmar, you should shelter-in-place. We advise: Do not travel to Myanmar overall due to: ongoing civil unrest and armed conflict the impacts of COVID-19
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Baghdad •
Asia •
Middle East •
Developing •
37.88M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: January 14, 2022
⚠️ The security situation throughout Iraq remains volatile. There has been an increase in protest activity following the parliamentary elections on 10 October. There's a risk the security situation could deteriorate further. Due to the volatile security environment and the ongoing threat of kidnappings, you should leave Iraq immediately by commercial means if it's safe to do so. If you're staying in Iraq, be alert and check media for updates on new threats. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and very high risk of violence, armed conflict, kidnapping and terrorist attack.
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Kabul •
Asia •
Southern Asia •
Least Developed •
27.66M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: December 22, 2021
⚠️ The situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile. There continues to be an ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack throughout Afghanistan, including at Kabul International Airport, and at land border crossings. We continue to advise against all travel to and within Afghanistan. The US Government issued a security alert on 11 October advising citizens to avoid travelling to the Serena Hotel and the surrounding vicinity because of security threats at the Serena Hotel. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Afghanistan due to the extremely dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorist attack.
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Damascus •
Asia •
Middle East •
Developing •
18.56M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: December 8, 2021
⚠️ Entry and exit measures for Syria may change without notice. If you’re planning to cross to Lebanon, contact Lebanese authorities for requirements. You need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test or proof of vaccination to enter Lebanon. If despite our advice, you're entering Syria, a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result or proof of vaccination is required and you may need to self-isolate at home. The security situation remains extremely volatile. If you're in Syria, consider leaving now through commercial means. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Syria due to the extremely dangerous security situation. Armed conflict is ongoing and air strikes, kidnappings and terrorist attacks are common.
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Mogadishu •
Africa •
Eastern Africa •
Least Developed •
11.08M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: December 2, 2021
⚠️ There’s an ongoing high threat of terrorism, with attacks expected to continue. Don't travel to Somalia. If you're in the country, leave as soon as possible. If you decide to stay, get professional security advice. The electoral process in the lead up to the forthcoming Presidential election is likely to correspond with a spike in violence. We advise: Do not travel to Somalia due to armed conflict, the ongoing very high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping, and dangerous levels of violent crime.
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Juba •
Africa •
Middle Africa •
Least Developed •
12.13M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ COVID-19 is widespread in South Sudan. If you're travelling to South Sudan by air or road you'll need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test. If you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you’re not required to self-isolate on arrival. If you are unvaccinated you're required to self-isolate for a minimum of seven days on arrival. Travel restrictions may change at short notice. We advise: Do not travel to South Sudan, including Juba, due to instability and ongoing conflict.
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NDjamena •
Africa •
Middle Africa •
Least Developed •
14.5M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ Hassan Djamous International Airport and land borders have reopened. The security situation following the death of President Idriss Déby remains volatile with a heightened risk of violent conflict and civil unrest in all parts of the country. If you're in Chad, you should remain vigilant, activate your emergency arrangements and consider leaving by commercial means if it's safe to do so. Avoid all large gatherings, protests and demonstrations. Closely monitor local media. We advise: Do not travel to Chad overall due to the significant risk of terrorism, crime and civil unrest.
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Niamey •
Africa •
Western Africa •
Least Developed •
20.71M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ The US Government has issued a security alert reminding citizens that extremist groups seek to target locations in Niamey frequented by Westerners. You’re advised to be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution when visiting venues such as banks, supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels. If you're in Niger, leave as soon as possible if it’s safe to do so. The Australian High Commission in Abuja has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Niger. We advise:  Do not travel to Niger (except the capital Niamey) due to the high threat of kidnapping, terrorist attack, crime and the unpredictable security environment.
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Bangui •
Africa •
Middle Africa •
Least Developed •
5M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ A nationwide State of Emergency is in force. The Central African Republic's airspace is closed to foreign governments and NGOs. A nationwide curfew is in place from 6pm to 5am. COVID-19 is widespread in CAR. If you're travelling to CAR, despite our advice, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days or obtain a COVID-19 test on arrival. Restrictions may change at short notice. We advise: Do not travel to the Central African Republic due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime.
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Tripoli •
Africa •
Northern Africa •
Developing •
6.38M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ If you're in Libya, leave as soon as possible if it is safe for you to do so. Regularly reassess your security arrangements and access to effective health services. Our capacity to provide consular assistance to in Libya is limited. The Australian Government has no plans to evacuate you. There are limited commercial flights out of Libya (mainly to Tunis and Istanbul). Monitor the website and social media of airlines and airports for available flights. We can’t advise you on the safety of departure options. Follow the advice of local authorities, including on curfews and travel restrictions as a result of the conflict and COVID-19 pandemic. In certain areas, e.g. where fighting is taking place, the best course of action may be to stay where you are until it becomes safer to move on. You should contact the Embassy in Rome if you require consular assistance. We advise: Do not travel to Libya due to ongoing fighting, unstable security, and the high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping.
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Pyongyang •
Asia •
Eastern Asia •
Developing •
25.28M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: October 28, 2021
⚠️ North Korea’s borders remain closed due to COVID-19. Tours to North Korea are suspended until further notice. We continue to advise: Do not travel to North Korea due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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Bratislava •
Europe •
Central Europe •
Developed •
5.43M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: July 10, 2020
⚠️ Slovakia has entry restrictions in place. If you're an Australian citizen or resident already overseas and have been in a country with a higher COVID-19 risk in the last 14 days, you may be denied entry to Slovakia. You can enter without quarantine or testing if you're coming from a country Slovakia deems 'low risk'. See Travel for details. Bratislava airport is open but with limited flights. There are accessible options to return to Australia from neighbouring countries. Public health measures are in place due to COVID-19. Follow the advice of the local authorities. We advise: Do not travel to the Slovak Republic.
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Ljubljana •
Europe •
Central Europe •
Developed •
2.06M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: July 10, 2020
⚠️ If you're an Australian citizen or resident already overseas and are travelling from another country with a higher COVID-19 risk, you may be denied entry to Slovenia. Entry regulations for residents of most EU and Schengen Area countries have eased. Non-essential travel from outside of the EU is restricted. You may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival and present a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Public health measures are in place due to COVID-19. If you choose to travel, stay informed as entry regulations and restrictions in place can change at short notice. We advise: Do not travel to the Republic of Slovenia.
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Jerusalem •
Asia •
Middle East •
Developed •
8.53M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: March 15, 2020
⚠️ On 12 November, a large number of rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Further exchanges of fire are expected. Monitor developments and follow the instructions of local authorities. We haven't changed the level of our advice – 'exercise a high degree of caution' overall. Higher levels apply in some areas.
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Skopje •
Europe •
Southern Europe •
Least Developed •
2.06M people
⚠️ Do not travel 🕒 Issued date: February 19, 2019
⚠️ We’ve reviewed our travel advice for North Macedonia. We haven’t changed the level – exercise a high degree of caution.

Most dangerous countries to travel in 2022

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Countries that are Most dangerous to travel. Top countries include Burkina Faso, South Korea, New Caledonia and Iceland. Find useful information on safety and security so you can be informed and get prepared. See a visual map of travel risks on the world map.