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The safest places to go on holiday according to Which?

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The safest places to go on holiday might not always be the ones you’d think, according to data collated by Which? Travel.

Pulling together information on crime rates, terrorism threats, risk of natural disasters and health issues in 20 countries, it found that popular European and American holiday destinations pose more of a risk to travellers than some parts of the Middle East and North Africa in certain categories.

             

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For example, Morocco and Jordan both rank better when it comes to violent crime than the US, Italy, France and Greece.

Which? used crime statistics from the World Economic Fund, natural disaster risk assessments from the World Risk Report, health risk data from the NHS Fit for Travel site and terrorism risk levels from the Foreign Office (FCO).

The countries selected were: Australia, Barbados, Canada, France, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, US and Vietnam, all popular for British travellers.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11:  A general view of the Harbour Bridge at Sydney Harbour on March 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney Harbour, which is often described as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world, is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia.  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images) © Getty SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: A general view of the Harbour Bridge at Sydney Harbour on March 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney Harbour, which is often described as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world, is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Of the 20 countries looked at, the FCO ranks Iceland and Japan as the least likely countries to encounter a terrorist attack, although it does state that it “can’t be ruled out” anywhere. The rest of the countries were deemed “likely” terrorist targets, apart from Australia, Jordan, France, the US, India, Thailand and Turkey, which were all labelled “very likely” to experience attempted attacks.

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The UK’s own threat level is currently ranked as “severe”, one below the highest level of “critical”.

France, Iceland, Italy and Spain in Europe, plus the UAE, Canada, Japan and US are all classed as the lowest risk for health problems – none of them require new vaccinations or boosters, or carry a risk of malaria or dengue fever.

Risk of violent crime (lowest to highest)

A man takes a picture of the Godafoss waterfall as the aurora borealis, also known as Northern Lights, is seen over the municipality of Thingeyjarsveit, east of Akureyri, in northern Iceland on October 14, 2018. (Photo by Mariana SUAREZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARIANA SUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty A man takes a picture of the Godafoss waterfall as the aurora borealis, also known as Northern Lights, is seen over the municipality of Thingeyjarsveit, east of Akureyri, in northern Iceland on October 14, 2018. (Photo by Mariana SUAREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARIANA SUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Iceland 6.6

UAE 6.6

Singapore 6.5

Spain 6.2

Australia 6.1

Canada 6.1

Japan 6.1

Morocco 6.1

Jordan 5.8

Barbados 5.6

Greece 5.6

Vietnam 5.6

France 5.4

Italy 5.4

US 5.2

Mexico 4.2

India 4.1

Thailand 4

Turkey 4

South Africa 3.9

Banana Beach. Choeng Thale. Phuket. Thailand. (Photo by: Marka/UIG via Getty Images) © Getty Banana Beach. Choeng Thale. Phuket. Thailand. (Photo by: Marka/UIG via Getty Images)

Risk of natural disaster (from lowest to highest)

Barbados

Iceland

UAE

Singapore

France

Canada

Spain

US

Australia

Italy

Jordan

Turkey

South Africa

Mexico

Thailand

Morocco

India

Greece

Vietnam

Japan

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