12 Most Dangerous Places in the World


India gets the "exercise increased caution" status mostly due to air pollution, typhoid, and food and waterborne infections. It also hosts the rare but life-threatening Nipah virus. 


Considering this destination is a prime hot spot for honeymooners, it might be surprising to see the Big Island of Hawaii as a dangerous place to visit. 


This beach resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast isn't exactly the white-sand party destination it once was. With a Level 4 travel advisory, Gobbels explains, it's in the same category as places like Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

Israel and the Middle East

Even though the opening ceremony for the embassy seemed like a celebratory time, 50 miles away in Gaza, violent protests erupted.


If you go, it's important to always be aware of your surroundings and diligent with your safety, warns Gobbels. "Crime is rampant in the cities, and you need to be especially careful if you travel anywhere outside the main tourist areas.

Malaysian Borneo

This island destination in Southeast Asia's Malay Archipelago offers pristine beaches, a rich rainforest, and amazing wildlife from leopards to orangutans. The views may be beautiful, but the political climate makes it risky.


Compared to other African countries, the crime rate in Madagascar is considerably lower. That being said, political turmoil in this area has resulted in higher unemployment rates, which triggers robberies and muggings.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is considered the most dangerous city for women in the world. Even though the political tensions are easing in this area, according to Gobbels, sexual violence and cultural expectations make it extremely problematic, for both locals and visitors.


While much of the Philippines is safe, it's best to avoid the southern part of the country—specifically the beach areas, according to Gobbels, mostly due to the increased number of kidnappings. 

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Political tensions, high poverty, drug trafficking, the risk of carjacking, and armed robbery are just a few of the reasons to steer clear. 


While not all areas are risky, rumors of planned terrorist attacks and the fact that police officers may target American citizens for mistreatment or extortion have earned Russia a Level 3—reconsider your plans.


Because terrorist groups continuously plot and execute attacks, tourist locations, buses or trains, shopping malls and other public areas are threatened with bombs and armed conflict.