Greece is considered a low-risk country destination for travelers in 2024, according to the annual list released by International SOS.
The risk assessment company, in its 2024 Risk Map, categorized these countries based on various measurements such as safety, medical risks, and the impact of climate change.
Regarding safety, Greece is labeled with a yellow color (low risk), while other countries and regions in active conflict zones, such as the Gaza Strip, where the conflict between Israel and Hamas is ongoing, have an orange color (medium risk), as well as the West Bank and Israel. Ukraine, where the war has been ongoing for almost two years, is marked in deep red (very high risk).
Yellow (low risk) for safety
Green (low risk) for health
Pink (low risk) for climate change
Red (15-17.5% risk) for mental health
Two African countries, Libya and South Sudan, have been identified as places with “extreme” security risks, linked to “minimal or nonexistent government control and law and order” and minimally functional government services and transportation services, according to International SOS.
Countries with “high” security risks face often violent demonstrations that could target foreigners. According to the list, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Myanmar fall into this category.
In contrast, the Scandinavian countries are among the safest in terms of security. The measurement evaluates threats arising from political violence and social unrest, along with the prevalence of violence and petty crimes.
Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Greenland are all classified as countries with “insignificant” security risks. Switzerland and Slovenia are also among the countries with the least security risks.
Countries with “very high” medical risks, assessed based on the prevalence of infectious diseases like Covid and the level of emergency medical services, include Afghanistan and North Korea, along with many African countries, including Sudan and Libya.
States with the least medical risks include the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Singapore.
Access to healthcare during a trip is a primary concern for people, with 60% of travelers stating that the likelihood of facing an emergency medical situation during a trip is the main driver for purchasing travel insurance, according to James Clark, content specialist at the insurance company Squaremouth.